6 Improve maternal health

Where we are?

This goal has been met to a moderate extent. More childbirth has been done in presence of medical worker, fertility rate is maintained and mortality rate among the women in fertile period has been reduced, while the number of abortions has been almost halved. However, modern contraception did not increase significantly and most importantly, the share of maternal mortality increased. This issue should be investigated in more details in order to propose adequate measures for maternal care.

Targets for MDG 5
  1. Reduce by three quarters the maternal mortality ratio
    • Most maternal deaths could be avoided
    • Giving birth is especially risky in Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, where most women deliver without skilled care
    • The rural-urban gap in skilled care during childbirth has narrowed
  2. Achieve universal access to reproductive health & inadequate funding for family planning is a major failure in fulfilling commitments to improving women’s reproductive health
    • More women are receiving antenatal care
    • Inequalities in care during pregnancy are striking
    • Only one in three rural women in developing regions receive the recommended care during pregnancy
    • Progress has stalled in reducing the number of teenage pregnancies, putting more young mothers at risk
    • Poverty and lack of education perpetuate high adolescent birth rates
    • Progress in expanding the use of contraceptives by women has slowed & use of contraception is lowest among the poorest women and those with no education