6 Improve maternal health

Where we are

MDG

Cook Islands

Niue

Samoa

Tokelau

MDG 5

On Track

On Track

Mixed

On Track




Samoa's progress

The proportion of births attended by skilled health personnel has declined from 90% in 2006 (Samoa Emergency Obstetrics Survey) to 81% in 2009 (DHS Survey).  Read more in the Samoa MDGs Acceleration Initiative, p 5.

Where we are globally

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Maternal mortality ratio, 1990 and 2010 (Maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, women aged 15-49). Source: The Millennium Development Goals Report 2013

Maternal mortality has declined by nearly half since 1990, but falls far short of the MDG target.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The targets for improving maternal health include reducing by three-fourths the maternal mortality ratio and achieve universal access to reproductive health. Poverty and lack of education perpetuate high adolescent birth rates. Inadequate funding for family planning is a major failure in fulfilling commitments to improving women’s reproductive health.

1.18 years
remaining
until 2015

1990 2015
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