Progress for Children: A Report Card on Maternal Mortality
Millennium Development Goal 5 is to improve maternal health, and its bold target is to reduce the maternal mortality ratio by three quarters between 1990 and 2015. Still, each year more than half a million women die from pregnancy-related causes that are avoidable. At the present rate of progress, the world will fall well short of the MDG 5 target. This report details progress in maternal health and highlights areas where improvements are needed.
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Adolescent birth rate anaemia attendance at delivery attended by skilled Bangladesh births attended Burkina Faso Caesarean section cause of maternal CEE/CIS cent of women contraception Contraceptive prevalence countries with available coverage of skilled Developing countries developing world Djibouti East Asia/Paciﬁc Eastern/Southern Africa emergency obstetric Eritrea Estimated annual number four antenatal visits global haemorrhage improved industrialized countries Lao People’s Democratic Latin America/Caribbean least once lifetime risk live births malaria maternal deaths maternal mortality ratio MDG target method of contraception MICS Middle East/North Africa national household surveys Nations Population Division number of maternal obstructed labour once during pregnancy People’s Democratic Republic Percentage of births Percentage of women post-partum pregnancy pregnant women progress reﬂect risk of maternal rural women Rwanda skilled attendance skilled health personnel Source South Asia sub-Saharan Africa Tanzania total fertility rate UNFPA UNFPA and World UNICEF United Nations Population unsafe abortion West/Central Africa World Bank www.childinfo.org Yemen