“Getting Better: Lower Global Maternal Deaths” – WHO

We’re finally getting somewhere with numbers in terms of reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health.

According to the recently-published World Health Statistics of the World Health Organization, approximately 830 women worldwide died every single day due to complications during pregnancy or childbirth in 2015.

This shows a significant decrease in the global maternal mortality ratio (MMR) from 216 per 100,000 live births in 2015 to less than 70 per 100 000 live births by 2030.

This 2030’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 3.1 will require a global annual rate of reduction of at least 7.5% – this is actually more than triple the annual rate of reduction that was already achieved between 1990 and 2015.

WHO is not without hope in these goal numbers, though. According to them, most maternal deaths are preventable as the necessary medical interventions are well known to people already.

In view of this progress and further health goals, it is therefore crucially important to increase women’s access to quality care before, during and after childbirth.


Back to reality — how have we been going on with this goal last year?

In 2016, millions of births globally were not assisted by a trained midwife, doctor or nurse, with only 78% of births were in the presence of a skilled birth attendant.

In the same year, 77% of women of reproductive age who were married or in-union had their family planning needs met with a modern contraceptive method.

While 9 out of 10 women in the WHO Western Pacific Region had their family planning need satisfied, only half of women in the WHO African Region did.

Globally, the adolescent birth rate in 2015 was 44.1 per 1000 adolescent girls aged 15–19 years.

With these rates and implementation progress, do you think we can achieve our maternal health goals by 2030? Share your thoughts below!

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