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Goal 5: Improve Maternal Health

  • Target 5.A: Reduce by three-quarters, between 1990 and 2015, the maternal mortality ratio
  • Target 5.B: Achieve by 2015 universal access to reproductive health
  • Maternal mortality ratio
  • Adolescent fertility rate
Maternal mortality ratio

About half of all maternal deaths occur in Sub-Saharan Africa and a third in South Asia. but mothers face substantial risks in other regions as well. Among fragile and conflict afflicted states, the mortality ratio may be many times higher.

Adolescent fertility rate

Women who give birth at an early age are likely to bear more children and are at greater risk of death orserious complications from pregnancies. In many developing countries, the number of women ages 15 to19 is still increasing. Preventing unintended pregnancies and delaying childbirth among young women increases the chances of their attending school and eventually obtaining paid employment.

Attended birth

Having skilled health workers present for deliveries is key to reducing maternal mortality. In many places women have only untrained care givers or family members to attend them during childbirth. Skilled health workers are trained to give necessary care before, during, and after delivery; they can conduct deliveries on their own, summon additional help in emergencies, and provide care for newborns.

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