6 Improve maternal health

Where we are?


Reduce by three quarters the maternal mortality ratio
Achieve, by 2015, universal access to reproductive health.Lebanon made significant progress in the past few years in reducing maternal mortality at the national and regional levels. This progress was translated into improving reproductive health outcomes in terms of prenatal care and post natal care as well as proportion of births attended by skilled personnel with yet regional disparities. Similarly, there has been improvement made in the use of contraceptives - particularly for modern methods. Maternal mortality rate dropped from 140 in 1996 to 107 per 100,000 live births in 2000. The 2004 Pan Arab Survey for Family Health (PAPFAM) indicates that 96% of all births are attended by skilled health personnel.


UNDP's work in Lebanon

  • undp lebanon - the supply of medical equipment at kfarhabou

    Kfarhabou: Improving primary healthcare
     Kfarhabou: Improving primary healthcare

    Since 1983, the Kferhabou Health Clinic has offered primary health services to the local community and seven other neighboring villages. Today, the medical services provided include: general medicine, pediatrics, cardiology, neurology, orthopedics and dental care more

  • undp lebanon - providing medical equipment at Meshmesh clinic in Akkar

    Reviving Municipal Health Services, One Clinic at a Time
    Reviving Municipal Health Services, One Clinic at a Time

    Having a heart condition meant serious trouble for patients in the northern village of Meshmesh. This was the case a year ago. Then, the Municipal Mother and Child Health Clinic had no capacity to offer cardiovascular diagnoses. more

1.7 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