Improve maternal health

Where do we stand?

Maternal survival has significantly improved since the adoption of the MDGs.

Southern Asia and Eastern Asia have made the greatest progress in reducing maternal mortality. Despite this progress, every day hundreds of women die during pregnancy or from childbirth-related complications.

Maternal mortality ratio, 1990 and 2013 (maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, women aged 15-49)
Source: The Millennium Development Goals Report 2015

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  • Since 1990, the maternal mortality ratio has been cut nearly in half, and most of the reduction has occurred since 2000.
  • More than 71 percent of births were assisted by skilled health personnel globally in 2014, an increase from 59 percent in 1990.
  • In the developing regions, only 56 percent of births in rural areas are attended by skilled health personnel, compared with 87 percent in urban areas.
  • Only half of pregnant women in developing regions receive the recommended minimum of four antenatal care visits.
  • Just 51 percent of countries have data on maternal cause of death.

Read more in The Millennium Development Goals Report 2015.

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