Maternal Mortality Rate - Global Status

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Millennium Development Goals (MDG) target vs Achievement

  In 2010 the estimated maternal mortality rate was 287 000 where as in 1990 it was 543 000. Even though a significant reduction was seen, MDG target is not yet fully achieved.

  In last decade, the global Maternal Mortality decline rate was 3.1% per annum. In African, American, Eastern Mediterranean Regions- it was very low.

Average annual rate of decline (%) in maternal mortality, 1990–2010

WHO Region


African Region (AFR)


American Region (AMR)


South East Asian Region (SEAR)


European Region (EUR)


Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR)


Western Pacific Region (WPR)




  More than half married women or women in a consensual union were using contraception for preventing birth control, but 11% not yet using it.

  In 2005- 2011, 81% pregnant women received antenatal care.

  Skilled personnel have attended the maximum number of births that reduced perinatal, neonatal and maternal deaths. But still Africa is needed increased coverage.

  Still there is a need for good-quality reproductive-health care and effective interventions in order to reduce maternal deaths.

Coverage of reproductive-health services

Source: WHO-2012 report
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