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Goal #5Maternal Health
Introduction

Many people consider the day their child was born the happiest day in their life. In the world's wealthier countries, that is. In poorer countries, the day a child born is all too often the day its mother dies. The lifetime risk of dying in pregnancy and childbirth in Africa is 1 in 22, while it is 1 in 120 in Asia and 1 in 7,300 in developed countries.

The Targets

Goal 5 of the Millennium Development Goals sets out by the year 2015 to:

  • Reduce by three quarters the maternal mortality ratio.
  • Achieve, by 2015, universal access to reproductive health.

Did You Know?

More than half a million women die in pregnancy and childbirth every year - that's one death every minute. Of these deaths, 99 per cent are in developing countries. The lifetime risk of dying in pregnancy and childbirth in Africa is 1 in 22, while it is 1 in 120 in Asia and 1 in 7,300 in developed countries.(Source:UNFPA)

  • Only 28 in 100 women giving birth are attended by trained health personnel in the least developed countries. (Source:ActionAid)
  • Achieving the Goals

    In the mid-1990s, the Honduran government adopted a four point plan to fight maternal deaths. The nation also initiated a monitoring system to determine the cause of death in all recorded maternal mortality cases. Five years later, Honduras had reduced its maternal mortality rate by half.

    Read the full story from the Global Monitoring Report

    Goal News

    Achieving the fifth Millennium Development Goal (MDG) — to improve maternal health and meet the associated targets to reduce by three-quarters, between 1990 and 2015, the maternal mortality ratio and ensure universal access to reproductive health by 2015 — remains perhaps the greatest development challenge.


    Achieving the fifth Millennium Development Goal (MDG) — to improve maternal health and meet the associated targets to reduce by three-quarters, between 1990 and 2015, the maternal mortality ratio and ensure universal access to reproductive health by 2015 — remains perhaps the greatest development challenge.


    Portuguese actress and TV presenter Catarina Furtado is UNFPA ambassador. After travelling extensively through Africa, Catarina has always found “deep injustice and social inequalities”. Guinea-Bissau is the country that, in her view, best represents “total injustice” – and it’s precisely in that country that she is currently contributing for a project on child mortality and maternal health.


    The number one killer of young women in the developing world is not a disease whose cure eludes us, or a condition which the world lacks the resources to treat. It is pregnancy and childbirth.
    Every year, 500,000 women die while trying to give life. That’s one every single minute.


    Nairobi, 07.01.09: Kenyan anti-poverty campaigners have launched the “Piga Debe for Women Rights Campaign” at a well attended concert held at the Carnivore grounds in Nairobi as part of mobilization for the International women’s day.
    “Piga Debe” in Kiswahili means “make a big noise” and draws its inspiration from women’s voices in Africa who have repeatedly shouted over the years that “Enough is enough, no more deaths in childbirth”.