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Improvement in Maternal Health -Have We Done Enough

Author Affiliations

  • 1Home Science Department, Shri P K Chaudhari Mahila Arts College Sec-7, Gujarat University, INDIA

Res. J. Family, Community and Consumer Sci., Volume 2, Issue (8), Pages 8-10, September,27 (2014)


Globally, an estimated 287000 woman died during pregnancy and childbirth in 2010, a decline of 47% from levels in 1990.According to estimates by World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Educational Fund (UNICEF), the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) was 570 per 100,000live births 1990,which dropped down to 254 per 100,000 live births in 2006. Every 10 minutes a Woman dies in India from pregnancy and complications of childbirth (3). The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) adopted by the United Nations in year 2000 project the efforts of the International community. They include eight goals framed to address the world’s major development challenges in health and related areas as the prime focus. MDG 5 deals with the improvement of Maternal Health. Over 10 % of all women do not have access to or are not using an effective method of contraception. It is estimated that satisfying the unmet need for family planning alone could cut the number of maternal deaths by almost a third.(4)


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