Millennium Development Goal 5
Target 5.A: reduce the maternal mortality ratio by three quarters between 1990 and 2015
INDICATOR 5.1 - Maternal mortality ratio
The 2010 estimates of maternal mortality provide an up-to-date indication of the extent of the maternal mortality problem globally and its evolution since 1990. They strongly indicate a need for both, improved action for maternal mortality reduction and increased efforts for the generation of robust data to provide better estimates in the future.
INDICATOR 5.2 - Proportion of deliveries attended by skilled health personnel
The presence of a skilled health professional (doctor, nurse or midwife) during delivery is crucial in reducing maternal and child deaths. In 2010 approximately 287 000 women died while pregnant or giving birth and 3.1 million newborns die in the neonatal period.
The proportion of births attended by skilled personnel– is above 90% in three of the six WHO regions. However, increased coverage is needed in certain regions, such as Africa where the figure remains less than 50%.