6 Improve maternal health

Where we are?

By early 2003, Turkmenistan reduced maternal mortality by three quarters in comparison with 1991. According to the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan (MHMIT), in 2010, the maternal mortality rate was 6.9 per 100 thousand live births, i.e. the goal set in the 2003 MDG Report has been already achieved in Turkmenistan.


 This MDG update was provided by Turkmenistan’s National Statistical Office in April 2011


Targets for MDG 5
  1. Reduce by three quarters the maternal mortality ratio
    • Most maternal deaths could be avoided
    • Giving birth is especially risky in Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, where most women deliver without skilled care
    • The rural-urban gap in skilled care during childbirth has narrowed
  2. Achieve universal access to reproductive health & inadequate funding for family planning is a major failure in fulfilling commitments to improving women’s reproductive health
    • More women are receiving antenatal care
    • Inequalities in care during pregnancy are striking
    • Only one in three rural women in developing regions receive the recommended care during pregnancy
    • Progress has stalled in reducing the number of teenage pregnancies, putting more young mothers at risk
    • Poverty and lack of education perpetuate high adolescent birth rates
    • Progress in expanding the use of contraceptives by women has slowed & use of contraception is lowest among the poorest women and those with no education