6 Improve maternal health

Where we are?

Overview on Cambodia MDG5

The target on maternal mortality ratio (MMR) has already been met.

Of all married women in the age-group 15-49 years, in 2008, 58% were using modern birth-spacing methods, in 2009 it was 63% and in 2010 it was 70%. The CMDG target for 2015, of 87 is well in sight. Next, pregnant women receiving at least two ANC consultations was 83% in 2009, 80% in 2010, and an estimated 41% of the whole year’s expected pregnancies in the first six months of 2011 (i.e. 82% for the year). The targets set by the government are on their way to be met if the present trend is accelerated a bit. The key to success is to sustain and enhance this performance.

Targets of infant mortality rate (IMR) and child mortality ratio (CMR) have already been met as seen from CDHS data of 2010.

Statement on Cambodia MDG5

It appears that both child and maternal mortality targets have been met. The challenge is to sustain the progress made.

To know more about Cambodia MDG5, please visit UNICEF in Cambodia.

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