The 2030 mandate by the WHO to reduce maternal mortality (to less than 70 deaths per 100,000 live births) is currently being implemented in 183 countries across the globe. Between 1900 and 2015, UNICEF reported that global MMR drastically declined from 385 deaths to 216 deaths (per 100,000 live births). Despite an impressive 44% drop, Sub-Saharan Africa still accounted for 66% of maternal deaths worldwide. About 99% of maternal deaths occur in developing regions, with Nigeria constituting one-third of this burden (WHO, 2019).
An estimate from the Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) further revealed a reduction in maternal mortality from 1,200 deaths per 100,000 live births in the 1900s, to 545 deaths in 2013. Currently, international health organisations are still partnering with government parastatals to further reduce this burden by 2030.
Given that the global maternal mortality rate dropped by 44% in the last decade, what are your suggestions to the government to further reduce maternal mortality? What are some of the causes of maternal mortality around you?