REDUCING MATERNAL MORTALITY
Governments are committed to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
One of their priority targets is to reduce the maternal mortality ratio. A key indicator of progress is an increase in the number of women who deliver with a skilled birth attendant.
Through policy changes and incentives for midwives and mothers, good progress has been made in increasing the number of women who deliver their baby in a government health facility.
When the MDG achievements are evaluated this will likely be one of the achievements that will be celebrated.
Despite this success a current dilemma is that the great effort and resources required to renovate rural health centres and strengthen the quality of maternal and newborn services has been unable to keep up with the pace of the demand.