Improve maternal health
Where we are?
Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) has not been improved since 1997, as the rate has increased from 351 per 100,000 live births in 1997 to 366 per 100,000 live births in 2008. With this pace of trend, Yemen would not be able to meet the target of 87.8 per 100,000 live births by 2015. Safe motherhood depends on the delivery by trained qualified medical personnel, which has slowly improved form 16% in 1990 to 36% in 2006 and only 24% of delivery was carried out under the health facilities.
The current pace does not allow Yemen to attain this goal by 2015. The lack of progress as indicated in a recent Oxfam study indicates that more than half of Yemeni women get married before they are 18, and that the average age is just 14 years old. Getting married at a young age is one of the main causes of high maternal mortality in Yemen - about eight women die every day during childbirth and for every 100,000 live births, 366 women die. Around 19% of maternal deaths occur in women aged 15-19. Yemen has one of the highest birth rates in the world - the average Yemeni woman has seven children.