6 Improve maternal health

Where we are?


Positive trends have been observed in improving maternal health: the maternal mortality rate in Ukraine has almost halved during 2000–2015 (from 24.7 to 13.5 deaths per 100,000 live births). Nearly all women (over 90 percent) undergo regular medical examinations in the early stages of pregnancy. Anxiety is caused by the fact that more than 40 percent of Ukraine’s adult population (including women of reproductive age) aged between 18 and 65 has at least one chronic disease. The level of recognition among young people of their personal responsibility for their own health is insufficient, as is the level of promotion of a healthy lifestyle. 

UNDP's work in Ukraine

Maternal Mortality Rate

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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