6 Improve maternal health

Where do we stand?

Women attending a maternal health class


The Egyptian Government had already indicated its commitment to improve both maternal and child health, within the context of an integrated, especially since families and the society as a whole have paid a heavy toll from related deaths.

Based on the Ministry of Health's National Maternal Mortality Surveillance System, Egypt's achievements in reducing maternal mortality ratio to almost 55 per 100,000 births in 2008 provides evidence that it is most likely to achieve the maternal health goal by 2015.

Universal access to reproductive health by 2015 is possible to achieve, at the national level, if specific policies and interventions are effectively adopted. For Upper Egypt region, however, it would be still far from achieving the goal by the said date.


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