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UN Millennium Development Goal 5: Improvement of Maternal Health

Mother ́s usually do a lot for their families, which is a very good reason to take good care of all mothers. 

“The goal of the UN is to decrease maternal mortality by 75 % by the year 2015”. 

Facts about mothers worldwide: 

– Improvements in accessibility to maternal healthcare all over the world. 

– Healthcare and sufficient nutrition of significant value in preventing birth-related deaths. 

– Compared to mothers in Nordic countries, the risk of mothers dying during pregnancy and during childbirth is 500 times larger in developing countries. 

– Every year almost 300.000 women die due to complications during pregnancy or when giving birth. 

– 99 % of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries. 

– Despite of major improvements all over the world in the reduction of maternal mortality, there is still a lot to do before the goal has been reached. 

– In East Asia, North Africa and South Asia maternal mortality has decreased up to 2/3 in comparison to the situation in 1990. 

– In 2011, midwives/educated labor personnel was at hand only in 53 % of all child births in developed countries. The percentage was 84 in urban areas. 

– Only half of all pregnant women in developing countries have access to proper healthcare

(UNA of Finland. Printed Material. 2014).   

According to Save the Children ́s “Surviving the first day – State of the World’s Mothers 2013” report, Finland is the best country in the world for mothers. Nice news for all mothers in Finland, especially with the upcoming Mother’s Day, celebrated on the second Sunday in May every year. Every child has the right to a mother, and every child needs a mother, is not that correct?

The same report indicates that the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa is the toughest state to be a mother. Save the Children ́s report classifies 176 countries in terms of how these have succeeded and failed in supporting mothers. The index estimates mother ́s welfare using measures such as a girl ́s or woman’s risk of dying during pregnancy or during labor, children under the age of five mortality rates, the educational levels of children, national income levels, and the political status of women. Link to Save the Children ́s “Surviving the first day – State of the World’s Mothers 2013” report: 

http://www.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.9126825/k.3E86/Download_the_2014_SOWM_Report.htm

According to Save the Children, the high number of maternal deaths in sub-Saharan Africa can be explained through the fact that mothers are often very young, and their bodies are not yet ready to give birth to children. Other reasons include the low amount of contraception, insufficient health care during childbirth and a huge lack of healthcare employees. (Save the Children Finland. Quoted 9.5.2014). 

With these words I want to wish my mother, and all other mothers, a happy Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 11th 2014. You rock.

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