6 Improve maternal health

Where we are?

Overall progress on Pakistan’s MDGs

Pakistan has adopted 16 targets and 41 indicators against which progress towards achieving the Eight Goals of the MDG’s is measured. Time series data available for 33 of these indicators reveal that Pakistan is on track to achieve the targets on 9 indicators, whereas its progress on 24 indicators is off track.


Closely linked to MDG 4 is MDG 5, improving maternal health, for which Pakistan has a considerable distance to go to meet the MDG targets by 2015, especially in reducing the maternal mortality ratio and increasing the proportion of births attended by skilled health personnel.

UNDP's work in Pakistan

  • Sindh MDG Report 2012

    The tracking of the performance of Sindh province on achievements on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is important due to its status as a province housing the commercial capital of the country. As discussed in this report, the available datasets suggest that in general, the current rate of progress is insufficient for Sindh to be able to achieve MDGs in their entirety, by 2015, since progress within various goals shows wide discrepancies.more

  • Millennium Development Goals

    The Balochistan Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Report 2011 is the first report that provides specific updates on the status of MDGs in the province. It provides a deep analysis of present status and challenges towards achieving the MDGs. more

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