6 Improve maternal health

Where we are?

UNDP Georgia children health
An IDP family in Metekhi, Shida Kartli region. October 2009. Photo: David Khizanishvili/UNDP

The increased state funding of maternal programmes and improved access to affordable high quality medical services has played the crucial role in the steady decrease of maternal mortality (MMR) in Georgia from 23.4 in 2005 to 19.4 in 2010. Proportion of births attended by skilled health personnel was increased from 98.5 in 2005 to 99.6 in 2010. (Ministry of Labour, Health, and Social Affairs data).

UNDP's work in Georgia

  • Enhancing Gender Equality in Georgia

    UNDP, UN Women and UNFPA join efforts to address: women’s political and economic empowerment, elimination of violence against women, and the realization of sexual and reproductive rights of population in Georgia.more

1.34 years
remaining
until 2015

1990 2015
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