Maternal mortality decreases compared to last year in Afghanistan

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) says the maternal death rates has reduced compared to the previous year in Afghanistan.

According to the statistics of MoPH, nearly 1600 mothers has died during the childbirth in past year in the country.

In reality, however, Afghan women dying in pregnancy or childbirth may be more than twice as high as numbers provided by donors would suggest.

“Based on the current statistics, around 94 thousand children were born in the 1396 solar year,” Abdul Wahid Majroh, spokesman of MoPH said.

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Maternal mortality rates declined from 1100 to 396 in Afghanistan

The World Bank says Afghanistan has made strong gains in health outcomes, health services coverage and health systems performance since 2003. (Photo: UNFPA)

The World Bank informed regarding the gains in its latest report particularly pointing towards the unprecedented decline in maternal mortality and child mortality rates.

Citing the United Nations estimates, the World Bank report states that maternal mortality rates (MMR) declined from 1,100 to 396 deaths per 100,000 live births from 2000 to 2015.

The report also adds that under-5 child mortality rates (U5MR) fell 34 percent (from 137 to 91 deaths per 1,000 live births).

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