|Maternal mortality rate increases|
|Thursday, 22 November 2012 14:51|
Zimbabwe’s target to reduce maternal mortality ratio by 75% by 2015 looks gloomy as trends show that the rate has actually risen from 725 to 960 deaths per 100 000 live births.
Efforts by government to reduce the maternal mortality ratio by two thirds by the year 2015 appear to be off the rails with figures indicating that the rate has infect gone up.
Recent statistics have shown that per every 100 000 live births, 960 children die, up from 725 in previous years.
In an interview with the ZBC News, the United Nations Development Programme MDG programme specialist Lisa Orrenius said there is need for government and its partners to shift their focus in ensuring that the alarming increase in maternal mortality ratio is addressed if the country is to meet the 2015 target.
She said it is worrisome to note that maternal health related deaths represented the cause of death of 12% of all women aged between 15 and 49 in the year 2010 to 2011.
However, government says it remains committed to the cause of the MDGs and is determined to accelerate progress towards attaining the goals by 2015.
Zimbabwe has however made notable improvements in other areas which include combating the spread of HIV, malaria and other diseases.