6 Improve maternal health

Where we are

Discussing the results of the laboratory test

Target 6A: Reduce, by three quarters between 1990 and 2015, the Maternal Mortality Ratio 
Target 6B: Achieve, by 2015, Universal Access to Reproductive Health

Achievement status:
Maternal mortality in Armenia on a 3-year average basis has reduced from 32.6 deaths per 100,000 live births in the period from 1989 to 1991, to 26 deaths per 100,000 live births in the period from 2006 to 2008. According to recent survey data (2005 ADHS), almost all births (98%) were attended to by skilled health personnel, a slightly higher percentage compared to the corresponding indicator reported by the 2000 ADHS for the period 1996-2000.

Two of the other newly added indicators measure the access to antenatal care and the analysis of those indicators show that progress has been recorded during the period from 1996 to 2005. In particular, according to the 2005 ADHS, antenatal care coverage (at least four visits) on the country level increased from 65% in the period from 1996 to 2000 to 71% in the period from 2001 to 2005.

The Government projected to achieve the level of maternal mortality of 10.3 maternal deaths per
100,000 live births by 2015 which is close to the corresponding MDG target by 2015. However, recent developments show that a projected value for maternal mortality at 10.3 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births is too ambitious and new projections presented in this report assume maternal mortality to reach 11.6 per 100,000 live births in 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