Safe Motherhood does not refer to the operation or infrastructure of health facilities, but the promotion and protection of the right to the highest attainable standard of health of women, mothers and newborns.
Safe Motherhood aims to reflect the diversity of women's experiences of mothers, according to inequality in income distribution, inequities related to place of residence, ethnicity and gender.
To ensure safe motherhood requires a commitment of all members of society to commit to the health of women, mothers and newborns, and secure universal access to quality services.
For more information, please read the Safe Motherhood Initiative Operational Plan
Progress Toward Achieving MDG 5
The countries within the region of the
Americas are on track to meet Millennium Development Goal
(promoting gender equality) and MDG 4 (reduce child mortality).
However, the region has insufficient progress on other MDGs, including MDG 5. It has succeeded in reducing maternal mortality
by about 25% between 1990 and 2007 but is still far from achieving by 2015 75% reduction to which 189 countries pledged.
Achieving MDG 5 requires a concerted effort, and will require political will for the
implementation of strategies and cost-effective interventions
based on scientific evidence
to improve the health of women in the region. Without these, it is difficult to achieve MDG
Priorities for Action
- Achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive
- Ensure the existence of comprehensive reproductive
health services, including family planning and postabortion
- Increase social protection
for mothers and newborns
- Improve the quality of
prenatal care, childbirth and postpartum care
- Improve the skills of
providers through training services
- Reduce unsafe abortion
- Incorporate contraceptives in the essential drug
- Review the laws on sexual and
- Reduce the prevalence of severe maternal
- Incorporate scientific organizations in the effort to reduce
severe maternal morbidity
- Improve information
- Increase the use of the Perinatal
Information System (SIP)
- Disaggregate indicators according to the various populations and
- Strengthen community participation and develop the capacity of communities to access family planning
services and care to women, mothers and newborns
- Empower women
- Support their right to make their own decisions about their
reproductive lives, and involve their families and communities