Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Millennium Development Goal 5

Reduce maternal mortality

A nurse examining a newborn girl in the arms of her mother, India
WHO / Pallava Bagla

Target 5. A: reduce maternal mortality by three quarters between 1990 and 2015, and

Target 6. B: to achieve universal access to reproductive health by 2015.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were set at the 2000 Millennium Summit to accelerate global progress in development. Sexual and reproductive health is a prerequisite of all goals, particularly those related to gender and health. The most direct link is with MDG 5 of improving maternal health. Progress towards MDG 5 is monitored through achievement of two targets and their associated indicators for monitoring under MDG 5.

What progress has been made on MDG 5?

Progress towards MDG 5 on maternal health is monitored through achievement of two targets and their associated indicators. The monitoring framework for MDG 5 was revised following the review of progress at the 2005 World Summit, with one new target and four new indicators . The current situation on the range of indicators defined to monitor progress shows that accelerated action is needed to achieve MDG 5.


Target 5. A

5.1 Maternal mortality ratio
5.2 Proportion of deliveries attended by skilled health personnel

Target 5. B

5.3 Contraceptive prevalence rate
5.4 Adolescent birth rate
5.5 Antenatal care coverage