Government adopts programme to maternal mortality

Mongolian Economy

2017-03-09 16:18 GMT+8

The government has adopted the "Mother, child and reproductive health" national programme during the meeting on last monday.

The Mayor of Ulaanbaatar, relevant ministers and provincial governors were tasked with implementing the programme in each year's guidelines and reflecting the necessary funds in the state and local budgets. The programme will also be assisted through international loans and grants.

Mongolia’s maternal mortality rate has improved over the past decade thanks to more than 10 programmes implemented during this time. However, mother and child morbidity and mortality are not decreasing steadily and remain high in some regions and provinces.

In 2011-2015, maternal mortality rate was 89.5 percent in Bayan-Olgii Province; 73.6 percent in Bayankhongor Province; 65.9 percent in Zavkhan Province; 52.3 percent in Uvurkhangai Province; 50.9 percent in Tuv Province; 49.8 percent in Khuvsgul Province; 41.2 percent in Selenge Province; and 38.1 percent in Khentii province. These rates are all higher than the national average.

According to the analysis on the causes of maternal mortality, 32.9 percent were unemployed, 25 percent were herders and 9.9 percent were students, which mean that these people received delayed medical care and services due to migration and poverty.

Preparedness of mothers, children and reproductive health care and services will be ensured; advanced techniques and technologies for diagnosis and treatment will be introduced; human resources skills will be improved; and quality and access to healthcare services for mothers and children will be improved with the framework of the programme.

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