6 Improve maternal health

Where we are?

Sri Lanka has achieved considerable success in reducing Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) consistently since the 1940s. Ministry of Health has estimated the MMR as 39.3 per 100,000 live births in 2006, based on a special study. This level is the lowest in South Asia. With near-universal access to health care, and 98 percent institutional deliveries, the country is on-track to meet the MDG on improving maternal health. However, the MMR rates in cetain districts in the war affected areas and in the nuwara Eliya and Monaragala districts should also be addressed. 


0.58 years
until 2015

1990 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