Maternal mortality rate in remote parts of Sarawak requires attention, says report

Sep 15, 2011


September 15, 2011

KUCHING: More attention needs to be given to mothers in remote parts of Sarawak to improve the country’s maternal mortality rate, says the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) 2010 report.

The report, published by the United Nations Country Team Malaysia, noted that the rate in Malaysia had plateaued at around 28 per 100,000 live births in the past decade.

Although low by developing-country standards, United Nations resident coordinator for Malaysia Kamal Malhotra said the rate was still relatively high compared to developed countries where the rate was around six per 100,000 births.

He said that more attention was needed for mothers in remote areas of Sarawak if the country was to achieve its MDG target of 20 per 100,000 live births by 2015.

The United Nation’s MDG target in developing countries including Malaysia was 11 per 100,000 live births by 2015.

Malhotra said the MDG report noted that Malaysia’s contraceptive prevalence rate had stagnated at around 50% for over 25 years while its unmet needs for family planning remained high and was increasing, resulting in unplanned pregnancies and unwanted births, especially for women with less education.

“This is another area in which Malaysia will, on current trends, not be able to meet the MDG targets by 2015,” he said at the launch of the “Malaysia: The Millennium Development Goals 2010” seminar here yesterday.

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