6 Improve maternal health

Where we are

 Photo: Health Center in Belize, 2011
Photo: Health Center in Belize, 2011

2012 Update


Belize has made qualitative progress towards improving maternal health and has succeeded in bringing to zero the number of maternal deaths.



Maternal mortality has been on a decreasing trend in recent years. In 2010 and 2011 there have been zero maternal mortality deaths, putting Belize well on target on this Goal.

Over 95 per cent of births are now attended by skilled health personnel, on track for achieving ante natal coverage (98 per cent in 2008).


Bringing down adolescent birth rate.

UNDP's work in Belize

National MDG Target Achievement


Summary Scorecard - Belize Achievements and Challenges at a Glance

Goals, Targets and Indicators



Target 2015

Progress to 2015







Target 6: Reduce maternal mortality






Maternal mortality rate (per 100,000 live births)

41.7 (1990)


53.9 (2009)


Not on track (qualitative progress)

Skilled birth attendance rate (%)

79 (1995)


95 (2008)


On track


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