Millennium development goal on maternal health in Bangladesh: progress and prospects

Sanzida Akhter

Abstract


The main objective of the study is to provide an assessment of the
feasibility of achieving the Millennium Development Goal on improving
maternal health in Bangladesh (known as Millennium Development
Goal Five or MDG Five). The study has found that there exists a
considerable gap between the current and required rates of progress
towards achieving the targets. The existence of such a gap poses a
question about the feasibility of reaching MDG Five targets on time.
The study has also identified notable variations among the six
administrative regions of Bangladesh in terms of the rates of progress
towards the targets. The study has identified some policy implications
regarding the MDG Five targets. One of the major aspects of strategies
to reduce maternal mortality in Bangladesh is to provide maternal health
care services to all women, regardless of their socio-economic status.
It is also important to promote community mobilisation activities,,
provide education to women and build awareness, and satisfy unmet
need for contraception.


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