Maternal Mortality Drops 40% in Bangladesh
The 2010 Bangladesh Maternal Mortality and Health Care Survey (BMMS 2010), a major new Government of Bangladesh sponsored survey aimed at studying maternal mortality and its determinants, has revealed that maternal mortality fell 40 percent from the levels found in a similar, 2001 survey. This drop is a major achievement for Bangladesh and places her ahead of pace to achieve the Millennium Development Goal 5 target of reducing the maternal mortality ratio to 143 deaths per 100,000 live births by 2015.
This result was presented on February 13, 2011 in Dhaka at a preliminary dissemination of findings chaired by Mr Md Humayun Kabir, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), with Dr A F M Ruhal Haque, Honourable Minister, MoHFW as the chief guest. Other special guests included Professor Dr Syed Modasser Ali, Honourable Adviser to the Prime Minister for Health and Family Welfare and Social Welfare Affairs, and Dr Captain (Ret’d.) Mozibur Rahman Fakir, Honorable State Minister, MoHFW. Also in attendance were representatives of the major donors and other development partners, as well as representatives from the academic community, NGOs and the press corps.
The BMMS 2010 was funded by the Government of Bangladesh, USAID, the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). It was conducted by NIPORT (National Institute for Population Research and Training) with technical assistance from MEASURE Evaluation, the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) and USAID/Bangladesh. The BMMS 2010 was designed to assess progess toward MDG 5 and to enhance undertanding of the factors that contribute to maternal death. The BMMS 2010 was carried out from January to August 2010 and involved a nationally representative sample of 175,000 households.