UN Documents on Maternal Mortality

Millennium Development Goal 5

The fifth Millennium Development Goal (MDG 5) of the United Nations (UN) is to improve maternal health. According to the Millennium Declaration, maternal health will be improved when the maternal mortality ratio is decreased by 75% and there is universal access to reproductive health. This link explains how the UN measures MDG 5 and the indicators of improvement.

World Health Organization, Maternal Mortality Information

whoThis is the go-to website of the World Health Organization (WHO) for all things related to maternal health, including statistics, publications, and general information.

Maternal Mortality Factsheet

whoThis 2008 document from the United Nations attempts to answer questions about maternal mortality, such as: why and how do maternal deaths occur, how can they be eliminated, where do they occur, and why is MDG 5 an important goal?

Maternal Mortality in 2005

whoThis report, published by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, UNFPA, and the World Bank, provides a general update on the progress of MDG 5 in 2005. The report also provides key definitions and background information pertaining to maternal mortality. According to this report, the progress towards achieving MDG 5 has been far slower than the original goal of a decline of 5.5% of maternal deaths every year. This report is the most up-to-date and accurate comparison of maternal deaths among countries and regions.

World Health Statistics 2009

whoThis annual report of the World Health Organization provides data on the progress of each country in the world towards achieving the health related Millennium Development Goals. Through the WHO’s creative and dishonest use of numbers and statistics, particularly in the second table, the numbers imply that maternal deaths are one of the leading causes of death across the globe. For more information on this distortion see a recent Friday Fax about the report.

State of the World’s Children 2009

unicefUNICEF publishes a long report each year about the health and well-being of children throughout the world, particularly in developing regions. As a result of UNICEF’s other political agendas, the report has a prominent underlying theme of promoting contraception for the sake of women’s health and “rights.” The report is framed in a “rights-based approach” which claims that a greater focus on sexual and reproductive rights will ultimately benefit children. For more information about this report and the flaws in the rights based approach, see the following C-FAM publications: 
UNICEF Report Ignores Child Survival, Focuses on Dangers of Childbearing to Women
White Paper - Rights By Stealth: The Role of UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies in the Campaign for an International Right to Abortion

Adolescent Pregnancy and Mortality Factsheet

whoAccording to WHO, pregnancy is a greater health risk to adolescents than it is to adult women. This factsheet discusses the special problems with adolescent pregnancy and their proposed solutions.

Key Messages of the “Making Pregnancy Safer” Campaign

whoThe World Health Organization frequently discusses the perceived danger of pregnancy. This document is an outline of their campaign to make pregnancy safer, which includes the 11 messages that they view as the most crucial.


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