12% of married women? The maternal Mortality Rate in Pakistan continues to skyrocket

A report published by the Pakistan Maternal Mortality Survey (PMMS) on the 10th of November 2020 revealed how the Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) in Pakistan is increasing rapidly while no attention is being paid to it.

Back in 2002, the rate was 186 deaths per 100,000 births. However, the ratio has increased now to about 12 percent of married women between the age group of 15 to 49 years. The results were concluded after analyzing the data from previous three years.

The survey was carried out in four provinces, Islamabad Capital Territory, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and Gilgit Baltistan. Questions regarding the deaths of married women were asked from common households to analyze maternal mortality. The report further added that the federal and provincial government intends on reducing MMR to 70 deaths per 100,000 births.

The report also revealed that despite the increasing ratio, the prenatal care and delivery coverage have enhanced and improved over the past years.

The antenatal care coverage showed a dramatic increase from 26 percent in 1990-91 to about 91 percent in the previous year. On the other hand, the delivery in health facilities also increased from 14 to 71 percent in the years under consideration.

However, the concern is that 29 percent of births still take place at homes, which imposes a threat to not only the baby’s but also the mother’s life.

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