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Maldives: Maternal and Reproductive Health at a Glance

Sameh El-Saharty, Naoko Ohno, Intissar Sarker, Federica Secci and Somil Nagpal

No 93604, Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) Knowledge Briefs from The World Bank

Abstract: Maldives, a middle income country, is on track to meet most of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), while gender gap requires attention. Maldives has made great progress in improving maternal health and has achieved MDG. The total fertility rate has declined to 2.3 in 2012. Contraceptive use has increased but high unmet need of 28.1 percent is of concern. Skilled birth attendance is high at 95 percent. Access to maternal health services is fairly equitable by residence and wealth quintile, while geographical access to services remains challenging. Also, unwanted pregnancies among young women are on the rise. Maldives has initiated a number of interventions to increase adolescents? needs for sexual and reproductive health services, improve quality of RMNCH services, and increase utilization of health services at local level.

Keywords: access to health services; access to information; access to resources; access to services; adolescent; adolescent fertility; Adolescent Friendly Health Services; adolescents ... See More + antenatal care; babies; behavior change; blood pressure; child mortality; complications; Contraceptive use; contraceptives; counseling; diseases; drugs; Early childbearing; Equity in Access; family health; Female; females; fertility; fertility decline; fertility rate; first birth; first marriage; friendly health services; gender; gender gap; Gender Inequality; Gender parity; girls; government agencies; health care utilization; health facilities; health facility; health needs; Health Strategy; health system; HIV/AIDS; Hospital; hospitals; Human Development; human resources; hunger; income; Isolation; life skills; life skills education; live births; malaria; male condoms; male youth; married women; maternal deaths; maternal health; maternal health care; maternal health outcomes; maternal health services; Maternal Mortality; medicines; Millennium Development Goals; Ministry of Health; mothers; Nutrition; opportunities for women; pill; Postnatal care; Pregnancy; Pregnancy Outcomes; progress; ratio of women; religious leaders; REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH; Reproductive Health Knowledge; Reproductive Health Outcomes; reproductive health services; rural areas; schools; Sexual Health; sexual intercourse; sexuality; Skilled birth attendance; sterilization; unemployment; UNFPA; universal primary education; unmarried men; unmarried women; unwanted pregnancies; World Health Organization; young women; Youth; Youth Health (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 4 pages
Date: 2014-11
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