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Nepal: Maternal and Reproductive Health at a Glance

Sameh El-Saharty, Naoko Ohno, Intissar Sarker, Federica Secci and Manav Bhattarai

No 93605, Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) Knowledge Briefs from The World Bank

Abstract: Nepal has made a remarkable progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), especially in extreme poverty and education. Nepal has achieved MDG 5 but only one in three births is attended by skilled medical personnel. Disparities exist in access to maternal care by residence and wealth quintiles. The total fertility rate has declined to 2.4 in 2012, along with increased contraceptive use at 50 percent. High unmet need of 27 percent still remains. Nutritional deficiencies for pregnant and lactating women remain a challenge. Nepal has initiated a number of key interventions to respond to increased adolescents? needs for health services, improve accessibility and quality of services at local level, and enhance equitable access to services through micro-planning exercise and provision of financial protection.

Keywords: access to services; adolescent; adolescent fertility; adolescent populations; adolescents; adult literacy; antenatal care; behavior change; blood pressure; childbearing ... See More + complications; contraceptive prevalence; contraceptive use; contraceptives; drugs; Economic growth; equitable access; exercises; Female; Female sterilization; females; fertility; fertility rate; first birth; first marriage; gender; gender disparities; gender gap; Gender Inequality; girls; girls in school; health facility; Health Outcomes; health services; household income; Human Development; human resources; live births; low contraceptive prevalence; males; married women; maternal care; maternal deaths; maternal health; Maternal Health Services; Maternal Mortality; medical personnel; micronutrients; Ministry of Health; Mother; Nutrition; Nutritional deficiencies; parliamentary seats; peer educators; Postnatal care; Pregnancy; Pregnancy Outcomes; primary education; progress; quality of services; referral services; Remittances; reproductive age; REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH; Reproductive Health Outcomes; rural women; Safe Motherhood; secondary education; sexuality; sexuality education; sexuality education in schools; Skilled birth attendance; subsistence agriculture; teenage pregnancy; UNDP; UNFPA; UNICEF; urban areas; urban women; World Health Organization; young mothers; youth (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 4 pages
Date: 2014-11
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