UN: Rate of maternal deaths dropped during Aquino administration

  • A UN report reveals an improvement in the Aquino administration’s efforts in curbing the number of mothers dying due to pregnancy
  • From 129 deaths in 2014, it was reduced to 114 in 2015
  • This figure is still short of the 52 target of the UN as part of its millennium development goals

A United Nations (UN) report show that the rate of mothers dying due to pregnancy has declined under the leadership of President Benigno Aquino III.

GMA News Online said in its story that the country’s maternal mortality ratio (MMR) dropped from 2014’s 129 deaths for every 100,000 deliveries to just 114 in 2015.

“This is a significant improvement compared to the previous Estrada and Arroyo administrations, which both saw a steady increase in MMR,” the story wrote.

“Taken together over the period 1990 to 2015, the Philippines registered an over-all cumulative 25 percent increase in MMR every five years with an average annual percent change of 1.1,” it added.

Curbing the increase of MMR is among the millennial development goals set by the UN. But despite the accomplishment of the Aquino administration, the Philippines still failed to meet the target of reducing MMR to 52 by 2015.

Maternal death is a public health issue in the country.

According to the United Nations Fund Population (UNFPA), 10 mothers in the country die everyday.

Teenage pregnancy is also seen as the cause of high maternal death rate. A 2013 study of the Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study (YAFS) revealed that the rate of teenage pregnancy doubled in a span of nearly a decade from 2002 (6.3) to 2013 (13.6%).

Another study by the National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) also found that 10% of young Filipino girls aged 15 to 19 are already mothers.