Improve maternal health

How's Iran doing?

Iran is on track in reducing maternal mortality ratio by 75% between 1990 and 2015. This can be done as a result of the ever increasing number of births assisted by skilled attendants and an overall improvement in maternal and reproductive health. However in order to fully meet the target by 2015 needs assistance in a number of areas including monitoring of maternal care programmes.

What are the challenges?

The major challenges facing the country in relation to maternal health improvement in the context of reproductive health include:

  • Implementing the standard protocols for providing pregnancy, delivery and post-delivery services;
  • Disseminating sufficient information on the side-effects resulting from pregnancy and childbirth;
  • Improving the quality of services rendered by mid-wives;
  • Promoting the quality of reproductive health including family planning services;
  • Ensuring reproductive health commodity security;
  • Creating a comprehensive national system to prevent maternal deaths;
  • Establishing an appropriate monitoring system for maternal care programmes;
  • Bridging data and information gaps on certain concepts of reproductive health such as breast and cervical cancer and abortion.

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