At 212 (2010 figure),maternal mortalities for every one lakh live births,India is way behind the millennium development goal (MDG) of 109 that the country was supposed to meet by 2015. According to UN data on MDG released on Tuesday,India is,however,doing well on infant mortality rate having achieved 47 deaths per one lakh live births in 2010 against a MDG of 42.
In 2010,India recorded 57,000 live births according to the UN data,which comes down to one maternal death every 10 minutes.
The report was released by UN secretary general Ban Ki moon in New York.
India is moving well on MMR. We have made progress. The MMR recorded a 38 per cent decline in maternal deaths between 1999 and 2009. There has been progress but we are not there just yet. The government needs to ensure the availability of auxiliary nurses and midwives closer to the homes of women who are delivering, Frederika Meijer,India Representative for United Nations Population Fund said.
Officials in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare say that in the two years since date of this data,progress is likely to have been good though the actual data will take some time in coming. The figures are likely to be bettered following the appointment of the second auxiliary nurse midwife that was recently sanctioned.