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Accelerating Progress to MDG 5

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New York:UNFPA, 2014

In 2013, around the world an estimated 289,000 women died of maternal causes. Almost all of those deaths were preventable. Preventable deaths are most common among women living in the poorest countries, where health services are weak, and women are more often subject to early and frequent childbearing, unattended deliveries and sexually transmitted infections including HIV. Millennium Development Goal 5 (MDG 5)improve maternal health is a global recognition that loss of life when giving life can and must be avoided. It is composed of two interdependent targets: Target 5A) to reduce by three-quarters, between 1990 and
2015, the maternal mortality ratio; and Target 5B) to achieve, by 2015, universal access to reproductive health. Globally, impressive progress has been realized since the commitment to MDG 5 nearly 15 years agThis report emphasizes UNFPA's commitment to achieve universal access to SRH, full realization of human rights and gender equality, and worldwide reduction in maternal mortality.