Publication: Nepal: Maternal and Reproductive Health at a Glance
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.
“El-Saharty, Sameh; Ohno, Naoko; Sarker, Intissar; Secci, Federica; Bhattarai, Manav. 2014. Nepal : Maternal and Reproductive Health at a Glance. Health, nutrition, and population global practice knowledge brief;. © World Bank, Washington, DC. http://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/22590 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”