Publication: Maldives: Maternal and Reproductive Health at a Glance
Maldives, a middle income country, is on track to meet most of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), while gender gap requires attention. Maldives has made great progress in improving maternal health and has achieved MDG. The total fertility rate has declined to 2.3 in 2012. Contraceptive use has increased but high unmet need of 28.1 percent is of concern. Skilled birth attendance is high at 95 percent. Access to maternal health services is fairly equitable by residence and wealth quintile, while geographical access to services remains challenging. Also, unwanted pregnancies among young women are on the rise. Maldives has initiated a number of interventions to increase adolescents needs for sexual and reproductive health services, improve quality of RMNCH services, and increase utilization of health services at local level.
“El-Saharty, Sameh; Ohno, Naoko; Sarker, Intissar; Secci, Federica; Nagpal, Somil. 2014. Maldives : Maternal and Reproductive Health at a Glance. Health, nutrition, and population global practice knowledge brief;. © World Bank, Washington, DC. http://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/22591 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”