Fall 2010, Issue#24
-BROCHURE (inside)

MDGs# 5:
Project director: Bircan ÜNVER,
Main Representative of The Light Millennium to the
Department of Public Information of the United Nations
Prepared by: Sirin CENGIZALP, Project Assistant, The Light Millennium.

“The issue of maternal health has been most intractable and challenging.."
“The average life expectancy of people during this period [2000-2010]
has increased from 67 to 73 years, and of women – up to 75 years.”

Countries in this section included:


-For the full statements of the MDGs Debate on September 20, 2010.

Millennium Development Goals – Summit 2010
United Nations, New York City - 20 September 2010

Below quotes are selected based on the given speeches by the member states of the United Nations on the “Improve Maternal Health” within the context of the MDGs Summit-2010.

- H.E. Mr. Alvaro Colom Caballeros, President of the Republic of Guatemala, High-level Plenary Meeting of the Sixty-Fifth Session of the General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals Statement - New York, September 20, 2010

“We have [also] been able to expand the coverage of services for parental care, maternity services for women, the control growth and medical attention for child diseases, in particular in the rural areas of the country.”

- Hon. Bhim Bahadur Rawal, Minister for Home Affairs and the Leader of the Nepalese Delegation at the High-level Plenary Meeting of the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

“Some of our successful national programs include, partnership for poverty eradication, community management of schools and forests; education related incentives for girl children and children from poor, marginalized and disadvantaged communities; adult literacy campaigns; provisions of social security; targeted development programmes, immunization and maternal health related programmes and progressive realization of the rights of women, including right to reproductive health.”

-His Majesty King Mswati III Head of State of the Kingdom of Swaziland to the 65th Session of the United Nations High-level Plenary Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals - Monday, 20th September 2010 New York

“The health of a nation is very important as it affects productivity. We are therefore doing everything possible to make sure that our citizens have access to good health and medical facilities in order to have a health and happy nation.

We have therefore declared health as a priority area and are continuously building hospitals and clinics whilst providing specialized doctors.

Added to that, are efforts to attract and retain local professionals working outside our borders. Our aim is to save in huge cost of sending patients with complicated medical conditions abroad on referral whilst at the same time improving our health services.

I am happy to share that we have achieved the MDG on Malaria and we continue to strengthen out efforts as we are now in the elimination phase. The country’s best practice in this regard is contributing significantly to the SADC efforts.”

- Statement On Behalf of: H.E. President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, On the Nigeria and the Millennium Development Goals: Progress Towards 2015 By Professor C.O. Onyebuchi Chukwu, Honourable Minister of Health, At the High Level Plenary Meeting of the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly to review the Millennium Development Goals - New York, 20-22 September 2010

“The issue of maternal health has been most intractable and challenging, given that for most of the early years of the MDGs, Nigeria had one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world, hovering at 800 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births.

Our most recent data however suggests that our investments have recorded appreciable progress with a drop in the maternal mortality ratio of 545 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. We are committed to making even faster progress. Thus, since 2009, we have undertaken a massive deployment of additional 2488 midwives under the Midwifery Services Scheme, across the country, aimed to raise the proportion of births attended by skilled health workers. This will further accelerate progress in improving maternal health. Similarly, we have embarked upon a community health insurance scheme, aimed at improving access and healthcare delivery to pregnant women and under5 children, especially at the local level.”

-H.E. Mr. Victor Bodiu, Minister of State, at the High-level Plenary Meeting of the Sixty-Fifth Session of the General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals - New York, 20 September 2010

“Our country has succeeded in reducing infant and maternal mortality, and is advancing in terms of penetration level of information technologies.”

- H.E. Mr. Islam Karimov, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, at the Plenary Session of the UN Millennium Development Goals Summit - New York, September 20, 2010

“The maternal mortality level has decreased for more than 2 times. The average life expectancy of people during this period has increased from 67 to 73 years, and of women – up to 75 years.”

- by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, the High-Level of the United Nations General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals

“In the area of health, Qatar is counted among the world’s most progressed countries in the reduction of child mortality and the improvement of maternal health in light of universal free health care for all. These developments in the areas of health and education were reflected in the ranking of the State of Qatar among countries with high human development according to United Nations reports issued in this regard.”

- by H.E. Abdullah Gul, President of the Republic of Turkey to the High-Level Plenary Meeting of the 65th Session of the General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals

“We recorded significant progress on maternal and child health by implementing free pre-maternal health check-ups and compulsory vaccination programs.”

- by H.E. Mr. Choummaly Sayasone, President of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic at the MDGs Summit 2010

“Maternal mortality rate dropped from 650 in 1995 to 405 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2005. During the same period, infant mortality rate also went down from 104 to 70 per 1,000 live-births.”

- by His Excellency Ngwazi Professor Bingu Wa Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi and Chairman of the African Union on 2010 Malawi MDGs Progress Report

“On the improvement in maternal health, we are now focusing to achieve the desired MDG target of 155 deaths, per 100,000 live births by 2015. In this regard, Government is constructing and upgrading health facilities to offer essential health services particularly focusing on rural and undeserved areas, training health personnel, and increasing the availability and accessibility of antenatal services.”

by His Honor LT. General Mompati S. Merafhe, the Vice president of the Republic of Botswana

“The proportion of mother who are attended to by a trained health professional during delivery has remained above 90% since 1998.”

by H.E. Dr. Gjorge Ivanov, President of the Republic of Macedonia

“We are aware of the synergy of the different Millennium Development Goals. The acceleration of the progress in one are entails accelerated progress in other areas, too. Such synergy is evident in the Republic of Macedonia, where the promotion of maternal health, the health of mother and children results in low mortality in children. In addition to this is the commitment in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and other serious diseases.”

His Excellency Mr. Bens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway

“Millions of lives have been saved through vaccination and improved health services, clean water and better sanitation. We have taken on a special responsibility for the goals of reducing child mortality and improving maternal health. Norway has tripled its aid for global health services since we met here ten years ago.”

by Honorable Tuila’epa Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of the Independent State of Samoa

“Similarly greater emphasis would be given to further strengthen a rights-based approach to facilitate universal access for women to reproductive health services like voluntary family planning, information and counseling.”

by H.E. Dr. R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa Minister for Foreign Affairs Republic of Indonesia

"We have introduced a policy to provide free birth care for all mothers, in support of the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health launched by the UN Secretary-General.”

R.E. Mr, Elmar Mammadyarov Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan

“Azerbaijan is committed to reduce child and maternal mortality by half by 2015 and has taken consistent measures to this end. The State Programs on the Protection of Health of Mothers and Children, the National Strategy on Reproductive Health, the State Program on Social and Economic Development of the Regions for 2004-2008 were adopted and child mortality rate decreased to 3.1% in the last 5 years. Among all the MDGs, Goal 5 is improving on maternal health, with its related targets on reducing the maternal mortality ration up to three quarters by 2015 and achieving the universal access to reproductive health, requires additional efforts. The full realization of this goal in practice demands due financial resources and technical assistance, which many developing countries could hardly afford. In this regard, we refer to the OHCHR report on preventable maternal mortality and morbidity, which acknowledges that donor countries have a responsibility to provide international cooperation and assistance to the developing and LDC to of maternal and infant mortality rate.”

by H.E. Mr. Oldermiro Baloi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Republic of Mozambique

“As we believe that investing in women and children’s health, it is an unequivocal way of investing in social and economic development while, at the same time, meeting the remaining Millennium Development Goals.

Women and children’s health indicators have shown some progress since the adoption of the MDGs, which is translated by the reduction of maternal and infant mortality rates.

Our government’s main focus is to ensure that women in Mozambique gives birth without the risk of facing death; that each born child is able to grow and meet his or her full development; that five years should no longer be an unattainable age limit.
Since the first years of our independence, women and children have had free access to healthcare. This free access has been having a great impact in the access of differentiated healthcare such as caesarian deliveries on the part of pregnant women, with a major impact in the reduction of maternal mortality.

Recognizing the limitation in the number of doctors that the country has, at a very early stage Mozambique took the initiative to train non-doctor middle-level technicians to offer differentiated surgery care, including caesarian for pregnant women with labor complications.”

by H.E. Cardinal Peter K.A. Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Head of the Delegation of the Holy See
“The Holy See, respectfully and fervently invites the Countries participating in HLM, to provide quality resources for the health care need of mothers and their babies, including the unborn. Moreover, repeated references in the Outcome Document to “sexual and reproductive health” and “family planning” raise deep concerns. These are controversial terms, often interpreted as including access to abortion and methods of family planning that are not in accordance with the natural law, known by right reason.”


“In Mexico we are fully convinced that health is of outmost importance to every family. We also acknowledge how relevant it is that all Mexican get health services whenever they need them.

We are fighting child and maternal mortality, offering medical care and services from gestation to women in greater situation of vulnerability. Additionally, we prevent disease through the Universal Program of Child Vaccination, which reaches more than 98% of children, with 15 vaccines, including against Neumococus and Rotavirus.

The efforts to provide better attention to health also take advantage of the synergies with other social programs. For example, in 2005 almost two and a half million Mexican homes had dirt floors. In recent years, the Mexican Government has combated this flaw and has set the goal that by 2012 practically all houses in the country have a solid floor. Dirt floors create unhealthy conditions for families. It has a negative impact on respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases, particularly, for children, pregnant women and the elderly.”

-For the full statements of the MDGs Debate on September 20, 2010.


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