Millennium Development Goal 5: Improve maternal health
Target 5.A: Reduce by three quarters, between 1990 and 2015, the maternal mortality ratio
Overall, 64 per cent of births in developing countries are attended by skilled health personnel. Africa and South Asia, which bear the greatest burden of maternal mortality, also have the lowest levels of skilled birth attendance.
Regional averages range from a low of 37 per cent in Eastern and Southern Africa to a high of 97 per cent in Central and Eastern Europe/Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS). Skilled attendance at birth coverage is also high in East Asia and the Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean, where 9 in 10 deliveries are assisted by skilled health personnel.
Source: UNICEF global databases 2010, from Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and other nationally representative sources.