Millennium Development Goal 5: Improve maternal health
Target: Reduce by three quarters, between 1990 and 2015, the maternal mortality ratio
There are substantial disparities in delivery care. In developing countries, just 50 per cent of births in rural areas are attended by skilled health personnel, compared with 82 per cent in urban areas. Some of the greatest differentials can be seen in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, where women in urban areas are more than twice as likely as women in rural areas to deliver with a skilled health professional in attendance.
Large disparities are prevalent across household wealth quintiles in developing countries. Women in the wealthiest households (84 per cent) are almost three times as likely as women in the poorest households (30 per cent) to have a skilled birth attendant at delivery.
Source: UNICEF global databases 2010, from MICS, DHS and other nationally representative sources.