The children

Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education

Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women

The Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) – Child Protection

Goal 4: Reduce Child Mortality Rate

Goal 5: Improve maternal health

Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases

Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability

Humanitarian Response, Early recovery & Peace building efforts


Goal 5: Improve maternal health

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According to the latest estimates developed by WHO/UNICEF/UNFPA and the World Bank, the adjusted maternal mortality ratio (MMR) for Georgia was estimated to 66 per 100,000 live births. Analysis of medical records shows that the majority of reported maternal deaths occur among rural women, and mostly among women 19-34 years old. The majority of maternal deaths take place in the post-partum period within 10 days of the delivery.  Of all reported maternal deaths in 2005, 10 per cent were abortion-related, 30 per cent were home-delivery related while the remaining 60 per cent occurred among in-patient deliveries. In Georgia, for each reported maternal death there are about 30 cases of severe maternal morbidity or ”near miss” situations. The most common disease specific morbidities per 1,000 deliveries are hysterectomy (5.5), severe pre-eclampsia (5.4), severe haemorrhage (2.4), sepsis (1.0) and eclampsia (0.6). All in all about 15 of 1,000 deliveries result in a severe obstetric morbidity of the mother

UNICEF Action to improve maternal health with a focus on equity

Upstream UNICEF support:
• Influence policy with strategic information – National Nutrition Survey 2009
• Development of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and treatment protocols for health service providers at all levels.
• Introducing effective peri-natal care practices within curriculum of State Medical University.

Downstream UNICEF support:
• Empowering mothers and caregivers in positive parenting care practices Parent-Baby Book

Recent impact:
• Pregnant women attending at least four antenatal care visits increased from 60 to 70 per cent.

UNICEF current focus/New initiatives:
• Improving maternal and child health outcomes in Georgia by using modern Information and Communication Technologies
• Introduce a coherent and sustainable system of health promotion



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