India trails neighbours

Need to improve maternal mortality figures

The end of 2015, which marks the conclusion of the 25-year period (1990-2015) for reaching the millennium development goals (MDG), is in sight and a recent World Health Organisation (WHO) study looks at how well the world, particularly those parts of it at medium and low human development levels, has fared in the key area of maternal mortality two years before (1990-2013) the closing bell rings. Picking out the maternal mortality rate (MMR) benchmark (the number of mothers dying within six weeks of child birth per 100,000 live births) makes sense as it gives an idea of the state of mother and ...