The Global and National Maternal Mortality Targets for the Sustainable Development Goals

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By: Rima Jolivet, Maternal Health Technical Director, Maternal Health Task Force; Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

There has been some confusion recently about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) targets for reducing maternal mortality. The SDG global target is to reduce the global maternal mortality ratio (MMR) to less than 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030. In addition to this global target, there are separate country-level targets: The primary national target is that every country should reduce its MMR by at least two-thirds from 2010 baseline levels by 2030. The secondary target, which applies to countries with the highest maternal mortality burdens, is that no country should have an MMR greater than 140 deaths per 100,000 live births by 2030…read more