6 Improve maternal health

Where we are?

The 2008 MDG Report states the efforts of the pre-Revolution authorities of paying special attention to primary healthcare facilities, providing good opportunities for monitoring pregnancy, and ensuring that births be attended by skilled personnel. This led to a decline in maternal mortality from 77 deaths per 100,000 live births in 1992, to a figure of 27 in 2007.

However, challenges remain in particular in:

  • the adoption of an integrated programme for safe motherhood, and the organization of comprehensive maternity care services;
  • the re-distribution of skilled and trained staff in the area of gynaecology and obstetrics;
  • support for primary healthcare facilities to provide care in pregnancy and childbirth, as well as the elimination of geographical variations in maternity facilities; and - lastly,
  • the development of a system to monitor maternal mortality through the establishment of a regularly updated database.

UNDP┬┤s Work in Libya

In light of the most-recent political change in Libya and the subsequent national (re)prioritizing by the newly elected Government of Libya, as well as the mentioned validity concerns of previous MDG data and indicators, UNDP is reviewing and re-aligning its MDG-related programming. As a result, revised targets will be published in this section of the website.

1.19 years
remaining
until 2015

1990 2015
Targets for MDG 5
  1. Reduce, between 1990 and 2015, by three quarters the maternal mortality ratio
    • Maternal mortality ratio
    • Proportion of births attended by skilled health personnel