Online consultation for coverage targets for Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality (EPMM)

September 2020
Publisher: UNFPA, WHO (on behalf of the EPMM Management Team)

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Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality (EPMM) is a global initiative with the ultimate goal of ending preventable maternal mortality to support achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets to attain an average global maternal mortality ratio (MMR) of less than 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030. 

By 2030, all countries should reduce their Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) by at least two thirds of their 2010 baseline level.

The supplementary national target is that no country should have an MMR greater than 140 per 100,000 live births by 2030.

Many countries have been successful at reducing MMR, but efforts are needed to accelerate progress to achieve SDG targets in all countries.  Between 2000 and 2017, the average annual rate of reduction in global maternal mortality was 2.9%, which is far short of what is needed to achieve the global SDG targets.

The EPMM management team, chaired by WHO and UNFPA, is in the process of refining the EPMM initiative. In addition to mortality reduction targets, EPMM is establishing coverage targets and milestones to track progress for 2020 to 2025. As maternal and newborn health are inextricably linked, the coverage targets will be linked with the Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP) targets as feasible, to provide countries with opportunities for accelerating implementation of integrated country level maternal and newborn health programmes.

The purpose of this open consultation is to solicit feedback from maternal and newborn stakeholders on the proposed EPMM coverage targets for 2020-2025. Each indicator will have a global target and a national target. Sub-national targets will be defined based on the national targets identified by this online consultation.

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