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Latest items for MMR-PRACTICE-1

May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: MMR-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to improve the health status of women and girls through the adoption of such policies as the national health policy of 2016. Nevertheless, it notes with concern...The high rate of maternal mortality, which is partly attributable to the lack of access to skilled midwives and the high number of unsafe abortions" (12).
May 10, 2018, 7:17 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: MMR-PRACTICE-1

"The National Sexual Health and Responsible Procreation Programme has launched various initiatives aimed at reducing maternal mortality. These initiatives fall under the umbrella of the Plan to Reduce Maternal and Infant Mortality among Women and Teenage Girls being implemented by the Office of the Under-Secretary for Community Health. The general objectives of the Plan are to improve maternal and child health and the health of teenage girls and women, and to achieve, as a consequence, a reduction in maternal and infant mortality (neonatal and post-neonatal) and an increase in the survival rate of children, teenagers, mothers and women in general. Another aim is to prevent unplanned pregnancies and the development...more
April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: MMR-PRACTICE-1

"High maternal mortality and morbidity rates worldwide are indicators that States Parties possibility breached their duty to ensure women’s access to reproductive health care services" (25). "Government has expanded its food voucher programme for pregnant mothers indicating government’s initiative to reduce child mortality rate and improve maternal health as stipulated under Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4 and 5. This year, Government allocated $1.4 million that will benefit 4,000 pregnant mothers who attend rural health clinics. The objective of this programme is to improve maternal health and provide nutrition needs required during pregnancies" (28).
April 17, 2018, 4:59 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: MMR-PRACTICE-1

"The main goal of this strategic plan [National Road Map Strategic Plan to Accelerate Reduction of Maternal, Newborn, and Child Deaths in Tanzania-One Plan (2008-2015)] was to reduce maternal, neonatal, and child morbidity and mortality and to attain MDG 4 (to reduce child mortality by two-thirds from the rate in 1990) and 5 (to reduce maternal mortality by three-quarters from the rate in 1990). The target date for achievement of these goals was December 2015. Broad objectives: To provide skilled attendance to women during pregnancy, childbirth, postnatal and neonatal periods, and children at all levels of the health care delivery system; To strengthen the capacity of individuals, families, communities, and...more
April 17, 2018, 4:54 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: MMR-PRACTICE-1

"The National Road Map Strategic Plan to Accelerate Reduction of Maternal, Newborn and Child Deaths in Tanzania (2008-2015) notes that lengthening the intervals between pregnancies can prevent 20% to 35% of all maternal deaths. The National Road Map Strategic Plan focuses on improving access to family planning services through implementation of community-based programs in districts throughout Tanzania" (page 105). "Teenage pregnancy is a major health concern because of its association with higher morbidity and mortality for both the mother and child. Childbearing during the teenage years frequently has adverse social consequences, particularly for educational attainment, because women who become mothers in their teens are more likely to curtail their education....more
April 11, 2018, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: MMR-PRACTICE-1

"Burkina Faso has acceded to various regional and international initiatives and strategies that promote the health of mothers and children. Fulfilment of those commitments has included, in particular, specific measures for maternal and child health (birth-care and emergency obstetric or neonatal care (SONU) subsidization, free preventive care, reduction of the cost of contraceptives, and procurement of contraceptives under the State budget)" (14-15). "Mechanisms for systematic monitoring of progress achieved in the area of maternal health include sectoral reviews, assessments of SONU needs and of the availability of reproductive health products, weekly monitoring of such products and maternal deaths and ongoing analysis of data collected routinely through the National Health Information...more
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: MMR-PRACTICE-1

" The Committee welcomes the achievements of the State party in reducing maternal and infant mortality and notes the information provided by the delegation of the State party that all women migrant workers are covered by health insurance" (pg 9).
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: MMR-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the State party’s significant achievements in reducing infant and maternal mortality" (page 9).
April 4, 2018, 9:59 a.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: MMR-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes that the national health sector strategic plan 2011-2030 identifies maternal health and child health as the two highest priorities of the national health programmes" (11). "The Committee is, however, concerned: ...(b) That there is severe underreporting of maternal deaths through the routine health management information system and that the maternal mortality ratio in the State party remains the highest in East Asia; (c) That women suffer from undernutrition and micronutrient deficiency; (d) That women and girls, especially in remote and rural areas, face significant challenges in gaining access to sexual and reproductive health services, in particular skilled care at birth, antenatal and postnatal care and family planning,...more
April 3, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar

"The Committee reiterates its concern about the limited access to adequate health-care services, including sexual and reproductive health services, the persistence of teenage pregnancy and the high and almost unchanged infant and maternal mortality rates, especially among young women and girls, which are mostly due to pregnancy or childbirth -related complications as well as to unsafe abortions. The Committee is concerned that medical fees and costs for treatment or medication continue to limit access to health care for most women. The Committee notes the intention of the State party to lower the level of sanctions for abortion and to consider introducing further grounds under which abortion could be made legal....more
April 2, 2018, 8:19 a.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: MMR-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the progress achieved since its consideration in 2008 of the State party's combined second, third and fourth periodic reports…in undertaking legislative reform, in particular the adoption of the following legislation…(f) Supreme Decree No. 66 of 3 April 2009, which establishes incentives for women to complete medical check-ups in order to reduce child and maternal mortality" (1-2). "The Committee welcomes the measures taken by the State party to enhance the provision of health services for women, including through the provision of ancestral medicine, but is concerned about: (a) The persistently high rates of maternal mortality and the limited access to health infrastructures for pregnant women, in particular for...more
March 30, 2018, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: MMR-PRACTICE-1

"That the impact of the Ebola pandemic further hampered the State party’s efforts to combat the high maternal and infant mortality in the State party, owing to severe disruptions to midwifery and other services" (12).
March 23, 2018, 1:50 p.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: MMR-PRACTICE-1

"The fact that pregnancy-related services are provided free of charge, combined with performance-based financing and capacity-building in the health care system, has increased use of RH services and helped reduce maternal mortality" (22).
March 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Namibia

"The Committee recalls its previous concluding observations (CEDAW/C/NAM/CO/3, paras. 24 and 25) and commends the State party for its successful programmes aimed at preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV. The Committee remains concerned, however, at the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS and unsafe abortions, which have contributed to the increase in the maternal mortality ratio in the State party. The Committee is particularly concerned that, while abortion is permissible on prescribed grounds such as rape, incest, threat to the health and life of the pregnant woman and foetal malformation, pursuant to the Abortion and Sterilization Act of 1975, women still undergo complex and onerous administrative procedures to obtain approval for abortion. The...more
March 20, 2018, 1:29 p.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: MMR-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the State party’s efforts to improve its institutional and policy framework aimed at accelerating the elimination of discrimination against women and promoting gender equality, such as the adoption of the following: (a) Maternal and Child Nutrition and Health Results Project, 2014-2019; (b) National Plan of Action on Gender-based Violence, 2013-2017; (c) Gender and Women’s Empowerment Policy, 2010-2020; (d) National Education Policy, 2004-2015" (page 2). "The Committee notes the efforts made by the State party to improve the health status of women, but notes with concern: (a) The high rates of maternal mortality and child mortality; (b) The high number of adolescent pregnancies and the insufficient measures taken...more
March 17, 2018, 1:48 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: MMR-PRACTICE-1

"The Ministry of Health has also created a National Network of Laboratories consisting of five regional laboratories, shortening the time required for intake and response, and reducing cost to the population, providing inter alia breast cancer and cervical cancer screenings. By providing additional human resources, it has been possible to extend coverage of gynaecological-obstetric services to 24 hours/7 days a week at 20 of the 28 maternity clinics nationwide, permitting monitoring of indicators related to childbirth and contributing to reduction of maternal mortality" (28-29). "Sixteen hostels for expectant mothers have been established, especially in geographical areas that are difficult to reach, making it possible for expectant mothers to find timely...more
March 14, 2018, 6:54 p.m.
Countries: Senegal

"The Committee welcomes the numerous measures taken by the State party to address maternal mortality and expand universal health coverage, but remains concerned about: (a) The persistently high rates of maternal mortality, the limited health infrastructure for pregnant women, the insufficient number of skilled personnel attending births and women’s limited access to essential obstetric care; (b) The lack of comprehensive education on sexual and reproductive health and rights and family planning services, and the limited access to modern contraceptives; (c) The criminalization of abortion (art. 305 of the Penal Code); the restrictive conditions under which abortion is available under the code of professional conduct (i.e. only in cases of threats...more
March 14, 2018, 3:42 p.m.
Countries: Guinea
Variables: MMR-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes the progress that the State party has made to improve the health of women, especially in the area of reproductive health, including the adoption of the national road map for the accelerating the reduction of maternal, newborn and child mortality for 2012-2015, the campaign on accelerated reduction of maternal mortality in Africa and the initiative for the provision of free obstetric care and the creation of midwife networks. The Committee is concerned, however, about: (a) The persisting high maternal mortality rate linked to inadequate prenatal care and the limited number of assisted childbirths, as well as the high number of early pregnancies" (13-14).
March 14, 2018, 12:08 p.m.
Countries: Swaziland

"The Committee welcomes the State party’s efforts to improve its policy framework aimed at accelerating the elimination of discrimination against women and promoting gender equality, such as the adoption of the following: (a) National gender policy, approved by the Cabinet in 2010; (b) Reproductive Health Commodity Security Strategic Plan 2008-2015" (page 2). "The Committee welcomes the introduction of prenatal programmes aimed at preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS. The Committee remains concerned, however, at the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS and of clandestine abortions, which have contributed to the increase in maternal mortality in recent years. The Committee calls upon the State party: (a) To intensify the implementation of HIV/AIDS response strategies,...more
March 7, 2018, 9:50 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: MMR-PRACTICE-1

"Within the SP, as affirmative action in the framework of reduction of maternal mortality, there exists the strategy 'Healthy Pregnancy;' for women who pertain to the first to seventh deciles, they are exempt from payment" (page 24). "From the Program for Specific Action for Maternal and Perinatal Health (PAE) 2013-2018, two objectives are highlighted: 1) propitiate universal access for mothers in pre-gestational, pregnancy, birth, puerperium and neonatal stages, to quality and respectful services; 2) contribute to reducing maternal and perinatal mortality, with a focus in interculturality, prioritizing groups of high marginalization and risk" (page 25). "2015 saw a reduction in maternal deaths: from 960 deaths and a maternal mortality ratio...more
March 7, 2018, 6:52 p.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: MMR-PRACTICE-1

"Successive governments in Sri Lanka continue to allocate resources in relation to the measures taken for the advancement of women; e.g. the interim budget for year 2015 passed in January 2015 after the election of the new President on 8th January, introduced a system of paying of Rs. 20,000.00 worth of nutrition foods recommended by doctors to all expectant mothers in the country during the last 6 months of the pregnancy period and first four months after the confinement. This is with the aim of addressing issues related to anaemia, low birth weight and malnutrition that impact the mother as well as the baby" (9). "Factors such as socio-economic development,...more
Feb. 28, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: MMR-PRACTICE-1

"On 1 June 2013, introduced free maternity services in all public facilities and in July 2013, committed Sh3.8 billion to fund the free maternal health-care programme, with an additional Sh700 million for free access to health centres and dispensaries, Sh3.1 billion for recruitment of 30 community nurses per constituency, Sh522 million for recruitment of 10 community health workers per constituency, and Sh1.2 billion for provision of housing units to health-care workers, within its overall allotment of Sh10.6 billion for health care in the 2013/14 national budget" (13). "The Beyond Zero Campaign: is an initiative of the First Lady in HIV control and promotion of maternal, newborn and child health in...more
Feb. 27, 2018, 11:14 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: MMR-PRACTICE-1

"In the context of the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality, many innovative strategies have been implemented, in particular through the provision of essential neonatal obstetrical care (SONE), emergency neonatal obstetrical care (SONU), prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT), integrated management of childhood illness (IMCI), and maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) care at the community level: reproductive health outreach teams, health care quality assurance, post-abortion care, a “husbands’ school”, dual-protection social marketing (family planning and HIV prevention), fairground activities and community-based contraceptive distribution, the promotion of essential family practices, etc" (pg 18). "To ease the financial burden that limits access to health care, the State is continuing the...more
Feb. 23, 2018, 8:47 p.m.
Countries: Moldova
Variables: MMR-PRACTICE-1

"In order to ensure quality care accessible to women in the country, assessment of the quality of obstetric and neonatal medical health service a new concept was approved and implemented - the concept of confidential audit of each case of maternal and perinatal death proximity and the confidential questionnaire of the analysis of cases of maternal death at the national level. Their large scale implementation will allow identifying real and precise cases of perinatal and maternal death, the level of the use of clinical protocols, decision making and proposals for improvement. As a result of these measures, the levels of maternal and child mortality decreased, as presented more concretely in...more
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: MMR-PRACTICE-1

"In 2013, 68 Palestinian women were obliged to give birth at Israeli military checkpoints. Five of them died and 35 miscarried. Women take hours, sometimes more than four hours, to get to health centres in the West Bank" (53). "Because they were not able to get to hospital [because of the political violence in the Gaza strip] and delivery of care was delayed, 4 pregnant women died and 18 had to have their babies at home" (54).
Jan. 31, 2018, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: MMR-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is gravely concerned about the extremely high rate of maternal mortality and draws the link to the rising incidence of unsafe abortion which accounts for almost one third of all maternal deaths […] Additional factors causing maternal mortality and morbidity, including female genital mutilation, early marriage, early pregnancies, inadequate health care infrastructure and medical personnel, unequal distribution of health and family planning services and impeded access to contraception," (10).
Jan. 23, 2018, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: MMR-PRACTICE-1

"Nevertheless, the Committee is deeply concerned about the stagnation of the maternal mortality rate, attributable in part to unsafe abortions, the limited access to legal abortion" (12).
Jan. 8, 2018, 11:54 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: MMR-PRACTICE-1

"Myanmar committed in 2013 to the Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) global initiative. The goal is to reach more women with lifesaving family planning information and access to contraceptives by the year 2020" (89).
Dec. 28, 2017, 8:58 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

"Child marriage, which increases the likelihood of early pregnancy and heightens the risk of death in childbirth, remains common in Afghanistan" (para 3).
Dec. 26, 2017, 10:52 p.m.
Countries: Panama

"Access to health care was a significant problem in the indigenous comarcas as reflected in high rates of maternal and infant mortality and malnutrition"(24)