Improving Maternal Health Around the World January 15, 2016 By Will Sowards Leave a Comment Women and mothers throughout the world play key roles in their families, helping in a wide variety of ways. This makes maternal health a key component of global health. In an effort to raise awareness about the importance of maternal health, Passport Health has partnered with Georgetown University’s Nursing@Georgetown to present the important statistics and information found in the article below. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) make up a global international agenda to transform and improve the world by 2030. Between 1990 and 2015, maternal mortality decreased 44% around the world, and the SDG for maternal health is to reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 deaths per 100,000 live births. The current worldwide ratio is approximately 210 deaths per 100,000 live births. Maternal deaths are primarily attributed to the lack of accessible and affordable prenatal care and unattended births in regions where birthing professionals are limited. However, curbing the maternal death rate in countries with advanced health systems remains a challenge. For example, the United States spends more on hospitalization for pregnancy and childbirth than any other country in the world, but the rate at which mothers are dying due to pregnancy or birth complications continues to rise. A key component of preserving maternal health is preventive care, including vaccination. In some areas of the world, diseases like tetanus are common and could lead to maternal deaths. However, vaccines like the TDaP (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccine are suggested in order to preserve maternal health and that of the young child. Nursing@Georgetown created this infographic to investigate what’s causing maternal deaths and how they can be prevented, both in the United States and around the world. Brought to you by Nursing@Georgetown: Nurse Midwife programs What can we do to increase maternal health rates in the U.S. and around the world? What role might vaccines play in this effort? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below, on Facebook or Twitter.