Maternal mortality ratio in the country drops to 130 from 167

Maternal mortality ratio in the country drops to 130 from 167


  1. Maternal mortality ratio dropped across the country as per the latest Sample Registration System (SRS) data.

Important facts:

  1. As per the SRS data, the MMR (number of maternal deaths per 1, 00,000 live births) has dropped from 167 (in 2011-2013, the last SRS period) to 130 across the nation.
  2. The drop is the result of reducing the MMR in each of the States.
  3. States wise data:
  • Kerala has the lowest MMR of 46, followed by Maharashtra with 61 and Tamil Nadu 66.
  • The highest reduction from the last SRS is with the EAG States at 23%, a drop from 246(2011-13) to 188.
  • Other States have dropped by 19%, taking the MMR down from 115 in 2011-13, to 93 at present.
  • Uttar Pradesh/ Uttarakhand witnessed a massive drop of 29% , where the MMR had dropped from 285 to 201.
  1. The SRS segments States into three groups:
  • Empowered Action Group (EAG)-Bihar Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh/ Uttarakhand and Assam.
  • Southern States: Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
  • Others: Remaining States and UTs.

7- As per the National Health Mission estimation:

  • India has bettered the MDG target of 139 for 2014-16.
  • This was possible because of systematic work undertaken by the Centre and States under the NHM that has resulted in saving 12,000 lives in 2015.
  • Three states has already achieved the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal of MMR 70.
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