Zimbabwe’s Maternal Mortality Rate Drops –UNICEF

Zimbabwe’s Maternal Mortality Halved - UNICEF (News Central TV)

According to UNICEF, Zimbabwe‘s maternal mortality rate has decreased from 960 deaths per 100 000 live births in 2010 to 462 deaths per 100 000 live births in 2019.

“A remarkable achievement for Zimbabwe, under five mortality, however, has also reduced dramatically in just five years, from 75 to 65 deaths per 1000 live births between 2014 and 2019,” according to Unicef’s latest annual report on Zimbabwe’s health system.

However, due to malnutrition, HIV/AIDS, pneumonia, malaria, and diarrhoea, the neonatal mortality rate has remained stable since 1988, at 31 deaths per 1000 live births.

Shingai Nyaguse, president of the Zimbabwe Senior Hospital Doctors Association, stated that while the government has made tremendous improvement, the figures were still inadequate.

“We certainly made progress by reducing the maternal mortality rate (MMR) to 462. However, it is still unacceptably high, meaning that childbirth is still dangerous in Zimbabwe. Sustainable Development Goal SDG 3 aims for an MMR of around 70 by 2030,” Nyaguse said.

Zimbabwe adult mortality rate was at level of 45.68 deaths per 100 population in 2020, up from 44.15 deaths per 100 population in 2015, this is a change of 3.46%.

The current infant mortality rate for Zimbabwe in 2022 is 35.025 deaths per 1000 live births, a 2.58% decline from 2021. The infant mortality rate for Zimbabwe in 2021 was 35.954 deaths per 1000 live births, a 2.52% decline from 2020. The infant mortality rate for Zimbabwe in 2020 was 36.882 deaths per 1000 live births, a 2.46% decline from 2019. The infant mortality rate for Zimbabwe in 2019 was 37.811 deaths per 1000 live births, a 2.4% decline from 2018.


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