Achieving Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 in Bangladesh


Prof S Chowdhury, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Dhaka Medical College, Central Hospital Ltd, Eastern Fortune 301, 12/A Eskaton Garden Road, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh. Email


Please cite this paper as: Chowdhury S, Banu LA, Chowdhury TA, Rubayet S, Khatoon S. Achieving Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 in Bangladesh. BJOG 2011;118 (Suppl. 2):36–46.

Bangladesh has made commendable progress in achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5. Since 1990, there has been a remarkable reduction in maternal and child mortality, with an estimated 57% reduction in child mortality and 66% in maternal mortality. This review highlights that, whereas Bangladesh is on track for achieving MDG 4 and 5A, progress in universal access to reproductive health (5B) is not yet at the required pace to achieve the targets set for 2015. In addition, Bangladesh needs to further enhance activities to improve newborn health and promote skilled attendance at birth.