- Top of page
- Background to the country
- Maternal and neonatal health statistics
- Specific targets for MDGs 4 and 5 for the country
- Continuum of care
- Causes of maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity
- National strategies to address MDGs 4 and 5
- Achievements to date
- Challenges and opportunities
- Will the MDG 4 and 5 targets be reached?
- Disclosure of interests
Please cite this paper as: Malla DS, Giri K, Karki C, Chaudhary P. Achieving Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 in Nepal. BJOG 2011;118 (Suppl. 2):60–68.
The under 5 child mortality rate in Nepal is on track to achieve the target of 54 per 1000 live births by 2015 compared with 158 per 1000 live births in 1991. The maternal mortality rate also looks set to drop to its target of 134 per 100, 000 live births by 2015 from 539 per 100, 000 live births in 1991. A 3-year interim plan (2008–11) was established to provide free basic health care for all citizens and the safe delivery incentive programme has proved to help progression towards achieving Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5. The development of a policy targeting women, children and vulnerable populations in hard to reach places is a key feature. The principle of a primary healthcare approach is applied in the development and implementation of strategy plans and programmes. The focus is on ensuring that there are functioning facilities for essential obstetric care at health facilities and provision of trained personnel at delivery.