- Top of page
- Background of the country
- Maternal and newborn health statistics
- Millennium development goal targets for Pakistan
- Continuum of care
- Causes of maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity
- National strategies to address Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5
- Programmes and policies to implement strategy
- Achievements to date
- Challenges and opportunities
- Disclosure of interests
- Contribution to authorship
Please cite this paper as: Mahmud G, Zaman F, Jafarey S, Khan RL, Sohail R, Fatima S. Achieving Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 in Pakistan. BJOG 2011;118 (Supp. 2):69–77.
Pakistan is a signatory of many international development strategies including the Millennium Development Goals, and the government is committed to achieving a reduction in infant mortality rate from 72 to <55 per 1000 live births, the newborn mortality rate from 55 to <40 per 1000 live births and the maternal mortality rate from 276 per 100 000 to 140 per 100 000 live births by 2015. Maternal, newborn and child health play a key role in reducing poverty and promoting social and economic development. Improvement in maternal and child health is a priority agenda of the Government of Pakistan.