6 Improve maternal health

Where we are?


Reproductive health is a key component of the Jordanian National Population Strategy (NPS) which aims to achieve a balance between population growth and natural and economic resources. This balance would support sustainable development and improvement in the standards of living for individuals and families. In 2008, the Higher Population Council (HPC) launched Phase II of the 2008-2012 National Reproductive Health/Family Planning Action Plan (RHAP II). This plan focuses on reproductive health and family planning aiming to reduce the fertility rate and population growth, improve maternal and child health, and support women’s empowerment. In 2009, the Government of Jordan adopted a policy document prepared by the Higher Population Council on “The Demographic Opportunity in Jordan” that views reproductive health and family planning as key entry points and foundations for policy implementation.

Targets for MDG 5
  1. Reduce by three quarters the maternal mortality ratio
    • Most maternal deaths could be avoided
    • Giving birth is especially risky in Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, where most women deliver without skilled care
    • The rural-urban gap in skilled care during childbirth has narrowed
  2. Achieve universal access to reproductive health & inadequate funding for family planning is a major failure in fulfilling commitments to improving women’s reproductive health
    • More women are receiving antenatal care
    • Inequalities in care during pregnancy are striking
    • Only one in three rural women in developing regions receive the recommended care during pregnancy
    • Progress has stalled in reducing the number of teenage pregnancies, putting more young mothers at risk
    • Poverty and lack of education perpetuate high adolescent birth rates
    • Progress in expanding the use of contraceptives by women has slowed & use of contraception is lowest among the poorest women and those with no education