Rwanda maternal mortality ratio dropped to 210 deaths per 1000 live birth in 2014-2015 down from 1071 in 2000, according to Rwanda Demographic and Health Survey (RDHS5) report.
The 2014/2015 findings released on Friday by the National Institute Statistics of Rwanda is the fifth in a series of demographic and health surveys conducted in the small Central African country as part of the global Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS).
The number of married women with a satisfied demand for Family Planning grew to 53 percent from 17 percent in 2005 and the average number of children a woman is likely to produce in her lifetime reduced to 4.2 children down from 6.1 children in 2005.
Speaking to reporters shortly after the release of the report, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, Rwanda minister of health said that Rwanda has taken tremendous steps towards reducing maternal death rate.
“We have reached our national target and millennium development goals target. These achievements are a result multi-sector collaboration and all is attributed to good leadership,” she noted.
Binagwaho stated that the government through the ministry of health is committed to considerably eradicate maternal mortality rate in the country in the next few years.
“Due to various initiatives such as increasing the number of ambulances and establishing hospitals and maternity centres across the country and encouraging women to deliver at health centres, maternal deaths have reduced progressively,” she said.
According to the findings, infant mortality rate in Rwanda has decreased to 32 deaths per 1000 live births in 2014/2015 down from 109 in 2000 and 93 percent of children 12-23 months are fully vaccinated
87 percent of children between 0-5 months exclusively breast- feed, says the report.
Claver Gatete, Rwanda minister of finance and economic planning noted that the survey is usually conducted to monitor demographic and health conditions of Rwandans.
“The good figures and success we are witnessing are a result of heavy investment in health sector and our government is committed to deliver better healthcare to citizens,” he noted.
This is the fifth survey conducted so far following surveys in 1992, 2000, 2005, 2007-08 and 2010 aimed at providing up-to-date information on fertility and childhood, mortality levels, fertility preferences, use of family planning methods, maternal and child health, knowledge and attitudes toward HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STI), and prevalence of HIV among the adult population.
“The information is vital for making informed policy decisions and for planning, monitoring, and evaluating existing programs related to health in general, and reproductive health in particular, at both the national and regional levels,” Gatete stated.