The ending preventable maternal mortality (EPMM) target for reducing the global maternal mortality ratio (MMRatio) by 2030 was adopted as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target 3.1: reduce global MMRatio to less than 70 per lakh live births by 2030. Having targets for mortality reduction is important, but accurate measurement of maternal mortality remains challenging and many deaths still go uncounted. Many countries still lack well-functioning civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems, and where such systems do exist, reporting errors – whether incompleteness (unregistered deaths, also known as “missing”) or misclassification of cause of death – continue to pose a major challenge to data accuracy. The report entitled 'Trends in Maternal Mortality 2000 to 2017: Estimates by World Health Orgnization (WHO), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), World Bank Group, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Population Division presents internationally comparable global, regional and country-level estimates and trends for maternal mortality between 2000 and 2017.
• MMRatio for South Asia was 395 in 2000, 309 in 2005, 235 in 2010, 179 in 2015 and 163 in 2017. Hence, the MMRatio for South Asia reduced by around 59 percent between 2000 and 2017.
• Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia accounted for approximately 86 percent (2,54,000) of the estimated global maternal deaths in 2017 with sub-Saharan Africa alone accounting for roughly 66 percent (1,96,000), while Southern Asia accounted for nearly 20 percent (58,000). South-Eastern Asia, in addition, accounted for over 5 percent of global maternal deaths (16,000).