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Maternal Health Services

Maternal health is one of the priority issues of the health sector that has got earnest attention by the government and tremendous support from development partners. As a result maternal mortality in Ethiopia has declined from 1,400 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in 1990GC to 420 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in 2013GC. Improved access to quality maternal health services is a major driver of maternal mortality reduction. Further reduction in maternal mortality and improvement of maternal health is required as Ethiopia still has one of the world’s highest maternal mortality ratios.

Taking this into account, the Oromia RHB along with the FMOH, has been working in close collaboration with the regional government, community members, and development partners with the Moto of “No mother should die while giving life.” The Health Development Army and all levels of the healthcare units have contributed the Lion’s share for achievements so far. During the period of HSDP-IV, Oromia RHB has achieved tremendous success in improving access to and utilization of evidence-based healthcare services for the reduction of maternal mortality and morbidity. Coverage of family planning, antenatal care, skilled delivery, and early postnatal care increased significantly. Between 2002 and 2007EC, contraceptive acceptance rate (CAR) in ORHB increased from 52% to 74%. The contribution of long acting contraception methods is also increasing from year to year. In 2007EC the contribution of long acting contraceptive methods reached 21.8% of CAR.