Improving Maternal and Newborn Health and Survival and Reducing Stillbirth

Progress report 2023

May 10, 2023
A smiling mother lying next to her newborn baby.

This report highlights global progress on maternal mortality, neonatal mortality and stillbirths, as well as country efforts to meet the global targets for all three of these critical challenges. Using data from recently published analyses on maternal mortality, stillbirths and neonatal mortality, along with new data on country progress towards the Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP) – Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality (EPMM) coverage targets and milestones, this summary report presents the key findings from the data and priority actions.

According to the estimates in the report, preventable maternal deaths, stillbirths and newborn deaths remain extraordinarily high. Sub-Saharan Africa and Central and Southern Asia are experiencing the largest numbers of deaths, although across all regions, there is variation regarding the pace at which countries are progressing in their efforts to achieve the global 2030 targets. The top 10 countries with the highest burden account for 60 per cent of global maternal deaths, stillbirths, and newborn deaths, and 51 per cent of the world’s live births.


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The ENAP/EPMM dashboard presented below includes country and regional values for key mortality and coverage indicators for the survival of mothers and newborns.

ENAP/EPMM Dashboard 2023