TNPSC Thervupettagam

Maternity Mortality Ratio (MMR)

November 12 , 2019 78 days 180 0
  • According to the recent special bulletin on MMR released by the Registrar General of India, MMR of India has declined by 8 points in one year.
  • It has declined from 130 per lakh live births in 2014-16 to 122 per lakh live births in 2015-17 (6.2% decline).
  • Currently, 11 states in India have achieved the target - Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Telangana, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Karnataka and Haryana.
  • Four states namely Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan are lagging behind in containing MMR.


  • Under the National Health Policy 2017, India has set the ambitious target of MMR of 100 per lakh live births by 2020.
  • India is on track of achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target for reducing MMR by 2025, five years ahead of timeline of 2030.
  • Initiatives such as LaQshya, POSHAN Abhiyan and SUMAN (Surakshit Matritva Aashwasan Initiative) have been launched by Union Government for reducing MMR.

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