Iraq | Programme areas | Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

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Although reproductive health services in Iraq deteriorated following the 2003 conflict, there have been improvements. Access to reliable data on reproductive health however remains limited.

The maternal mortality ratio in Iraq remains significantly higher than in other countries of the Region. Maternal mortality was 24 per 100 000 live births in 2011. The reasons for the high rate of maternal deaths include: poor birth practices, inadequate referral and emergency obstetric care, and a high level of anaemia among pregnant women, especially among rural women in the centre and south of Iraq.

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Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s) 37 140
Total health expenditure on health (% of general government expenditure) 6.5
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) 50
Number of primary health care units and centres (per 10 000 population) 0.7
Total life expectancy at birth (years) 69.8

Source: Framework for health information systems and core indicators for monitoring health situation and health system performance, 2018

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