National Conference on emergency obstetric and neonatal care held


The Office of the Parliamentary Speaker organized a national conference on emergency obstetric and neonatal care, in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Mongolia, on October 23 at the State Palace.
The conference aimed to strengthen the quality and coverage of the state’s maternal and child health initiative, including emergency obstetric care services in Mongolia. Speaker Z.Enkhbold delivered opening remarks, where he highlighted that Mongolia has been sustainably implementing projects to improve maternal health and reduce child mortality under the implementation of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
According to statistics introduced at the conference, 40,000 live births were counted in 2000, and after 14 years the number of newborns increased two-fold. The total population of Mongolia reached 3 million people in 2015. Mongolia recorded a decline in the under-five mortality rate, falling from 97.2 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 18.9 per 1,000 in 2012. In terms of the actual number of infant deaths, there has been a decline of 76.1 percent, from 4,789 deaths in 1990 to 1,143 in 2012.
According to the introduction at the conference, the maternal mortality rate (MMR) peaked in 1993 at 259 per 100,000 live births, before declining to 143.5 in 1997. It has declined steadily since then, despite a slight fluctuation between 1997 and 2000, an accelerated decline in 2001 through 2006, and another slight decrease in 2007 through 2010. The maternal mortality rate was high in the early 1990s, after which it declined in 2001 through 2006 due to the introduction and implementation of maternal mortality reduction strategies between 2001 and 2010. The government has developed and implemented a national program on maternal and child health for 2011 through 15. The UNFPA says the program has contributed significantly to achieving the MMR target by 2015 as outlined in MDG 5.
Keynote speaker Tania Patriota, UNFPA Mongolia representative, noted, “Exactly a month ago, on behalf of the world’s more than seven billion people, heads of state, and government representatives adopted a historic decision on a comprehensive, far-reaching, and people-centered set of universal and transformative goals and targets for the next 15 years. During this gathering of world leaders, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon proudly launched the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health 2030, calling all countries to further improve the health of hundreds of millions of women and children around the world, and in so doing, to improve the lives of all people for the next 15 years.”
“Like Mongolia, many upper-middle-income countries are now looking for the efficient use of domestic resources, and in particular, many health and population development ministries are now focusing on strengthening their allocation systems to make them mother-and child friendly; creating budget lines specifically on maternal and child health; including essential health services in the health insurance packages, and strengthening reporting and tracking mechanisms.
“We all know that there is no one-size-fits all solution. Ensuring sustainable financing for maternal and child health programs requires longstanding commitment and action; therefore, UNFPA stands ready to provide guidance to support the Mongolian government towards this result.”
The conference was attended by representatives and delegates from the Ministry of Health and Sports, Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences, City Department of Health, National Center for Maternal and Child Health, as well as health centers from nine districts of Ulaanbaatar, and Arkhangai, Uvurkhangai, Tuv, Selenge, Bulgan, Orkhon, Darkhan-Uul, Umnugovi, Dundgovi and Bayankhongor provinces.

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