Bad indicators for reproductive health (Mozambique)

Bad indicators for reproductive health (Mozambique)
2014. Adolescents preparing food (Mozambique) © AEEH

Bad indicators for reproductive health (Mozambique)

Limited access to anti-contraception, a high rate of adolescent motherhood, a lack of qualified health workers and a high rate of maternal death represent a situation that repeats for half the women in sub-Saharan Africa, where the social and educational context, the poor number, dedication and training of health workers, the lack of medicines, technology and basic equipment like rubber gloves, make it difficult to effectively reduce the bad indicators for reproductive health.

Of equal importance to replacing traditional midwives with qualified nurses is the existence of a social system that does not impose marriage on adolescents, and a socio-sanitary system that guarantees that women are protected from sexually transmitted diseases like AIDS, unwanted pregnancies and risks during delivery.

Mozambique has one of the worst indices for gender development: in 2015 only 12% of women used contraceptives, 166 of every 1,000 adolescents was a mother, 52% of deliveries were with unqualified health workers, and 489 of every 100,000 deliveries resulted in maternal death.