Posted September 15, 2018 12:18:10 New Zealand has been the world leader in maternal health for more than 100 years, and the country is now poised to leapfrog the U.S. and other countries in delivering the nation’s highest birth rates, according to the United Nations.
But while New Zealand was one of the first to adopt a universal primary health care system, it is also one of its worst, with maternal deaths in the country’s hospitals far higher than in other developed countries.
The country also has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the world, according the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
As a result, it has seen the number of maternal deaths among mothers double since 2010, according data from the U,H.S., United Nations and the World Health Organization.
In 2020, the average maternal death rate was 1.2 deaths per 100,000 live births, compared with the average for the world average of 0.9.
New Zealand also had the highest maternal mortality rate in the World Bank’s maternal mortality index.
As for the infant mortality rate, it was the second highest in the industrialized world, at 10.3 deaths per 1,000 births, the U.,H.H. reported.
But that’s down from 12.9 deaths per one,000 in 2020.
The infant mortality index, a measure of maternal morbidity and mortality, was also at its lowest since the mid-1980s.
As the United Nation’s maternal and child health chief, Margaret Chan, told reporters in March, New Zealand’s rate of infant mortality is so low that the country has been able to achieve high maternal survival rates and low maternal morbidities in the face of very high infant mortality rates elsewhere in the developing world.
New Zealand has also been an example of how developing countries can and should adopt and adopt more effective systems of universal primary care.
In 2017, New Guinea became the first country to adopt universal primary medical care, which allows parents to receive medical attention without having to seek it from their health care provider.
New Guineans who need care can access it in their own community, regardless of the provider’s location.
And New Zealanders can now choose between an emergency room or community clinic, which can help them decide whether they want to take time off work to receive care, or if they’d prefer to go to a hospital.
New Guinea also is one of just a handful of countries in the developed world where the government can provide emergency care for adults, but in many cases parents cannot afford it, Chan said.
The country has also taken steps to improve maternal health.
In 2019, the government expanded access to prenatal care for low-income women and introduced a new payment program for maternal and newborn health care.
In May, it announced that the number in New Zealand of maternal health workers who are women of color has grown by more than 60 percent in the past three years.
And in 2019, a woman who gave birth in New Guinea and gave birth to a baby boy in India was named to the countrys Women of Achievement Award for the first time, which recognizes women who have made significant contributions to improving maternal health, Chan noted.
The World Health Assembly on Sept. 13 voted to recognize New Zealand as one of nine new members of the Global Alliance to Reduce Maternal Mortality, which is dedicated to tackling maternal mortality.
The alliance includes countries such as Mexico, Peru, China, India and Brazil, among others.
The United Nations is also working to address maternal mortality, and is holding a summit on maternal health and development on Sept and Oct in Geneva.
In the United Kingdom, the country saw the first decrease in maternal deaths since the 1960s, when the maternal mortality ratio began to decline.
However, the overall rate has been rising, and maternal deaths are increasing more quickly in some of the poorest parts of the country.
The trend was highlighted in 2018, when a study found that the mortality rate among women aged 40-44 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland rose by 20 percent.
It was one year after a woman in the area was killed and her infant boy was born with severe respiratory illness.