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Goal 5: Improve maternal health

Bolivia (2009)


Proportion of births attended by skilled health personnel

Proportion of births attended by skilled health personnel


Figure 9

Source: Sixth Millennium Development Goal progress report, UDAPE and Ministry of Health and Sport (MSD).


The institutional deliverer ratio shows the percentage of births attended by qualified health personnel. It can be estimated using either household survey data or administrative records.

The latter source has the advantage that it enables periodic estimates of coverage rates to be carried out and annual monitoring.

In Bolivia, data taken from the National Health Information System (SNIS) indicate that the number of women attended by health personnel during delivery increased from 43.0 per cent in 1998 to 64.0 per cent in 2008: a 49 per cent increase over 10 years (Figure 9). Based on those trends, the health sector has set itself the goal of increasing the institutional delivery ratio to 70 per cent by 2015.

Related Links

MDG Monitor Country Profile Bolivia

The Official United Nations site for the MDG Indicators

World Bank Country Brief Bolivia