Jamaica’s Ministry of Health is pursuing the development of a Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy, which will create a framework for identifying effective strategies to reduce maternal mortality rates.
The framework will focus on strengthening the linkages between obstetric and non-communicable disease programmes and review the Ministry’s capacity within the health sector to respond effectively to cases of unsafe abortions.
This was disclosed by Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, during the sitting of Parliament earlier this week.
According to CMC News, Tufton said “Jamaica is committed to reducing the maternal mortality rate to less than 70 per 100,000 live births by the year 2030. In 2016, the maternal mortality ratio was 110.6/100,000 live births”.