Sustainable Development Goals and the Ongoing Process of Reducing Maternal Mortality

Elsevier, Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing, Volume 46, Issue 3, May–June 2017, Pages e56-e64
Lynn Clark Callister, Joan E. Edwards


Innovative programs introduced in response to the Millennium Development Goals show promise to reduce the global rate of maternal mortality. The Sustainable Development Goals, introduced in 2015, were designed to build on this progress. In this article, we describe the global factors that contribute to maternal mortality rates, outcomes of the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals, and the new, related Sustainable Development Goals. Implications for clinical practice, health care systems, research, and health policy are provided.


  • global women's health
  • maternal mortality
  • Millennium Development Goals
  • Sustainable Development Goals