Case Study: Linking Governance and Empowerment to Improved Maternal and Newborn Health Services in Nepal

Given the framework for how governance can influence the development of programs to improve health outcomes, it is important to understand the challenging situation facing Nepal’s nearly 6.6 million women of reproductive age (ages 15–49). Despite significant reductions in maternal mortality rates since 1990 (estimated at more than 50 percent), the country’s maternal mortality ratio remains high: 281 per 100,000 live births.