Births attended by skilled health staff (% of total) - Country Ranking

Definition: Births attended by skilled health staff are the percentage of deliveries attended by personnel trained to give the necessary supervision, care, and advice to women during pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period; to conduct deliveries on their own; and to care for newborns.

Source: UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, and Demographic and Health Surveys.

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Qatar 100.00 2015
1 Turkmenistan 100.00 2016
1 Trinidad and Tobago 100.00 2015
1 Cayman Islands 100.00 2005
1 Switzerland 100.00 2006
1 Lithuania 100.00 2014
1 Hong Kong SAR, China 100.00 2005
1 Korea 100.00 2015
1 Palau 100.00 2016
1 Brunei 100.00 2016
1 Netherlands 100.00 2003
1 Macao SAR, China 100.00 2004
1 Antigua and Barbuda 100.00 2014
1 St. Kitts and Nevis 100.00 2014
1 Sweden 100.00 1987
1 Uzbekistan 100.00 2015
1 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 100.00 2009
18 Sri Lanka 99.95 2014
19 Japan 99.90 2015
19 Fiji 99.90 2015
19 Italy 99.90 2014
19 China 99.90 2015
19 Uruguay 99.90 2014
19 Luxembourg 99.90 2009
19 El Salvador 99.90 2016
19 Bosnia and Herzegovina 99.90 2015
19 Croatia 99.90 2015
19 United Arab Emirates 99.90 2015
19 Finland 99.90 2015
19 Kuwait 99.90 2015
19 Ukraine 99.90 2014
19 Cuba 99.90 2016
19 Georgia 99.90 2015
19 North Macedonia 99.90 2016
19 Latvia 99.90 2016
19 Libya 99.90 2013
37 Poland 99.80 2016
37 Mauritius 99.80 2016
37 Bulgaria 99.80 2015
37 Armenia 99.80 2016
37 Azerbaijan 99.80 2016
37 Malta 99.80 2016
37 Belarus 99.80 2014
37 Albania 99.80 2018
37 Slovenia 99.80 2012
37 Puerto Rico 99.80 2004
37 Czech Republic 99.80 2013
48 Bahrain 99.70 2015
48 Botswana 99.70 2015
48 Australia 99.70 2015
48 Jordan 99.70 2018
48 Russia 99.70 2014
48 Ireland 99.70 2015
48 Chile 99.70 2015
48 Moldova 99.70 2014
56 Dominican Republic 99.60 2015
56 The Bahamas 99.60 2014
56 Singapore 99.60 2016
56 Argentina 99.60 2015
60 Malaysia 99.40 2015
60 Kazakhstan 99.40 2015
60 Estonia 99.40 2016
63 Belgium 99.30 1999
63 Grenada 99.30 2016
65 Brazil 99.20 2015
65 Colombia 99.20 2016
65 Hungary 99.20 2014
68 Norway 99.10 2016
68 Oman 99.10 2014
68 United States 99.10 2015
68 Thailand 99.10 2016
68 Jamaica 99.10 2011
73 Seychelles 99.00 2012
73 United Kingdom 99.00 1998
73 Israel 99.00 1987
73 Barbados 99.00 2015
73 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 99.00 2014
73 Iran 99.00 2014
73 Montenegro 99.00 2013
80 Mongolia 98.90 2014
80 Portugal 98.90 2015
82 Germany 98.70 2015
82 St. Lucia 98.70 2012
84 Slovak Republic 98.50 2014
85 Kyrgyz Republic 98.40 2014
85 Serbia 98.40 2014
85 Austria 98.40 2016
88 Kiribati 98.30 2010
89 Lebanon 98.20 2004
90 Saudi Arabia 98.00 2013
91 Canada 97.90 2014
91 Iceland 97.90 2016
93 Mexico 97.70 2015
94 Cyprus 97.40 2014
94 Nauru 97.40 2007
94 France 97.40 2016
94 Turkey 97.40 2014
98 Belize 96.80 2016
99 South Africa 96.70 2016
99 Ecuador 96.70 2016
101 Algeria 96.60 2013
102 New Zealand 96.30 2015
103 Syrian Arab Republic 96.20 2009
103 Venezuela 96.20 2016
105 Dominica 96.00 2016
106 Paraguay 95.50 2016
106 Tonga 95.50 2012
108 Romania 95.20 2015
109 Tajikistan 94.80 2017
110 Panama 94.60 2016
111 Congo 94.40 2015
111 Denmark 94.40 2016
113 Vietnam 93.80 2014
114 Tuvalu 93.10 2007
115 Indonesia 92.59 2016
116 São Tomé and Principe 92.50 2014
117 Peru 92.40 2016
118 Egypt 91.50 2014
119 Cabo Verde 91.40 2015
120 Rwanda 90.70 2015
121 Costa Rica 90.00 2015
122 Malawi 89.80 2016
122 Bolivia 89.80 2016
124 Vanuatu 89.40 2013
125 Gabon 89.30 2012
126 Cambodia 89.00 2014
126 Bhutan 89.00 2016
128 Eswatini 88.30 2014
129 Namibia 88.20 2013
130 Nicaragua 88.00 2012
131 Djibouti 87.40 2012
132 Solomon Islands 86.20 2015
133 Guyana 85.70 2014
134 Burundi 85.10 2017
135 Philippines 84.40 2017
136 Honduras 82.80 2012
137 Samoa 82.50 2014
138 Comoros 82.20 2012
139 India 81.40 2016
140 Dem. Rep. Congo 80.10 2014
141 Suriname 80.00 2015
142 Burkina Faso 79.80 2015
143 Zimbabwe 78.10 2015
143 Benin 78.10 2018
145 Lesotho 77.90 2014
146 Sudan 77.50 2014
147 Uganda 74.20 2016
148 Côte d'Ivoire 73.60 2016
148 Morocco 73.60 2011
148 Tunisia 73.60 2012
151 Ghana 70.80 2014
152 Iraq 70.40 2012
153 Pakistan 69.30 2018
153 Mauritania 69.30 2015
155 Senegal 68.40 2017
156 Equatorial Guinea 68.30 2011
157 Guatemala 65.50 2015
158 Cameroon 64.70 2014
159 Tanzania 63.70 2016
160 Zambia 63.30 2014
161 Guinea 62.70 2016
162 Kenya 61.80 2014
163 Liberia 61.10 2013
164 Myanmar 60.20 2016
165 Sierra Leone 59.70 2013
166 Nepal 58.00 2016
167 The Gambia 57.20 2013
168 Timor-Leste 56.70 2016
169 Mozambique 54.30 2011
170 Papua New Guinea 53.00 2006
171 Afghanistan 50.50 2015
172 Bangladesh 49.80 2016
173 Angola 49.60 2016
174 Guinea-Bissau 45.00 2014
175 Yemen 44.70 2013
176 Togo 44.60 2014
177 Madagascar 44.30 2013
178 Mali 43.70 2015
179 Haiti 41.60 2017
180 Nigeria 40.30 2017
181 Lao PDR 40.10 2012
182 Central African Republic 40.00 2010
183 Niger 39.70 2015
184 Eritrea 34.10 2010
185 Ethiopia 27.70 2016
186 Chad 20.20 2015
187 Somalia 9.40 2006

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Development Relevance: Reproductive health is a state of physical and mental well-being in relation to the reproductive system and its functions and processes. Means of achieving reproductive health include education and services during pregnancy and childbirth, safe and effective contraception, and prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. Complications of pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death and disability among women of reproductive age in developing countries. The share of births attended by skilled health staff is an indicator of a health system's ability to provide adequate care for pregnant women.

Limitations and Exceptions: For the indicators that are from household surveys, the year refers to the survey year. For more information, consult the original sources.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual

General Comments: Assistance by trained professionals during birth reduces the incidence of maternal deaths during childbirth. The share of births attended by skilled health staff is an indicator of a health system’s ability to provide adequate care for pregnant women.