Time of changes in Turkey. Entre Nous 65, 2007

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The reproductive health programme in Turkey, from 2003–2007, transformed many areas of public health and this issue of Entre Nous examines the changes and their impact.

"Our infant mortality rate, which was 200 per 1,000 in 1960, progressed to 20 per 1,000 now. We decreased our maternal mortality rate from 200 per 100,000 in 1970 to 28.5 in 2006. We can now provide antenatal care for more than 80% of pregnant women, whereas this was only 43% fifteen years ago. Similarly, 83% of deliveries are currently performed under healthy conditions. While noting our achievements, I would like to state that reproductive health services will continue to be our priority until no preventable infant or maternal mortality is left."

(Minister of Health of Turkey)