The Ministry of Health has prioritised maternal and new-born health care as Vanuatu failed to
reach the Millennium Development Goal 5A at the end of 2015. Vanuatu did however make
some progress particularly with coverage for skilled birth attendance and coverage for
antenatal care. With endorsement of the Sustainable Development Goals, it is imperative that
Vanuatu works harder to eliminate preventable maternal deaths by so doing improve the
quality of maternal and new-born health services.