Austria should be commended for all of the excellent work they have done to reduce maternal mortality within their country. Austria has one of the lowest maternal mortality rates in world at just 4 per 100,000 live births1

Because of the low maternal mortality rate, any initiatives for maternal health are concentrated either on contraception or on poorer immigrant communities: “With the amendment to the Federal Ministries Act of 2003, Federal Law Gazette I, No. 17/2003, the Federal Ministry of Health and Women’s Issues was set up, which amongst other tasks performs the function of co-ordinating matters relating to women’s policy and equality of women and men in the labour market. Please find more detailed information on the Inter-ministerial Coordinating Committee on Gender Mainstreaming in Article 4, Number 1. The Federal Ministry of Health and Women’s Issues set up a separate department with the title “Women’s Services and Integration of Female Migrants”. This department devotes itself to fundamental research and project work benefiting women in the host country Austria. Special attention is focused on the socio-economic and cultural integration of female migrants. In the meantime, top priority concerns have emerged. These are: Equal treatment with regard to access to the labour market and to education (especially language coaching as well as the recognition of diplomas acquired in the country of origin) and health. The provinces also launched initiatives, such as, for example, the setting up of integration offices, the launching of language programs, training and counselling on matters relating to the Aliens’ Act for the staff of non-governmental organizations and easy-access women-specific health care services for female migrants” 2


  1. UNFPA, State of the World Population 2006: A Passage to Hope; Women and International Migration, 2006) 94-96 and UN Statistical Database, 2000
  2. CEDAW 2004 7-9