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Innovations in Maternal Health

Posted On : November 29,2013

Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) in India was 212 per 100,000 live births in 2007-09, reveals Sample Registration System (SRS).

Maternal and new born mortality and morbidity remain unconsciously high despite significant progress in improving maternal and children health.

In a bid to bring forth the shocking tales of maternal mortality and help reduce the incidences, a book titled ‘Innovations in Maternal Health – Case Studies from India’ has been released.

The latest book is a compilation of 23 innovations from the areas of Maternal and Newborn Health. These innovations have been written in the case study style for teaching and which will be beneficial for capacity building initiatives for the healthcare professionals.

These descriptive case studies cover innovative programmes, initiatives and technologies implemented in India. Each case is complemented by a documentary film provided in the accompanying DVD.

Innovations have been defined as ‘doing what has been done differently or creating new, unique ideas and interventions.’ The case studies included in this volume represent a range of innovative health programmes undertaken in different parts of India and therefore provide conceptualized learning.

With an aim to reach out to the poor sections, these designs have been specially designed. Not to forget each of these themes has a film accompanying it. The film captures the innovative cases which have been documented.

“Every year 56,000 mothers die in the country. 30 to 34 per cent are contributed by the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan."

“A pregnant woman gives a notice of nine-months and if they still die – then it is a matter of shame and concern,” said Dr. Rakesh Kumar, Joint Secretary of Reproductive and Child Health and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, while the keynote address during the book launch held at the India Habitat Center, Delhi.

The book takes the readers on a boat ride across the rarely travelled riverine areas of the Majuli Islands of Assam and the Sunderbans in West Bengal to the state of Tamil Nadu – which is known for the constsnt endeavors to improve its health care system, considered one of the best in the country.

The book is edited by Jay K. Satia, Senior Vice President of the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Madhavi Misra, Research Scientist & Adjunct Assistant Professor at PHFI, Radhika Arora, alumina of the Indian Institute of Public Health and Sourav Neogi, public health professional.