While the proportion of births attended by a skilled attendant rose from 77% to 96% as a national average between 1990 and 2012, only 61% of births had a skilled attendant present in Chiapas, one of the most marginalised states.
While the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding are well established – including reducing the risks of child mortality – two-thirds of Pakistani mothers do not exclusively breastfeed for the first six months of their child’s life.
When Ma Than Shi, 45, was pregnant with her son Ma Yee Mon Htwe, now one year old, the community health volunteer in her village took her to visit a midwife.
The Mãe Coruja (Mother Owl) project which is run by the state government and aims to help more children survive and grow up healthy by providing healthcare to pregnant women and children under five.
Just six days’ old, Rakhal has been brought by his mother, Mala, to his local health clinic for a check-up. For Mala and her community, this is ground-breaking.