According to the survey report, endorsed by the Population Foundation of India, more than one-third cases of women dying due to pregnancy related causes in India are registered from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
Banita’s heart sank when she first saw her prematurely born twin girls. One weighed 500 grammes and the other 700 grammes, both way below the 2.5-kilogramme benchmark for low-birthweight newborns.
Indian government officials see the traditional childbearing mind-set as an obstacle to the prosperity and health of a rising economic powerhouse that still has one of the world’s worst rates of maternal mortality.
Women’s support groups make dramatic improvements on neonatal survival rates in India
Role of District Public Health Nurses (DPHNs) in the districts have reduced over the years resulting in their under utilisation, affecting the quality of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services, a study said.