Maternal Health Situation in India: A Case Study

Authors

  • Kranti S Vora Centre for Management of Health Services, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad
  • Dileep V Mavalankar Centre for Management of Health Services, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad
  • KV Ramani Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
  • Mudita Upadhyaya Centre for Management of Health Services, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad
  • Bharati Sharma Centre for Management of Health Services, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad
  • Sharad Iyengar ARTH-3, Udaipur
  • Vikram Gupta Population Foundation of India, Jaipur
  • Kirti Iyengar Population Foundation of India, Jaipur

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/jhpn.v27i2.3363

Keywords:

Delivery, Health indicators, Healthcare, Maternal health, Maternal health services, Maternal mortality, India

Abstract

Since the beginning of the Safe Motherhood Initiative, India has accounted for at least a quarter of mater­nal deaths reported globally. India's goal is to lower maternal mortality to less than 100 per 100,000 live­births but that is still far away despite its programmatic efforts and rapid economic progress over the past two decades. Geographical vastness and sociocultural diversity mean that maternal mortality varies across the states, and uniform implementation of health-sector reforms is not possible. The case study analyzes the trends in maternal mortality nationally, the maternal healthcare-delivery system at different levels, and the implementation of national maternal health programmes, including recent innovative strategies. It identifies the causes for limited success in improving maternal health and suggests measures to rectify them. It recommends better reporting of maternal deaths and implementation of evidence-based, focused strategies along with effective monitoring for rapid progress. It also stresses the need for regulation of the private sector and encourages further public-private partnerships and policies, along with a strong political will and improved management capacity for improving maternal health.

Key words: Delivery; Health indicators; Healthcare; Maternal health; Maternal health services; Maternal mortality; India

doi: 10.3329/jhpn.v27i2.3363

J Health Popul Nutr 2009 April;27(2):184-201

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Author Biography

Kranti S Vora, Centre for Management of Health Services, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad

Dr. Kranti S. Vora
Centre for Management of Health Services
Indian Institute of Management
Vastrapur
Ahmedabad 380 015
India
Email: krantivora@gmail.com OR kranti_vora@rediffmail.com

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Vora, K. S., Mavalankar, D. V., Ramani, K., Upadhyaya, M., Sharma, B., Iyengar, S., Gupta, V., & Iyengar, K. (2009). Maternal Health Situation in India: A Case Study. Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, 27(2), 184–201. https://doi.org/10.3329/jhpn.v27i2.3363

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