Maternal Mortality-reduction Programme in Andhra Pradesh

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  • M Prakasamma Academy for Nursing Studies, Flat 215, Amruthaville Apartments, Rajbhavan Road, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

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https://doi.org/10.3329/jhpn.v27i2.3365

Keywords:

Health facilities, Maternal health, Maternal mortality, Safe motherhood, India

Abstract

Andhra Pradesh, a large state in southern India, has a high maternal mortality ratio of 195 per 100,000 livebirths despite the improvements in social, demographic and health indicators over the last two dec­ades. This contrary situation has been analyzed using findings of different studies on maternal mortality, and four factors have been presented for consistently-high maternal mortality in the state. First, the dis­proportionately-high focus on family planning towards population stabilization reduced the emphasis on maternal health in the peripheral hospitals, resulting in low use of these facilities for childbirths. Second, the growth of services in Primary Health Centres was not given adequate emphasis, resulting in the weak­ening of the peripheral health system. Third, there was little emphasis on developing a cadre of midwives who would have primarily focused on maternal health. Lastly, the low status of women in the state has hampered timely referral and access to services.

Key words: Health facilities; Maternal health; Maternal mortality; Safe motherhood; India

doi: 10.3329/jhpn.v27i2.3365

J Health Popul Nutr 2009 April;27(2):220-234

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M Prakasamma, Academy for Nursing Studies, Flat 215, Amruthaville Apartments, Rajbhavan Road, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

Dr. M. Prakasamma
Director
Academy for Nursing Studies
Amruthaville Apartments (Flat 215)
Rajbhavan Road
Hyderabad 500 082
Andhra Pradesh
India
Email: hyd2_dirans@sancharnet.in OR
mytril1@yahoo.com

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Prakasamma, M. (2009). Maternal Mortality-reduction Programme in Andhra Pradesh. Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, 27(2), 220–234. https://doi.org/10.3329/jhpn.v27i2.3365

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