We're setting out to end preventable maternal mortality in India by helping private doctors, nurses, and midwives deliver affordable, quality care to women. Our progress to date:
In 2013, an estimated 50,000 women in India died from complications of pregnancy and childbirth — the highest number of any country in the world. Women in rural villages and urban slums are disproportionately affected.
India has come a long way in reducing maternal mortality due to a range of government-led efforts. The National Rural Health Mission and initiatives like the Janani Suraksha Yojana and Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana have helped lower the number of women who die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth in India from an estimated 152,000 deaths in 1990 to 45,000 in 2015 (69% reduction). However, India still has the second highest number of maternal deaths worldwide. Women in rural villages and urban slums are disproportionately affected by maternal mortality. Maternal mortality remains too big and complex an issue for one sector to shoulder alone – it requires a coordinated effort among the government, nonprofits, and the private health sector.
A private provider gathers her hospital's community health workers to discuss their work educating women about family planning and safe motherhood. HLFPPT is expanding a franchise network of private hospitals, clinics, and health workers so women in rural and peri-urban communities have better access to care throughout their pregnancy.
MSD for Mothers' Executive Director, Priya Agrawal, participates in a Merrygold franchise's Godh Bharai ceremony, or a baby shower for pregnant women encouraging them to deliver there.
A nurse stands in the delivery room of a Merrygold franchise clinic, which is part of a network run by the Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust, one of MSD for Mothers' partners in India.
A World Health Partners "Last Mile Rider" delivers critical medicines and supplies to women in rural villages of India, where MSD for Mothers is working with partners to reduce maternal mortality.
A rural health provider at a World Health Partners Sky clinic uses telemedicine to connect his patients to urban clinicians.
A mother waits with her child at a rural health facility. This facility provides telemedicine services for cases that require more training and expertise to diagnose or treat.
A private midwife and ASHA (community health worker) on their way to a home visit with a pregnant woman. Through the MATRIKA Project, community health workers and midwives work together to educate expectant mothers about safe motherhood and refer them to public and private facilities for maternal health services.
An ob/gyn conducts an antenatal care visit and answers questions about pregnancy and childbirth. The MATRIKA Project is working to improve access to affordable, high-quality maternal health services and family planning among low-income women.
Dr. Sameer Sachan, a rural private provider, consults with an urban doctor via telemedicine about a pregnant woman's care. The MATRIKA Project is working to connect women in remote areas to high-quality maternal healthcare through telemedicine and by strengthening the link between public and private health sectors.
Private community health workers help women plan for childbirth. HLFPPT is expanding a franchise network of private hospitals, clinics, and health workers so women in rural and peri-urban communities have better access to care throughout their pregnancy.
This flip book is a tool for rural health providers to use during telemedicine consultations to help diagnose and treat patients accurately.
One of the Merrygold franchise clinics displays a poster that reminds health workers of proper infection prevention procedures.
Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) meet at a local health facility. These community health workers are critical for helping women during pregnancy and labor.