NEW DELHI, 9 June 2018 - “India has shown impressive progress in reducing maternal deaths, with nearly 1000 fewer women now dying of pregnancy related complications each month in India as compared to 2013” said Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, country representative of UNICEF in India.
She further added, “What is even more heartening to see is that the state of Uttar Pradesh, which accounts for the highest share of home deliveries in the country has led the charts with a near 30 per cent reduction, which is even higher than the national average of 22 per cent".
However, even one maternal death is too many and it is our shared responsibility to end these preventable maternal and newborn deaths. Ensuring every women delivers with a safe pair of hands in an environment that treats her with respect and dignity going to be the key. It will be crucial that the same timely access and quality of care is afforded to every woman, especially those who live in the remotest and the poorest household of the country. The time for all of us to act is now.
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