By 2030, India aims to reach a Maternal Mortality Ratio of 70.
By 2030, end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age, aiming to
reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births and under-5 mortality to at
least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births.


IHAT and The University of Manitoba are working in close collaboration with the Government of Uttar Pradesh to improve availability, quality and utilisation across the community, facility and systemic level for maternal, newborn and child health outcomes.


IHAT works with the government to enhance the coverage and quality of antenatal care, birth planning, home-based maternal, newborn, child health services and immunisation.

We build the capacity of Frontline Workers to mobilise communities to seek and receive essential maternal and child health services by supporting the government in their training and mentoring.

We develop job aids and tools to support the Frontline Workers to easily communicate and educate the women in the community


IHAT works towards improving the quality of Emergency Obstetric & Newborn care (Comprehensive and Basic) and paediatric services by strengthening knowledge, skills and practice of service providers.

The Nurse Mentors model provides on-site mentoring to the staff nurses to build their capacity on critical maternal and child health practices while the Regional Resource Training Center Training ropes in faculty from the medical colleges to mentor specialist doctors at first referral units to activate/strengthen Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric & Newborn services.


IHAT supports the government in conducting situational analysis to assess the availability of equipment, supplies and trained human resources for Emergency Obstetric & Newborn care (Comprehensive and Basic) and paediatric services.

It works with the government to develop micro-plans to address these gaps and facilitates the process where necessary.


Strengthening Antenatal Care through Community Interventions

Care during pregnancy or Antenatal care (ANC) is widely recognized as an essential element of safe motherhood. India contributes 20% of the total estimated maternal deaths that occur globally each year as per WHO estimates. Most of these maternal deaths occur during the third trimester, child-birth and the first week after birth. The UP TSU supported the Government of Uttar Pradesh in planning and implementing community interventions to strengthen antenatal care in Uttar Pradesh rural areas.

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Association of identification of facility and transportation for childbirth with institutional delivery in high priority districts of Uttar Pradesh, India

Timely and skilled care is key to reducing maternal and neonatal mortality. Birth preparedness involves preparation for safe childbirth during the antenatal period to reach the appropriate health facility for ensuring safe delivery. This paper aims to assess the levels of birth preparedness, its determinants and association with institutional deliveries in High Priority Districts of Uttar Pradesh, India.

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Maternal and Neonatal Health in Madhya Pradesh: Trends, Insights and Scope

Madhya Pradesh (MP) has made significant progress with maternal and child health interventions. However, maternal, neonatal and under-5 mortality remains sub-optimal. This technical brief highlights the magnitude, distribution, trends and probable causes of maternal and neonatal mortality in MP. It also recommends focused interventions among tribal populations, which could help to accelerate improvement in maternal and newborn health outcomes in this region and state-wide.

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