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 (536,000) 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.
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.
The 11th issue of PAHAL highlights the efforts of the Government of Uttar Pradesh (GoUP), with support from UP TSU, in converting challenges into health benefits. This includes adopting a strengthened methodology for public health denominators for better resource allocation, planning and monitoring. The issue also throws light on the GoUP Nurse Mentors’ training at the newly developed skills labs and some key digital health and family planning interventions.
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.