Reproductive Health and Rights
Health risks associated with pregnancy and childbirth are major threats to a woman’s life in India. Every woman has the right to a safe childbirth, yet not accessing quality health services, dearth of qualified medical functionaries and lack of knowledge about services and medical facilities all contribute to maternal deaths. Maternal mortality in India is a significant global issue, since the country has a disproportionate share of global maternal deaths.
The Centre for Catalyzing Change is the founding member and National Secretariat of the White Ribbon Alliance in India. The Alliance has a membership of over 1800 organizations in India and is the largest antenatal health alliance in the country, working to save women and mothers worldwide. As a lead alliance member, our programing range from working with communities and maternal health experts across India to raise awareness on maternal health entitlements; build capacities and strengthen maternal health services and systems by working with health providers and government.
With a lineage of over two decades, the organization has been working to improve the lives and health status of pregnant women, mothers, children and adolescents by increasing awareness and positive health seeking behavior through knowledge on maternal health entitlements, birth preparedness and complication readiness, enhancing capacity of health workers and social behavior change communication. Significant achievements have been many and varied; reproductive health has been linked with HIV/AIDS to increase awareness within community and thus improve their quality of life; generating demand for health services; providing technical assistance and entailing strengthened capacity of partners and stakeholders; working with policy makers; facilitating information and implementing behaviour change campaigns. Centre for Catalyzing Change has over the years made great strides towards promoting safe motherhood and prevent needless pregnancy related deaths.