Hamara Swasthya Hamari Awaz Campaign
Maternal death in India is a silent crisis
As per World Health Organization’s latest statement (June,2016) one woman dies every five minutes in India from any cause related to pregnancy. Of the three million women who get pregnant every year in Bihar, 6,500 die from complications: hemorrhage (blood loss), infection, obstructed labour, hypertensive disorders and other underlying conditions that include anaemia. Along with Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan, Uttaranchal and Uttar Pradesh Bihar contributes to 67 % of maternal deaths in the country. The maternal deaths most of which are preventable are violation of a woman’s right to life. Almost all cases of maternal deaths are preventable.
Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) has declined significantly during last two decades in Bihar from 531 in the year 1997-98 to 312 in the years 2004-06 to 219 per 1,00,000 live births in the years 2012-13 (SRS-2013). The improvement may be attributed to positive changes in the health service delivery.
Hamara Swasytha Hamari Awaz…
..is a campaign initiated by Centre for Catalyzing Change (C3) formerly known as CEDPA India, in partnership with 39 civil society organisations and networks like Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, Bihar, Bihar Voluntary Health Association and ATSEC. Many women access public health facilities, health centres and hospitals for their reproductive and maternal health needs – such as pregnancy, childbirth, emergencies, contraception and family planning. It is the basic human right of every woman to good quality and affordable care.
The campaign alliance is reaching out to women in Bihar in all 38 districts to put forward their one expectation with regard to quality of care in reproductive and maternal health services. These testimonies are collected from across the state, from among urban/rural women, leaders from Panchayats and Self Help Groups, adolescent girls and young women.
Why the Campaign: The objective of Hamara Swasytha Hamari Awaz campaign is to amplify women’s voices, their needs and priorities and present them to high level influencers.
What Is Quality Of Care (Qoc) In Reproductive And Maternal Health: Quality of care is a key component of the right to health, and the route to equity and dignity for women. At the heart of understanding of “quality” from a woman’s perspective is the belief that she is receiving the best, most effective care that can be provided to her (and her soon-to- be-born child in case she is pregnant) so that she can have the best possible health outcome from the health system.