India’s progress in maternal death reduction impresses UNICEF

New Delhi: UNICEF has applauded India for reducing maternal death.

“India has shown impressive progress in reducing maternal deaths, with nearly 1,000 fewer women now dying of pregnancy related complications each month in India,” Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, country representative of UNICEF in India, said in a press release on June 9.

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 percent reduction, which is even higher than the national average of 22 per cent.”

The UNICEF official says even one maternal death is too many and “it is our shared responsibility to end these preventable maternal and newborn deaths.”

Ensuring every woman 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,” she asserted:

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