Published at mpnewsonline.com
Bhopal, Nov 07: "Though data available with he government states that maternal mortality rate (MMR) has come down, factually more than 27 women die every day in the Madhya Pradesh. This is more than one death per hour," said Sandesh Bansal, State Coordinator of the Jan Adhikar Manch.
Mr Bansal was speaking at the two-day meeting organised at Bhopal to discuss the status of maternal mortality in the state. He further said that Madhya Pradesh still figures among the six worst states in the country that has high maternal mortality rate. And above all, this data is based on sample survey only.
Jan Adhikar Manch is a network of non-governmental organization within the state of Madhya Pradesh working on issues of women health. The network partners of Manch expressed concern on the issue. The members have called for shifting of mode in state’s response. Time is to shift from awareness mode to action, they added.
Manch members in the meeting felt that the time has now come to strengthen implementation efforts with greater energy at the village level. The partners NGOs from eleven districts of Sidhi, Panna, Tikamgarh Sheopur, Sidhi, Shivpuri, Guna, Rewa, Satna, Bhind, Gwalior, Datia and Ashok Nagar are running a campaign namely ‘Save our Mothers’ in the state. The campaign aims at raising concern on the high maternal mortality in the state and bringing accountability of the maternal deaths in the state.
Manch and its network partners had taken the issue of maternal mortality into the debated of the Gram Sabhas held recently in local panchayats. Approximately 50 such special Gram Sabhas have been organised till now.