Madam ANM hardly comes to our village! Where should we go for vaccination? Why do pregnant women need the third check up? These are examples of some of the questions raised by women to the Chief Medical and health officer of the district at Women Samellan held on December 7, 2006 at District Panna of the State of Madhya Pradesh. Panna District not only has high rates of maternal deaths but also has very low level of institutional delivery, only 7 % deliveries happen in the institutions. The women convention was organised by Jan Adhikar Manch, a network of civil society organisations in the state.
Dr Sinha, Chief Medical Health Officer and Laximanarayan Diwedi from Panchyati Raj and Social Welfare Department were present to listen to woes of women who participated in the samellan. Sandesh Bansal of State coordinator of Jan Adhikar Manch women have need to be come forward for their rights or else maternal deaths will continue to happen. Every five minutes a women dies in the country due to complication in pregnancy.
Adapted from press reports in Dainik Bhaskar, Dainak Braham, and Nav Swadesh of Panna dated December 8, 2006