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Maternal and Child Healthcare in India | Piramal Swasthya

Maternal and Child Health

We at Piramal Swasthya believe that most causes of IMR and MMR,
in India are preventable and can be addressed by innovative
& cost effective strategies.

Take a look at why we took up the 2 grave challenges of maternal & child health.

More than 2 million die every year from preventable infections & vaccine preventible diseases.

As per World Health Statistics report 2012, India ranks 2nd in the field of underweight children below the age of 5 years and 47th in terms of Infant Mortality rate in world.

As per World Health Statistics report 2012, India ranks 2nd in the field of underweight children below the age of 5 years and 47th in terms of Infant Mortality rate in world.

Contributing Factors
  • Birth at home by unskilled persons
  • Lack of essential new born care for asphyxia and hypothermia
  • Poor child care practices
  • Lack of early detection of sick new-born
  • nadequate/delayed referral mechanisms and inadequate infrastructure at health care facilities for specialized care of sick new born
Contributing Factors
  • Birth at home by unskilled persons
  • Lack of essential new born care for asphyxia and hypothermia
  • Poor child care practices
  • Lack of early detection of sick new-born
  • Inadequate/delayed referral mechanisms and inadequate infrastructure at health care facilities for specialized care of sick new born
India’s infant mortality rate is 44 deaths per 1,000 live births, placing it significantly behind other emerging economies such as China (IMR of 16), Brazil (IMR of 17) and Russia (IMR of 9). India’s infant mortality rate is also significantly higher than neighbouring Sri Lanka (IMR of 14). Most of these deaths are preventable.
India has the highest number of maternal deaths in the world.

Some states far exceed this ratio with MMRs.

The National Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) is
212 deaths per 1,00,000 live births

  • Low-income women
  • Unsafe abortions
  • Hypertensive disorders
  • Obstructed labour
  • Post-partum sepsis

Some states far exceed this ratio with MMRs.

The National Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) is
212 deaths per 1,00,000 live births

  • Low-income women
  • Unsafe abortions
  • Hypertensive disorders
  • Obstructed labour
  • Post-partum sepsis

The physician density in India is just 6.49 per 10,000 population

According to National Human Rights Commission only 30% of the population receives services through the public health system. Unavailability of pre and postnatal care and obstetric care as well as delays in approaching for institutional care coupled with poor quality of service in government hospitals contributed have contributed to maternal deaths.

Deaths due to anaemia, obstructed labour, hypertensive disorders and sepsis are preventable with provision for proper antenatal care, referral and timely treatment of complications of pregnancy, promoting institutional delivery and postnatal care. It is vital to screen all pregnant women, identify women with compilations and health problems, and taking corrective action including referring them to institutions at higher levels.


The geographic and financial access to health information and primary healthcare is critical to achieve health equity. Piramal Swasthya solutions directly address the Maternal and Child Health problems.

104 Health Information Helpline - By providing right information at the right time through experts many health problems pertaining to mother and child care can be solved.Mobile Health Services By Delivering Healthcare services at the doorstep to unserved and underserved rural population goes a long way in screening risky pregnancy cases and solving such issues proactively. Such services can be further enhanced in remote rural areas by providing specialist access through Information and Communication Technology solutions like Telemedicine. A combination of all these initiatives can help bridge the gap in healthcare services especially between rural and urban areas.

Sources: UNICEF, United Nations Population Fund, National Planning Commission and National Health Mission and SRS 2011.

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