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We're setting out to end preventable maternal mortality in India by helping private doctors, nurses, and midwives deliver affordable, quality care to women. Our progress to date:

Facilities Strengthened

Facilities strengthened to provide quality care

Health Workers Trained

Health workers trained to provide quality care

Improved Care

Women with reliable access to affordable, quality care

In 2013, an estimated 50,000 women in India died from complications of pregnancy and childbirth — the highest number of any country in the world. Women in rural villages and urban slums are disproportionately affected.

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Our Focus in India

India has come a long way in reducing maternal mortality due to a range of government-led efforts. The National Rural Health Mission and initiatives like the Janani Suraksha Yojana and Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana have helped lower the number of women who die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth in India from an estimated 152,000 deaths in 1990 to 45,000 in 2015 (69% reduction). However, India still has the second highest number of maternal deaths worldwide. Women in rural villages and urban slums are disproportionately affected by maternal mortality. Maternal mortality remains too big and complex an issue for one sector to shoulder alone – it requires a coordinated effort among the government, nonprofits, and the private health sector.

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Our Partners and Projects

We've partnered with leading health organizations to strengthen private maternal healthcare in Jharkhand, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh — three states with some of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the country.

Our partners are:

  • Expanding social franchise networks of private hospitals and clinics. Learn More
  • Developing standards of quality care and helping private providers meet these standards. Learn More
  • Improving the referral system between the public and private health sectors. Learn More
  • Designing a free, phone-based tool for women to rate the care they receive. Learn More

Stories

Community Health Meeting Godh Bharai Ceremony A Nurse Stands in the Delivery Room Last Mile Rider Telemedicine Rural Health Facility MATRIKA Project Antenatal Care Visit Dr. Sameer Sachan Private community health workers help women plan for childbirth Flip Book Diagnostic Tool Proper Infection Prevention Procedures Accredited Social Health Activists