How a pack of cards helped improve maternal health in Bihar

A mother sits with her newborn in Bihar, India. A 2012 study on India’s progress toward achieving its MDG on maternal health, published in the WHO Southeast Asia Journal of Public Health, found that aside from West Bengal, Bihar — India’s poorest state — had made the greatest reduction in maternal deaths since 1997. Photo by: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation / CC BY-NC-ND

While India has been reporting a steady decline in its maternal mortality rate, the country still accounts for the largest number of maternal deaths in the world. In 2010, India recorded 56,000 maternal and 1.3 million infant deaths — the highest for any country.

According to the Millennium Development Goals, India’s target is to reduce its MMR by three-quarters, from 437 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in 1990-91, to 109 by the end of 2015.

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    Sophie Cousins

    Sophie Cousins a Devex Contributor based in South Asia. She is a health journalist focused on women and girls. She was previously based between Lebanon and Iraq, focusing on refugee health and conflict. She writes for international medical journals, including The Lancet, and for international news websites such as the Guardian.