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INDIA GOVERNANCE REPORT

CASE STUDY

India's New Cadre Of Certified Midwives To Improve Maternal, Infant Care

With the announcement of India’s first-ever ‘Guidelines on Midwifery Services’, India is set to train and certify a new cadre of midwives, with an aim to improve maternal and infant care, and possibly prevent unnecessary caesarean-section deliveries. Globally, midwives are known to save lives and provide quality care during pregnancy and childbirth--83% of all maternal and newborn deaths could be averted with midwifery care, WHO data show. Telangana introduced a midwifery course in 2017, which offers an important case study as India rolls out its midwifery plans.


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SPOTLIGHT
Reducing Child Malnutrition In India’s Poorest State

Almost half (47.8%) the children below five years of age are underweight in Jharkhand, the state with the highest poverty rate in India. In 2017, the Jharkhand government’s nutrition mission in collaboration with NGO World Vision India ran a pilot project aimed at reducing malnutrition in children in two blocks of Bokaro district. An IndiaSpend investigation shows that the project’s approach, including door-to-door screening of children and training of anganwadi workers, proved effective, as 61% of malnourished children in the two blocks were cured.


DATA FIX

Sources: Census 2011 and Indian Institute for Human Settlements’ ‘Urban India 2015: Evidence


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