Pakur Mother and Child Survival Project
Despite its recent economic success, India has the highest burden of maternal and
infant mortality in the world. The mortality rate amongst women giving birth (254
deaths per 100,000 live births) is roughly 50 times higher than the rate in Canada.
In addition, 70 out of every 1,000 children will die before their fifth birthday,
which is more than 10 times the Canadian rate. The state of maternal and child health
is particularly poor in rural areas, such as the District of Pakur, largely due to
poor access to services. For example, in Pakur, only 17% of mothers receive at least
three antenatal check-
Access to health care, particularly during the very early stages of life, is critical for ensuring healthy and productive futures, and could prevent a substantial number of deaths amongst mothers and children. Working with our local partner EFICOR, the Pakur Mother and Child Survival Project will bridge gaps in the current health system to improve access to and usage of critical health services for mothers, newborns and children. The types of services the project will address include:
Duration: 2011 -
Key Partner: Evangelical Fellowship of India Commission on Relief (EFICOR)
Location: Pakur District of Jharkhand State, India
Lisa MacDonald, Project Manager
Introduction & Overview
The project team is working in synergy with the government at state and local levels
to improve the reach and effectiveness of services already being delivered under
the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and the Integrated Child Development Services
(ICDS). We are also improving local people’s knowledge of maternal and child health,
through community education and home counselling, to increase preventative practices
The ultimate goal of this project is to reduce maternal, infant and child morbidity and mortality in Pakur District through increasing access to and usage of maternal, newborn and child health services.
Specific objectives include:
1. To improve the delivery of health programs and services by addressing weaknesses at both the supply and demand sides of the maternal, newborn and child health system.
2. To increase shared decision-
Results and Impact
This project has just begun; it is too early to note any results.
This project has just begun; it is too early to note any lessons learned.
This project has just begun; it is too early to note any recommendations.
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