Abnormal Rise in Caesarean Sections

The commercialisation of caesarean deliveries, especially in private hospitals, hit the headlines recently following an online petition. It was further highlighted when Women and Child Welfare Minister Maneka Gandhi asked the Ministry of Health to ensure that hospitals make public the number of caesarean births. Figures for C-section deliveries are alarming, putting a question mark on the possible unethical practices prevalent in private hospitals.

Read full article by Chhaya Pachauli.

Chronicles of Deaths Foretold: Review of 139 maternal deaths in 2013-2015 among poor and marginalized communities across seven districts

This  report  documents  the  stories  of  about  140  women  who  did  not  survive  pregnancy  and childbirth.  These unfortunate stories from eastern UP, Jharkhand, Orissa and West Bengal provide us an important insight into how, despite all the policy efforts, many women continue to die. Maternal mortality is considered a preventable phenomenon and these case studies allow us to understand what worked in terms of current policy provisions and what did not, and we can learn important lessons on how the policy and programmatic provision can be improved to serve the needs of these women better…. read the full report here…

Bilaspur Sterilisation Tragedy: A stock taking report

On 8th November 2014 a government Laparascopic Tubal Ligation (LTT) sterilisation ‘camp’ held in a private abandoned hospital in Takhatpur block in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, led to the death of thirteen women while several other women experienced serious medical complications. One year after the tragedy groups working in Chhattisgarh on health, women and legal rights, take stock of the steps / action taken by the government to provide relief to all those affected, the findings and the performance of the Judicial Commission that was set up to inquire into the violations, and the current scenario of family planning services including sterilization and women’s reproductive rights in the state. Read the full report…