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Study on Causes of Reduction in Maternal Death from year 2007 to 2009 in Vadodara District (Government of Gujarat)


  • Nidhi Bhatt
  • Agency : Maternal Death, Causes of Death, Millennium Development Goals
  • Objective : To identify the change in causes of maternal deaths in karjan and Padara blocks of vadodara district in 2007-08 and 2008-09. To identify the health service provided which led to maximum reduction in Maternal death in the Karjan and Padra block in 2007-2009
  • Background : Reducing maternal mortality is one of the eight priority Millennium Development Goals set by Member States of the United Nations. Overall maternal mortality  has  decreased  in  Gujarat  state  with  the continuous efforts and innovative strategies of the government to address this most important health indicator of state and as a result the MMR in Gujarat is below the national average which is 172per lakh live birth (India- 302per lakh live birth).The study focuses on two non tribal blocks of Vadodara karjan and Padra which has shown maximum reduction more than 90% in 2007-2009. 
  • Methodology : Primary data by interviewing the providers of all12 PHC of the blocks were collected and secondary data included 16 verbal autopsies of maternal deaths in 2 years(2007-2009) and annual district report.
  • Findings : Haemorrhage and Eclampsia cases were cause of death in 2007-08 but sepsis was the only cause of death in 2008-09.level 1 and level 2 delay was responsible for death  in  postnatal  period  but  the  introduction  of  108 services and 24*7 has proved effective in reducing transportation  delay  and  early  referral  of  complicated cases.
  • Recommendations : Motivating the providers for better services and closed monitoring of the cheeranjivi scheme in district, Expansion and Up gradation of 24*7 Services, strengthening of Mamta Divas.
To identify the change in causes of maternal deaths in karjan and Padara blocks of vadodara district in 2007-08 and 2008-09.