National Safe Motherhood Day

National Safe Motherhood Day celebrates on 11th April every year since 2013 to create awareness about healthcare and maternity across world. Himalai IAS Coaching Centre in Bangalore aims is to bring awareness about current affairs for the Civil Services Exam like IAS exam, KAS exam, banking exam and other competitive exams.

Our correspondent reports the Centre has written to the states to strengthen implementation of Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojna maternity benefit scheme. The review of the progress of the IGMSY will be conducted from the 15th to 25th of this month.

  • At the request of WRAI, an alliance of 1800 organizations, in 2003, the Government of India declared April 11th, the anniversary of Kasturba Gandhi’s birth, as National Safe Motherhood Day.
  • In 2016, an article in Scroll detailedhow every five minutes, at least one woman dies of pregnancy or childbirth complications in India. According to the United Nations, 26.7% (1,36,000) of the total worldwide maternal deaths (5,29,000) occur in India.
  • UNICEF supports the women to National Safe Motherhood Day, the Secretary of the Family Welfare and Health Department released the ‘Standards, Guidelines and Protocols for Maternal and Child Health,’written with the support of WRAI members.
  • With these guidelines, we can entrust midwives with more responsibilities to help save mothers’ lives and their status. We can also increase their stature significantly. They will also receive more advanced skills training.
  • National Safe Motherhood Day 2019 was declared officially by India, it is the first country in the world stood with motherhood day.
  • On the occasion of motherhood day every year WRAI members select a nationwide advocacy theme for Safe Motherhood Day, and WRAI members carry out activities and full-scale campaigns throughout the country to spread awareness.
  • The goal of the National Safe Motherhood Day campaigns launched to increase awareness that every woman has a right to live and survive pregnancy and childbirth safety measures as fundamental rights.
  • For National Safe Motherhood Day NGOs, members, and state chapters come together on National Safe Motherhood Day to share technical expertise and resource to the development of healthcares.
  • Surviving childbirth is a basic right of every woman and a social responsibility. National Safe Motherhood Day ensuring institutional delivery, reducing anemia among women by providing Iron-Folic Acid supplements and better pre and postnatal health care are necessary for mothers.
  • Prevention of child marriages which are indirect causes of maternal deaths is also an important factor. Right to good quality nutrition and health services during and after pregnancy and childbirth and the removal of barriers that contribute to maternal mortality would go a long way towards safe motherhood.
  • In India, the national average of maternal mortality has come down by 17 per cent according to the 2011 census data and efforts are on to achieve the millenium development goal of reducing maternal mortality rate to 139 per one lakh live births by 2015.
  • Every minute of every day, somewhere in the world and most often in a developing country, a woman dies from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth to spread awareness national motherhood day celebrated.

National Safe Motherhood Day overall health affects the safety of labor, childbirth and the postpartum period. National Safe Motherhood key interventions for improving newborn health include: ensuring a skilled attendant at every birth; tetanus toxoid immunization; and immediate and exclusive breastfeeding.

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