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Uttar Pradesh

Matter of life and death

Kota is the most literate district in Rajasthan, and also has the highest rate of female literacy in the state. According to the 2011 census, the overall literacy rate in Kota is 77.48 per cent, while female literacy is 66.2 per cent. Empowered by education, women in Kota know how to take care of themselves during pregnancy and tend to their newborn Photo by: Sayantoni Palchoudhuri Read more: Cradles of hope (Cover Story) Read more: What ails Bundi? (Reporter's Diary) Read more: Children of a lesser god (Reporter's Diary)

Matter of life and death

Parvati Devi, an Auxillary Nurse Midwives (ANM), is checking a pregnant woman at the additional public health centre in Mamna village in Sareela block in Hamirpur in Uttar Pradesh Photo by: Ankur Paliwal Read more: Cradles of hope (Cover Story) Read more: What ails Bundi? (Reporter's Diary)

Matter of life and death

Anganwadi centres spearhead the immunisation drive in Kota. ASHA workers operate out of these centres. Multi-grained flour (called poshahar) is provided to pregnant women on a weekly basis from these centres Photo by: Sayantoni Palchoudhuri Read more: Cradles of hope (Cover Story) Read more: What ails Bundi? (Reporter's Diary) Read more: Children of a lesser god (Reporter's Diary)

Matter of life and death

30-year-old Gayatri Devi is pregnant for the first time after eight years of marriage. Janki Bai Jagat, the senior health worker at the Shiv Tarai subcentre run by Jan Swasthya Sahyog (JSS) in Chhattisgarh, a non-profit, is extra cautious while carrying out the antenatal checkup. Blood pressure, blood sugar and haemoglobin levels were diligently recorded. Whether Gayatri delivers at the government-run hosptial or the JSS-run subcentre depends on the how the pregnancy progresses Photo by: Vibha Varshney Read more: Cradles of hope (Cover Story) Read more: What ails Bundi? (Reporter's Diary) Read more: Children of a lesser god (Reporter's Diary)

Matter of life and death

Raman Depawat, CMO of Kaithun block, is one of Kota's health stalwarts. “Our success is a direct result of empowering the ASHA workers,” he says. Kota currently has 1,051 ASHA workers, which apart from getting the normal 21-day training are provided with an eight-day training under UNICEF assisted Integrated Management of Neonatal and Childhood Illnesses (IMNCI) programme. However, Depawat feels this is not enough, “One-off training is not enough. ASHA workers need to be put through constant refresher courses.” Photo by: Sayantoni Palchoudhuri Read more: Cradles of hope (Cover Story) Read more: What ails Bundi? (Reporter's Diary) Read more: Children of a lesser god (Reporter's Diary)

Matter of life and death

Mitanins are the life line of Chhattisgarh. They may or may not be educated but they go through stringent training to deal with all health emergencies. These women are now undergoing 16th level of training at Temri village in Mungeli Photo by: Vibha Varshney Read more: Cradles of hope (Cover Story) Read more: What ails Bundi? (Reporter's Diary) Read more: Children of a lesser god (Reporter's Diary)

Matter of life and death

It was delivery time for Thukri Bai of Pandripaani village in Chhattisgarh. Her husband called the 108 ambulance on February 3 which brought the mother to be along with her mitanin Sem Kali to the Gaurela block Community Health Centre. Thukri would now stay in the hosptial for a day Photo by: Vibha Varshney Read more: Cradles of hope (Cover Story) Read more: What ails Bundi? (Reporter's Diary) Read more: Children of a lesser god (Reporter's Diary)

Matter of life and death

Suneeta Pawar waits for her first delivery at a hospital in Rudraprayag district in Uttarakhand, while her Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA), Sangeeta Pawar who assisted Suneeta, stays to see all’s well. At the age of 22, Suneeta came to the hospital for delivery from Darmola village for its proximity Photo by: Sayantoni Palchoudhuri Read more: Cradles of hope (Cover Story) Read more: What ails Bundi? (Reporter's Diary) Read more: Children of a lesser god (Reporter's Diary)

Matter of life and death

At Sulochna Paritah’s house in Khera Rasalpur in Kota in Rajasthan, cheerfulness abounds. The 30-year-old is cradling a month-old baby girl. Her other two girls, Harshita and Madhuri, are 12 and six-year old. Even though the husband, who has studied until grade 12 and works as a tailor in Kota, does not earn more than Rs 4,000 a month and Sulochna cannot like her urban counterparts snack on three plates of fruit every day, the income is enough to provide her a diet of milk, dalia and methipalak dal. The first two children were delivered in Khaitoon hospital, but the family had to incur extra expenses for transport. Not this time though. The Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) Sahyogini, Dwarika, paid regular visits to the family during Sulochna’s pregnancy. An ASHA is required to pay seven visits after a pregnancy has been identified and registered with the mother and child tracking system. When Sulochna was due, a private van which is leased by the government was summoned and she was rushed to Community Health Centre. Generally, either a 108 (ambulance) is dispatched by the government or a private van. The hospital pays the van in the latter case Photo by: Sayantoni Palchoudhuri Read more: Cradles of hope (Cover Story) Read more: What ails Bundi? (Reporter's Diary) Read more: Children of a lesser god (Reporter's Diary)

Cradles of hope

Issue Date: Mar 15, 2012
At least 103 babies die for every 1,000 live births in Shravasti, a district in Uttar Pradesh that borders Nepal, reports the Annual Health Survey 2010-11. Though this first-of-its-kind district-wise survey is limited to nine most backward states, the number is the worst in the country. Infant mortality rate (IMR) is less than six in the European Union.
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