“I don’t want my child to die within a year of being born. I love her” says a mother living in the Ajaygarh block, in Panna district of Madhya Pradesh. This is a common refrain among parents in the district where 85 Infants for every 1000 live births in Panna district dies before completing one year of age, which is more than double of national average of 42 (According to Sample Registration System 2012 and Annual Health Survey 2012-13)
Some of the key reasons for this are attributed to:
· lack of proper essential newborn care being provided to infants
· Insufficient cleanliness and hygiene practices causing infection to the newborn and the mother
· Lack of skilled and motivated frontline health workers
· Absence of sufficient infrastructure
CARE India is working closely with the communities and public health system by providing training, mentoring, supportive supervision, on-job learning, logistic support and counselling. This has been instrumental in reducing the causes of infections, increasing the quality of essential newborn and maternal care, resulting in considerable reduction in deaths of newborn children.
But we can’t do this alone and we need your support.
Your support will help us to do more home visits, provide essential medical equipment like BP machines/ baby weighing machines, and help the Ajaygarh block administration in making the labour rooms and maternity wards hygienic, so that infection, sepsis and other life threatening possibilities are mitigated.
After all, every newborn child has the right to live beyond 365 days.