Action on cases of Maternal Mortality and Morbidity
NAMHHR advocacy seminar
“Chronicles of Deaths Foretold” findings
captured theinterest of the Special Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India which led to a special meeting on maternal mortality prevention strategies withthe Deputy Commissioners on Maternal Health, MoHFW.
NAMHHR members were invited to be a part of "NHRC Working Group" to monitor theGOI's implementation of the recommendations given to it during the UPR 2presentation. The NHRC Working Group is engaged in preparing monitorable indicatoron the basis of which the
GOI’s implementation of the recommendations could be
measured.Following this NAMHHR submitted its recommendations to the National Human Right Commission (NHRC). NAMHHR (represented by Ms. Jashodhara Dasgupta, Dr. Abhijit Das and Ms. Jaya Velankar) participated in UPR-2 follow-up meeting, organized by theNHRC on 5 February 2013 in Delhi.NAMHHR organized a second national capacity building follow-up workshop onCommunity-based Maternal Death Review (MDR) in New Delhi from the 17
December 2012. This was attended by 18 of the former participants from the 6 stateswho were provided with expert feedback on the maternal death cases they haddocumented in the field.NAMHHR also held two local Capacity building workshops on the MDR Tool inLucknow from Nov 5-7 and in Varanasi from 29
Right to Maternal Nutrition and Maternity Benefits
NAMHHR developed a policy brief based on the IGMSY study findings and is in theprocess of disseminating it widely.NAMHHR member, the Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA) bringsout a charter of demands on the Union Budget each year. This year (2013-14), therecommendations drafted by NAMHHR drawn from the IGMSY study findings found aplace in the health section of the Charter of demands.NAMHHR brought together representativesfrom National Trade Union initiative,Mobile Creches and National Alliance onSocial Security to discuss the importance of maternity benefits of women working in thethe unorganized sector. NAMHHR sharedour policy brief and planned futurestrategies for collaborative action.NAMHHR in collaboration with Coalition Against Two-Child Norm and CoercivePopulation Policies expressed shock and dismay at the recommendations of theParliamentary Standing Committee, with regard to the provisions for maternity benefitsin the National Food Security Bill. NAMHHR and the Coalition felt that therecommendations were anti poor and anti Dalit in nature and had a regressive referenceto population stabilization. The press note sent out by NAMHHR in this regard has beenwidely published by online media.
A third nationalcapacity buildingfollow-up workshopwill be organized toSEWA Rural inJhagadia district,Gujarat (tentatively inend of June)
NAMHHR SCconference callmeeting on 20
December 2012.NAMHHR SCmeeting on 15-16
NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR MATERNAL HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTSNAMHHR E-NewsletterIssue-8 (November 2012-March 2013)
15 May 2013