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A clinical study of postpartum depression and its association with postnatal factors

Authored by: Mathur P.et.al.

Published on : Jun 2018

Background : The postpartum period is a time of tremendous emotional and physical change for most women as theyadapt to new roles and alteration in their physiology. Postpartum depression has seen its rise lately. Multiple factorsmight be responsible for causation. Symptoms include depression, tearfulness, emotional liability, guilt, anorexia, sleepdisorders, feeling inadequate, and detachment from the baby, poor concentration, forgetfulness, fatigue, and irritability.

Read more at : http://www.ijrcog.org/index.php/ijrcog/article/view/4837/3429

Maternal near miss events: a retrospective observational study in a tertiary care centre of central India

Authored by : Dadhich R et.al.

Published on : Jun 2018

Background : Clinically women who have survived complications during pregnancy and childbirth termed as Maternal Near Miss. The major reasons and causes are the same for both Maternal Near Miss and Maternal Death, so review of MNM cases is likely to yield valuable information regarding severe morbidity, which could lead to death of the mother, if not intervened properly and in time. Investigating the instances of severe morbidity may be less threatening to providers because the woman survived.

Read more at : http://www.ijrcog.org/index.php/ijrcog/article/view/4863/3430


NEWS Articles…

Epileptic pregnant women need more care

Published on : Mar 26th, 2018

Source : Times of India

JAIPUR: Pregnant women with epilepsy are always at a higher risk of giving birth to an infant with birth defects in comparison to normal women. Aiming to minimise the chance of foetal malformation, the health department is alert on it and has categorised such pregnancies with epilepsy as high risk. “Whenever a case of pregnancy with epilepsy is reported in the hospital, we immediately put her in high risk category. It helps in providing her treatment for preventing birth defects in infants. Such pregnant women need proper care and treatment for birth of healthy baby,” said Dr Mohan Meena, professor gynaecology, Sawai Man Singh (SMS) Medical College.

Read more at : https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/epileptic-pregnant-women-need-more-care/articleshow/63457079.cms

168 women health volunteers felicitated for project MANSI

Published on: Mar 27th, 2018

Source : avenuemail.in

Jamshedpur, March 27: Tata Steel today felicitated the women health volunteers for project Maternal and Newborn Survival Initiative (MANSI). The ‘SahiyaSaathiSamman’ was organized at the Seraikela Community Hall, Seraikela-Kharsawan District. Chhavi Ranjan, Deputy Commissioner, Seraikela-Kharsawan graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.

On the first day of the two day event, a total of 168 women community health volunteers (Sahiyas/ASHAs and SahiyaSaathis/ASHA Saathis), were felicitated for significantly contributing to the project MANSI, in parts of Jharkhand and Odisha

Read more at: https://www.avenuemail.in/jamshedpur/168-women-health-volunteers-felicitated-for-project-mansi/118478/

Neonatal Mortality Rate in India

Published On : Mar 28th, 2018

Source : pharmabiz.com

The United Nations children's agency UNICEF's recent report on the Neonatal Mortality Rate (the number of deaths per 1000 live births) has revealed some interesting facts about the chances of survival of the newborns in different nations in the world. According to the report, Pakistan is the riskiest country to be born in, with one in 22 babies born there dying before they turn one month old. India’s neonatal mortality rate is 25.4, which ranks it at 12 among 52 lower middle-income countries in terms of risk for newborns.

Read more at: http://www.pharmabiz.com/ArticleDetails.aspx?aid=108049&sid=3

The maternal guilt - When women do not go back to work after a childbirth break, it represents a huge loss of brainpower

Published on: Apr 8th, 2018

Source : thehindu.com

Here was a recent survey of women who quit their jobs post-pregnancy and became homemakers later on, never returning to their jobs, including those who rejoined and quit for reasons relating to childcare. It was disappointing to know that most of them were high-achievers and toppers in their universities and workplaces. What exactly made them do that? What runs in those brilliant minds? Is this not a kind of gender-related brain drain? In a way I could relate to it, easily.

An Indian woman is always raised with a lot of values inculcated in her, with strong roots and love for her family. She is brought up with the belief that one day she should bear the responsibility of running a household all by herself. What is not taught is how to let go of her dreams and unlearn all that she has passionately learnt till then and to sacrifice her ambitions for the sake of the family that she is going to be a part of.

Read more at: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/open-page/the-maternal-guilt/article23467514.ece

How NGOs Can Support Healthcare Sector - NGOs must also play a key role in supporting the public health system at grassroot level by enhancing the management of Primary Health Centres and related bodies

Published on: Apr 9th, 2018

Source : businessworld.in

Historically, Private sector is primarily considered superior to the public sector in terms of delivery and quality of healthcare services in India and the not for profit sector is considered as a "third stakeholder" whose role had been mostly constricted to diagnosis camps and advocacy. However, considering the poor performance of healthcare services throughout the country, there is a growi ng realization that the role of each stakeholders, including the NGOs needs to evolve.

If we look at the situation through a development management perspective, we realize that majority of our efforts have mostly been on curative side of the healthcare system than preventive. To reach to a level of sustainability we must focus on prevention, even more than cure, so as to reduce the 'disease burden' on common man. Under "Swachch Bharat" mission, millions of toilets have been built, many of which remain unutilized.

Read more at: http://businessworld.in/article/How-NGOs-Can-Support-Healthcare-Sector-/09-04-2018-145880/

Govt to launch 1,000 Day-care Scheme - The programme will help expecting rural women and curb infant and maternal mortality rate

Published on: Apr 12th, 2018

Source : tribuneindia.com

To control the infant and maternal mortality rate, the Health Department will launch a 1,000 Day-care Scheme. The beneficiaries will benefit starting from pregnancy till the immunisation of the child is completed.

This comprehensive mother and child care programme has been covered under the Vision-2018 of the state government. It will include providing quality ANC check up at least three times to pregnant women, nutrition supplements and tracking of high-risk pregnancies.

Read more at: http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/ludhiana/govt-to-launch-1-000-day-care-scheme/572670.html

Empowering women by better access to Sexual, Reproductive Health Tech

Published on: Apr 7th, 2018

Source : dailypioneer.com

Over the last century, advancements in health technologies have been a key strategy in combating various diseases and significantly bringing down morbidity and mortality rates. The discovery of penicillin, one of the world's first antibiotics, marked a true turning point in human history —when doctors finally had a tool that could completely cure their patients of deadly infectious diseases. Since then, we have made huge strides in increasing access to various vaccines, drugs and diagnostics. However, in India, advancements in sexual and reproductive health (SRH) technologies have not been effectively leveraged to improve women’s health. Two technological advancements that deserve attention are — emergency contraception pill (ECP), and medication abortion (MA).

Read more at: http://www.dailypioneer.com/columnists/oped/empowering-women-by-better-access-to-sexual-reproductive-health-tech.html

Tharu village turns model for safe motherhood

Published on: Apr 12th, 2018

Source : timesofindia.indiatimes.com

While family planning targets are still a distant dream in the country, the Tharu community in UP’s Sravasti district has achieved 100% goals, according to an assessment by the district health office.

The report showed that 100% women in MotipurKalanvillage in the forests of Katarniaghat were using family planning methods. In contrast, current use of family planning methods by women (in reproductive lifespan of 15-49 years) in India is 53%. The number of women using family planning measures in UP has increased from 43% to 45% in the past decade.

Read more at: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/tharu-village-turns-model-for-safe-motherhood/articleshow/63724543.cms

Tamil Nadu: Clinics treating STIs see more in adolescent age

Published on: April 12th, 2018

Source : Newindiaexpress.com

CHENNAI: The number of people treated for sexually transmitted infections and reproductive tract infections at Sexually Transmitted Infection Clinics increased from 3.55 lakh in 2014 to 5.58 lakh till February 2018, data collected by State AIDS Control Society shows. The data also shows that more number of cases were reported in the adolescent age group 16 to 18 years, the cases increased from 4,285 between April 2014 and March 2015 to 5,462 between April 2017 and February 2018.

Officials say this is due to the awareness and increase in population. The data shows that from April 2014-March 2015 across Tamil Nadu, 3, 55,180 people were treated at Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) clinics.

Read more at: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2018/apr/12/tamil-nadu-clinics-treating-stis-see-more-in-adolescent-age-1800290.html

Abortion has been legal in India since 1971 but it is still not a woman’s right

Published on: Apr 22nd, 2018

Source : theprint.in

Legal barriers, such as the blanket 20-week gestation limit, no mention of unmarried women in the clause of contraceptive failure, the need for physician’s consent – all constrain and deny women reproductive justice.

According to a Worldometers projection, the world has witnessed 36.4 million childbirths since the beginning of this year, and 10.8 million induced abortions. The birth of a child usually gets attention, support and celebration. Abortions usually get judgment, stigma and punishment.

Read more at: https://theprint.in/opinion/abortion-has-been-legal-in-india-since-1971-but-it-is-still-not-a-womans-right/51634/

There’s a new male contraceptive pill that’s actually safe to use - Contraceptive pills for men are coming to your nearby drug store sooner than you think

Published on: Apr 23rd, 2018

Source : gqindia.com

Male contraceptive pills could be a part of your bathroom cabinet sooner than you think. While condoms are one of the most popular forms of birth control that are out there, men will soon have access to a revolutionary new method that will neither require surgery — the way a vasectomy does — nor will it be irreversible. Gone are the days when you would panic the morning after because these new male contraceptive pills will ensure that you have an equal say — even if your swimmers wish to fervently disagree.

Read more at: https://www.gqindia.com/content/contraceptive-pills-male/

Thomson Reuters Foundation, UNICEF and IIMC launch Critical Appraisal Skills online course for Health Journalists

Published on: Apr 24th, 2018

Source : UNICEF

The World Immunization Week, is being observed worldwide from 24-30 April, 2018. During this week, UNICEF launched an online version of the ‘Critical Appraisal Skills’ (CAS) course for health journalists. This course is conceptualized in collaboration with Thomson Reuters Foundation, Indian Institute of Mass Communication and Oxford University. The course is available for entry and mid-level health reporters. It aims to enhance the capacities of media representatives to generate factual and non-sensational reports. Evidence shows that a well-researched news story, underpinned with an evidence-based approach can help mitigate any adverse perception about large scale public health initiatives such as the Routine Immunization programmes.

Read more at: http://unicef.in/PressReleases/20446/Thomson-Reuters-Foundation-UNICEF-and-IIMC-launch-Critical-Appraisal-Skills-online-course-for-Health-Journalists


Blog Articles…

Childbirth experiences of dalit women – “dignity matters”

Published by: Rural Women’s Social Education Centre (RUWSEC)

Published On: 15th September, 2016

Childbirth experiences of dalit women – “dignity matters”

Read full article at: http://www.ruwsec.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Blogspot-4.pdf

Sexual and Reproductive health of young people living with HIV

Published by: Rural Women’s Social Education Centre (RUWSEC)

Sexual and Reproductive health of young people living with HIV

Read the full article at: http://www.ruwsec.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Blogspot-3.pdf

Voluntary and Informed Consent in Female Sterilisation - position of Indian courts

Published by: Rural Women’s Social Education Centre (RUWSEC)

Voluntary and Informed Consent in Female Sterilisation - position of Indian courts

Read the full article at: http://www.ruwsec.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Blogspot-3.pdf

Are the present reverible methods of contraception a true basket of choice for Indian women?

Published by: Rural Women’s Social Education Centre (RUWSEC)

Are the present reverible methods of contraception a true basket of choice for Indian women?

Read the full article at: http://www.ruwsec.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Blogspot-Content2.pdf



Ensuring Reproductive Rights: Reform to Address Women's and Girls' Need for Abortion After 20 Weeks in India

Published by : Centre for Reproductive Rights, 2018


In May 2017, the Supreme Court of India denied a medical termination of pregnancy (MTP) to Z., a 35-year old woman from Patna, Bihar living with HIV who became pregnant as a result of rape. Z. was homeless and discovered that she was 17 weeks pregnant and HIV positive when she was admitted into a government shelter. Although Indian law permits MTP until 20 weeks on several grounds, including rape and risks to the pregnant woman's health, Z.'s request for an abortion was denied by a government hospital which improperly demanded spousal and parental consent, despite the fact that the law requires neither for adult women. The hospital's refusal led Z. to file for permission from the High Court of Judicature at Patna, which denied her permission on reasoning that the Supreme Court on appeal stated was "completely erroneous." Although the Supreme Court recognized that Z.'s rights had been violated as the result of improper requirements imposed on her, she was ultimately denied an abortion because she was nearly 26 weeks pregnant by the time she was able to file the appeal.

Source : https://www.reproductiverights.org/sites/crr.civicactions.net/files/documents/Post-20-Week-Access-to-Abortion-India-0218.pdf

Report on the Regional consultation on SDG 2 Substainable Development Goals Agenda @ 2030

Coordinated by : Wada Na Todo Abhiyan

Access the report at : http://wadanatodo.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/REPORT-ON-THE-REGIONAL-CONSULTATION-ON-SDG-2SUSTAINABLE-DEVELOPMENT-GOALSAGENDA-2030.pdf



WHO recommendations: intrapartum care for a positive childbirth experience

Author : WHO, 2018

This up-to-date, comprehensive and consolidated guideline on essential intrapartum care brings together new and existing WHO recommendations that, when delivered as a package, will ensure good-quality and evidence-based care irrespective of the setting or level of health care. The recommendations presented in this guideline are neither country nor region specific and acknowledge the variations that exist globally as to the level of available health services within and between countries. The guideline highlights the importance of woman-centred care to optimize the experience of labour and childbirth for women and their babies through a holistic, human rights-based approach. It introduces a global model of intrapartum care, which takes into account the complexity and diverse nature of prevailing models of care and contemporary practice.

The recommendations in this guideline are intended to inform the development of relevant national- and local-level health policies and clinical protocols. Therefore, the target audience includes national and local public health policy-makers, implementers and managers of maternal and child health programmes, health care facility managers, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), professional societies involved in the planning and management of maternal and child health services, health care professionals (including nurses, midwives, general medical practitioners and obstetricians) and academic staff involved in training health care professionals.

Read further and download at : http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/260178/9789241550215-eng.pdf;jsessionid=021A59B4619D03F74AEFBD0EEE360064?sequence=1

Family Planning - A global handbook for providers 2018 edition

Author : WHO, 2018

The 2018 edition of the Handbook includes new WHO recommendations that expand contraceptive choices. WHO encourages all national health systems and other organizations providing family planning to consider this new edition of the Global Handbook a key document to help ensure the quality and safety of family planning services.

Read further and download at : http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/260156/9780999203705-eng.pdf?sequence=1

Guidelines for maternal death Surveillance & Response

Author : Published by: Government of India, National Health Mission, 2017

Source : http://www.nhm.gov.in/images/pdf/programmes/maternal-health/guidelines/Guideline_for_MDSR.pdf


Video/Media Clips

APCRSHR9: Plenary 4.1 Making good quality SRH education available to all -Prof PETER AGGLETON

Published in : Mar 26, 2018

Source : By 9th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights


Plenary 4: Making good quality SRH education available to all

4.1 Making good quality SRH education available to all – opportunities and challenges -

Prof. PETER AGGLETON, PhD FacSS FASSA,USC Institute for Global Health
Centre for Social Research in Health,University of New South Wales

Peter Aggleton is Scientia Professor of Education and Health in the Centre for Social Research in Health and UNSW Sydney, Australia. He was educated at the Universities of Oxford, Aberdeen and London.

Peter has worked internationally in sexual and reproductive health for over 25 years and is the primary author of WHO’s guidance on Developing Sexual Health Programmes. He was a senior member of the advisory group that led the development of the International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education for UNESCO and partner agencies.

Peter is editor-in-chief of the international journals Culture, Health & Sexuality and Sex Education and the author of over 200 papers on the social aspects of sexual health. At UNSW, he directs the university’s Practical Justice Initiative, one of whose streams of work focuses on Gender, Sexuality and Justice. Peter has worked extensively throughout Asia and the Pacific, including in India, the Philippines, Vietnam and Papua New Guinea.

He is a visiting professor at the UCL Institute of Education in London and at the University of Sussex. He holds an adjunct pr ofessorial position in the Australian Research Centre for Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University in Melbourne

Dalit Women's Struggle for Maternal Health Rights in Raichur -JMS MOVIE

Published in : Apr 1, 2018

Source : By JMS.CHIGURU Enterprises


Dalit women in India bear the tripple burden of caste, class and patriarchy. They become the first and most vulnerable victims of caste-class-patriarchy/gender based exclusion, discrimination and violence. To address this tipple exlusion, JagruthaMahilaSanghatane (JMS) was formed as a rural Dalit women agricultural labourers' union, for resisting discrimination and exclusion, and for asserting their collective power for social change. JMS has relentlessly campaigned, among other rights, for Dalit women's health rights in general and reproductive-maternal health rights in particular.

This short film encapsulates the story of JMS Campaign for Maternal Health Rights where the women of JMS in Raichur district of Karnataka are the key empowered protagonists of their claim for maternal health rights and for strengthening the primary health care system.


#IDECIDE My Health, My Life, My Right!

Published in : Apr 6, 2018

Source : By FPA India


Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Care is a choice you make. Exercise your right and opt for the best-suitable method/s of contraception. Family Planning Association of India (FPA India), along with International Planned Parenthood Federation South Asia Region (IPPFSAR), present a film to support you in your journey to make your choice and enjoy your sexual and reproductive life.


Published in : Apr 13, 2018

Source : By CopasahComm


COPASAH held its Fifth COPASAH Social Accountability Dialogue (CoPSAD) on Patient's Rights recently on April 3. The theme for the Dialogue was PATIENT’S RIGHTS - FULCRUM FOR ACCOUNTABILITY OF PRIVATE MEDICAL SECTOR. The focus of the dialogue was the current discourse on patient’s rights, both in terms of existing legal and formal provisions such as charters for patient’s rights, as well as common violations of these rights.

Mothers: MANSI

Published in : Apr 17, 2018

Source : By American India Foundation


Maternal and Newborn Survival Initiative (MANSI) is a public-private partnership seeking to reduce maternal and child mortality by providing care, resources, and support to empower local communities to care for their mothers and children –and improve local health systems.

The American India Foundation is committed to catalyzing social and economic change in India,and building a lasting bridge between the United States and India through high-impact interventions in education, livelihoods, public health, and leadership development. Learn more at www.AIF.org