The state of the world’s mothers 2010 report released on Monday assesses countries on access to education, economic opportunities and maternal and child healthcare. The mother’s index is based on the analysis of indicator’s of women’s and children’s health and wellbeing. India still ranks first out of 12 countries that account for 2/3 of under-five and maternal deaths in the world. It stands in the position of 73rd out of 77 middle –income countries rated by the report.
One of the major concerns highlighted is the shortage of the trained healthcare personnel worldwide. There was already a global shortfall of 4.3 million healthcare workers needed to end preventable maternal and child deaths. In India there is estimated to be huge shortfall of 74,000 ASHA workers and ANMs at 21,066. The government norm is for 1 ASHA for 1000 population and 1 ANM for 5000 population in plain areas and 3000 for rural areas.
The health of a woman is closely linked to her educational status and socio-economic status. Despite maternal mortality rates showing decline in India, thousands of women are dying every year due to lack of access to basic healthcare facilities. Wherever they are available they are of poor quality aggravating the situation.
Source: The Times of India