Maternal and Child Health

Approximately two million children under-5 die in India every year (UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children Report, 2007). This represents about one-fourth of the global burden of infant and child deaths. Adding to this, is the poor status of maternal mortality in India (over 100,000 women a year), which also accounts for almost one-fourth of the world’s maternal deaths.


India faces the enormous challenge of reducing infant mortality from 53 per 1000 live births to less than 30, and maternal mortality from 254 per 1,00,000 live births to less than 100 by 2015.


Women’s lives can be transformed if their needs for comprehensive maternal and child health care are met. Our field-level interventions focus on strengthening the delivery of health services as well as improving awareness, and empowering women to adopt safe motherhood and childcare practices, primarily through capacity building and behaviour change communication.


We, therefore –

  • Advocate for maternal and child health (MCH)
  • Provide technical support to the government for strengthening MCH policies and initiatives
  • Focus on strengthening monitoring mechanisms
  • Support pre-project surveys and post-project evaluations that focus on
    • the demographic impact of interventions and
    • the impact on the quality of healthcare

We, through our partner organizations, have also been working towards improving male participation in MCH programmes and in empowering self-help groups to take on MCH activities. For we believe economic empowerment makes women effective decision-makers, especially for their own health and that of their children.

Ensuring Reproductive Rights of Women

Photo by -Sunita Singh/PFI


Partner/Implementing Organization
SUTRA (Social Uplift Through Rural Action)

Population and area
300 gram panchayats in five districts of Himachal Pradesh - Kangra, Mandi, Sirmaur, Solan and Una.

Project period
May 1, 2012 – April 30, 2015

Ensure reproductive rights of the people to achieve improved reproductive health and sex ratio at birth, and increased adoption of non-terminal methods of family planning.


  • Create ownership of the issue at the community level through organizations like Mahila Mandals, Ekal Nari Shakti Sangthan and Self Help Groups
  • Promote change in the health-seeking behaviour in the context of RTI/STIs
  • Increase women’s access to information on reproductive and sexual rights, enabling them to choose methods for spacing or limiting family size
  • Monitor public institutions like government health facilities, anganwadi centres to ensure necessary support and services
  • Create larger forums in the form of Mahila Gram Sabha to address gender discrimination and promote gender equality