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Mothers and Others - Women tell their own stories to ensure other pregnant women in remote villages of India receive healthcare services

Women from Communities provide solutions to save the precious lives of mothers and their babies

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Every year 45,000 women die in childbirth in India. That is 5 women every hour. These women could have been saved, if rural clinics were not understaffed and underresourced. Deficiencies in maternal health care make the major life event of childbirth a nightmare for many women. In response, Video Volunteers produced a manual on maternal health reporting and trained 123 Community Correspondents, many of whom had had difficult birth stories themselves, to investigate the realities of maternal healthcare in their villages. The stories highlight nonfunctional health facilities, absentee doctors, a lack of access to check-ups after delivery and illegal payments to the personnel.  In several cases, Community Correspondents have brought about change, by showing the gaps in the implementation of the government programs to the concerned authority.

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

By highlighting nonfunctional health facilities, absentee doctors, lack of access to check-ups after delivery and illegal payments to the personnel, Video Volunteers’ network of Community Correspondents, many of whom have had difficult birth stories themselves, have brought about change, by showing the gaps in the implementation of the government programs to the concerned authority

How does this research relate to our use cases and personas?

This relates directly to Point #1, Under-Resourced Mom, and also #3 The Healthcare Provider.

Tell us about yourself:

I am an advocate for maternal and neonatal child health and nutrition, and represent Video Volunteers, an NGO that empowers marginalized people to tell their stories and create change campaigns

Are you currently an employee of Sutter Health or UCB Pharmaceuticals?

  • No

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Hi Kanika Singh !

There is 1 week left to submit ideas to the New Life Challenge. It would be great to see you and your ideas there.

The deadline for idea submission is Sunday at 3 pm PST on September 24.

Please email me if you have any questions - krushton@ideo.com

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