Events Archive Feb 2003

UNFPA Team Visit Averting maternal mortality should be our prime concern

A team of UNFPA representatives visited the project area of Basic Obstetric Emergency Care (BOEC) in Kapasan block of Chittorgarh district to assess impact of the project. One of the representatives Mr.Vincent Fauveau commented while addressing a group of people in Ramthali village during community deliberation and cultural programmes “I have come from a place in Europe which is 6000 Kilo Meters away to see the good work done by civil society organisations with active participation of community for the welfare of women”, Mr. Fauveau also mentioned that considering high maternal mortality rate in the state, the prime concern should be prevention of death of women during pregnancy, delivery and post-delivery period. He added that United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will support all such endeavour directed for the same. Among others, Venkatesh Srinivasan, Senior Programme Adviser and Mr. Hemant Dwivedi, State Programme Coordinator accompanied him to observe the grassroots interventions of Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS), Chittorgarh for empowerment of community to properly avail basic emergency obstetric care services. The overall activities had aimed at reducing the delays in: identification of obstetric emergency case at family-level and decision-making to take the pregnant lady to hospital; transportation of the pregnant woman to a health institution; & service delivery to provide emergency obstetric care at the health institution/centre. Satisfied with implementation mechanism of the community-based action programme by CUTS, the District Reproductive & Child Health Society along with UNFPA had chosen to observe its activities. The visiting team interacted with Dr. Dalbir Singh, Partha Das, community leaders and various other stakeholders, such as members of ‘Social Action Committee’ as well as ‘Self-help Group’ and watched a ‘social awareness generation cultural programme’ conducted by CUTS team in Keer Khera and Ramthali villages.

For more details, please contact:
Partha Das
CUTS Centre for Human Development (CUTS-CHD)
Rawla, Senti
Chittorgarh – 312 025
Telephone: 91-1472-241472
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