New Delhi: May 4, 2010
Despite progress in reducing maternal mortality, India is in the unenviable position of 73rd out of 77 middle-income countries rated by the new ‘Save the Children’ report for the ‘best place to be a mother’. The report said there was already a global shortfall of 4.3 million healthcare workers needed to end preventable maternal and child deaths. In India, the shortfall of ASHA workers is estimated at a huge 74,000 (government norm is one Asha for 1,000 population) and ANMs at 21,066 (one ANM for 5,000 population in plain areas and 3,000 for rural areas). Save the Children, director of advocacy, Shireen Vakil Miller said, “The NRHM prioritised female health workers from the communities, however, there still remains an acute shortage and training requirement.
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