M A T E R N A L H E A L T H R I G H T S C A M P A I G N (MHRC)
In 2010, the death of 26 women during childbirth in Badwani District Hospital in Madhya Pradesh brought to national consciousness the weak state of maternal health services, unequal distribution of health services, reported high maternal deaths from child birth related complexities and a lack of political will in promoting community centric accountability processes. Various civil society organizations (CSOs) working at the grass-roots level came together to address the issue of Maternal Health as a Human Right which led to the formation of MHRC in 2013.
The Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) of MP at 269 stands higher than the national average of 212 which is indicative of the poor status of maternal health in the state. Maternal Health Rights Campaign (MHRC) aims to strengthen the healthcare system such that women especially those from the socially excluded communities have access to maternal health services of quality and are free of discrimination. It ensures government’s responsibility for provision of free quality maternal health services through community based monitoring and influencing the policy level issues through advocacy. The Campaign which started in 2013 is currently present across 18 districts of Madhya Pradesh. Registrar General- Census for Government of India, SRS Bulletins 2007