National Safe Motherhood Day

Every year, on April 11th, National Safe Motherhood Day is commemorated. The White Ribbon Alliance (WRAI) has launched a campaign to promote awareness about the importance of having sufficient access to care throughout pregnancy, childbirth, and after services. Motherhood is both the best and the worst thing you can do; it comes with lots of responsibility.

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History of National Safe Motherhood Day

India is among the world’s most dangerous countries to give birth, representing 15% of all maternal deaths globally. In India, 44,000 women die each year as a result of poor prenatal care. This dangerous information necessitated immediate action. In the year of 2003, the Indian government recognised April 11th as National Safe Motherhood Day at the proposal of WRAI, an association of 1800 organisations. Kasturba Gandhi’s birthday is also celebrated on this day.

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Significance

According to the World Health Organisation, almost 830 women die daily from preventable causes associated with pregnancy and delivery. Maternal mortality rates in impoverished nations might reach 99 per cent. Because professional treatment before, during, and then after delivery can save women’s and newborn babies’ lives, officials determined that a programme to educate women on how to prevent mortality was necessary. The goal of commemorating this day is to create awareness and bring everyone together in order to meet the Sustainable Development Goals goal of lowering global maternal mortality to less than 70 per 100,000 live births.

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