According to the WHO’s statistics, 136,000 women die from childbirth every year in the country, with heavy blood loss from postpartum haemorrhaging (PPH) the most common cause of death.
WHO claimed that out of 529,000 maternal deaths globally, 25.7% take place in India.
Overall, India’s maternal mortality rate is approximately 167 deaths per 100,000 live births.
In a statement, WHO said: “The latest estimates of maternal mortality rate (MMR) in India from 2011-2013, show an average of 167deaths/100,000 live births. The same estimates also demonstrate that wide geographical disparities persist. The highest MMR can be found in Assam (300) and the lowest in Kerala (61).”
The statement also suggests that blood supply in India is low, with patient blood management being overlooked.
“India, with its population of 1.2 billion people, needs 12 million units of blood annually but collects only nine million – a 25% deficit. Globally, there are innovations in the field of patient blood management, whereas in India awareness on the management has been overlooked thus far,” the statement also said.
PPH is defined as a loss of blood between 500ml or 1,000ml within the first 24 hours of childbirth.
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