A well written article in qz.com talks about the state of Tamil Nadu in South India and how for decades, successive governments in this state have focused on improving healthcare access for pregnant women.
Tamil Nadu, has been know to have well-planned and well-implemented health care and monetary programmes for Maternal and Child Health (MCH). Last month, the government rolled out another landmark initiative for mothers.
On August 3rd – to commemorate International Breastfeeding Week – state Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa inaugurated more than 350 breastfeeding rooms at bus terminals across the state, where mothers can feed their children. This is the first time any state in the country has made such arrangements.
In the last decade , the state has managed to bring down infant mortality rate from 24 per 1,000 births in 2005 to 21 in 2013. This figure is almost half of the national average of 40 infants dying out of every 1,000 births. The maternal mortality rate of 90 deaths per 100,000 live deliveries is also well below the national average of 178.Tamil Nadu ranks high in terms of institutional deliveries, too. Almost 99.3% of pregnant women deliver at hospitals, rather than at home. Compare this with 87.9% of institutional deliveries in Gujarat, 76.3% in West Bengal and 90.3% in Maharashtra, according to data from the latest report on the Rapid Survey on Children conducted by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development