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Maternal and newborn health care. Baseline findings from Uttar Pradesh, India

by Professor Tanya Marchant

published 17 September 2013

Overall, the survey results present a clear picture of maternal and newborn health care in Uttar Pradesh.

The number of interactions taking place is high, although there is some evidence of inequity in interactions.

However, interactions often lack content due to a combination of frontline worker behaviour and to a shortage of basic supplies. Nonetheless, the coverage of basic life-saving interventions was relatively high across the continuum of care, and there was no clear evidence of socio-economic inequity in intervention coverage.

The use of prophylactic uterotonics at birth, and readiness of health facilities to provide basic life-saving care could represent two areas for improvement in Uttar Pradesh: fewer than half of the skilled birth attendants interviewed in health facilities reported administration of a uterotonic at the last birth they attended, and fewer than one in six health facilities were ready to monitor labour using a partograph on the day of the survey.

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Marchant, T; (2013) Maternal and newborn health care. Baseline findings from Uttar Pradesh, India. Interactions between families and frontline workers (their frequency, quality, and equity), and coverage of interventions for mothers and newborns


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