Potential Replication of Successful Model for Fighting Maternal Mortality in India

The Times of India published this article on the Chiranjeevi Yojana (CY) program, a public-private partnership (PPP) program that subsidizes deliveries for poor women by private doctors in Gujarat that is now being considered for replication in other Indian states.

"Over 800 gynaecologists have joined the Chiranjeevi Scheme and carried out more than 50,000 insitutional deliveries for below the poverty line mothers." The article cites a paper by the Population Stabilisation Cell of the Union health ministry, quoting "at an MMR of 300, the state could have lost 1,500 mothers, however, as the deliveries were carried out by skilled attendants, 77 mothers died. The scheme also saved a large number of neonates who used to die because of poorly handled deliveries." See the Chiranjeevi Yojana Profile for more information on this promising program.