FOGSI announces national program to improve women and maternal health in India

FOGSI will work in close liaison with the existing programs and use the new strategies to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of reducing maternal mortality rate to 109 per 100,000 live births by 2015


Womens from different walks of life at FOGSI event, Mumbai

With the aim of helping India achieve the Millennium Development Goal on reducing maternal mortality rate by 2015, The Federation of Obstetric & Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI), the apex body for all Obstetricians & Gynaecologists in the country has launched the theme for the year 2014 "Empower Women Empower India - Pledge for Excellence". In this they are looking at "Women Empowerment through the lens of Health awareness, access and affordability". FOGSI in partnership with the Government of India, NGOS and educational grants from corporates will roll-out a host of initiatives covering various stakeholders in urban and rural areas across India to address women and maternal health issues.

To mark the onset of the program, Dr. Suchitra N. Pandit, president, FOGSI felicitated women achievers from different walks of life who have contributed towards the society and made a mark for themselves. Some of the key achievers were Ms. Neeti Mohan, singer, Mrs. Jyoti Tanna, founder Each one Teach One, Ms. Suhita Thatte ,Actor, Dr. Armida Fernandez, social paediatrics & founder trustee - Sneha, Mrs. Vandana Krishna director general, RJMC Health and Nutrition Mission, Government of Maharashtra and so on.

Announcing the theme, Dr. Pandit said, "Maternal mortality is one of the basic health indicators of a society. It is a benchmark of humanity. Although MMR is showing a reducing trend yet we have a long way to go. FOGSI will work in collaboration with the Government of India and various stakeholders and reach out to the interiors of India including the tribal areas where there is an unmet need for contraception, comprehensive abortion care, adolescent reproductive health, mother and child care and menopausal health."

"We will be also addressing issues related to female sexual health and formulate strategies to reduce the burden of Cervical Cancer in India. FOGSI will continue to play a major role in implementing policies in various aspects of maternal and child health and will collaborate and partner as far as knowledge sharing is concerned", she further added.

The initiatives that will drive the theme "Empower Women, Empower India - Pledge for Excellence" this year are:
- Sensitization program for women, husbands and mothers-in-law in rural areas on pre-natal healthcare, reproductive health, avoidance of discrimination and violence, issues of sexuality, understanding of joint responsibilities etc.


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