New Delhi: The health ministry has identified four medical institutes which will act as regional centres and train people in tracking maternal deaths and taking steps to prevent them.
The institutes–MGIMS Wardha, Institute of OBGYN, Chennai, KGMU Lucknow and Guwahati Medical College, Assam– were identified during a national workshop on ‘Strengthening
Maternal Death Surveillance Response (MDSR) and Maternal Near Miss (MNM) Review’ held recently.
Development partners like the WHO, the UNICEF will also be involved in various activities of implementation of guidelines.
The processes of the MDSR and the MNM together help in tracking maternal deaths and understanding their underlying causes. They also stimulate and guide actions to prevent
deaths in future.
Sensitisation and orientation of participants towards this thought was the central theme of the workshop, an official statement said.
The new MDSR guidelines are built on the ones released earlier with salient features such as paradigm shift to response from review, no name, no blame policy, introduction of confidential review, use of ICD10 classification for causes of maternal death and use of data for planning of local action, it said.
At the workshop, all participants expressed renewed commitment towards implementing and strengthening the MDSR and the MNM in the country.
It was attended by the representatives of the health ministry, the National Health Systems Resource Centre (NHSRC) along with participants from 33 states and 45 medical
colleges, development partners like WHO, UNICEF and civil society organisations.
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