What’s Making Us Happy: The Decline in India’s Maternal Mortality Rate

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What’s Making Us Happy: The Decline in India’s Maternal Mortality Rate

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n today’s edition of Really Great News You Totally Didn’t Expect to Hear, the Health Ministry issued a special bulletin to announce that the Maternal Mortality Rate in India has dropped by 22 per cent. According to the sample registration system data released by the office of Registrar General of India, MMR declined from 167 in 2011-13 to 130 in 2014-16.

For the uninitiated, MMR is an indicator of maternal care, measures the quality of safe deliveries, and is calculated as the number of maternal deaths per 1,00,000 live births. The World Health Organization defines MMR as “the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy, irrespective of the duration and site of the pregnancy, from any cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy or its management but not from accidental or incidental causes.”

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