National Safe Motherhood Day 2019: Theme, History and Significance
National Safe Motherhood Day (NSMD) is observed annually on 11 April to raise awareness about the proper healthcare of women and maternity facilities to pregnant and lactating women. This day also focus on reducing anaemia among women, institutional delivery, for better pre and post natal health care etc. which are necessary for mothers.
National Safe Motherhood Day (NSMD) 2019: Theme
The theme of 2019 NSMD is "Midwives for Mothers". The theme is selected every year by the members of White Ribbon Alliance India (WRAI) and they carry out several activities, increase awareness and organise full-scale campaigns throughout the country. The goal of these campaigns is to seek every woman has right to live and they could be survive during pregnancy and childbirth.
This day also raise awareness for the prevention of child marriages because we can say that child marriage may be an indirect cause of maternal deaths. It is the right for every woman to take good quality nutrition proper healthcare services during and after pregnancy and childbirth. In fact in India the government is also taking effort to reduce the maternal mortality rate but we can't ignore the fact that it is our duty also to take steps for women healthcare and if needed to educate them.
National Safe Motherhood Day (NSMD) 2019: History
Let us tell you that this day is celebrated due to the initiative of the White Ribbon Alliance India (WRAI) to provide and inform women for healthcare habits and for the availability and accessibility of various healthcare programs during pregnancy, childbirth and post-natal services. In 2003, according to the request of WRAI, the Government of India had declared 11 April as National Safe Motherhood Day which is the anniversary day of Kasturba Gandhi's birth. She is wife of Mohan das Karam Chand Gandhi, the father of nation. Let us tell you that every year WRAI decide theme of National Safe Motherhood Day.
Do you know that India is the first country in the world to have officially declared a National Safe Motherhood Day?
Facts about Maternal Mortality according to WHO
- Approximately 830 women die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.
- In developing countries 99% maternal deaths occurs.
- In women maternal mortality is higher basically living in rural areas and among poorer communities.
- As compared to women, young adolescents face a higher risk of complications and death as a result of pregnancy.
- We can't ignore the fact that skilled care before, during and after childbirth can save the lives of women and newborn babies.
- Maternal mortality worldwide dropped by about 44% in between 1990 and 2015.
- As part of the Sustainable Development Goals in between 2016 and 2030, the target is to reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100000 live births.
Therefore, to raise awareness about the healthcare for women National Safe Motherhood Day is celebrated every year on 11 April.