ROLE OF 'MATERNAL ADVANCED HEALTH EVALUATION RECORD’ (MAHER ) IN PROMOTING INSTITUTIONAL DELIVERES

Author's Name: Dr. Kavita Vadera & Dr. Deepti Shrivastav
Subject Area: Health Science
Subject Other
Section Research Paper

Keyword:

MAHER, Institutional deliveries


Abstract

INTRODUCTION : In India, both perinatal mortality and maternal mortality are high. This can be reduced by improving institutional delivers. With this in view, MAHER Card a scheme was started in Acharya Vinobha Bhave hospital, Sawangi in 2013 to facilitate more and more institutional delivers by providing subsides like free deliveries, blood investigations, sonography and subsidised rates of caesarian section.METHODS : A retrospective study was done. Data of all the antenatal women who had visited obstetrics opd of AVBRH hospital were collected in past 3 years from June 2014 to June 2017 and among them women who have issued MAHER CARD and delivered in the institute were calculated.RESULTS : The study showed that there was rising trend of deliveries significantly after the introduction of MAHER card in 2014 (16.4%). Those antenatal women who did not deliver in AVBRH but issued MAHER card did investigations including sonography and blood investigations thus helping in early assessment of high risk cases and implying that it benefited them financially as well.CONCLUSION : MAHER card scheme has improved institutional delivery in the past three years substantially. It has also helped in early detection of maternal and fetal complications by improving rate of early investigations and sonography.

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