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High risk pregnancy tracking system in Bundi, Rajasthan
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Source: OneWorld South Asia
Source: OneWorld South Asia
The High Risk Pregnancy Tracking System in Bundi, Rajasthan, aims to monitor the health of women with high risk pregnancies in the district and ensure that they receive timely assistance and care.

Bundi district in Rajasthan has a very high rate of maternal mortality due to the prevalent illiteracy among women and the general unawareness about pregnancy related risks. In order to address this problem, the district administration designed the High Risk Pregnancy Tracking System in April 2011 to identify women undergoing difficult pregnancies and ensure that they are provided with adequate and timely pregnancy related healthcare facilities so as to avoid any complications during delivery.

Under the programme, a medical survey of pregnant women is conducted on the basis of which high risk cases are identified and marked. Rural health workers keep a track of pregnant women with high risks by marking a circle on their house and alerting the community and family members about their situation. Health workers also maintain a high risk diary with complete details of high risk cases, which is regularly checked by the district medical officers who ensure that the required assistance is extended to the expecting mothers and their families and that periodic tests are conducted to check their haemoglobin level, blood pressure and weight.

The implementation of the High Risk Pregnancy Tracking System did not require major changes in the district health activities and commitments of the administration. The system leveraged existing financial and human resources to cover an additional responsibility in a simple yet effective manner.

One of the major successes of the High Risk Pregnancy Tracking System lies in its ability to create community awareness about pregnancy related risks and the necessary precautions to be taken .The system has succeeded in building a participative environment in the district wherein the entire community is watching out for the pregnant women in their area. In this manner, the new system has reduced the number of maternal deaths in Bundi from 48 in 2009-10 to 28 in 2011-12.

Based on the success of the initiative, the Medical and Health Department of Rajasthan has issued orders to all the hospitals of the state to implement the High Risk Pregnancy Tracking System.

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