Software Developed to Identify Cause of Maternal Deaths in India

Maternal deaths have been a thorn that has nagged the medical experts in India for a good amount of time. One of the important points under Millennium Development Goals, obliterating the problem of maternal deaths, is being clasped from its root by a group of medical intelligentsia.

Purpose of the Software

In order to track pregnant women, bolster maternal healthcare services and also reduce maternal mortality ratio by comprehending the causes behind the high maternal deaths, the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) has developed a software. The purpose stated for the same is to curb the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) and to identify the women who are dying.

The software has been handed over to the central government and would be launched very soon. According to the president-elect of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), CN Purandare, the launch may turn out to be a fresh start for India in this field. May be this is a ‘sanguine sunrise’ for all Indian women who carry an existence in their womb!!

The software would allow transmission of information as a unique number would be assigned to pregnant women. The software would be connected to the state headquarters and so they would be able to access data about the number of pregnancies. The information would be beneficial for primary and tertiary health care centers as well.

Besides, ‘Maternal Death Review’ programme would also be launched in the remote areas of India. Such endeavors become all the more important considering the MMR in India; 212 maternal deaths out of 1,00,000 live births.

Pregnancy Apps for iPhone and iPad Touch

iPhone and iPad already possess apps that aid mothers in taking care of their child in their womb. One of the apps available is the BabyBump Pregnancy Pro. It’s useful for the mothers for a complete period of nine months.

Another app dubbed as ‘What to expect pregnancy tracker’ has a date calculator, pregnancy countdown, and also weekly images of your baby’s growth and development.

These are the apps for mothers and their benefits are availed by the women in West but in India, where the major population lives in rural areas, the scenario is really different.

Scenario for India

For rural India, skillful maneuver in handling maternity issues is the need of the hour. And the software has taken the first baby step in a scenario where the problem is colossal!!