Project Sahara – In Ahmedabad new tool to help reduce maternal mortality
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initiative called Project Sahara by the Ahmedabad district administration has
reduced maternal deaths due to postpartum haemorrhage (PPH).
Project Sahara, Non-pneumatic Anti-Shock garment (NASG) has been provided to
primary health centres in the district. At present, 40 PHCs in Ahmedabad have
an NASG suit each.
haemorrhage (PPH) leads to continuous and excessive bleeding. The rapid loss of
blood because of PPH reduces the body’s blood pressure and can even cause death.
NASG applies pressure to the lower body and abdomen, thereby forcing the blood
that was getting accumulated in the pelvic area to other essential organs of
to Sample Registration System data of 2016-17, Gujarat’s maternal Mortality
Rate was 91.
mortality refers to the number of maternal deaths which occur due to pregnancy
or as a result of a complication of the same. Maternal mortality rate (MMR) is
taken as the number of recorded maternal deaths, for every 1 lakh live births.
Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 3.1) calls to reduce MMR to less
than 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030.