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Pakur Mother and Child Survival Project

India has the highest number of maternal and child deaths in the world. Around 1 in 5 of all maternal deaths and 1 in 4 of all under 5 child deaths occur in India alone. Rural areas, such as Pakur district of Jharkhand state are most severely affected.

There are life-saving technologies and services to prevent these deaths; however, they are not always accessible to women and children.  The main barriers are known as “the three deadly delays”:  1. Delays in deciding to seek health care, 2. Delays in reaching appropriate health care, and 3. Delays in receiving adequate treatment once at a health facility.

Many people lack health knowledge, and due to cultural norms, women often lack authority to make decisions without approval from husbands or in-laws. People living in remote and isolated areas have difficulty reaching a health clinic due to lack of roads and transportation.  In addition, the quality of care at health clinics is often poor, due to inadequately trained health workers and shortages of drugs and supplies.

What HealthBridge is Doing

Project profile

Duration: 2011 - 2014

Donor: CIDA

Key Partner: Evangelical Fellowship of India Commission on Relief (EFICOR)

Location: Pakur District of Jharkhand State, India

Contact person:

Lisa MacDonald, Project Manager

Rationale for the Project

HealthBridge is working in collaboration with its local Indian partner EFICOR to ensure that all women and children in Pakur receive essential health care services. Our comprehensive approach involves:

1. Strengthening the delivery of government health care services in the villages, including ante and post natal care, safe delivery care, nutrition counselling and supplements, immunization and treatment for malaria, diarrhea and acute respiratory illness.

2. Educating communities about proper maternal and child health behaviours, including nutrition, breast feeding, hygiene, and the dangers signs that indicate one should seek medical care.

3.  Engaging men and empowering women to promote positive communication and shared decision making between family members.

We are working in synergy with the government health system to help ensure that our results are sustainable and carried forward after the project ends.

Goals and Expected Results:

The overall goal of this 3-year project is to reduce maternal, newborn and child deaths in the district of Pakur of Jharkhand State, India.  The project will benefit around 140,000 women and nearly 123,000 children under age 5.  The expected results are:

1. Increased coverage of essential maternal and child services: skilled delivery care, ante and postnatal care, child immunizations, vitamin A and iron-folic acid supplementation, adequate treatment for diarrhea, pneumonia and malaria

2. Increased inter-spousal communication and shared household decision making about maternal and child health.

3. Increased capacity of the Pakur government health system to design and deliver effective services at the village, block and district levels.

4. Increased health knowledge and care seeking by men and women in the villages.

What Has the Project Achieved To Date?  

After 1.5 years of implementation, we have made the following achievements:

Strengthening Health Services

Educating Communities

Engaging Men and Empowering Women

Reports and Resources




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Pakur 2013 5k RUN