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We're setting out to end preventable maternal mortality in India by helping private doctors, nurses, and midwives deliver affordable, quality care to women. Our progress to date:

Facilities Strengthened

Facilities strengthened to provide quality care

Health Workers Trained

Health workers trained to provide quality care

Improved Care

Women with reliable access to affordable, quality care

In 2013, an estimated 50,000 women in India died from complications of pregnancy and childbirth — the highest number of any country in the world. Women in rural villages and urban slums are disproportionately affected.

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Our Focus in India

In India, many women turn to local private providers for healthcare because they are part of the community, have flexible hours, and offer personalized care. However, private health services can be unregulated, costly, and of variable quality.

We're working with local doctors, nurses, and midwives to improve their ability to deliver affordable, high-quality maternal health services. Our programs are helping set, maintain, and deliver standards for care to ensure healthy pregnancies and safe childbirths. We believe this approach can have a lasting impact on ending preventable maternal mortality.

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Our Partners and Projects

We've partnered with leading health organizations to strengthen private maternal healthcare in Jharkhand, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh — three states with some of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the country.

Our partners are:

  • Expanding social franchise networks of private hospitals and clinics. Learn More
  • Developing standards of quality care and helping private providers meet these standards. Learn More
  • Improving the referral system between the public and private health sectors. Learn More
  • Designing a free, phone-based tool for women to rate the care they receive. Learn More


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