Fact-finding report: Conditions of health centres in Balrampur, Uttar Pradesh

The district of Balrampur, situated less than 200 km north-east from Gorakhpur at the border to Nepal, continues to have one of the highest IMR and MMR in the country. IMR in the district is 87 per 1,000 live births (far above state and national average; AHS 2012-2013), while the MMR is 366 per 100,000 live births, also exceeding both national and state average by far (AHS 2012-2013). In this report we are going to look at how systematic failures in the governmental health care system in Balrampur deny the residents -- especially pregnant women, lactating mothers and newborn infants -- access to proper and necessary health care.