Fact-finding report: Maternal Health Care in Balrampur District

This fact-finding mission was conducted to investigate why Balrampur has such a high Infant Mortality Rate and to identify measures that have been omitted by the central and the state government to reduce these numbers. Further, it was to scrutinize the general conditions of health care provided to pregnant women, lactating mothers and newborn infants in the district. The questionnaires were focused on the kinds of services provided in the hospitals, the quality of the services and the lack of resources which prevent adequate health care. After a first overview gained through interviews in one of the district hospitals, our focus was on the lack of personnel and the handling of bio-medical waste in the different health care facilities.