Along with Bangladesh, Pakistan and Indonesia, India contributes over 50 percent of all maternal and child deaths globally, according to a 2008 WHO report. Most challenging is that India is not making sufficient progress.
The lack of services for pregnant women and newborns is by far the worst in Bihar, the state which has the poorest rate of antenatal coverage in India. Maternal health is also indirectly impacted by a number of other issues like education and economic status.
Photographer Sanjit Das traveled to Bihar with the Legatum Foundation to see what was currently being done to help the situation. He visited several health programmes with inspiring projects designed to address maternal and infant health issues by training and equipping traditional birth attendants and rural health care providers on safe delivery practices, immunisation delivery, and treatment for common diseases and ailments among infants and pregnant and new mothers.