The viability of social accountability measures

The viability of social accountability measures

The Lancet Global Health, 1 August 2019

Uttar Pradesh is one of the most dangerous places in India to give birth: this state has a maternal mortality rate that was last seen in the UK in the 1940s. In an Article in this issue of The Lancet Global Health, Camilla Fabbri and colleagues point out that in the villages they work in, 15% of women received at least four antenatal care visits during their pregnancy, 11% were counselled on three danger signs during pregnancy, and 39% received clean cord care. A high-profile trial that used a checklist approach to address this inadequacy of care failed, finding no improvements in birth outcomes.