Achievements of Key MH Performance Indicators

MMR: India’s MMR at 130 (SRS 2014-16) has improved significantly from 212 (SRS 2007-09);

(Source of data)

NHP Goal (2020)
Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) 254 (SRS 2004-06) 212 (SRS 2007-09) 178 (SRS 2010-12) 167 (SRS 2011-13) 130 (SRS 2014-16) 100

Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR):

SRS 2014-16:

Survey data on Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) is available from the Report of Registrar General of India - Sample Registration System (RGI-SRS). The latest available data on MMR is for the period 2014-16 which is 130  per 100,000 live births.


Under the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 5, the target is to reduce Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) by three quarters between 1990 & 2015. Based on the UN Inter–Agency Expert Group’s MMR estimates in the publication “Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990 to 2015", the target for MMR is estimated to be 139 per 1,00,000 live births by the year 2015 taking a baseline of 556 per 100,000 live births in 1990.

As per the latest report of the Registrar General of India, Sample Registration System (RGI-SRS), Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) of India has shown a decline from 167 per 100,000 live births in the period 2011-13 to 130 per 100,000 live births in the period 2014-16. India has thus achieved the MDG Goal 5 for maternal health.

Average decline in MMR between 2007-09 and 2011-13 has been 11.3 points per year, i.e. 5.8% compound rate of annual decline whereas average compound rate of decline has increased to 8% between 2011-13 and 2014-16.Under National Rural Health Mission (NHM), several initiatives are under implementation to achieve the goal for reduction in Maternal Mortality. These interventions are as follows:

Essential Obstetric Care

This includes quality antenatal care including prevention and treatment of anemia, institutional / safe delivery services and post natal care. To provide essential obstetric care services GoI is operationalizing the PHCs for 24 X 7 services and also training the SNs/LHVs/ANMs in Skilled Attendance at Birth.

Quality Ante Natal care

Quality ANC includes minimum of at least 4 ANCs including early registration and 1st ANC in first trimester along with physical and abdominal examinations, Hb estimation and urine investigation , 2 doses of T.T Immunization and consumption of IFA tablets (6 months during ANC & 6 months during PNC).

Post natal care for mother and newborn

Ensuring post natal care within first 24 hours of delivery and subsequent home visits on 3rd, 7th and 42nd day is the important components for identification and management of emergencies occurring during post natal period. The ANMs, LHVs and staff nurses are being oriented and trained for tackling emergencies identified during these visits.

Skilled Attendance at Birth

Government of India has a commitment to provide skilled attendance at every birth both at community and Institution level. To manage and handle some common obstetric emergencies at the time of birth, a policy decision has been taken permitting Staff Nurses (SNs) and ANMs to give certain injections and also perform certain interventions under specific emergency situations to save the life of the mother.

Provision of Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care at FRUs

Provision of Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care at FRUs is being done by operationalziing all FRUs in the country. While operationalising, the thrust is on the critical components such as manpower, blood storage units and referral linkages etc. Availability of trained manpower (Skill Based Training for MBBS doctors) is linked with operationalization of FRUs. The initiatives being undertaken in this regard are:

Augmentation of skilled human resources for Maternal Health:

To overcome the shortage of skilled manpower particularly Anesthetists and Gynecologists, the following key skill based training programs are being implemented:

  • An 18 Weeks Training Progamme of MBBS Doctors in Life Saving Anesthesia Skills for Emergency Obstetric Care.
  • A 16 weeks Training programme of MBBS Doctors in Obstetric Management Skills including C-Section, in collaboration with Federation of Obstetric and Gynecological Society of India.(CEmOC).
  • A 10 days Training Programme in Basic Emergency Obstetric Care for Medical Officers(BEmOC)
  • A 3 weeks Training Programme for ANMs/SNs/LHVs as Skilled Birth Attendants(SBA)

Referral Services at both Community and Institutional level

GoI has a thrust to establish a network of Basic patient care transportation ambulances with aim to reach the beneficiary in rural area within 30 minutes of the call for quick service delivery.

Presently states have been given the flexibility to establish assured referral systems to transport pregnant mothers and sick Infants, etc which includes different models including public, private partnership models.

Other Major Interventions are:

Safe Abortion Services/ Medical termination of Pregnancy (MTP):

  • Provision of comprehensive safe abortion services at public health facilities including 24*7 PHCs/ FRUs (DHs/ SDHs /CHCs) with a focus on "Delivery Points".
  • Capacity Building of Medical officers in safe MTP Techniques and of ANMs, ASHAs and other field functionaries to provide confidential counseling for MTP and promote post-abortion care including adoption of contraception.
  • District Level Committees have been framed and empowered to accreditate the facilities for conducting safe abortion services under MTP Act including approval of private and NGO sector facilities for conducting MTPs.
  • A tool (format) to facilitate monitoring of Comprehensive Abortion Services and implementation of the MTP Act has been implemented all levels by GoI.
  • Supply of Nischay Pregnancy detection kits to sub centres for early detection of pregnancy so that safe abortion services can be provided to intended pregnancies covered under the MTP Act.
  • Development of standard IEC/BCC material on Safe Abortion.
  • Orientation/Training of ASHAs to equip them with skills to create awareness on abortion issues in women and the community and facilitate women in accessing services.

Provision of RTI/STI services:

Under NHM, provision of STI/RTI care services is a very important strategy to prevent HIV transmission and promote sexual and reproductive health under the National AIDS Control Program (NACP III) and Reproductive and Child Health (RCH II). Enhanced Syndromic case management (ESCM) with minimal laboratory tests is the cornerstone of STI/RTI management under NACP III. Services are being provided to all FRUs, CHCs and at 24 X 7 PHCs.

Setting up of Blood Storage Centers (BSC) at FRUs:

Timely treatment of complications associated with pregnancy is sometimes hampered due to non-availability of Blood Transfusion services at FRUs. The Drugs and Cosmetics Act has been amended to facilitate establishment of Blood Storage Centers at such FRUs.

Village Health and Nutrition Day

Organizing of Village Health & Nutrition Day (VHNDs) at Anganwadi center at least once every month to provide ante natal/ post partum care for pregnant women, promote institutional delivery, immunization, Family Planning & nutrition are the part of various services being provided during VHNDs.

New Initiatives

Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakaram (JSSK)

Government of India has launched Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakaram (JSSK) on 1st June, 2011, which entitles all pregnant women delivering in public health institutions to absolutely free and no expense delivery including Caesarean section. The initiative stipulates free drugs, diagnostics, blood and diet, besides free transport from home to institution, between facilities in case of a referral and drop back home. Similar entitlements have been put in place for all sick newborns accessing public health institutions for treatment till 30 days after birth. In 2013 this has been expanded to Sick infants and antenatal and postnatal complications.

Maternal Death Review

The process of maternal death review (MDR) has been implemented & institutionalized by all the States as a policy since 2010. Guidelines and tools for conducting community based MDR and Facility based MDR have been provided to the States. The States are reporting deaths along with its analysis for causes of death.

Delivery Points (DPs)

All the States & Union Territories have identified DPs above a certain minimum benchmark of performance to prioritize and direct resources in a focused manner to these facilities for filling the gaps like trained and skilled human resources, infrastructure, equipments , drugs and supplies, referral transport etc. for providing quality & comprehensive RMNCH (Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal & Child Health) services.

Web Enabled Mother and Child Tracking System

Name Based Tracking of Pregnant Women and Children has been initiated by Government of India as a policy decision to track every pregnant woman , infant & child upto 3 yrs, by name for provision of timely ANC, Institutional Delivery, and PNC along-with immunization & other related services.

A Joint MCP Card

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and Ministry of Women and Child Development (MOWCD) has been launched as a tool for documenting and monitoring services for antenatal, intranatal and postnatal care to pregnant women, immunization and growth monitoring of infants.

Tracking of severe Anaemia during pregnancy & child birth by SCs and PHCs:

Severe anemia is a major cause for pregnancy related complications that may lead to maternal deaths. Effective monitoring of these cases by the ANM as well as the Medical Officer in charge of PHC has been started to line list these cases and provide necessary treatment.

Technical Guidelines & Service Delivery Posters:

GoI has developed & disseminated standard technical guidelines & service delivery posters for standardizing the quality of service delivery during ANC, INC, PNC, etc from tertiary to primary level of institutions.


In order to further accelerate our decline in the coming years, Health Ministry has recently launched 'LaQshya - Labour room Quality improvement Initiative'. LaQshya program is a focused and targeted approach to strengthen key processes related to the labour rooms and maternity operation theatres which aims at improving quality of care around birth and ensuring Respectful Maternity Care.


Carrying forward the vision of our Hon’ble Prime Minister, the Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan was launched in 2016 to ensure quality antenatal care to pregnant women in the country on the 9th of every month.

Other Maternal Health Indicators

Institutional Delivery (%) 40.9 47 72.9 74.4 78.9
Safe Delivery (%) 48 52.6 76.2 - 83.2