Tracing a pregnancy
The first stumbling block, as I started enthusiastically on the project, was the complete lack of data concerning the current medical system in India. It is a disorganized game, with each playing by their own rules- the government hospitals, the single/family doctor nursing home, the religious / social group hospitals, and the corporate chains that care to invest only in big cities. The UN, WHO and UNESCO have published several papers in the last few years highlighting the needs. Maternal mortality is one of the Millennium goals that they have been struggling to keep up with.
I have made an info-chart about the life cycle of a pregnancy. It can be divided into – Ante, peri and post natal care. I looked at how many people go through each phase today. While all stages are important,the Ante natal stage has the biggest impact on the outcome.
The thickness of the lines represents the percentage of people going through each stage as of the latest data I could find (2008). For example, only 70% attend at-least one ante natal clinic. Only 32% get full ante-natal care.Most complications can be avoided if women went through the checkpoints at the right time to spot anomalies, and get appropriate health care. You can see the life cycle analysis here. The thickness of the lines represent the percentage of people going through each stage, as of data from 2008.
The insights from this life cycle analysis, led to Aadhya (a project to reduce maternal mortality in India).