Meeting of the Consultative Committee of Parliament attached to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare on Maternal Health was held in New Delhi on 29 August 2013. The meeting was presided over by the Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad. The objective of the meeting was discussion of the issues on maternal health.
Issues such as implementation of a number of strategies and interventions for improved maternal health outcomes were discussed during the meeting. Reduction in the Maternal Mortality in India was also discussed. It is important to note that the Maternal Mortality Rate declined from 301 per 100000 live births in 2001-03 to 254 in 2004-05.
It further dropped down to 212 in 2007-09. The rate of this decline has also shown an increasing trend from 4.1 percent annual rate of decline during 2001-03 to 5.55 percent in 2004-06 and further to 5.8 percent in 2007-09.