Bhubaneswar, November 29 (LocalWire): Odisha has made visible progress in eliminating preventable maternal deaths, gender-based violence, child marriage and use of contraceptives.
According to the data presented at a consultation on sexual reproductive health and rights organised by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Bhubaneswar on Thursday, the number of pregnant women in the state going for three or more Ante Natal Checkup (ANC) doubled between 1991-92 and 2015-16.
“While Institutional Deliveries increased five-fold in the state, Maternal Mortality Ratio reduced by more than half,” UNFPA state programme coordinator Dr Deepa Prasad said.
“Many women today have better lives than their mothers and can hope for even more for their daughters.
But unfortunately, these gains have not been experienced equally by all,” Prasad said while addressing an audience of adolescents, LGBT, persons with disability and representatives from civil society organizations.
Similarly, it was noted that the number of girls marrying before the age of 18 years and cases of adolescent pregnancy has reduced by half during the same period.
The consultation was organised to discuss 25 years of International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25).
ICPD stands for the International Conference on Population and Development, a 1994 meeting in Cairo where 179 governments adopted a revolutionary Programme of Action and called for women’s reproductive health and rights to take centre stage in national and global development efforts.