Maternal and Reproductive Health Often Sub-Standard and Inaccessible

Human Rights Watch revealed that maternal and reproductive health care across the globe is often sub-standard and inaccessible. But Governments in different countries are still failing to address grievances and tackle these problems. A roundup was issued by Human Rights Watch of its reporting on reproductive health issues ahead of the International Day of Action for Women's Health, which is falling on May 28.

The 10-page roundup is named 'Unaccountable: Addressing Reproductive Health Care Gaps'. It gives a very clear picture of health system accountability failures in Asia, Latin America, Africa, the United States as well as Europe.

Janet Walsh, Deputy women's rights Director at Human Rights Watch said, “Governments have long pledged to reduce maternal deaths and improve reproductive health care. Yet many aren't taking even basic steps, like enabling patients to lodge grievances, addressing complaints, establishing health standards, and tracking births and deaths”.

The statement explained that women throughout the world stated that the chase of reproductive health care is for sure an obstacle course. Quality of care is hampered by missing or unclear standards and that accountability is impossible without clear standards.

In a country like India, birth and death registration are mandatory, but many births and deaths are not registered. Every year, about 26 million births and 9 million deaths occur in India, but a mere 53 percent of births and 48 percent of deaths are registered.