Meeting With Dr. T N Seema (Member of Parliament)
A team of NAMHHR SC members comprising of Dr. Abhijit Das, CHSJ; Sona Mitra and Priyanka, CBGA; Sandhya Y K from SAHAYOG met Dr. T N Seema, Member of Rajya Sabha and also a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare on in New Delhi.
The team gave Dr. Seema the NAMHHR report Maternal Health and Nutrition in Tribal Areas: Report of the Fact-Finding Mission to Godda, Jharkhand,the CommonHealth Report, Maternal Death and Denial of Maternal Care In Barwani District Madhya
Pradesh : Issues and Concerns and other important documents related to the maternal issues in India.
She agreed with the team that since different regions had different realities and requirements, there was a need to have solutions specific to the area, rather than pushing a 'one size fills all' solution. The team raised the issue of the intersectoral nature of maternal health which requires for different Ministries to work in cooperation with each other; for instance, nutrition which forms a core component of maternal health is the responsibility of Minsitry of Women and Child Development while maternal health is the responsibility of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The discussion also focused on issues related to maternal health bbudgeting.