June 12, 2024
  • National Safe Motherhood Day is an annual event that is celebrated on April 11 in India.
  • The White Ribbon Alliance India (WRAI) initiated this day to highlight the importance of maternal health and reduce maternal mortality rates in the country.
  • India has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, with 12 per cent of all maternal deaths occurring in the country.
  • The Indian government officially recognised National Safe Motherhood Day in 2003, to emphasise the importance of ensuring that women have access to adequate care throughout pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period.
  • The day was marked on April 11 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Kasturba Gandhi, wife of Gandhiji.
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