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Nazdeek Case Study

By: Paul McCann

Nazdeek partners with grassroots activists and lawyers to build community-based legal networks to increase accountability in the protection of social and economic rights.

With the highest number of maternal deaths in the world, India leads a quiet war against women. Ninety percent of these deaths are preventable, often caused by fatal delays in seeking and obtaining care. The North Eastern state of Assam leads the country with the highest maternal mortality ratio (MMR), and one of the highest infant mortality ratios (IMR) in India. Human rights violations are particularly prevalent for women hailing from Adivasi (tribal) communities who live and work in the tea gardens of Assam.

The lack of data on the Adivasi community made it difficult to address gaps in the implementation of maternal and infant health policies for women living near tea garden areas. This case study describes how Nazdeek worked with health workers, community volunteers and other partners to document health violations and use them as part of its advocacy campaign on maternal and infant mortality.

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Uploaded on: Sep 22, 2015
Last Updated: Dec 07, 2015
Year Published: 2015
Author: Paul McCann
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