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Table 3 Some maternal health interventions undertaken in India in response to MAPEDIR's social autopsy findings

From: Social autopsy for maternal and child deaths: a comprehensive literature review to examine the concept and the development of the method

• Dholpur, Rajasthan: taxi union, local NGO, and district health society collaborated in planning and running an obstetric help line and referral transport system
• Guna, Madhya Pradesh: district mapped maternal deaths and revitalized SHC and PHCs in high mortality areas for 24/7 safe-delivery services; district ensured referral transport to all PHCs via call center and secured vehicles (local communities donated 6/22 vehicles)
• Purulia, West Bengal: four gram panchayats (local governance board) initiated and supported van rickshaws intervention for referral transport from isolated villages
• West Bengal: state made all public maternity beds nonpaying; expanded JSY to all SC/ST and BPL women
• Eight Navajyoti districts, Orissa: functional blood banks and blood storage units
• Orissa: state considered how to target men with maternal care-seeking messages
  1. BPL = below poverty line; JSY = Janani Suraksha Yojana (institutional care incentive scheme); MAPEDIR = Maternal and Perinatal Death Inquiry and Response program; NGO = non-governmental organization; PHC = primary health care center; RCH II PIP = Reproductive and Child Health Program phase 2 program implementation plan; SC/ST = scheduled castes and tribes; SHC = subhealth care center.