Stop Mothers Dying!


Master Trainer Dr Ishita Misra with Mother & Baby patient

Master Trainer Dr Ishita Misra with Mother & Baby patient

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Stop Mothers Dying!

The Problem:       About 300,000 women and many more children worldwide die each year in pregnancy and childbirth – 90% in the deprived developing world, especially SE Asia and Africa.

Most of these deaths could be prevented through faster access to medical help, and improved local medical knowledge and practices.

The Causes:      When problems occur, a high proportion of lives are lost through delays in recognising danger in the community; transport to medical centres; and even when at hospital, delay in accessing medical staff trained in maternal best practices.

The Solution:      Collaborative action is needed at all levels:

  • liaising with government, training health workers at community level;
  • recognition of the need for rapid access to medical help;
  • training health professionals in modern maternal lifesaving techniques;
  • and improved access to ‘safe motherhood’.   

‘Calmed’ addresses all these issues by sending high quality medical teams to share their skills with their local peers, who will cascade them right down to village level, continuing long after the team departs.

Does it Work?      The Evidence Based Calmed programme  and subsequent evaluation ensures sustainable quality.   Sikkim (our first visit) has shown an encouraging fall in maternal death rates in the year following the introduction of the Calmed model.

Our Mission:      

  • Increase the number of trained health care workers (doctors, nurses, midwives);
  • Mobilise the Community to raise awareness of maternal health issues;
  • Improved analysis of all maternal deaths to identify avoidable factors;
  • Quality improvement in training methods and access to maternal care.

Evolution of the Programme:      The ‘hands on’ training model allows continued modification and development as new techniques are found to be effective.  Our continued visits are starting to incorporate local trainers from previous visits, helping sustainability and the spread of the Calmed model.

The Future   See 3 new documents in Resources Section

See LATEST Post:

February 2018:  See Calmed at Rotary 2018 Convention, Toronto 

July 2017:  Calmed at the Rotary Atlanta Convention

May 2017: See Calmed Concept & Strategy – Resources Page

Apr 2017:  See Calmed at RI Convention in Atlanta: Details on our Resources page

Mar 2017:  Calmed Visits to India February 2017

June 2016   Report on Himansu’s attendance at RI Convention, Seoul

May 2016.    See Himansu’s report on the successful 2016 revisit to Sikkim and other India Calmed news at ‘Papers & Resources’

29 May – 2 June 2016.           Are you going to the RI Convention Seoul?   Please join us at the Calmed Booth (2609) and Workshops to learn more of our work. See ‘Latest News’.

 April 2016:           PDG Himansu Basu received his Rotary Champion of Change award  at the House of Commons – see Latest News

March 2016:         PDG Dr Himansu Basu and his VTT team have just returned from India after carrying out the follow-up visits to the VTT1 and VTT2 destinations, to check on progress since the initial visits and repeat / refresh training of local medical colleagues. See BLOG reports of their progress.