Maternal mortality in the rural tribal area of Gujarat State is 150 women per 100,000 births. The main cause of death after delivery is post partum hemorrhage. In order to improve maternal health, Shamlaji Hospital provides injections of iron sucrose totally free of cost since most of the patients cannot afford the cost of an injection, which is approximately $2.50. Patients have to complete the course of 5 injections (approximately $12.50). It is very necessary for prenatal patients to maintain the proper ratio of HB (hemoglobin blood) to avoid complications during pregnancy. Sometimes it is necessary to transfuse blood to the patient having HB below 4 gm. Cost of 1 bottle of blood is between $12.00 - $15.00. The government gives grants for poor patients but this expense is above the government grant. In addition, high calorie nutritious food packages ($3.00) are provided. Associated organization: All India Movement for Seva.
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Injections of iron sucrose approximately $2.50; course of 5 injections (approximately $12.50)
1 bottle of blood is between $12.00 - $15.00
Food packages $3.00