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11 April - National Safe Motherhood Day (NSMD)

Published on April 11, 2024
Current Context: National Safe Motherhood Day (NSMD) is observed on the 11th of April every year. This day is dedicated to raising awareness about the healthcare of women and maternity facilities for pregnant and lactating women.
11 April - National Safe Motherhood Day (NSMD)
  • The day serves as a reminder of the risks and challenges that many women face during their reproductive health.
  • The history of National Safe Motherhood Day dates back to the 1980s, when a large number of maternal mortality rates were reported in India.
  • The awareness of the high maternal mortality rates led to the formation of the White Ribbon Alliance India (WRAI) in 1991.
  • The WRAI campaigned for a national day of awareness and advocacy for better maternal healthcare services.
  • In 2003, the Indian government officially recognized 11 April, as National Safe Motherhood Day.
  • The theme of National Safe Motherhood Day 2024 is ‘Empowering Families, Strengthening Communities for Optimal Maternal Health’ which highlights the importance of families and communities that support mothers.


Q.1 When is National Safe Motherhood Day (NSMD) observed every year?
a. 1st April
b. 11th April
c. 21st April
d. 31st April
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