Can we learn from Uttar Pradesh?

Improving healthcare is a costly business, right? It doesn’t have to be, says Jeremy Laurance. In fact, we could save a lot of lives and money with just a single sheet of A4 paper. A checklist. That is the lesson from Uttar Pradesh in India, where rates of maternal and newborn deaths have been slashed simply as a result of issuing maternity staff with a checklist of 29 vital tasks to be performed at every birth – handwashing, taking the mother’s blood pressure, and so on. Compulsory use of checklists…

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