Recognizing the need to prioritize safe and respectful childbirth practices, the government of India in March 2018 launched LaQshya – Labour Room Quality Improvement Initiative, to be implemented nation-wide with the objective of reducing maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity, and enhancing the satisfaction of women availing of healthcare. The LaQshya initiative is to be coordinated by the Maternal Health Division, and is to receive support from the Child Health Division and the National Health Systems Resource Centre (NHSRC). The funds for the programme shall be channelled through the National Health Mission (NHM) Programme Implementation Plan.
The Seven Hills Hospital, a public-private partnership (PPP) facility, was built on BMC-owned land near Mumbai's international airport and inaugurated with much fanfare. The 1500 bed-facility, designed to be Asia's largest multi-specialty hospital was inaugurated by former President Pratibha Patil, and had Amitabh Bacchan as its brand ambassador.