Webinar: Scaling-up programs for newborn health

Picture: Pippa Ranger/Department for International Development

Family participatory care started in one hospital in 2007 and has now become a national program, supported by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare of India.

Over a decade ago, Professor Arti Maria and her team were working on a big problem – a shortage of healthcare staff in neonatal care. Their innovative plan? To train parents of sick and small newborns in simple care practices to help fill gaps created by the shortage of qualified staff.

The idea won over the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and Norway India Partnership Initiative. Originally, the team garners support for a pilot demonstration in five public health settings in four states in India. Now, family participatory care approach is being used in 104 facilities in five states and the numbers are still growing through the Government’s efforts to improve the quality of care for mothers and their newborns.

An upcoming webinar from the Quality of Care Network will aim to reach implementers and managers of maternal; and child health programs, healthcare facility managers, NGOs and healthcare professionals. The webinar will present this promising practice from its initiation through the scaling up process; additionally focusing on how facilities are using it.

You can learn how to register for the webinar here.


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