Ranchi, India – Health care providers from across Jharkhand State joined key officials from the state government’s health department at a knowledge-sharing workshop hosted by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s global Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) and convened to discuss provision of postpartum family planning (PPFP) services.
Since 2010, MCHIP has been providing technical assistance to the Government of Jharkhand in strengthening PPFP services. Specifically, MCHIP supports the integration of family planning in maternal, newborn and child health services and revitalized postpartum intrauterine contraceptive device (PPIUCD) services during the initial 48 hours after delivery. Jhpiego leads MCHIP.
Workshop participants included 96 providers who were trained last year, along with master trainers trained by MCHIP and government officials. Doctors Kamlesh Lalchandani and Dinesh Singh from MCHIP gave a detailed presentation on the importance and need for PPFP/PPIUCD services in the state and presented comparisons with other states. Jharkhand providers shared their experiences on the positive impact of good counseling on family planning uptake, and participants discussed best practices in providing PPFP/PPIUCD services.
Providers from districts that have had difficulty increasing the use of PPFP discussed their issues, and other participants offered and debated solutions. MCHIP also handed out information, education and communication materials, as well as PPIUCD forceps and registers to properly document insertion and follow-up information.
The government also used this opportunity to laud providers, called “champions,” who have set a high standard in PPFP/PPIUCD service provision. Government officials, including the Mission Director of the National Rural Health Mission, Government of Jharkhand, and Director-in-Chief of Jharkhand, actively participated in the workshop and instructed the state to work hard to make a success of the PPFP program. They also asked participants to share their knowledge from the workshop with other providers at their facilities.
Over the next few months, seven groups of training events will be held across various districts of Jharkhand to further strengthen the knowledge and skills for PPFP/PPIUCD service provision. Based on the success of the knowledge-sharing workshop, another similar workshop is scheduled in six months to further consolidate the program in Jharkhand.