Jhpiego has been working in India since the 1980s, when it began to strengthen reproductive health services with funding from the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) and in collaboration with the Government of India and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The India Country Office was set up in 2009. Currently, Jhpiego partners with the Government of India (GoI) to implement a wide range of programs, funded by multiple donors, in the following intervention areas:
Strengthening postpartum family planning (PPFP) services: Jhpiego is providing technical assistance to the GoI to revitalize postpartum family planning (PPFP) and offer postpartum intrauterine contraceptive device (IUCD) services in the country. This strategy addresses the consistently high unmet need for pregnancy spacing methods, especially in the postpartum period, and aims to expand the choice of methods for PPFP.
Strengthening the nursing midwifery cadre in India: To improve the availability and access of high-quality health care for underserved, rural populations, Jhpiego is working closely with the GoI and the Indian Nursing Council to strengthen the nursing cadre in the country. This support includes efforts to: improve the quality of pre‐service education by strengthening the nursing institutions in high-focus states, create an enabling policy environment for the nursing cadre, improve the leadership and management capacity of the nursing cadre with the creation of nursing directorates at national and state levels and ensure a greater role for nurse midwives in clinical and programmatic decision-making.
Improving the quality of maternal and newborn health: Jhpiego is strongly committed to improving the quality of care in the field of maternal and newborn health (MNH). Focusing strategically on the intrapartum and immediate postpartum periods—the periods of highest risk of morbidity and mortality for both mothers and babies—Jhpiego’s MNH programming aims to institutionalize high-impact, evidence-based practices at health facilities providing MNH care through two major approaches—a Safe Childbirth Checklist (adapted from the World Health Organization’s checklist), and clinical standards using Standards-Based Management and Recognition (SBM-R®).
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