NIPI Newborn Project Review Meeting

A national meeting of all NIPI staff was held at Delhi on 14-16th January 2016, to introduce the team to new administrative requirements under IPE Global, review the project performance in 2015 and set the agenda for 2016. The meeting had full attendance of 31 NIPI staff and was graced by the presence of Mr Sigvald T. Hauge, Deputy Ambassador, RNE and Ms. Unni Silkoset, Counsellor (Health), RNE.

Dr. Harish Kumar, Project Director NIPI, opened the meeting with introductions and a brief update onachievements of the project, following which, both representatives of RNE addressed the gathering and appreciated the achievements of the project team. Dr.Jose Michael, Vice President – Health, Nutrition, Water and Sanitation IPE Global, welcomed the group to IPE and promised full support by fast tracking project activities and funds release to achieve project objectives withinscheduled timelines. Later, project staff were briefed by IPE staff on HR rules and regulations and provided new contracts and IT equipment.

President – Health, Nutrition, Water and Sanitation IPE Global, welcomed the group to IPE and promised full support by fast tracking project activities and funds release to achieve project objectives withinscheduled timelines. Later, project staff were briefed by IPE staff on HR rules and regulations and provided new contracts and IT equipment.

Day 2 of the meeting was devoted to developing stateworkplans for 2016 and setting priorities. Several field issuesrelated to NIPI flagship interventions Home Based Newborn Care + and Follow up care after discharge from SNCU (SNCU+) were discussed and clarified. By the end of the day, States had developed draft workplans and budgets.

On the final day, Dr.SurenderBisht, Senior Specialist, Swami Dayanand Hospital and National trainer, FBNC, was invited to demonstrate the use of newborn mannequins that will be used to train health staff in newborn care in District and State Resource Centers and to teach mothers KMC and expressing breast milk in Family Centred Care (FCC) Clinics across project districts.Further, experts from PHFI demonstrated the use of Swasthya Slate, the diagnostic gadget introduced in the innovative Emergency Triage and Treatment (ETAT) Centersestablished under the NIPI project in 5 select districts.

In the State Coordination Committee meetings held during November – December 2015, State governments of all four NIPI states MP, Bihar, Odisha and Rajasthan decided to scale up select interventions supported by NIPI. Therefore, the meeting concluded with the decision that focus of the project teams in 2016 will be on supporting state governments to scale upthe chosen interventions and on consolidating the gains of previous years.The major outputs of the event were provision of contract to each staff member and development of the draft workplan with budget of each State.

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