To commemorate the birthday of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, the state of Rajasthan scaled up Family Centered Care (FCC) in all its 33 districts. The FCC initiative was launched by Hon’ble Health Minister of Rajasthan, Shri Rajendra Singh Rathore, attended by His Excellency the Ambassador of Norway to India, Mr. Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg on 2nd October 2016.
Family Centered Care (FCC) is an novel approach where parents and providers work in tandem to ensure the well-being of vulnerable newborn babies. In 2015, FCC was set up in Alwar’s district hospital in cooperation with the Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) New Born Project. FCC represents a paradigm shift in the newborn care continuum by moving from a predominantly provider-centric to a shared model of care. Sick and low birth weight newborns are highly vulnerable and require careful nurturing in order to survive the first year of life
“Family Centered Care ensures true empowerment of the mother for taking care of the small babies in the community, as per principles taught by Mahatma Gandhi,” emphasized the Hon’ble Health Minister of Rajasthan, Shri Rajendra Singh Rathore, in his opening address at the launch. The Minister thanked Norway for the technical assistance provided to the state for scaling up Family Centered Care. In his address, he also highlighted that the Rajasthan Government is committed to the welfare of the mothers and children of the state. The health initiatives were launched in the presence of the Norwegian Ambassador, Mr. Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg.
“The Family Centered Care initiative builds on the simple truth that the family is the cornerstone in our societies, and that that the family is the primary source of strength and support for any child,” said the Ambassador.
The Government of Norway through the Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI), was the first to implement Family Centered Care on India. The approach has been successfully implemented in several district hospitals in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Rajasthan. In addition to Rajasthan, the states of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, and Odisha are also in the process of scaling up FCC using existing Government health funds. FCC is integrated in the Operational Guidelines for Strengthening Pediatric Health, which was issued by the national Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in September.
Watch this video explaining Family Centered Care: