The state of Madhya Pradesh has decided to scale up NIPI innovation of Family Centred Care (FCC) across all its 51 district Sick and New Born Care Unit (SNCU’s).
Family Centred Care (FCC) for newborn provides a setting in which family is empowered with the essential skills, encouraged to be actively involved in care and supported in caring for their baby. There is evidence that improved communication and involvement of parents in their baby’s care can reduce the length of stay of pre-term infants in the neonatal unit, the need for re-hospitalisation and long-term morbidity.
FCC pilots were initiated under Norway India Partnership Initiative in 2015 by the New Born Project team in five district hospitals in NIPI states (Raisen, Hoshangabad, Alwar, Nalanda and Jharsaguda). Various tools (operational guidelines, training package and audio-visual teaching aids for parents-attendants), Gap support for infrastructure, training of trainers have been developed by the project team in consultation with Dr Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital, New Delhi. Mentoring visits were made by expert practitioners from RML Hospital. A data monitoring system has also been put into place.
Initial assessment shows that breastfeeding rates have improved and no increase in infection rates have been observed /reported.
As a first step towards scale up in Madhya Pradesh, two days training of trainers (ToT) was conducted in two batches on 6th-7th and 8th-9th June 2016 in Raisen for the 51 districts. The training was attended by more than 60 state and district health officials, participants from medical colleges, development partners, experts from Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and technical experts from NIPI New Born project. Hands on skills training, demonstration on various mannequins (Neo-natalie, premi-natalie and mamma breast) and developing an operational plan for operationalizing FCC in the respective districts was provided to the participants.
Deputy Director (Child Health) Dr. Rajashree Bajaj, informed that the state of Madhya Pradesh has galvanised funding support of around INR 100 lacs from DFID for FCC scale-up and acknowledged NIPI for the technical support provided. Dr Shashi Thakur, Chief Medical Health Officer, Raisen thanked the state for choosing District Raisen for the scale up of the FCC innovation all over the state.