Cross Learning visit hosted by MANSI project

Tata Steel Times, Issue 4/April 2013

The objective of the Maternal and Newborn Survival Initiative (MANSI) is to save lives and treat illness in newborns through Home-Based Newborn Care (HBNC) extended by Sahiyaa (ASHA) under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).

The project is implemented and funded by American India Foundation (AIF) and Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS) in collaboration with Department of Health & Family Welfare. Technical support is provided by SEARCH, Gadchiroli, to implement the project across 167 villages of the Seraikela block in the Seraikela Kharswan district.

As a result of four rounds of training on

HBNC and access to service delivery kits, MANSI Sahiyaas have, in the last couple of years, used their knowledge, skill and timely interventions to save many neonates and mothers. These include more than 80 cases involving identification and referral of sepsis, management of high-risk neonates (below two kilograms of birth weight), problems of breast-feeding, hypothermia and asphyxia.

The success of this pilot project led to Sahiyaa saathis and trainers from all districts of Jharkhand visiting MANSI project from March 21 to April 10 on a cross learning visit. It was organised by District Health Administration, Seraikela Kharsawan, TSRDS and AIF. A total of 120 Sahiyaas visited around 20 villages

of Seraikela block in four batches where MANSI project is being implemented. The district programme co-ordinator, district resource person and state training team member accompanied the sahiyaas.

The visit gave them an opportunity to interact with Sahiyyas trained under MANSI project as well as visit the beneficiaries. Mr S K Jha, Civil Surgeon, Dr Pushpa Maria Beck, Deputy Director, Health Services, Govt. of Jharkhand, Dr Manir Ahmed, State Training Co- ordinator, Mr Shakti Pandey, Media Consultant, NRHM, and Ms Charu Johri, Senior Programme Manager from AIF Headquarters, Delhi also interacted with all participants.

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