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News Review – October 2010

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By Sangita Ghosh De

‘Healthy mother, healthy child’ seems to be becoming a reality

Coverage Evaluation Survey 2009 (CES-2009) conducted between November 2009 and January 2010 by UNICEF showed that important parameters of maternal health, such as institutional delivery, safe delivery by skilled birth attendants and mothers undergoing three or more ante-natal check-ups, have increased impressively from the time of national family health survey-III (NFHS-III) conducted during 2005-06.

Institutional deliveries increased from 40.7% to 72.9%, safe deliveries by skilled birth attendants from 48.2% to 76% and number of mothers who having three or more ante-natal check-ups from 50.7% to 68.7%.

States often perceived to be backward also showed massive growth. Institutional deliveries increased from 29.7% to 81% in Madhya Pradesh, 38.8% to 75.5% in Orissa, 32.2% to 70.4% in Rajasthan, 22% to 48.3% in Bihar, 15.7% to 44.9% in Chhattisgarh and 22% to 62.1% in Uttar Pradesh.

Child health indicators also improved considerably from NFHS-III. The percentage of children with diarrhoea in the last two weeks who received ORS increased from 26 to 53.6. Similarly, 82.6% children with acute respiratory infections were given advice or treatment in CES 2009 as compared to 69% in NFHS III. The percentage of children breast fed within an hour of delivery increased from 24.5 to 33.5. Full immunisation coverage at the national level too jumped from 43.5% to 61%. Of the 23 states that have shown improvement in this area, the coverage grew by 20-30% in nine, while it grew by 10-20% in six states. Large states such as Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Bihar, Assam, Karnataka and Maharashtra shown improvement in full immunisation coverage by more than 15%.  

Collaboration for Research

Accenture and ICRI enter strategic partnership, launch programme in Pharmacovigilance

Accenture and the Institute of Clinical Research in India (ICRI) had announced jointly to develop a Pharmacovigilance and clinical research programme customised to meet the growing industry requirements of the thriving sector.

Titled as ‘Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research and Pharmacovigilance,’ the programme curriculum will span over a period of 6 to 12 months or an aggregate of 360 hours. The content of the course covers four essential modules: Basics of Clinical research, Pharmacology, Pharmacovigilance and Regulations; Case Processing; Aggregate Report; Risk Management in Pharmacovigilance & Signal Detection.

Accenture will lend its expertise in terms of training the trainer, curriculum content development, curriculum execution and delivery through periodical guest lectures, periodic certification and re-assessment of trainers based on predefined standards to ensure consistent quality of training and up gradation of course content as per industry requirements. 

Policy Watch

National Program For Prevention and Control of Deafness launched

National Program for Prevention and Control of Deafness (NPPCD) was launched in Maharashtra by Suresh H Shetty, Minister of Public Health and Family Welfare, Government of Maharshtra.

In his inaugural speech, the minister said that Government of India has made a positive step by initiating National Program for Prevention and Control of Deafness (NPPCD). The problems caused by deafness in the community cannot be ignored. In fact there are over 25,000 children born deaf every year, whereas 75% of the problem is solved if dea

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