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CARE India launches Mini Skill Lab and Mobile Training Team in Bihar

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CARE India, a leading humanitarian development and relief organisation, today announced the launch of a mini skill lab and mobile training team in the Alauli Primary Health Centre (PHC), Khagaria district, Bihar, in partnership with the Government of Bihar and State Health Society. The initiative was launched by Amarjeet Sinha, Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Government of Bihar.

The mini skill lab and mobile training team will train the medical staff at the Alauli Primary Health Center (PHC) to improve quality of deliveries and facilities through required skills and standardised practices as well as cost effective equipment and technology. This will dramatically improve maternal and child health and reduce newborn, infant and maternal mortality.

The Government of Bihar and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) Ananya programme focuses on improving healthcare for women, newborns and children in Bihar. Under Ananya, CARE is leading the implementation of a 5-year project, in the eight focus districts, the Integrated Family Health Initiative (IFHI), to strengthen the capacity of health workers in the community for effective mother and child health services.

In health facilities, IFHI supports the Government of Bihar (GoB) in improving the quality of delivery and postpartum care as well as family planning services in a large number of Primary Health Centers (PHCs) and sub-divisional hospitals that are handling a high case load of deliveries. The main aim is to improve the functioning of the labour room and operation theatre so that normal and complicated deliveries can be handled competently, maternal and neonatal deaths can be minimised, and high quality family planning services can be sustained.

Setting up of mini skill labs and mobile training teams for Primary Health Centers (PHCs) has been prioritised as an important tool by the IFHI project to achieve this goal. The project will drive quality improvement through these mini-skill labs and by placing experienced mobile trainers in the districts to provide training to medical, nursing and support staff at the facilities.
Mini skill labs and mobile training teams will be extended to 32 PHCs in eight focus districts of Patna, Samastipur, Begusarai, Khagaria, Saharsa, East Champaran, West Champaran and Gopalganj.
CARE has been focusing on ending poverty through improvement in the lives and livelihoods of women from poor and marginalised communities.

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