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Taking MCH Care in Karnataka to the Next Level

A three-year pilot project to reduce infant and maternal mortality and morbidity in Karnataka has been initiated jointly by India and Singapore with an aim to share knowledge and skills in managing high-risk pregnancies, obstetric and neonatal emergencies, strengthen work systems and processes, writes T Radhakrishna of Elets News Network (ENN).

The Singapore International Foundation (SIF) in partnership with Singapores largest healthcare group, the Singapore Health Services, (SingHealth) together with the State Institute of Health and Family Welfare (SIHFW), Government of Karnataka, has launched a three-year training programme to reduce infant and maternal mortality and morbidity in Karnataka and create sustainable healthcare improvements for the community.

This collaborative effort titled “ Enhancing Maternal and child Health (MCH) Services Programme “ is designed to share knowledge and skills in managing high risk pregnancies, obstetric and neonatal emergencies, strengthen work systems and processes as well as to enhance the capacity of healthcare workers in delivering higher quality accessible and affordable care for pregnant women and babies.

Over the next three years, a multidisciplinary healthcare specialist volunteer team comprising obstetricians, neonatologists, midwives and senior nurses from Singapore General Hospitals Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Department of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine, will train 200 healthcare professional from tertiary and secondary care government hospitals in Karnataka. Over a series of training workshops, the specialist team will equip participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to address some of the key factors contributing to maternal and newborn deaths. Out of the 200 trained Indian healthcare professionals, 40 master trainers will then train another 200 more medical professionals, cascading the impact within the community. As estimated, 100,000 pregnant women and their newborn babies in Karnataka are expected to benefit from this enhanced MCH care.

Over the next three years, a multidisciplinary healthcare specialist volunteer team comprising obstetricians, neonatologists, midwives and senior nurses from Singapore General Hospitals Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Department of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine, will train 200 healthcare professional from tertiary and secondary care government hospitals in Karnataka.

This partnership will see the three collaborating organisations draw on their community networks to share best practices and leaning journeys at a symposium in Karnataka. A study visit to Singapore will also take place to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and experiences of Singapores journey in enhancing MCH services.

The launch event was held at the VikasaSoudha recently and was attended by both Singapore and Indian partners and stakeholders, including Principal Secretary to Government, Health and Family Welfare Department, Dr Shalini Rajneesh, IAS, Consul General Roy Kho, Republic of Singapore, Singapore International Foundation Governor Lian Wee Cheow, Professor Tay Boon keng and Associate Professor Chua Yeowleng from SingHealth.

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