District Khagaria, Bihar, India: 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.
Anand Sinha, Senior Program Officer, BMGF, stated, “We are extremely happy to be here in Alauli, a block of Khagaria district in Bihar, to extend the ongoing initiative with our partners. The primary aim of this partnership with the Government of Bihar and Ananya is to bring unique healthcare solutions by creating space in the healthcare industry. This is a shining example of this initiative which mainly focuses on villages. It is easy to set up healthcare facilities in accessible and bigger cities but we aim to reach out to remote areas like Alauli.”
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.
Mr. Shamik Trehan, Acting Chief of Party, IFHI, said, “The mobile training teams will provide on the job training for facility staff at the PHCs. Training curriculum and modules for skill labs and training will also be developed, as per the Government of India (GoI) guidelines. In addition, Internet technology platforms for training the facility staff will be used to enhance the training quality.”