UP Newborn & Maternal Health Team

The Background:

Uttar Pradesh (UP) with a population of 200 million accounts for over 200,000 newborn deaths and 17,000 maternal deaths annually. UP accounts for more than a quarter of preventable deaths in India, and almost 7% of newborn and maternal deaths globally. To create systemic solutions for impact at scale, the National Health Mission (NHM) UP and Community Empowerment Lab (CEL) have formed a partnership. 

About the National Health Mission: 

  • tasked to strengthen the health system to provide accessible, affordable and quality health care for the masses. 
  • improving maternal and child survival is one of its primary objectives.
  • UP NHM is a system at scale with about 140,000 ASHA workers, and a multi-level healthcare system with over 20,000 sub-centres, 3,500 primary health centers, 770 community health centres and 160 district hospitals.

The Partnership:

This novel, synergistic and strategic partnership between a cutting-edge research organisation with an implementation system at scale is aimed at integrating epidemiological approaches to guide public health programming and policy design, bridging the 'science to service gap' in institutionalising evidence-based interventions for maternal and child health to impact lives at scale, and establishing data-driven approaches for continuous quality improvement of public health programs.

Hon. Minister for Family Welfare and Women and Child Development, Dr. Rita B Joshi, inaugurating 25 Kangaroo Care Lounges across Uttar Pradesh, on 6th June, 2017. 

Hon. Minister for Family Welfare and Women and Child Development, Dr. Rita B Joshi, inaugurating 25 Kangaroo Care Lounges across Uttar Pradesh, on 6th June, 2017. 

CEO of CEL Dr. Vishwajeet Kumar & MD NHM Shri Alok Kumar, at the signing of MoU between NHM & CEL

CEO of CEL Dr. Vishwajeet Kumar & MD NHM Shri Alok Kumar, at the signing of MoU between NHM & CEL

 

The team’s Kangaroo Care Project was selected as a national good practice for newborn care through a competitive review. It was presented at the 4th National Summit on Good Replicable Practices & Innovations in Public Health Care System in India held at Indore, Madhya Pradesh, on July 6-8 2017: click here to read about the finalists. The presentation is seen below.

 
 
 

Mentions of the Team's Work in the Media

  • The Financial Times, London, carried an in-depth article on the Kangaroo Care Project in its special edition on Maternal and Child Health in November, 2016: click here

  • The Asian Age carried an article on the launch of 25 Kangaroo Care Lounges in Uttar Pradesh on 6th June, 2017: click here

  • The Hindustan Times carried an article on the launch of 25 Kangaroo Care Lounges in Uttar Pradesh on 6th June, 2017: click here
  • The Hindustan Times carried an article on an abandoned newborn baby who received Kangaroo Care at the Kangaroo Care Lounge in Veerangana Avantibai Hospital in Lucknow, on 4th April, 2017: click here
  • The Hindustan Times carried an article on the 'Hug of Life' campaign for raising awareness about Kangaroo Care organised at the Lucknow Mahotsav in December, 2016: click here
  • The Hindustan Times carried an in-depth article on Kangaroo Care and the experience of mothers in the inaugural Kangaroo Care Lounge in Veerangana Avantibai District Women's Hospital, Lucknow on 7th September, 2016: click here
  • The Hindustan Times carried an article on the community based research being done by the team on the effects of massage with cold pressed sunflower seed oil on newborn mortality, on 2nd August, 2015: click here
 

Video made by the Hindustan Times as part of the above story

 
 

Scientific Publications of the Team:

  • AMANHI Maternal Morbidity study group. (2016). Burden of severe maternal morbidity and association with adverse birth outcomes in sub–Saharan Africa and south Asia: protocol for a prospective cohort study. Journal of Global Health6(2), 020601. Click here
  • AMANHI study group. Maternal, neonatal deaths and stillbirths mortality cohort study. (2016). Burden, timing and causes of maternal and neonatal deaths and stillbirths in sub–Saharan Africa and South Asia: protocol for a prospective cohort study. Journal of Global Health6(2), 020602. Click here
  • Kumar, V., Ghosh AK., et al. (2015). Enculturating science: Community-centric design of behaviour change interactions for accelerating health impact. Seminars in Perinatology. Click here
  • Hirschhorn, L. R., Semrau, K., Kumar, V.,.......Gawande, A. (2015). Learning before leaping: integration of an adaptive study design process prior to initiation of BetterBirth, a large-scale randomized controlled trial in Uttar Pradesh, India. Implementation Science : IS10, 117. Click here
  • Feldman, Candace & L. Darmstadt, Gary & Kumar, Vishwajeet & Ruger, Jennifer. (2015). Women’s Political Participation and Health: A Health Capability Study in Rural India. Journal of Health Politics Policy and Law. in press. Click here 
  • Leitao, J., Chandramohan, D., Byass, P., Jakob, R., Kumar, V., … Mathai, M. (2013). Revising the WHO verbal autopsy instrument to facilitate routine cause-of-death monitoring. Global Health Action6, 10.3402/gha.v6i0.21518. Click here
  • Willis, JR., Kumar, V., Mohanty, S., Kumar, A., Singh, JV.,.....Santosham, M., Darmstadt, GL., for the Saksham Study Group. (2011). Utilization and perceptions of neonatal healthcare providers in rural Uttar Pradesh, India. International Journal for Quality in Health Care, Volume 23, Issue 4, 1 Pages 487–494. Click here
  • Lee, A. C., Lawn, J. E., Cousens, S., Kumar, V., Osrin, D., Bhutta, Z. A., … Darmstadt, G. L. (2009). Linking families and facilities for care at birth: What works to avert intrapartum-related deaths? International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics: The Official Organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics107(Suppl 1), S65–S88. Click here