Dadu, December 05, 2017 (PPI-OT):The Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Services Component of USAID/Pakistan’s Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program – also known as the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) – led by Jhpiego and implemented by international, local and private partners organized a meeting here on December 5, 2017, at Dadu, to recognize achievements and mark the end of activities under MCHIP. The event hosted dignitaries and representatives from government as well as private sector, and was attended by Raja Zaman Deputy Commissioner Dadu as chief guest.
The event was organized as part of the project’s closeout ceremony, where the knowledge gained and lessons learned pertaining to Dadu were shared with relevant stakeholders. Chief Guest Raja Zaman acknowledged that MCHIP has successfully completed all of its assigned field interventions in 16 focused districts of Sindh under the USAID’s Maternal and Child Health Program, the aim of which was to contribute to improvements in maternal, neonatal and child health.
MCHIP’s areas of support included training of healthcare providers through group and on-the-job training modules, provision of supplies and equipment at its supported health facilities, minor repairs and renovation at selected facilities, , and supportive supervisory visits by district technical staff. It made significant strides in revitalization of Community Midwives and Lady Health Workers through a host of interventions, including improving their clinical and communication business skills. MCHIP also extended extensive support to the district Dadu to strengthen routine immunization, including registration and vaccination of pregnant women and children less than two years of age.
In light of these interventions, Mr. Kareem Bukhsh Mangi shared their experiences working with MCHIP and highlighted important next steps and the way forward. MCHIP took several steps to ensure the sustainability of interventions beyond the life of the project. It was noted that MCHIP handed over all training packages and profiles of trainers that were trained by MCHIP on different maternal and newborn/FP training modules, so that they can be utilized by Department of Health (DOH) after the project ends.
Handing over also included sharing of the real-time monitoring software with the district Monitoring and Evaluation cells, handing over of Mobile Service Units to DOH, and sharing of immunization database. Additionally, MCHIP and the Lady Health Worker (LHW) Program have finalized a strategy for sustaining the Community Health Workers (CHWs) and absorbing them into the LHW force in the province. DOH has endorsed the CHWs as an available, trained resource for LHW Program’s next phase of hiring.
Other speakers including DHO, ADC Dadu, focal persons and distinguished guests from private hospitals, IHS, WHO and local NGOs acknowledged the efforts of MCHIP and appreciated their interventions in context of improving the service delivery of quality health care and enhancing the technical capacity of health care providers and skilled birth attendants of private and public health facilities.
All partners were thanked for their support provided during the life of the program, including all USAID MCH partners, Department of Health and its relevant programs such as MNCH and Lady Health Workers Programs, PPHI, Population Welfare Department and private sector NGOs.
The event disseminated information regarding the project through presentations, briefers, and other relevant materials. A District Report was presented at the event that summarized all the interventions and activities undertaken during the life of the project. The report also highlighted findings, project results, challenges and recommendations to inform policy makers about a way forward for further improvement. Same event took place for Jacobabad, Shikarpur, Larkana, Sukkur, Sanghar, Tando Allahyar and Ghotki districts.
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