By 2030, India aims to reach a Maternal Mortality Ratio of 70.
By 2030, end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age, aiming to
reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births and under-5 mortality to at
least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births.


IHAT and The University of Manitoba are working in close collaboration with the Government of Uttar Pradesh to improve availability, quality and utilisation across the community, facility and systemic level for maternal, newborn and child health outcomes.


IHAT works with the government to enhance the coverage and quality of antenatal care, birth planning, home-based maternal, newborn, child health services and immunisation.

We build the capacity of Frontline Workers to mobilise communities to seek and receive essential maternal and child health services by supporting the government in their training and mentoring.

We develop job aids and tools to support the Frontline Workers to easily communicate and educate the women in the community


IHAT works towards improving the quality of Emergency Obstetric & Newborn care (Comprehensive and Basic) and paediatric services by strengthening knowledge, skills and practice of service providers.

The Nurse Mentors model provides on-site mentoring to the staff nurses to build their capacity on critical maternal and child health practices while the Regional Resource Training Center Training ropes in faculty from the medical colleges to mentor specialist doctors at first referral units to activate/strengthen Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric & Newborn services.


IHAT supports the government in conducting situational analysis to assess the availability of equipment, supplies and trained human resources for Emergency Obstetric & Newborn care (Comprehensive and Basic) and paediatric services.

It works with the government to develop micro-plans to address these gaps and facilitates the process where necessary.


Continuing Medical Education for strengthening core competencies of Medical Professionals

Continuing Medical Education (CME) helps increase the knowledge and skills of the medical fraternity and remain adept with the latest medical and technological developments. This document provides an overview of the Regional Resource Training Centre (RRTC) intervention, an initiative involving medical colleges to support CME for improved MNCH outcomes among public sector doctors and facility health-care teams in Uttar Pradesh.

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The Nurse Mentoring Program: Saving Mothers and Newborns

The Nurse Mentoring program was launched in 2014 beginning with 150 blocks of 25 HPDs in Uttar Pradesh. From 2019, it has been scaled up in all 820 blocks of 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh. The program aims to improve knowledge, skills and practices of the staff nurses around mother and newborn care, intra-partum and post-partum care and management of maternal and new born complications, through its dedicated workforce/change agents called Nurse Mentors.

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The Buddy Buddy Model: For Rapid Activation of First Referral Units

First Referral Units (FRUs) are required to be equipped with a specialized workforce that can manage all the major medical causes of maternal and neonatal deaths. The Buddy Buddy Model is an innovative policy initiative for activation of FRUs. It incorporates policy enablers for posting and leveraging available MBBS government medical officers trained either in Emergency Obstetrics or in Life Saving Anesthesia Skills, as a pair with complementary skills that are required to conduct C-section deliveries at inactive FRUs.

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