About the Project

Since 2021, IHAT has been implementing Project MANCH to improve maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) outcomes in tribal areas of Madhya Pradesh (MP). The project, supported by HCL Foundation, focuses on Shahdol district in Madhya Pradesh.

IHAT works in close coordination with the Government of Madhya Pradesh (GoMP) & the Institute for Global Public Health, University of Manitoba (IGPH-UM), to assess gaps in effective coverage & to develop interventions that address these gaps at the community, facility & health systems level. Project MANCH aims to increase the availability, quality and utilization of critical MNCH services across the continuum of care in the tribal areas.

Shahdol in Numbers

The Approach

To identify and address the gaps in availability, quality & utilization through the span of continuum of care to ensure improvement in quality of care services.

Working in partnership with the government to provide techno-managerial support to strengthen health services at the community, health facility and systems level.

Capacity building of service providers (nursing officers & ANMs) of health care facilities and frontline workers to improve knowledge, skill & practice through trainings & mentoring.

Support in data driven program planning and implementation through strong monitoring & evaluation and adaptive programming.


What We Do

  • Supporting/complementing the work of ASHA and ASHA Supervisors

• Identification and tracking of HRP, sick and newborn
• ASMs are engaged in sector meetings headed by ASHA supervisors where they interact with the ASHAs and ASHA supervisors on various skills like planning field outreach, hand washing, weighing of baby, KMC, etc. and discuss and find solutions to the obstacles in the field.
• Ensuring antenatal care services being provided to women who come for VHSND

  • Mentoring of Nursing Officers and ANMs (delivery points and outreach) at the Health Facilities

• Nurse Mentors provide handholding support to the Nursing Officers and ANMs at the delivery points
• Mini skill labs established in District Hospital Shahdol, Community Health Centre Jaisingnagar, and Community Health Centre Gohparu. Capacity building of Nursing Officers and ANMs takes place based on various skill stations using various methodologies.
• Nurse Mentors discuss and prepare action plans based on the improvement areas and gaps in the facilities during quality circle meetings

  • Support in implementation of the LaQshya Program

• Support is provided in improving documentation and assessment of the LaQshya nominated facilities.
• Strengthening of labour rooms and maternity operation theatres
• Capacity building of service providers of labour rooms and OTs.

  • Improving quality and use of data

Support in improving quality of public health data related to RMNCH services to facilitate data for decision making


1. About 92 nursing officers & delivery points ANMs have been mentored on antenatal care components, intrapartum care, post-natal care services and documentation.
2. 162 outreach ANMs have been mentored on antenatal care services in VHSND sessions & in-house training.
3. 13000 Pregnant women have been reached.
4. 500 High Risk Pregnant Women and 120 sick & small newborns have been tracked till the completion of post-natal period since December 2022.


Innovation Hub Strategy for Madhya Pradesh (2023 – 2026)

The Innovation Hub Strategy for Madhya Pradesh brief describes the IHAT-IGPH strategy for Madhya Pradesh. The overarching purpose of IHAT’s work is to catalyse the state’s response to reduce inequity in access to and utilization of critical interventions that impact population-level health outcomes, with a primary focus on health systems strengthening, reproductive, maternal newborn and child health (RMNCH) and Tuberculosis. 

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Maternal and Neonatal Health in the Tribal Areas of Madhya Pradesh: Baseline Assessment of Project MANCH

Project MANCH supports the Government of Madhya Pradesh in achieving the maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) outcomes of the state by identifying and addressing gaps in adequate coverage of the MNCH services in the tribal areas of the state. This assessment brief outlines the findings from a cross-sectional study conducted to identify challenges in the quality of MNCH services across the continuum of care at both community and facility level.

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Understanding Frontline Mentors of Project MANCH

Project MANCH, supported by HCL Foundation, aims to improve the MNCH outcomes in tribal areas of Madhya Pradesh. One of the key drivers of the Project are the ASHA Supervisor Mentors (ASMs) who provide need-based supportive supervision & mentoring to ASHA Supervisors & ASHAs. This brief highlights the Group Session conducted to understand their personal gains & challenges & brainstorm on possible solutions & strategies to strengthen the intervention.

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