Scientific evidence of association of prenatal counselling and immediate postnatal support to enhance early initiation of breastfeeding in Uttar Pradesh

Timely initiation of breastfeeding, also known as early initiation of breastfeeding, is a well-recognized life-saving intervention to reduce neonatal mortality. However, only one quarter of newborns in Uttar Pradesh, India were breastfed in the first hour of life. This paper aims to understand the association of community-based prenatal counselling and postnatal support at place of delivery with early initiation of breastfeeding in Uttar Pradesh, India.

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HIV Intervention in Spas and Massage Parlours in Delhi

With the evolution of sex work patterns, newer physical places like Spas and Massage Parlours are emerging as new venues for sex work. The traditional peer-educator based Targeted Interventions reach out to the Key Population at geographical hotspots. However, these new venues are often unreached. DL TSU, in collaboration with DSACS, identified this implementation gap and supported DSACS to design this intervention to reach out and provide HIV services to the FSWs and MSMs who engage in sex work through Spas and Massage Parlours in Delhi.

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The Network Operator Approach strengthens the outreach of HIV services for Female Sex Workers in Delhi

The expansion of mobile technology and use of mobile phones have led to changes in the patterns of sex work solicitation among female sex workers (FSWs). FSWs have also increased their dependence on mediators termed ‘Network Operators’ (NWOs) for client solicitation. This Implementation Brief describes the NWO approach that the Targeted Interventions in Delhi adopted in order to reach out and facilitate linkage to HIV services for this hidden FSW population. The DL TSU technically supported the DSACS to design, train implementers and evaluate this strategy.

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Cluster Meeting Capacity Building Intervention to achieve RMNCHN outcomes in Uttar Pradesh

Cluster Meeting Capacity Building Intervention has been designed to build competencies of ASHAs through ASHA Sanginis, who provide mentoring on a day-to-day basis. A customised cluster module was developed to train the ASHA Sanginis as facilitators to enhance knowledge and skills of ASHAs to achieve improved reproductive, maternal, child health and nutrition (RMNCHN) outcomes.

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PAHAL Issue 8

The eighth issue of PAHAL throws light on UP TSU’s support in 2020 to the Government of Uttar Pradesh in managing COVID-19 and continuing healthcare services in the state. In the relentless bid to intensify COVID-19 response in the state, UP TSU has supported the government at each step to overcome multiple challenges including restoring delivery of maternal, newborn and child healthcare services.

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