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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Categorizing and assessing comprehensive drivers of provider behavior for optimizing quality of health care

Inadequate quality of care in healthcare facilities is one of the primary causes of patient mortality in low- and middle-income countries and understanding the behaviour of healthcare providers is key to addressing it. This paper identifies contextual and internal behavioural drivers in staff nurses working in reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health in government public health facilities in Uttar Pradesh, India.

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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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