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.
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.
The 7th issue of PAHAL chronicles the concerted efforts of the GoUP and UP TSU to restore access and delivery of RMNCH+A & nutrition services in Uttar Pradesh, while managing the COVID crisis. It highlights UP TSU’s efforts to convert to online ecosystem – real-time UPHMIS data updation by ANMs, the LaQshya Resource Package to ensure NQA standards, among other strategy innovations.