Stakeholders meeting for advocacy on Respectful Maternal Care

 Date: 25th January, 2018                                                                           Timing: 10 am- 2 pm

Venue: Board Room, Kairon Block, PGIMER, Sector- 12, Chandigarh

Maternal and child health are key parameters for measuring a country’s development status. India bears the burden of the highest maternal deaths globally.  Over the years many global and national initiatives have prioritised improving maternal and child indicators. These efforts have achieved great success, yet much still needs to be done.

 Between 2009 and 2014, percentage of women delivering in health facilities in India increased from 35% in 2009 to 79% in 2014. However, institutional births are inadequate to reduce maternal mortality ratio without improving the quality of care women receive at health facilities. Increasing evidence shows that poor quality of care affects a woman’s decision of choosing a health facility for childbirth. Disrespectful experiences with health facilities discourages women from delivering in health facilities and many opt to deliver at home, often in the absence of a trained health professional. Hence, it for improving maternal indicators, it is vital that care received by women must be respectful, communicative and supportive.

 The White Ribbon Alliance- an alliance committed to improving maternal care for women across the globe- has advocated tirelessly to ensure the right to dignity and respect of women receiving maternity care. Their advocacy has garnered international commitments to ensuring RMC. The WHO too has included respectful maternity care in their guidelines. Closer home, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India released the LaQshya guidelines to promote respectful maternity care in health facilities in India in late 2017.

 The School of Public Health PGIMER, supported by a grant from the White Ribbon Alliance India and MacArthur foundation carried out a study on Respectful Maternal Care (RMC). The researchers engaged in the study conducted observations of childbirth and ante-natal care in primary, secondary and tertiary care facilities. The researchers also gathered data on experiences and perception of care by interviewing women whose childbirth they had observed, family members of these women and service providers in the facilities where observations were conducted. This study using observation of childbirths and ante natal care, is the first of its kind to be conducted in India.

 With this background, School of Public Health is organizing a stakeholder’s meeting on 25th January, 2018 in PGIMER, Chandigarh with participation from government functionaries from Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana to advocate for respectful maternity care, discuss required actions to ensure respectful maternity care in health facilities and deliberate upon an action plan to be implemented as a way forward.

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 Department of Otolaryngology & Head, Neck Surgery, PGIMER, Chandigarh

 Department of ENT, PGIMER, Chandigarh is starting its regular allergy clinic on 25.1.2018 in ENT OPD. This would be inaugurated by the Hon’ble Director, PGIMER, Chandigarh at 4.00 PM in Seminar Room, Department of ENT, PGIMER, Chandigarh.

 The Burden of allergic disease is exponentially increasing in our country. 20% to 30% of total population suffers from at least one of the allergies in India From 1964 – 2000, the rate of allergic disorders has increased from 10 to 30%, closely followed by that of asthma from 1 to 15%. Approximately 40% of patients with allergic rhinitis in childhood are known to develop asthma as they grow up. In the long term many patients present with recurrent nasal polyps, sometimes even requiring multiple surgeries.

 This is the initial step in sensitising both the doctors and patients towards prevention and treatment of this very much treatable problem. A dedicated clinic in a public sector hospital with research background is the need of the hour and is expected to go a long way in eliminating this problem.

The Department of Otolaryngology, PGIMER conducted a workshop and hands on training entitled “Embracing Updated Techniques in Allergy Management” on 29th Oct, 2017, organized by Prof. Satyawati Mohindra towards the same aim. Patients would be tested for aero-allergens and food allergens in these clinics and remedial measures including Immuno therapy would be administered to them. The clinic is scheduled to run everyThursday. Patients with allergic disorders can be referred to Prof. Satyawati Mohindra on Thursdays and Frida