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Convening on Strengthening Maternal and Child Health Outcomes through Robust Community Participation

Outcomes and learnings from Facilitated Learning and Action Groups (FLAG) programme, a community-driven programme for Maternal and Newborn Health in Jharkhand

India is committed and striving towards ensuring that every child is born healthy and grows up to realise his or her full potential. The decline seen in maternal and child mortality rates in recent decades is a testimony to this commitment. In order to intensify Government’s efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2030 targets, states have developed and implemented state-specific interventions to achieve the goal of curbing preventable deaths among newborn children.

The state of Jharkhand has implemented a unique community-based approach – Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) – under the Facilitated Learning and Action Groups (FLAG) programme. This successful implementation is a result of a collaborative effort between the Central and the State Government on one hand, and private sector, civil society organisation on the other. In addition to a seminal improvement in the neonatal mortality rates across districts, there have been transformative behavioural changes within the community members as well, as this approach places community empowerment and decision-making at its core. Further, the introduction of training through the PLA modules under FLAG programme has significantly boosted the confidence of nearly 40,000 ASHA workers of Jharkhand.

About the Convening:
National Health Mission Jharkhand, Ekjut, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and Sattva are organising a convening on Strengthening Maternal and Child Health outcomes through robust community participation on the 9th of December, 2021. The webinar aims to share the outcomes and learnings from a successful community driven programme called the Facilitated Learning and Action Groups (FLAG) programme that adopts the Participatory Learning and Action Approach (PLA), implemented to improve Maternal and Newborn health in Jharkhand. The keynote speakers and panelists include senior bureaucrats from MoHFW, NHM JH among others as well as MCH and research experts from around the world.

Inviting all Goverment officials, NGO representatives, Healthcare experts or Funders working in the Maternal and Child Health space in India to participate in this convening.

Date: 9th December, 2021
Time: 10.30 AM – 12.30 PM
Click here to register

What to expect from this convening:
1) Deeper understanding of the role of community driven programmes in improving Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
2) Learnings and outcomes from the Facilitated Learning and Action Groups (FLAG) programme
3) Understanding the support provided by different Government bodies to promote community driven processes

For more insights on the topic, you can read our blog here.