Join a webinar on Family Participatory Care in India Partnering with families to care for small and sick newborns

Pratima provides Kangaroo Mother Care to her newborn baby at a transformed labour room in the Community Health Center Kachhwan in Uttar Pradesh, India, in September 2017. ©UNICEF/Prashanth Vishwanathan


Monday 24 September, 2018 at 10 am GMT, noon CEST, 1 pm EAT, 3:30 pm IST (duration: 1 hour)

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The Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health is organizing a webinar on ‘Family participatory care in India: partnering with families to care for small and sick newborns’.

Over a decade ago, Prof. Arti Maria and her team attempted to somehow alleviate a shortage of healthcare staff in neonatal care by involving the parents and relatives of sick and small newborns in the care of their baby and training them in simple care practices. The idea was presented to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) who supported the pilot demonstration of this innovative idea for implementation in five public health settings in four states of India.

While this approach, known as family participatory care, has not diminished the need for qualified healthcare staff, it has demonstrated how involving families in the care of their newborn changes the relationship between providers and recipients of care, transforms the experience of care for these families, and improves the overall quality of care of the baby.

Family participatory care started in one hospital - Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in New Delhi – in 2007 and has grown to become a national programme, supported by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare of India. It is being applied in 104 facilities in five states and is still expanding as part of the Government’s efforts to improve quality of care for mothers and newborns.

This webinar will present how the family participatory care approach started, how health workers in facilities are using it, and how the Ministry of Health has turned it into a national programme.

The presentations will be followed by a Q & A session.


·         Dr.P. K. Prabhakar, Deputy Commissioner for Child Health at the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India

·         Prof. Arti Maria, Head of Neonatology at the Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi, India

·         Dr Harish Kumar, Senior Programme Director at Jhpiego, India

Who should join: Implementers and managers of maternal; and child health programmes, healthcare facility managers, NGOs, healthcare professionals.

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I am happy to note that at least now the strength of front line workers in improving mother and newborn care in countries like India is being recognized.In our own small way we have been steadily introducing the concept of demystifying the newborn care and introducing in community through voluntary service organizations, a few community based studies and studies through ICMR and some of our own field practice areas.
In 1984 we introduced the theme of care of the newborns in rural areas.through 5th annual convention of national Neonatology Forum
Recently we have introduced Kangaroo Mother Care along with other components of essential newborn care in remote resource restricted villages after studying the safety, feasibility and acceptability in those communities through trained and supervised front line workers with good results. There are many such examples of the strengths of front line workers who are well trained and supported.

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