The Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Services Component of USAID/Pakistan’s Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program – also known as the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) – led by Jhpiego and implemented by international, local and private partners organized a meeting here at Mirpurkhas, to recognize achievements and mark the end of activities under MCHIP. The event hosted dignitaries and representatives from government as well as private sector, and was attended by Mr. Shafique Ahmed Mahesar Commissioner Miprurkhas as chief guest.
District Mirpurkhas Event
The event was organized as part of the project’s closeout ceremony, where the knowledge gained and lessons learned pertaining to Miprurkhas were shared with relevant stakeholders. Chief guests Shafique Ahmed Mahesar and Akhlaq Ahmed Khan Director General Health Sindh expressing their valuable remarks said that we have been affiliated with MCHIP interventions since long and extended our full support during all initiatives taken by MCHIP Jhpiego in Sindh in general and Mirpurkhas in particular they further said that NGOs are not responsible for full time support but we state departments are sustainable sources of development we should acknowledge their efforts and understand our actual responsibility toward this society. Shafique Ahmed Mahesar acknowledged that MCHIP has successfully completed all of its assigned field interventions in 16 focused districts of Sindh under the USAID’s Maternal and Child Health Program, the aim of which was to contribute to improvements in maternal, neonatal and child health. He said that
Other speakers including Dr. Hemraj DHO Mirpurkhas Dr. Fareed Midhet Cheif of Party MCHIP, focal persons and distinguished guests from private hospitals, IHS and local NGOs acknolewged the efforts of MCHIP and appreciated their interventions in context of improving the service delivery of quality health care and enhancing the technical capacity of health care providers and skilled birth attendants of private and public health facilities.
District Sukkur Event
MCHIP’s areas of support included training of healthcare providers through group and on-the-job training modules, provision of supplies and equipment at its supported health facilities, minor repairs and renovation at selected facilities, , and supportive supervisory visits by district technical staff. It made significant strides in revitalization of Community Midwives and Lady Health Workers through a host of interventions, including improving their clinical and communication business skills. MCHIP also extended extensive support to the district Miprurkhas to strengthen routine immunization, including registration and vaccination of pregnant women and children less than two years of age.
District Dadu Event
In light of these interventions, Dr. Fareed midhet Cheif of Party MCHIP shared their experiences working with MCHIP and highlighted important next steps and the way forward. MCHIP took several steps to ensure the sustainability of interventions beyond the life of the project. It was noted that MCHIP handed over all training packages and profiles of trainers that were trained by MCHIP on different maternal and newborn/FP training modules, so that they can be utilized by Department of Health (DOH) after the project ends. Handing over also included sharing of the real-time monitoring software with the district Monitoring and Evaluation cells, handing over of Mobile Service Units to DOH, and sharing of immunization database. Additionally, MCHIP and the Lady Health Worker (LHW) Program have finalized a strategy for sustaining the Community Health Workers (CHWs) and absorbing them into the LHW force in the province. DOH has endorsed the CHWs as an available, trained resource for LHW Program’s next phase of hiring.
District Naushero Feroz Event
Other speakers including DHO, ADC Dadu, focal persons and distinguished guests from private hospitals, IHS, WHO and local NGOs acknowledged the efforts of MCHIP and appreciated their interventions in context of improving the service delivery of quality health care and enhancing the technical capacity of health care providers and skilled birth attendants of private and public health facilities.
District Tando Allahyar Event
Same event took place for Jacobabad, Shikarpur, Larkana, Sukkur, Sanghar, Tando Allahyar, Noshehro Feroz, Thatta, Dadu, Umarkot, Tharparkar and Ghotki districts.
The Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Services Component of USAID/Pakistan’s MCH Program is being implemented in Sindh province by Jhpiego ,under its Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP). MCHIP began its operations in February 2013 and it will close out its field activities by 31 December 2017. The aim of the program was to contribute to improvements in maternal, neonatal and child health through a total market approach, empowered communities, timely referral of complications to hospitals providing emergency obstetric and newborn care (EmONC), and improved access to family planning (FP) and child health services including immunization and nutrition. It aims at leaving behind at least 1,000 MNCH Centers – functional units in public and private health facilities that provide a full range of high quality MNCH services and are linked with EmONC facilities through an active referral and transportation system.