Champions of Change: Leveraging technology for improved competency of service provider
Every year about 32000 women die due to pregnancy-related causes in India. More than 90% of these maternal deaths are preventable with the presence of a skilled birth attendant during delivery. It is therefore crucial that women seek timely care during pregnancy and childbirth, and that all births are attended by health professionals with a sufficient level of training.
In a low resource setting it is key to identify interventions which are easily accessible, low – cost and effective which could become lasting sustainable solutions. Recently there is much focus on appropriate and correct leveraging of technology to improve the competency of service providers, and USAID – Vriddhi (Scaling up RMNCH+A Interventions project)collaborated with the Maternity Foundation to implement an app-based capacity building tool which could be accessed by the health worker at any point. The Safe Delivery App provides skilled birth attendants direct and instant access to evidence-based and up-to-date clinical guidelines on Basic Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care (BEmONC). The project has implemented this tool across the seven project states however the state of Punjab has been able to not only roll out the intervention but has also generated 80 SDA Champions which account for more than half of champions across the globe.
Dr. Avneet Kaur Director Health and Family Welfare mentioned, ‘One reason for the successful roll-out of this app is that the App instantly give results to the user. This is a huge encouragement for the nurses, we are also felicitating the champions at the state level, which is providing motivation to more and more facility staff to use the App and take the certification exam.’
For the health service providers this App has become an innovative and fresh approach to refresh their knowledge. It provides them instant access to crucial information while they are performing their duties in the labor rooms. The content is organized and represented in a manner which is easy to understand and access. This initiative was initially implemented only in LaQshya facilities of the state but after seeing the encouraging results the State Programme Manager, Maternal Health indicates that the initiative will be scaled up to all public health facilities in the state.
Vriddhi project is rolling out this intervention as its support to the national LaQshya initiative. The project is not only partnering with Maternity Foundation in implementing this initiative in all project focus states but is also collaborating with the foundation and providing technical assistance on development of new modules (normal delivery, Family Participatory Care (FPC) and Care of Sick and Small Newborns) thereby not only expanding its usage but also enhancing its spectrum.