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Jhpiego is an international, non-profit, global health affiliate of Johns Hopkins University. For 42 years and in over 155 countries, Jhpiego has worked to prevent the needless deaths of women and their families. Since its founding in 1974, Jhpiego has been innovating to save the lives of women and families worldwide. Dr. Theodore M. King, an early innovator and champion for women’s health, was the moving force behind the founding of Jhpiego. Originally known as the Johns Hopkins Program for International Education in Gynecology and Obstetrics, the organization was funded through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Under King’s leadership, as a founder, trustee and later president of Jhpiego for 14 years, the organization conducted a steady stream of programs throughout the developing world. Jhpiego’s dedicated teams of technical experts—in the areas of global learning; family planning/reproductive health/cervical cancer; maternal, newborn and child health; monitoring, evaluation and research; health systems strengthening; HIV/AIDS and infectious diseases; publications; and knowledge management—are renewing their efforts to pursue and disseminate practical, low-cost innovations that can make significant contributions to the health of women and their families. Jhpiego began working in India in the 1980s, collaborating with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India (GoI), to strengthen reproductive health services. Numerous physicians and nurses from Indian medical and nursing colleges participated in Jhpiego training courses in the U.S. and at Jhpiego-affiliated regional training centers in Asia. Beginning in 1992, Jhpiego was named a key partner in a five-year project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), to strengthen reproductive health services in the largest state in India, Uttar Pradesh. Since 2006, Jhpiego has worked closely with the MoHFW, GoI, to improve access to high-quality reproductive health, Family Planning (FP) and maternal and newborn health (MNH) services. Jhpiego opened its India office in 2009 and has been closely collaborating with MohFW, GoI, at the national and state levels, providing technical assistance (TA) in the areas of: 1) Strengthening FP services; 2) Strengthening the Human Resources for Health (HRH); and 3) Improving the quality of MNH care. Jhpiego is strongly committed to improving the quality of care in the field of maternal and newborn health (MNH). Focusing strategically on the intrapartum and immediate postpartum periods—the periods of highest risk of morbidity and mortality for both mothers and babies—Jhpiego’s MNH programming aims to institutionalize high-impact, evidence-based practices at health facilities providing MNH care through two major approaches—a Safe Childbirth Checklist (adapted from the World Health Organization’s checklist), and clinical standards using Standards-Based Management and Recognition (SBM-R®). In partnership with FOGSI and the state and national governments, and with support from MSD for Mothers, Jhpiego has implemented a three-year program with the aim to increase access to high-impact, evidence-based antenatal, intrapartum and immediate postpartum care to mothers by leveraging the presence and enterprise of private sector providers in Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand. Under this program, a quality of care framework (clinical standards of performance) at selected private sector facilities with high delivery load in the two states has been implemented in eleven large cities of the two states, targeting approximately 140 private sector facilities. Simultaneously, the team has also worked with the respective state departments to streamline the accreditation process of these providers under schemes such as Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY). Jhpiego is currently facilitating a pilot for the joint NABH-FOGSI certification mechanism with six selected facilities from the progam. Drawing on the experience with private maternity providers, Jhpiego has led the development of a user-friendly toolkit to improve the quality of private maternity care through a consultative process with dozens of stakeholders and MSD for Mothers partners, including representatives from the governments of India and Uganda.
Jhpiego—an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University
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