Protecting Mothers: Community based distribution of Misoprostol
The state of Himachal Pradesh has pockets of extreme weather conditions and inaccessible geographies. Some of these pockets have very low institutional deliveries despite the overall institutional delivery rate being more than 80% in the state. In view of the distinct geography of the state and the recently introduced ASHA cadre and availability of minimal implementation, the state decided to initiate the program ‘Community Based Advance Distribution of Misoprostol tablets to prevent Post-Partum Haemorrhage (PPH) through National Health Mission (NHM) as a pilot in Block Jhanjeli of the Mandi District.
The program was commissioned in the month of April 2016 in collaboration with the USAID supported Project VRIDDHI: Scaling up RMNCH+A Interventions.
The three overarching and interconnected areas of support during the implementation include:
(i) Health System Strengthening
(ii) Advocacy and Capacity Building and
(iii) End User Engagement
This intervention was presented at the Third National Summit on Good, Replicable Practices & Innovations in Public Health Care Systems in India in August, 2016. Click here to know more