Jharkhand is located in the eastern part of India, with 26% of its population being tribal. While the state is bestowed with rich minerals and abundant forest resources, health and development indices remain low owing to lack of accessibility to various services. The State has 24 districts under its five divisions: Santhal Parganas, North Chhotanagpur, South Chhotanagpur, Kolhan and Palamu divisions, of which 11 are the High Priority Districts (HPDs) Godda, Dumka, Sahibganj, Pakur, Saraikela, Gumla, Lohardaga, Simdega, West Singhbhum, Palamu, and Latehar.
VRIDDHI Focus Districts:: Godda, Dumka, Sahibganj, Pakur, Saraikela, Gumla, Lohardaga, Simdega, West Singhbhum, Palamu and Latehar.
VRIDDHI Interventions: : VRIDDHI is implementing its Care around Birth Approach in 42 high case load delivery points in the seven focus districts.
The methodology includes a series of activities by the team such as Training 401 Staff Nurses and Medical Officers, Onsite Guidance and Mentoring, Identification of specialists as champions, Facility level quality improvement have also been formed to resolve issues and overcome challenges. VRIDDHI team also conducts regular supportive supervision of delivery points in the eleven HPDs to highlight any gaps and provide a flow of information to the state and Government of India. VRIDDHI State RMNCH+A Unit (SRU) supported the state government to develop the Jharkhand newborn action plan (JNAP) which defines priority actions for the state and the districts. SRU has also actively supported the state to orient service providers and program managers on newborn and child health guidelines.