Kanika, staff nurse working at a Sick and Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) says “Family participatory Care (FPC), which we have rolled out after March 2019, has been a very simple and helpful interventions for us as well as the babies admitted at the SNCU. We have started orienting the mothers after this training on infection prevention and care of the baby, this has freed up our time for improving clinical care at the SNCU because the mother is doing all the basic things for the baby like changing diapers, feeding etc under our supervision. This intervention is helping to prepare the mother to take care of the baby after discharge, if the mother continues these infection prevention practices the baby will be healthier.”

Dr. Meghna, Pediatrician says “after we introduced Family Participatory Care we have observed that it is extending the stay of the patients. This is also allowing us to train the mother on how to take care of the baby in a systematic manner.”

Staff nurse Kanika and Dr Meghna were among the 57 staff members from 2 SNCUs of the Aspirational districts (Ferozepur and Moga) in Punjab, who were trained on FPC through joint efforts of Vriddhi and state government.

Family Participatory Care is a simple cost-effective intervention using the global Quality, Equity and Dignity Approach. It includes involving families of sick and preterm newborns as partners in care giving and decision making in the newborn care facilities. FPC provides a setting in which family is empowered, encouraged and supported as the constant- care provider for the care of sick and small newborn babies from birth until discharge from the SNCU. Their activities are in addition to and complements care provision by service providers at the facility. Vriddhi project is providing technical support in rolling out this initiative at 30 SNCUs in Aspirational Districts of across 7 project states of Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.