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'MSD for Mothers' launched in J'khand, aims to reduce maternal mortality rate

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Ranchi | Monday, Feb 10 2014 IST
 
MSD for Mothers, a global initiative that aims to reduce maternal mortality today announced the launch of two programmes in the state.

The three year project project aims to improve the quality of care offered by private health facilities with high caseloads in urban areas of Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Bokaro, Giridih and Dhanbad by adapting internationally recognised quality improvement standards and clinical curricula to private care.

'In collaboration with the Government of India, the project also aims to improve the accrediation system for private providers, enabling many more to become eligible for government financing schemes such as Janani Suraksha Yojana,' said K G Ananthakrishnan, Managing Director, MSD in India.

More than 80 private sector facilities win districts like Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Bokaro, Giridih and Dhanbad will be involved in the project and about one lakh women would be benefit from the programme, Mr Ananthakrishnan said.

Speaking on the occasion State Health Minister Rajendra Prasad Singh said,'The health of women and children in the state is of utmost important to us and in the past we have undertaken important measures to reduce maternal mortality.' The MSD for Mothers programme will go in a long way in spreading awareness as well as preventing maternal deaths in Jharkhand, Mr Singh said.

MSD for mothers is a 10 year, 500 million dollar initiative launched in 2011 by Merck Sharp and Dohme (MSD), known as Merck in the US and Canada, to help create a world where no woman dies from complications of pregnancy and childbirth.

MSD for mothers in partnering with the Government of Jharkhand, Jhpiego, a global NGO affiliated to John Hopkins University and the Federation of Obstetric and Gynecological Socities of India (FOGSI) to increase access to evidence based maternal health care.UNI AK SRC1626 NNNN

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