The Partnership Update - November 2008


In Countries

Health Care Professionals to meet

Dhaka, Bangladesh, 22-25 November 2008

Representatives of health care professional associations from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan, as well as ministries of health and regional agency and association will gather over three days to discuss the challenges faced by health care workers to advance MNCH and their role in achieving MDGs 4 and 5.

Health care professional groups will discuss bottlenecks blocking optimal performance in advocacy, planning, quality improvement, human resources and in organizational strengthening. Presentations on best practices and challenges in the five areas will be followed by panel discussions and group work. The output will be an 1-2 year action plan consisting of achievable targets which the health care professional associations will be expected to implement. Regional associations, ministries of health as well as international agencies will be present to familiarize themselves with the issues and identify ways in which they can support actions.

Balangir, Orissa, India
Deliver Now, India

India's "Deliver Now" advocacy and media campaign - coordinated by White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood India and supported by The Partnership - is moving into high gear. Activities focus on the high-mortality state of Orissa in eastern India and include: high-profile community rallies, public hearings and a state-wide TV/radio campaign with radio spots and dramas to promote positive MNCH behaviours. Partners include the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Doordarshan TV and All India Radio. Formative and evaluation research will be conducted by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Eleven rallies/public hearings are planned for November. The overall impact of the advocacy campaign will be captured in an endline study conducted in January 2009 by a Delhi-based research agency.

Tanzania

Partners in Tanzania continued to advance the planning for Deliver Now Tanzania, to be coordinated by White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood Tanzania through a series of meetings in August 2008 convened by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW). Plans include: a major advocacy and communications training program, a dedicated community mobilization drive in Arusha, and a national media campaign to promote positive MNCH behaviours and a workshop on strategic communications related to MNCH for MoHSW and local government leaders.

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