Through the USAID-supported Vriddhi project, JSI India conducted a landscape assessment of reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) service delivery in the private sector. The study aimed to collect evidence for a private sector engagement strategy for RMNCH.
In northern India, JSI is working through PUSHTi, a community-centered initiative, to integrate nutrition, health, sanitation, and hygiene in order to address the immediate and underlying causes of undernutrition among women, adolescent girls, and children.
Through the Vriddhi project, JSI is facilitating the use of injectable gentamicin by Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs) in accordance with recommendations from the Government of India. During monthly meetings, ANMs who have been successful in identifying eligible cases and administering the lifesaving injection share their stories. This creates a space where other ANMs feel comfortable discussing the challenges they face and reaching out to experienced ANMs when they need support.
Working alongside Indian health officials, USAID is showing how simple antibiotic injections in the hands of heroic local health workers are saving newborn lives.
In India, JSI has adopted a consultative, evidence-based, sequenced approach to developing a strategy for increasing private sector engagement in reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health services so as to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.