FOGSI launches ‘Manyata’ for standardizing Quality Maternal Care in India.

BENGALURU: With an intention of providing quality healthcare to new mothers and newborns, FOGSI (Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India),has teamed up with MSD for Mothers, MacArthur Foundation andJhpiego(an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University),and has launched ‘Manyata’ – a nationwide initiative to improve the quality of maternal and neonatal care in private sector in India. The launch was flagged off by Ms. PankajaMunde, Minister of Rural Development, Women and Child Welfare in the presence of Dr.RishmaPai, President FOGSIand Ms. Shilpa Shetty, Bollywood actor and celebrity.

As acontinuum to the journey of FOGSI’s Vision 2022 and with the mantra of “Women’sHealth is Nation’s Wealth”,a set of 16 parameters have been introduced as thestandard practice which constitute the minimal essential care every woman mustreceive during her delivery. Any hospital that gets enrolled in this initiativewill be assessed, and the concerned healthcare provider will be trained on the16 parameters, reassessed post training and on scoring over 85%, the hospitalwill be certified with the ‘Manyata Seal of Quality’ and shall officially beconsidered as a healthcare facility that provides quality maternal care.

Throwingfurther light on the initiative, Dr. Hema Divakar, The national convener forManyata, and FOGSI Ambassador to FIGO, said “Manyata is not just a promise toexpecting mothers for quality care, it is a reality. It is FOGSI’s approvalrecognizing those who consistently deliver quality care during pregnancy andchildbirth knowing that better, safer and respectful care will reach mothers.FOGSI’s clarion call through Manyata is to engage as many providers as wepossibly can so that no mother dies giving life. It is a direction to ourcommunity of doctors that we must do whatever we can because she matters. Wemust remember never to forget moms even if she forgets about her ownwell-being. We must empower her. The time is right. The time is now.”

“Manyataaims to first upskill all centers to the required standards, and eventuallythrough public private partnerships, and optimal utilization of technology,digital media for reinforcement of the training, and continuous monitoringsupervision. The reforms and universality in the care and coverage ensured byManyata will ensure more people from all sections of the society will bebenefitted. By expanding to all states in the country, it can be guaranteedthat anywhere a woman delivers, the entire medical team at her disposal isgeared up to assist her deliver safely.” Added Dr. Hema.

WithMaternal Mortality Rate declining at a rate slower than expected, and 60% ofpopulation seeking care from private sector, providing a universal andstandardized maternal and neonatal care becomes crucial. It is also optimallynot viable to focus only through individual programmes, Govt initiatives, andmedical institutes, as the reach will only be around 40%, compared to the reachan initiative like Manyata can bring.

The launchalso saw various officials from the national government, civil society,doctors, development agencies and academics take active interest in theinitiative. The Manyata logo and the website – wereofficially unveiled during the event. A short public awareness film, ‘Don’tForget Moms’, was also shown in a bid to encourage private facilities to jointhe quality bandwagon.

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