A NEW child health resource network involving various stakeholders will be built up under a Norway-India partnership initiative on child survival to be launched in the State.
The decision to build the network was taken during a State level consultation on child survival by Department of Health and Family welfare, organised with support from UNICEF on Monday.
The objective of the consultation was to plan for the new Norway-India partnership initiative. This techno-managerial support will complement the child health initiatives planned under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) programmes being implemented by the State.
Representatives of Union government and World Health Organisation (WHO) participated in the meeting. It was decided that the child health resource network will be set up at state, divisional, district and block levels that will help in creating enabling environment towards child survival initiatives and will support implementation of various health programmes targeted towards children.
Principal Secretary Department of Health & Family Welfare M M Upadhyay, who chaired the meeting, said that this partnership provides the government with an opportunity to accelerate efforts in reducing infant and maternal mortality rates, to which State is committed.
He further said that there is need to get community members, especially mothers, involved in the process.
Cynthia De Windt, state representative UNICEF, said that it is time to manifest our concern in a way that brings out the best in each one of us to offer for health of infants and children of the State. Sandeep Kumar, assistant commissioner, child health, Government of India, said that this catalytic support would enable strengthening of implementation and help synergise programme elements into turnkey initiatives.
Pradeep Haldar, assistant commissioner (immunization), Government of India, spoke on supporting cold chain system in the state.
Dr Vinod Paul, Professor of Paediatrics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi said that if we wish to achieve millennium development goals, efforts should be strengthened.
Rajesh Rajora, Commissioner Health, and Dr Yogiraj Sharma, Director of Public Health and Welfare, were present. Dr Sharma made presentation on the current child survival initiatives and the challenges faced by the State.
James Patterson, Project Officer Child Survival UNICEF, Dr Paul Francis of World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Ramani Atkuri, Project Officer Health UNICEF, Dr Rashmi Dwivedi, Head of Department of Paediatrics Gandhi Medical College, representatives of development partners like UNFPA, JICA, European Commission, and representatives of professional bodies like IAP, NNF and Institute of Tribal Health, Jabalpur were also present.