A consultative stakeholders meeting was organized on 9th November 2022 at Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (MGIMS) at Sevagram Maharashtra by Jhpiego - Johns Hopkins University organization.
This meeting was attended by 35 plus dignitaries and senior officials from the Government of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, Jhpiego, FOGSI and NGOs across the country. Dr BS Garg (CC WHO Collaborative centre, Director Dr Sushila Nayar School of Public Health, Secretary KHS) and Dr. Poonam Verma Shivkumar (Professor & Head, Obstetrics and Gynecology) facilitated this meeting at MGMIS.
Dr. Aniruddh Deshpande, (Associate Director Maternal Health, Government of Maharashtra) and Dr. Neena Giddeon (Joint Director, Government of MP) chaired this meeting on behalf of Governments along with Dr. Hrishikesh Pai, President of (Federation of Obstetricians and Gynecologist of India). Ms. Ellain Roman, Director and Dr. Cherrie Evans, Advisor from USA office of Jhpiego also participated in this meeting and shared their learnings and details of this project.
Project aims to dramatically reduce maternal mortality and morbidity from Post-Partum Haemorrhage (PPH). PPH is the cause of death for 1 out of pregnancy-related deaths in India, most of which is preventable with effective use of right medicines at right level by rightly trained health workers. This project focuses on introduction of quality-assured drugs for PPH at different levels of the health system in four districts of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh initially and later in the entire state through advocacy, partnership building, and capacity building.
During this meeting, these national and global experts shared learnings around various implementation projects in PPH and expressed their commitment working together to save mothers from preventable causes of deaths. Participants worked in subgroups to jointly understand different aspects of implementation and identified factors responsible for the effective use of drugs in public and private sectors. Representatives from the pharmaceutical sector as well as community based organizations were also part of the group to ensure that their perspectives are considered while developing strategies.
Dr Parag Bhamare, Associate Director of Jhpiego facilitated the meeting and thanked all dignitaries and participants for their shared vision and agreement on joint implementation of activities under the program."