Some Achievements by NCMNH:
- Provided the skeleton for the Maternal section of National Health Policy, in 2001
- NCMNH provided assistance in establishing:
- Lobbied for use of Magnesium Sulphate for prevention and treatment of Severe Pregnancy Induced Hypertension and Eclampsia. Now being used extensively.
- Introduced WHO recommended technologies (Manual Vacuum Aspiration & Misoprostol) for Post Abortion Care (PAC) in Pakistan
- Active Managemement of Third Stage of Labour (AMTSL) was introduced all over Pakistan
- PDHS VA 2006-7
- Developed Position Papers on Misoprostol for inclusion in Essential Medicines List and Advanced Distribution by LHWs
- Celebrated International day of Midwife in the year 2000for the first time in Pakistan with the first lady (Ms. Sehba Musharraf)
NCMNH Skills Lab:
NCMNH skills lab is a state of the art facility set up in collaboration with MCHIP Jhpiegoand has been designed and equipped with modern job aids. Some of the above mentioned trainings can be conducted in the skills lab.
[svt-event title=”Performance Assessment and Mentoring of Health Care Providers working for DKT in the “Sukh” Initiative” date=”2016-2017″ class=”svt-cd-green” ]National Committee for Maternal and Neonatal Health (NCMNH) was requested by Aman Health, to conduct Performance Assessment and to Mentor the DKT Health Care Providers (HCPs) working for its project “Sukh Initiative” (SI). NCMNH provided technical support and guidance to Association for Mothers and Newborns (AMAN) for planning and implementing the activity. AMAN conducted the Assessment and Mentoring of HCPs working for DKT in the SI. The assessment & mentoring of 30 HCPs was conducted by Task Oriented Assessment of Clinical Skills (TOACS). Strengths and weaknesses of an individual HCP were assessed and the need for refresher trainings tailored to their individual needs was identified. Each HCP was mentored individually by using job aids and providing reading material on the topic.[/svt-event][svt-event title=”Use of Misoprostol for Prevention and treatment of Post PartumHaemorrhage and treatment of Post abortion Complications funded by Gynuity Health Projects” date=”2014-15″ class=”svt-cd-green” ] NCMNH held workshops on use of Misoprostol for midwifery tutors in Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan. More than 120 midwifery tutors were trained. [/svt-event][svt-event title=”Advocacy for the Prevention and Treatment of Post-Partum Hemorrhage (PPH) and Post Abortion Complications with Misoprostol, in partnership with MAP and AMAN” date=”2012-2014″ class=”svt-cd-green” ] This advocacy projectin collaboration with RAF achieved its objective for inclusion of Misoprostol in the Essential Medicines Lists for Sindh and Punjab in May 2013. The Pakistan Nursing Council also included it in its midwifery curriculum. NCMNH advocated for use of Misoprostol, and its availability at all public health facilities to prevent and treat PPH and post abortion complications, where Oxytocin is either not available or a trained provider to administer it is not present. Awareness was also created about the deterioration in efficacy of Oxytocin if the cold chain is not maintained. NCMNH also worked with the Health Departments for advance distribution of Misoprostol by Lady Health Workers to prevent PPH at home births. [/svt-event][svt-event title=”Sub-award by Population Council for National Study on Post-Abortion Care in Pakistan” date=”2011-2014″ class=”svt-cd-green” ] NCMNH partnered with Population Council and Guttmacher Institute to implement National Study on Post Abortion Care (PAC) in Pakistan. NCMNH provided technical assistance in the research design, and several NCMNH members were a part of the Technical Advisory Group for the study. NCMNH ensured communications outreach and advocacy to disseminate the findings of the study through media. [/svt-event][svt-event title=”Introduction of Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) and Medication Approaches(MA) to Post-Abortion Care (PAC) in Pakistan” date=”2007-2015″ class=”svt-cd-green” ] NCMNH in collaboration with Ipas, worked to reduce Maternal Mortality and Morbidity through Post Abortion Care (PAC). Provider skills were improved through trainings for Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) and Medication Abortion (MA). Policy makers and service providers were sensitized about the problem of unsafe abortion. After a pilot phase the initiative was scaled up all over Pakistan as Woman Centered-Postabortion Care (WC- PAC). [/svt-event][svt-event title=”Disseminating the existing evidence of incidence of Unsafe abortions in Pakistan” date=”2008-2011″ class=”svt-cd-green” ] NCMNH collaborated with the Guttmacher Institute on an Advocacy & Communication project with the primary goal of increasing understanding among the priority audiences about the incidence of unsafe abortion in Pakistan and the consequences and impact of abortion complications on Maternal Mortality and Morbidity. [/svt-event][svt-event title=”Eliminating National Gaps and Advancing Global Equity (ENGAGE)” date=”2008-2011″ class=”svt-cd-green” ] ENGAGE was an Advocacy & Communication project that NCMNH implemented in partnership with the Population Reference Bureau and the Gapminder Foundation. This was a part of the global initiative, to reduce Maternal Mortality and Morbidity through targeted outreach and the use of innovative communication technologies. [/svt-event][svt-event title=”Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey 2006-7″ date=”2007″ class=”svt-cd-green” ] Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey (PDHS) 2006-2007 was carried out by the National Institute of Population Studies (NIPS) with assistance of MACRO, USA. NCMNH was given the task of analyzing the Verbal Autopsy forms and assign a cause for all female deaths, the level of delay and opinion regarding the quality of data. A panel of experts carried out this activity. A medical cause of death was assigned according to the WHO ICD-10. [/svt-event][svt-event title=”Verbal Autopsy of Maternal Deaths – Case Study for Safe Motherhood- Learning from South Asia: Study in Pakistan” date=”2005-2008″ class=”svt-cd-green” ] NCMNH collaborated with International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR, B) on a Study titled “Case Study for Safe Motherhood: Learning from South Asia Programmes.”ICDDR, B was awarded a grant by DFID, UK to work with policy makers and programme managers to determine recommendations and bench marks for programme implementation and strategic policies for improved Safe Motherhood in South Asia. [/svt-event][svt-event title=”Technical Assistance to Ministry of Health for drafting a National Policy for Maternal and Neonatal Health-Ministry of Health – UNICEF, Pakistan” date=”2003-2004″ class=”svt-cd-green” ] Technical Assistance to the Ministry of Health for The formulation of a “National Health Policy for Maternal and Neonatal Health” has been one of the most important tasks assigned to NCMNH by the Federal Secretary Health and supported by UNICEF Country Office, Pakistan. [/svt-event][svt-event title=”Dissemination of Information about Safe Motherhood-Ministry of Health, UNFPA, Pakistan (PRISM Project)” date=”2003-2004″ class=”svt-cd-green” ] A trio of docudramas “MamtakiHifazat” highlighting the socio cultural factors contributing to maternal deaths and disabilities, was produced with support from UNFPA. [/svt-event][svt-event title=”Developed, and Printed Manual of Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (EmONC)” date=”2001-2004″ class=”svt-cd-green” ] In collaboration with UNICEF, Pakistan NCMNH developed user-friendly EmONC Manuals and pocketbooks in English and Urdu. This Manual was designed to encourage team work among Midwives, Obstetricians, Paediatricians& Anesthetists. Posters featuring five major causes of Maternal deaths were also printed.Workshops were held in each province to train key health personnel on EmONC and to promote utilization of these manuals. A second edition was reprinted in 2007. [/svt-event][svt-event title=”Promotion of Male Participation in Reproductive Health Process through Awareness Program” date=”2001-2002″ class=”svt-cd-green” ] In collaboration with CIDA, this project focused on sensitizing men to the high level of Maternal Mortality and Morbidity and for enlisting their support to promote safe motherhood. The project strategy was to hold one-day seminars for men in rural and urban locations using the existing government and private sector infrastructure. [/svt-event][/svtimeline]