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Improving Maternal, Neonatal and Child Survival Programme

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IMNCS

Improving maternal, neonatal and child survival (IMNCS) project is a comprehensive community based health intervention focusing on preventive and curative care with a group of trained community health workers under structured supervision and monitoring system. This comprehensive undertaking is uniquely designed to address the bottlenecks of demand and supply side for ensuring continuum of care from home to hospital. We are reaching around 25 million people living in rural areas of 14 districts (Nilphamari, Rangpur, Gaibandha, Mymensingh, Kurigarm, Lalmonirhat, Faridpur, Rajbari, Madaripur, Magura, Pirojpur, Joypurhat, Shaerpur and Shariatpur)  with maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH) services.

Goal
To reduce maternal, neonatal and child mortality, particularly among the poor and socially excluded populations  

Objectives
•    Increase knowledge of and practices related to maternal, neonatal and child health
•    Improve provision of quality maternal, neonatal and child health services at household and community levels
•    Increase availability and access to a quality supplyof maternal, neonatal and child healthcare
•    Increase participation, accountability and responsiveness to the voice of communities in maternal, neonatal and child health services

Community Health Workers (CHW): namely, shasthyashebika, Newborn Health Worker, shasthyakormi and Community Skilled Birth Attendant (CSBA) are the frontline workers catering to family planning, pregnancy related care, childcare of newborns and children under fivein the household.. A change in behaviour towards healthy practices in terms of reproductive health, nutrition, hygiene and sanitation is the strategy to preventive and promotive care. CHWs offer basic care eg, antenatal care, delivery care, postnatal care, newborn care and management of birth asphyxia, diarrhoea, ARI and some common ailments. CSBA attends home deliveries to ensure safe maternal and neonatal outcome at birth. By bridging gaps between community and facility during emergencies,a well structured referral system is put in place to reduce delays in accessing health care UNICEF is working with the government at hospitals and health facilities to improve health care. In essence, a continuum of care is provided to mothers, neonates and children under-five.

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