Learnings from the Government of India ‘Dakshata’ initiative to improve the quality of maternal and newborn care

In 2015, the Government of India launched ‘Dakshata’, meaning adroitness, across the country, to reduce the maternal mortality ratio and stillbirth rate. The initiative aimed to strengthen the quality of care (QoC) during and immediately after childbirth through focused and customized trainings for strategic skill-building of providers on high-impact essential practices. The strategy transferred learning through structured onsite mentoring and support, while ensuring the availability of resources, and improved monitoring and accountability by strengthening data systems, and by conducting periodic performance audits. The foundation of this strategic initiative originated from the learnings of the World Health Organization’s Safe Childbirth Checklist (SCC).

The below videos highlight Dakshata’s efforts:



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