Engaging multi-stakeholders to influence RMNCH+A policies in India

Country: India

Client(s): Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Services: Strategic Planning, Technical Assistance, Capacity Development

Technical Expertise: Newborn and Child Health , Health Systems Strengthening, Maternal Health, Youth & Adolescent Health/OVC


Since the Global Call to Action for Child Survival in 2012, and India’s own Summit on the Call to Action in early 2013, the Government of India (GoI) has developed bold policies and strategies to increase the coverage, quality and equity of high-impact RMNCH+A (reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health plus adolescents) interventions. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) and the National Health Mission (NHM) have been at the forefront of the GoI’s efforts to roll out a national RMNCH+A strategic framework, to target additional resources to high-priority districts (HPDs) across the states, and to harness and coordinate technical support from its Development Partners in the health sector.

The goal of this project is to accelerate the delivery of quality RMNCH+A services by working with the MOHFW/NHM and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its partners to scale-up best practices, develop analytical papers to inform the RMNCH+A agenda, and identify convergence points for enhanced engagement with the various professional associations. The project’s objectives are to:

1) Engage policymakers to influence decisions and facilitate the identification, replication, and/or scale up of emerging and promising best practices in RMNCH+A in Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Bihar.
2) Identify priority areas and develop a roadmap to strengthen the engagement of the Gates Foundation and MoHFW for meaningful partnerships with professional associations to promote coverage of quality RMNCH+A services in UP and Bihar, and more nationally.
3) Strengthen the GoI’s supportive supervision mechanism to improve quality of care provided in health facilities and ensure accountability through greater use of information and communication technology (ICT) tools.
4) Respond to emerging needs and priorities of the Government of India to advance the RMNCH+A agenda.

Through the ‘Engaging Multiple Stakeholders to Inform RMNCH+A Policies in India’ project (2015-17), JSI is supporting the government with analyzing experiences and learning for key policy areas. Jointly with the Public Health Foundation of India, we are conducting a landscape assessment of human resource challenges across the country to support GoI develop a strategic framework for action on human resources for health. JSI is also facilitating the identification, replication and/or scale up of emerging and promising best practices in RMNCH+A in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. JSI is also strengthening the GoI’s information and supervision mechanisms to improve health intelligence and quality of care in health facilities through greater use of ICT tools.