The government will introduce Family Centered Care (FCC) in district hospitals throughout the state. This is an initiative where parents and hospital staff work together and will help save even more newborn babies.
FCC is an innovative health approach where parents and providers work in tandem to ensure the well-being of vulnerable newborn babies. In 2015, the FCC was set up in Alwar’s district hospital in cooperation with the Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI).
The FCC represents a paradigm shift in the newborn care continuum by moving from a predominantly provider-centric to a shared model of care. Sick and low birth weight newborns are highly vulnerable and require careful nurturing in order to survive the first year of life.
Improved communication and involvement of parents in their baby’s care can reduce the length of stay and need for re-hospitalisation of newborns. After testing FCC in Alwar, the health department has now decided to expand the innovation to all 33 districts. The Norway government through NIPI was the first to implement Family Centered Care in India.
The approach has been successfully implemented in several district hospitals in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Rajasthan. Moreover, these state are also in the process of scaling up FCC using existing government health funds. FCC is integrated in the operational guidelines for strengthening paediatric health, which was issued by the Union ministry of health and family welfare in September.
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