Deepak Foundation Gujarat
Country of Operation
- Deepak FoundationNot-for-profit
- Government of GujaratGovernment
SummaryThe Safe Motherhood and Child Survival Project focuses on reducing Gujarat's Mother Mortality Ratio. it is one of the largest Public Private Partnership initiatives in India’s health sector, between the Department of Health and Family Welfare, the Government of Gujarat, and Deepak Group of Companies
There is a thrust to save lives and promote institutional deliveries; however existing private transport facilities are over loaded with elective transports and long distance transports. Therefore, this initiative aimed at reducing the Mother Mortality Ratio to less than 100 per 100,000 live births and the Infant Mortality Rate to less than 30 per 1000 live births in the Vadodara District. The project aimed to do this through: empowering a cadre of frontline women health workers, improving community access to peripheral government health facilities, increasing community participation in monitoring service delivery of public health facilities, and raising awareness on the importance of anemia prevention, control and treatment.
Key program components
The components of this project were: 1. Formation and Strengthening of Village Health and the Sanitation Committee 2. Behavior Change Communication through village volunteers i.e. Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) 3. Establishment of an emergency transport network at block level and two Mobile Health Units in difficult tribal belts 4. Establishment of a Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care Unit (CEmONC) linked to a Community Health Center covering 9 lakh tribal populations 5. Establishment of a help desk at a district level; receiving referral cases from peripheral areas 6. Provision of a comprehensive package of services for anemia prevention and control These core activities were supported by a Computerized Management Information System that had a database of more than 150,000 beneficiaries for review and planning, and intensive training and capacity building of locally recruited women - ASHAs and TTBAs. The project provided services to more than 100,000 pregnant and nursing women every year. This initiative aimed at utilizing existing government vehicles at peripheral health facilities, including a few ambulances from the foundation whose usage required a minimum user fee. There is a decentralization of operations, with monitoring from district level agencies that includes appropriate reporting.
The project was proposed by the Deepak Foundation, a corporate social responsibility firm from Deepak Fertilizers and Petrochemicals Limited, and was approved by the Government of Gujarat. It was initiated in 2005 for a period of 5 years with an estimated budged of 250 Million. Till January 2010 expenditure of Rs 200 Million was incurred. The program covers 12 bocks (1548 villages) serving a population of 1.995 Million which includes four Tribal blocks with 705 villages.
Deepak Foundation is moving in a more research-oriented direction and has just initiated a Demographic Surveillance System (DSS). Its objective is to collect longitudinal data on maternal and child health in the Vadodara and Waghodia blocks of Vadodara district for research projects in the priority areas of maternal health and nutrition, child health and nutrition, and community based efficacy studies.