Maternal mortality remains one of the most daunting health challenges in our country and reduction in the same has been one of the focus areas of work. National Rural Health Missions (NRHM) goal is to reduce MMR to 100 per 1,00,000 live births by 2012. Sample Registration Systems (SRS) estimates that 9% of all maternal mortality is due to unsafe abortions. One of the key contributing factors for this situation is the lack of skills among rural general doctors and medical officers in primary health care system to provide high quality Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC) and MTP services.
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India in partnership Federation Of Obstetric Societies of India (FOGSI) and Indian College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ICOG) has embarked upon implementing the Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric (EmOC) Certificate Program in 20 States of India to help our country achieve the goals set as per NRHM and MDG.
The overall objective of the program is to develop capacity of doctors (General practitioners & Medical officers – non-specialists) in India to provide high quality emergency obstetric care services in underserved areas to prevent maternal mortality and morbidity.
About the Project
- The need: 6000 doctors competent in providing comprehensive emergency obstetric care are required to make 2000 first referral units functional for 24 hrs. EMOC service.
- The status now: 700 public sector Obstetricians work in rural areas.
- The opportunity: There are more than 20,000 public sector non specialized medical officers in rural areas.
- The Solution: To bridge the gap, FOGSI is preparing non specialist medical officers to provide comprehensive emergency obstetric care in rural India. Read More...