Our Work

A Community-Based Approach to Improving Maternal and Infant Wellbeing

Ultimately, MIH Can’s vision is to plant the seeds for a sustainable, long-term initiative that can be adopted by the local government to improve infant and maternal health across the country. MIH Can is working with communities to implement several evidence-based strategies for improving maternal and infant wellbeing in India.

 

These strategies include: Health Education and Clinical Skills Training, Innovation, Community Economic Development, Research and Accountability. 

Supporting clinical skills development of medical and nursing professionals and paraprofessionals.

  • Through seminars with our partners in India to share ideas and knowledge about best practices in improving MNCH (maternal and child health)
  • The development of a reproductive health manual for one of our partner organization
  • Linking with holistic and traditional health care providers, to ensure access to remote areas that have exceptionally high maternal and infant mortality.
  • Creating an early referral system for high risk mothers by educating mothers and their families.

Preterm birth and low birth weight are two major causes of infant mortality in India. Low birth weight is associated with neonatal hypothermia, which increases the risk of infection, coagulation abnormalities, preterm birth complications and death.

MIH Can plans on creating a cost effective, innovative thermal sleeping bag that keeps babies’ temperature consistently high enough.

  • The thermal sleeping bag will be made of both culturally appropriate fabric as well as environmentally friendly material
  • Once designed, these sleeping bags will be sewn by local women’s groups and cooperatives, creating sustainable employment.
  • Outreach: The distribution of the blanket includes incorporating ASHA workers, allied healthcare workers, and community leaders. This form of distribution allows for the dissemination of knowledge on preventative and emergency care, as well as, a way to connect to and support remote villages that don’t normally have access to larger more equipped medical facilities.

  • Facilitating community economic development leading to sustainable livelihoods,
  • By training women’s economic development groups to manufacture the baby warming blankets.

Creating systems and methodology for follow up, research and evaluation, with the intention of publishing the results.

  • MIH Can plans on carrying out a study with one of our partners to build capacity and encourage new and novel approaches to ameliorating MNC
  • All projects will be properly monitored, evaluated and results published before scaling up occurs

MIH Can is committed to achieving maternal and infant well being in India through collaborative partnership with local organizations including:

  KIIT School of Public Health, whose vision is "to strengthen India's public health systems through institutional approach and provide in-depth knowledge in various domains of public health to achieve better health outcomes for all."

  Common Health, whose goal is to "is to advocate for better access to and quality of maternal-neonatal health and safe abortion services"

  Masum for rural women in perennially drought- prone areas of Pune and Ahmednagar districts of Maharashtra state, whose activities include promoting "women's right to health and low-interest credit, confronting gender based violence, building a progressive perspective among young people and enhancing their rights in all areas of life".

  SNEHA is a centre for Nutrition, Education and Health Action, whose initiatives aimed at improving maternal and newborn health, preventing violence against women and children, improving child health and nutrition, and empowering adolescents.

  CHETNA is a Centre for Health, Education, Training and Nutrition Awareness whose mission is " to empower children, young people and women, especially from marginalised social groups, so that they become capable of gaining control over their own, their families' and communities' nutrition, health and wellbeing."

  Cehat is a research centre whose mission is to "undertake socially relevant research and advocacy projects on various socio-political aspects of health".