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Accountability for Quality: MPCDSR to Prevent Maternal Deaths in Madhya Pradesh

Ensuring quality maternal health services with an ultimate goal of preventing maternal deaths is a top priority for the National Health Mission, Government of Madhya Pradesh. With implementation of SUMAN across the state reporting of maternal deaths has increased by 20% thus enabling decision makers in taking timely and data driven decisions to improve quality of concerned programs.

Madhya Pradesh continues efforts to strengthen quality of maternal health services with implementation of evidence-based initiatives and the recent rollout of Maternal, Perinatal and Child Death Surveillance and Response (MPCDSR) software is one amongst several. The primary goal of MPCDSR, introduced by Government of India on 17th September 2021 and implemented in the state from 1st Jan 2022, is to reduce future preventable maternal mortality by making data analytics available to program managers and administrators. Currently, under a structured model, maternal death reviews are conducted periodically at district, division and state levels under chairmanship of CMHOs/District Collectors, Regional Directors and Additional Chief Secretary/Health Commissioner/Mission Director, respectively.

To strengthen community and facility level review processes and reporting of maternal deaths, faculty members from medical colleges are engaged as trainers for rollout out MPCDSR software. An orientation-cum-training of 50 faculties from departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Community Medicine of 13 medical colleges along with FOGSI members was organized at Academy of Administration, Bhopal on 16th September 2022. Additionally, members of the State MMR and IMR Reduction Task Force also participated in the orientation-cum-training. Trained FOGSI members and medical college faculties will further facilitate divisional Training of Trainers (ToTs) and will also be engaged in district level reviews.

The Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) provided technical support in review of MPCDSR operationalization, trainings as well as ongoing data analysis and case reviews.