Workshops on maternal mortality in conjunction with the government of Kerala, India.
In the summer of 2012, NICE International, under the auspices of the Government of Kerala, and with additional funding support from the Joint Learning Network, the UK's Department for International Development and the Wellcome Trust, organised, in collaboration with the Kerala Federation of Obstetricians and Gyanecologists, two workshops aimed at reducing maternal death rates in the State of Kerala. Under the leadership of the Principal Secretary of the State and senior clinicians, and drawing on Kerala's Maternal Death Audit, State and Government Surveys, as well as the State's Clinical Guidelines on post-partum care, and the WHO, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and NICE guidelines, we have collaboratively produced the first Quality Statement on active management of third stage of labour. The Statement is accompanied by measurable indicators and will be finalised and taken forward (in terms of ensuring measurement, regular reporting and impact measurement) by a multidisciplinary team of Kerala experts, including the Principal Secretary, the Director of the State's Rural Health Mission, the Directors of Health Services and of Education, as well as leading clinicians, nurses and administrators. Whilst Kerala has the lowest maternal mortality across India and has achieved the relevant MDGs, there is commitment by the professional community and by government to make further improvements.
NICE International, with support from NHS consultants and UK academics, as well as partners such as ACCESS, is hoping to work alongside the Government of Kerala over the next 3 years, with a view to taking this process of building implementable and measurable quality standards, to other, poorer Indian States, in collaboration with the Kerala multidisciplinary group and with support from DFID India.
This page was last updated: 09 August 2012