Guided by World Health Organisation’s QoC framework and the national RMNCH+A strategy, aimed at Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths (EPCMD), USAID Vriddhi Project focusses on strengthening evidence-based practices for ‘Care around Birth’.
The GoI’s program of Navjaat Shishu Suraksha Karyakram (NSSK) aimed to train health care workers on basic newborn care and resuscitation addressing care around birth issues of Prevention of hypothermia, Prevention of infection, early initiation of breast feeding and newborn resuscitation. The training package has been recently revised with new training methodology keeping adult learning principles in mind.
In view of the prevailing pandemic situation, with restrictions on travel and large gatherings, training had come to a halt. Finding alternate ways of training, e-learning products and resources to support capacity building in the best way possible through this time and beyond was identified.
The requirement of NSSK training rollout in Jharkhand, was expressed by the state government and acting on the request, the USAID supported Vriddhi project partnered with Aastrika (A Nilekani Philanthropies Initiative) developed an innovative e learning module E-NSSK to use a digital platform for capacity building of healthcare workers on NSSK using the GoI module.
E NSSK is an interactive online module which uses global best practices for training; including simple learning exercises, videos, case scenarios, automated debriefing and simulations using mannequins for better and effective learning. This includes digitized NSSK flipbook. This electronic version of the module, can be used for capacity building of health workers with an android phone, desktop or laptop. Staff Nurses at remote corner of states can be trained by best faculties from Ranchi using the module. Government of Jharkhand decided to launch E NSSK module in the National Newborn Week, 2020 through digital mode. The E NSSK module was launched by MD NHM, Jharkhand Mr Shri Ravi Shankar Shukla, I.A.S in presence of Dr. Sumita Ghosh, the Additional Commissioner I/C Child Health, MoHFW, Govt. of India on 18th November, 2020 through a webinar. All the District civil surgeons, faculties from RIMS have joined this digital/web meeting. The training was also imparted to 71 numbers of staff Nurses and MOs from different districts digitally with help of Vriddhi project & faculties from Maternal and Neonatal Health Resource Centre at Ranchi. The training module can be accessed: https://learning.aastar.org/page/home