Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Winner of Family Planning Champion 2017

Garima Mathias - 2017 Winner
Position: Project Manager
Organization: Ipas Development Foundation
Current Location: New Delhi
MBA in Health Management from Indian Institute of Health Management Research
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Attended Management Development Programme on:
Managing Gender Issues In Health Care at IIHMR Jaipur
Data Analysis and Interpretations for Monitoring at IIM Ahmedabad.

Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.
Starting with my first job as a NRHM District Program Manager in Gujarat, my decade long work has focused mainly on family planning. It provided me an opportunity to learn, implement & monitor various RCH programs. Regular engagement with various cadres of health care providers helped me gain deep insight about the public health sector. Presently, I am working on a comprehensive contraceptive project serving vulnerable rural women in over 450 public health facilities. In this project, I developed mechanism for post training support to help HSPs provide consistent services to the rural women coming to public facilities. I was also a part of the national level team that conceptualized and implemented an IUCD service reporting and monitoring software which has been approved by NHM, GoI.

What sparked your passion for family planning?
While pursuing my PG in health management I realized that FP services, if provided timely & accepted willingly, can significantly reduce maternal & child mortality & morbidity. As a DPM in Gujarat my regular interaction with service providers, CHWs & rural women helped me understand their expectation from health system. The realization that there is a huge unmet need for family planning services and information related to the same spurred me in channelizing my efforts towards providing quality FP services.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:
I took lead to strengthen team’s capacity for implementing the onsite contraception training, a relatively new concept in public sector. The aim is to make services accessible to the rural women and men by training providers at their sites so that there is minimal disruption of regular services.
I was a member of the design team for conceptualizing a client follow-up mechanism for following-up IUCD clients. Formats developed for this have been adopted by MP Health department for use by ANMs.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :
I shall use the forum and the grant to develop innovative strategies and tools for engaging the young people in selected rural areas. Focus will be on creating SRHR awareness among youth using a combination of conventional and technology based tools in local language that are easy to understand and use. The aim would be to develop them as community leaders and educators.

Friday, 1 September 2017

PMA 2020 WASH, Family Planning and Menstrual Hygiene Key Indicators and Finding for Rajasthan

PMA2020 uses innovative mobile technology to support low-cost, rapid-turnaround surveys to monitor key indicators for family planning and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). The project is implemented by local university and research organizations in 11 countries, deploying a cadre of female resident enumerators trained in mobile-assisted data collection. PMA2020/India is implemented by the Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR) in Jaipur, with endorsement and technical support provided by the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS) and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW). Overall direction and support is provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health and the Johns Hopkins University Water Institute and at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

PMA 2020 Brief findings of Key indicators of WASH 

PMA2020  key indicators for family planning.

Globally, many women and girls face challenges when managing their menstruation. Failure to address the menstrual hygiene needs of women and girls can have far-reaching consequences for basic hygiene, sanitation and reproductive health, ultimately affecting progress towards the SDG goal of gender equality.
Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) refers to the practice of using clean materials to absorb menstrual blood that can be changed privately, safely, hygienically, and as often as needed for the duration of the menstrual cycle. PMA2020 is the first survey platform to provide data on MHM indicators on a large scale. The data presented here are from a statewide survey in Rajasthan of 5,084 females aged 15 to 49, conducted by PMA2020 India.

PMA 2020 Menstrual Hygiene Management
 The PMA2017/Rajasthan Round 2 survey used a two-stage cluster design. A sample of 147 enumeration areas (EAs) was drawn by the International Institute for Population Sciences from a master sampling frame. In each EA households and private health facilities were listed and mapped, with 35 households randomly selected. Households were surveyed and occupants enumerated. All eligible females age 15 to 49 were contacted and consented for interviews. The final completed sample included 4,994 households (98.3% response rate), 6,041 females (98.3% response rate) and 602 health facilities (96.8% response rate). Private service delivery points (SDPs) in contiguous geographic areas to the EA were included in Round 2 to increase the sample size of private SDPs. Weights were generated to account for oversampling. All estimates are weighted. Data collection was conducted between February and April 2017.


Human Resource for Health (HRH) is the core of Health Systems. Without health workers, there is no health care. Global efforts to achieve the health targets of the Millennium Development Goals were thwarted in many countries primarily because of scarcity, inequitable distribution, gaps in capacity, performance and motivation of health staff. The ambitious targets of Sustainable Development Goals will only be realizable if the weak link of human resource for health is strengthened holistically in a planned manner, not only quantitatively but also qualitatively.

Evidence abounds that investments in health workforce yields one of the best returns on investment not only in financial terms but also in terms of lives saved, quality of life and health. In a broader perspective, the returns permeate synergies with education, creating career opportunities, facilitating decent employment in the formal sector, and fueling economic growth.

Management Development Programme

 The Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA), a multi-sectoral partnership hosted by WHO, is incessantly working since early 2014 to collate, debate, analyze and synthesize evidence through a wide range of organizations, institutions and individuals contributing to the collation, in support of global strategy of HRH.

When policy makers and planners are conceptualizing the strategy, the time is most opportune for the HR Managers at strategic levels to get together and ponder upon the new advances on the subject and strengthen the conceptual understanding of emergent issues in Human Resource for Health.
IIHMR University, dedicated to improvement in standards of health through better management of healthcare and related programmes, is pleased to offer a comprehensive programme on Emerging Issues in Human Resource for Health that will not only attempt to expose the participants to healthcare workforce management issues, but also help them consolidate competencies and skills to manage their roles effectively and efficiently after issues.

At the end of the programme the participants will be able to:
1. Envision the emergent new roles and functions of managers specially in the context of Healthcare
2. Identify their management and leadership styles in the dynamic Health scape
3. Use data based HR insights for decision making
4. Deploy basic statistical tools for inferring HR data
5. Demonstrate competencies of a good Human Resource Manager

The programme will deliver the objectives through following proposed contents:
• Expectations of Management from HR as Strategic Business Partners
• Technical/ Functional Competencies for HR
• Managerial Competencies for HR
• Human Competencies for HR
• Data driven decision making /data driven competitive advantages in HR
• HR Analytics: Analyzing Human Resource Data
• Evidence based Decision Making in HR
• New Strides in Human Resource Management: Lessons for Healthcare

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This programme is especially designed for senior and corporate grade HR Managers who are either partners in strategic vision or are in the fast track of becoming one.

Dr Tanjul Saxena, Associate Professor (HRM), IIHMR University
Dr Seema Mehta, Associate Professor (Management), IIHMR University

Dr S D Gupta, Chairman, IIHMR University
Dr P R Sodani, Professor & Dean Training, IIHMR University
Dr Tanjul Saxena, Associate Professor, IIHMR University
Dr Seema Mehta, Associate Professor, IIHMR University

The programme will be of 5 days duration. It will start at 10:00 am on Monday, October 30th, 2017 and conclude at 5:00 pm on Friday, November 3, 2017. The programme is scheduled to be held at IIHMR University, Jaipur, India.

A certificate of participation on completion of the programme will be issued by IIHMR University, Jaipur.

• Indian National: INR 35,000 per Participant Plus Service Tax
• Foreign National: USD 780 per participants plus Service Tax

The fees cover tuition fee, training material, stay in air-conditioning room (twin-sharing basis), breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea/coffee during the program and pick-up and drop from Jaipur airport/railway station/bus stand. Welcome dinner and short trip to historical and cultural importance places in Jaipur would be offered by the university in honor of the participants. Participants would be encouraged to use library facilities. Round the clock internet facility (wi-Fi) is available for the participants.

Early Bird Discount: Nomination received with payments before 4-weeks will be entitled to an early bird discount of 10%.

Group Discount: Any Organization sponsoring four or more participants to the programme will be entitled to a discount of 20% on total fee payable provided that at least four participants attend the programme.

Maximum Discount: Organization can avail of both the discounts subject to a maximum discount of 20%. The programme fee could be deposited online or through DD in favor of “IIHMR University”, payable at Jaipur.

The filled registration from along with the Demand Draft/Online Payment in favour of IIHMR University payable at Jaipur should reach to the Programme Officer (Training) latest by 15 October 2017.

Program Officer
The IIHMR University
1, PrabhuDayal Marg, Sanganer Airport, Jaipur - 302 029, INDIA
Phone: 0141-3924700 (30 Lines), Fax: 0141-3924738

The IIHMR Advantage
IIHMR is dedicated to improving health standards across India through better management of healthcare and related programs. We aim to achieve this by providing management education, training,research and consultation, and driving institutional work from a national and global perspective. We have been designated as WHO Collaborating Centre for District Health System based on Primary Health Care. We have also been identified by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, India as an “Institute of Excellence” for training and capacity building.

Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, was founded by and named after King Sawai Jai singh II in 1727. It is the first planned city of India. It is located in the North-western part of India. Jaipur is one of the most beautiful cities in India and a major tourist attraction. It is also called the Pink city of India, as most of the buildings walls; historical and others, are built with pink stones. Jaipur is very popular for its Forts, Palaces, parks and museums. All the historical structures depict the taste of Rajput style of architecture. Jaipur is also a shopper's paradise. It is also home for many local artists. Visiting Jaipur is a mesmerizing experience for every visitor. Temperature in Jaipur in the month of November is around 33°C, 91°F (daily high) and 23°C, 73°F (daily low)