Greetings to the LaQshya-Manyata community!

This newsletter aims to share important updates of the program.
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Dear All,
I hope this finds you and your family safe and healthy. We have now been living with COVID-19, and the nationwide lockdown, for almost two months. Overnight, we had to learn to adapt to our new circumstances in ways we never thought possible. Every industry, every sector, has witnessed some degree of innovation to help them stay afloat during these times of crisis. 
As doctors and healthcare professionals, our work has further intensified in the midst of this pandemic.
While many of our peers battle the virus on the frontlines, we are all navigating through this crisis to continue providing care to mothers and newborns. What is also critical, now more than ever, is our effort to ensure that women receive maternal care that adheres to the highest standards of safety and quality.
In that context, the LaQshya-Manyata program has stepped up its efforts in the last few months to reach as many maternity care providers as possible to be a part of the program. While you’ll be able to read all about the program’s progress in the next few sections, I want to highlight two major program innovations necessitated by the lockdown.
One, in order to expand outreach efforts, we have been conducting free webinars with individual OBGYN societies in Maharashtra, who are not yet part of the program, via the Zoom platform. In these sessions, we demonstrate one LaQshya-Manyata standard to give them an understanding of virtual trainings, as well as orient them about the many benefits of the program.
Two, in order to ensure continuity of the program, virtual assessments are being conducted for facilities that have completed the Quality Improvement trainings. With appropriate tweaks in the assessment format, the pilot sessions have been extremely successful.

It is now more crucial than ever to invest in capacity-building of healthcare workers and build teams that are well-equipped to follow evidence-based clinical protocols and facility standards – ensuring all women have access to safe, respectful and quality maternal care. LaQshya-Manyata, with its rapid progress across the state, is primed to lead the way in Maharashtra

Dr. Sanjay Gupte
LaQshya-Manyata Advisor 
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Quality Improvement (QI) Sessions
LaQshya-Manyata skilled experts are organizing extensive virtual trainings by leveraging Manyata ECHO platform in all the states. Apart from the regular module trainings, the team is also using the platform to conduct Mentoring Support Visits (MSVs) for facilities undergoing quality improvement trainings.
Special COVID-19 Sessions for LaQshya-Manyata Providers  
In May, NPMU conducted complementary technical sessions for members of Yavatmal OBGYN society along with Dr. Nandita Palshetkar, AMOGS President and Dr. Sanjay Gupte, LaQshya-Manyata Advisor.
Taking LaQshya-Manyata to Newer Territories 
Dr. Nandita Palshetkar, Association of Maharashtra Obstetric & Gynaecological Societies (AMOGS) President, has been actively holding meetings with zonal heads of Maharashtra OBGYN Societies. One of the key agendas of these meetings has been to sensitize local providers on the benefits of the program and encourage them to become a part of the quality care movement in Maharashtra. 
Voices from the Manyata and LaQshya-Manyata Community interacted with Global Maternal Health Experts
MSD for Mothers’ global team of experts connected with Manyata and LaQshya-Manyata providers and their facility nurses in May. Through the interactions, the experts tried to understand the current challenges faced by the providers in serving pregnant women during COVID-19. They also interacted with nurses from certified-facilities to understand their experience and the impact of trainings in their day-to-day work.
COVID-19 Experience Sharing Session from Maharashtra to Jharkhand

FOGSI-NPMU, in association with Manyata champions from Jharkhand, organized a special experience-sharing session on 26 July for the Jharkhand doctors, nurses and staff members. The objective of the session was to share experiences and practical advice from the ground on COVID-19 management and maternal care by experts who have been on the frontlines of the pandemic since the outbreak in Maharashtra and have considerable insight into managing it. Around 35 participants joined in for the hour long session which was held on the Manyata-ECHO platform.
The session was hosted by Dr Samita Bhardwaj, Program Manager, FOGSI-NPMU and Dr Nivedita Datta, Manyata Champion from Jharkhand, while Dr Jyoti Bobe, LaQshya-Manyata Champion from Maharashtra shared her experiences and practical advice from the ground on COVID-19 management and maternal care.
Voices of Manyata providers from India in a study published in BMJ Health Journal 
A global, cross-sectional study of maternal and newborn health professionals was conducted on respondents’ background, preparedness for and response to COVID-19 and their experience during the pandemic. Around 714 professionals took part in the online survey which also included Manyata providers from India. The study was conducted by WHO in collaboration with The Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium – ITM.
You can read the research paper here
WHO Global Situation Report
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WHO India Situation Report
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Dr. Nandita Palshetkar talks about the benefits of becoming a part of Laqshya-Manyata certification initiative.

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