New Year Greetings!
As we embark on a new year, we look forward to exciting opportunities to accelerate the growth of our program. In this newsletter, we are sharing the key activities and events from January. This month was filled with engaging activities, setting the tone for the coming year!

Our expert this month is Dr Alpesh Gandhi, President, FOGSI, for the year 2020, reflecting on the core principle of Manyata program- “The need for standardization of quality maternal care.”

We also have various announcements and updates from the program for you.
Hope you enjoy reading it!
Quality care standardization as the key to improving maternal health outcomes in India
At FOGSI, a new year heralds the possibility of dedicating ourselves to novel ways of improving maternal and child health in India. In 2020, one focus area for FOGSI is elevating the often neglected, but crucial cause of organ donation.
Our other important endeavor will be to encourage all our member societies to adopt one Primary Health Centre (PHC) in order to facilitate safe, respectful and quality antenatal, postnatal and contraception care for mothers. This initiative is a part of our larger goal at FOGSI to address one of the most critical gaps in India’s maternal health system: quality of care.

This gap contributes to India’s high maternal mortality rate – one of the highest in the world. Even within India, there is wide disparity in MMR indicators between different states. This disparity is due to various reasons – lack of identification of high-risk pregnancies due to low antenatal registrations, a smaller number of antenatal visits than required number once antenatal registration is done, resource-crunch at primary health centers, inadequate skilling and the inability to handle complications during childbirth, and so on.

Clearly, India’s maternal health imperative is to aim for a single comprehensive goal -- improved access to standardized quality maternity services. Quality standards and clinical pathways need to be developed, tested and continuously improved, across service providers, both urban and rural, public and private sector, primary to tertiary.
FOGSI’s Manyata program aims to do just that – improve maternal health outcomes through quality standardization across private maternity providers. By equipping nurses and healthcare staff to deliver quality care by training them on uniform clinical and facility standards, Manyata ensures that certified facilities are able to deliver safe and respectful care to every mother who seeks their care. We usher in 2020 with the hope that the Manyata family grows even bigger this year, and widens its reach and impact to many more nurses, doctors, and mothers.
Dr Alpesh Gandhi
President, FOGSI
LaQshya-Manyata CME was organized by Palghar and Chalisgaon OBGYN societies on 16 & 17 January respectively. The sessions drew a lot of interest from doctors to understand the new guidelines under LaQshya-Manyata initiative endorsed by FOGSI and Government of Maharashtra.
Orientation sessions on LaQshya-Manyata
  • An orientation session was conducted by Govt. of Maharashtra’s LaQshya Cell on 4 January to apprise district civil surgeons on the 26 standards and how assessments are carried out under the program. The online session was also attended by President and Secretaries of local OBGYN societies of Maharashtra.
  • On 9 January, a joint meeting was organised under the chairmanship of Civil Surgeon of Nanded, President and Secretary of Nanded OBGYN society. Around 42 members from the Nanded OBGYN society attended the session to understand the program better.
  • Government of Maharashtra & FOGSI conducted a join meeting in Pune on 22 January to orient assessors under LaQshya-Manyata initiative. The session focused on sensitizing assessors on clinical & facility standards. Around 130 assessors from Public health department and 20 assessors from FOGSI attended the session.
Staff trainings under LaQshya-Manyata have begun in full swing. Around 90 participants received hands-on training on the 26 Clinical and Facility Standards. Trainings took place in Bhandara in two consecutive batches over two weeks in January. Similar training was organized in Patki Hospital in Kolhapur in last week of January.
LaQshya-Manyata media briefing by FOGSI | 22 January
FOGSI officially announced its partnership with Public Health Department, Government of Maharashtra, to improve quality of care in private maternity services in Maharashtra through LaQshya-Manyata. The press meeting was hosted by FOGSI leadership, Manyata core team and MSD for Mothers.
Manyata at World Economic Forum
Private Sector Constituency Meeting l 29
Our team got an opportunity to present Manyata at the World Economic Forum private sector constituency meeting at Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC) 2020, Bangkok. From our partner network, Ms. Pompy Sridhar, India Director, MSD for Mothers spoke on the importance of public private sector collaboration in advancing Universal Health Coverage to ensure quality care for all women. She stressed on the ways the program is contributing to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG-3) by ensuring women receive quality and respectful care.
Manyata at AICOG Lucknow | 29 January
Manyata was extensively showcased at the sixty-third All India Congress of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (AICOG), 2020 in Lucknow. At the event, FOGSI leaders, Government of Maharashtra team and champions were felicitated with ‘LaQshya-Manyata Anchor’ and 'Excellence in Leadership' awards on 29 January for their instrumental role in driving LaQshya-Manyata initiative. This was followed by our cake cutting tradition with our outgoing and incoming FOGSI Presidents. An interactive panel session was also organized on 1 Feb. In the session, panelists shared their experiences about the program and discussed what makes its relevance unique in Uttar Pradesh.
Manyata made headlines!
Our program’s progress was covered in regional, national and online media in Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. The media stories covered multiple issues, from the importance of skill drills in transforming nurses’ capacity, to announcing the partnership with Public Health Department, Government of Maharashtra, through LaQshya-Manyata. Our State champions also interacted with media personnel, highlighting the need and benefits of the program.
Times of India l C-sections vs natural deliveries: IRDAI wants hospitals make more information public 
Summary: The IRDAI has asked insurance companies to share service statistics of hospitals performance and details of services they provide. The regulator has also asked insurers to share total number of C-sections versus natural births in a year.
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Daily Hunt l Low-dose aspirin helps new mothers cut preterm birth risk
Summary: Study, published in the journal The Lancet, involving more than 11,000 women revealed that women taking daily low-dose aspirin were 11 per cent less likely to deliver before the 37th week of pregnancy, compared to those given a placebo.
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Dr. Alpesh Gandhi, FOGSI President 2020- @DrAlpeshGandhi

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