|Dr. Titus taking a class for the Child Fund India staff|
Last week, we were roped into one more partnership with another Non-governmental organisation working in the theme of Child Health in our region. Child Fund, formerly Christian Child Fund has been working along with few local NGOs in the region for quite a long time. It was quite a surprise when we had a visit from Mr. Ashok Panda, Area Manager of Child Fund India to help their partner organisations with training in the areas of Reproductive and Child Health.
The Emmanuel Hospital Association has accepted the principle of working in partnerships with other like-minded organisations in the regions we serve. And NJH has long been following this principle.
In addition to other NGOs in the region, our major partnership with the public healthcare network of the government.
NJH is one of the first Tuberculosis Units under the PPP (public private partnership) program of the Revised National Tuberculosis Program of the Government of India. In addition, we continue to be part of the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (Health Insurance Scheme of the government). Earlier, we were part of the Mukhya Mantri Janani Suraksha Yojana. However, it was withdrawn from our side as according to the rules, we had to have specialists in Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Pediatrics.
Couple of months back, we were roped in by UNICEF Jharkhand to facilitate the monitoring of Skilled Birth Attendants and Labour Rooms of Public Care facilities in the districts of Palamu and Latehar.
Then, we are in partnership with the Health and Development wing of the Catholic Church, both at the state level and the local diocesan level. This partnership has been quite encouraging. We are involved in trainings, specialist consultations, health camps etc. along with them.
There are couple of mission agencies, the Calvary Gospel Mission and Gospel Echoing Missionary Society along with whom we work in tandem. Recently, we held 2 medical camps along with CGM. We are yet to look at the outputs. I'm sure there will be outcomes too in the long run. There were about 700 patients who came to these camps.
The consultation for Child Fund India is quite a major step towards extending our influence to a wider population. The challenge is to find more like minded colleagues who would be willing to share the burden and hold hands along . . .