The Government of Madhya Pradesh and Tata Trusts today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to implement interventions in the crucial areas of Healthcare and Nutrition and Mental Health and cancer care in the state. Through this collaboration, the state government will be able to achieve convergence of their programmes and improve efficiencies as well.
Tata Trusts will play a role in setting up of these initiatives along with strategic and technical advisory support. It will also work together with government in overseeing successful execution of the identified programmes.
As per the agreement, a Lead Development Partner (LDP) for RMNCHA+ Technical Experts team will be set up in the state to support goals defined in the ‘Varshik Karyyojana’ of the state health department.
Implementation of the TRI (Transforming Rural India) initiative, set up by Tata Trusts is yet another mandate to improve the quality of lives of communities through a multi-dimensional approach by bringing in various partners and stakeholders to address issues in the following program areas – maternal, neonatal and child health; family planning, maternal and child nutrition; vaccine-preventable diseases. The focus of the engagement will be through incubating community-centered processes of self-action and social accountability within the citizenship framework; developing innovative solutions and support field engagement intensively in six hard-to-reach focus blocks viz. Khaknar in Burhanpur; Ranapur in Jhabua; Shahpur in Betul; Bichhiya in Mandla; Kotma in Anuppur; Deosar in Singrauli; using the public and private sectors to improve the reach coverage and quality of essential primary health and nutrition services for children under five years and women and men of reproductive age especially pregnant women, newborns and children under 2 /5 years. Exploring provision of nutrition supplements & fortification through government schemes like ICDS will also be pursued.
Deployment of technologies would be ensured to strengthen service delivery and monitoring of relevant service guarantee at VHND, ANC, PHC and CHC level services and providing technical assistance to the Mental Health programme by facilitating training of medical officers from all 51 districts of the state and counsellors in each district on mental health issues in order to strengthen the programme on ground
Gowri Singh, Principal Secretary, Government of Madhya Pradesh said, “This partnership has a focus on high priority districts of Madhya Pradesh and the aim is to improve the health indicators in these districts in areas of cancer, mental health and nutrition. We hope that the partnership with Tata Trusts will improve the health outcomes of the state considerably.”
Burzis S Taraporevala, Secretary And Chief Accountant, SRTT & At, Tata Trusts said, "We share a common goal with the Government of Madhya Pradesh and this partnership will help us achieve our objectives towards improving the health and nutrition outcomes of the state through highly focused initiatives.”
Tata Trusts will recruit experts in the technical team of Lead Development Partner (LDP).