LaQshya Program to Improve Quality of Maternity Care (Download PDF)

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The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launched LaQshya program for improving quality of maternity care in labour room and maternity Operation Theatre (OT). It is being implemented to ‘fast-track’ interventions for achieving tangible results.

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Key Facts

  • The program aims to improve quality of care for pregnant women in labour room, maternity Operation Theatre and Obstetrics Intensive Care Units (ICUs) and High Dependency Units (HDUs).

  • It is implemented at all Medical College Hospitals, District Hospitals and First Referral Unit (FRU) and Community Health Center (CHCs)

    • Under it, multi-pronged strategy has been adopted such as

    • improving infrastructure up-gradation

    • ensuring availability of essential equipment

    • providing adequate human resources

    • capacity building of health care workers

    • improving quality processes in labour room.

Significance

  • It will benefit every pregnant woman and new-born delivering in public health institutions.

  • It will reduce maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality

  • It will improve quality of care during delivery and immediate post-partum period and enhance satisfaction of beneficiaries.

  • It will provide Respectful Maternity Care (RMC) to all pregnant women attending public health facilities

NQAS Certification

  • The NQAS (National Quality Assurance Standards) will monitor quality improvement in labour room and maternity OT.

  • Every facility achieving 70 % score on NQAS will be certified as LaQshya certified facility.

  • Facilities scoring more than 90%, 80 % and 70 % will be given Platinum, Gold and Silver badge accordingly.

  • Facilities achieving NQAS certification, defined quality indicators and 80 % satisfied beneficiaries will be provided financial incentives.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

  • The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is an Indian Government Ministry charged with health policy in India.

  • It is responsible for all government programs relating to family planning in India.

  • The ministry is composed of two departments:

    • Departments of Health and Family Welfare

    • Department of Health Research.

  • The Department of Health deals with health care, including awareness campaigns, immunisation campaigns, preventive medicine and public health.

  • The Department of Family Welfare (FW) is responsible for aspects relating to family welfare, especially in reproductive health, maternal health, paediatrics, information, education and communications; cooperation with NGOs and international aid groups; and rural health services.

- Published/Last Modified on: June 27, 2018

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