Informed decisions for actions in maternal and newborn health



Manthan aimed to improve the health of the mothers and newborns in the state of Uttar Pradesh, Northern India. The project provided technical assistance to the Department of Family Welfare, Government of Uttar Pradesh, to implement evidence-based maternal and newborn health interventions during antenatal, delivery and the immediate postpartum (post-delivery) period, and the first 28 days of life.

The project was led by IntraHealth International Inc. and funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The project ran from 2011 - 2013.

Notable among the key activities and innovations that Manthan supported are:

  • mSakhi: An interactive mobile phone-based multimedia (sound and pictures) application used by Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) as an interpersonal counselling (IPC) tool to support their interaction with women and communities.
  • Skilled Birth Attendance capsular training: Improve skilled attendance at birth by introducing a capsular training package focused on key life saving skills.
  • Support Mother Child Tracking System: Strengthen use of data for local level decision making by supporting Mother Child Tracking Systems in selected blocks (areas in Uttar Pradesh).
  • Emergency Transportation System: Demonstrate and document the operational details of implementing a transport system through private sector participation. The purpose is to increase institutional delivery, postpartum stay and timely referral for obstetric emergencies.
  • Strengthen formal private sector accreditation: Increase institutional delivery in the private sector by supporting the Government of Uttar Pradesh in developing mechanisms to improve accreditation processes.

Manthan website