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ACCESS Health International and Aarogyasri Health Care Trust Partner to Save Newborn Lives

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Hyderabad, INDIA – September 4, 2014 – ACCESS Health International and the Aarogyasri Health Care Trust last week launched the Safe Care, Saving Lives project in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Safe Care, Saving Lives is a quality improvement project designed to reduce neonatal and perinatal morbidity and mortality. Senior administrators and neonatal and obstetric care providers from over eighty hospitals from across the two states attended the meeting. Attendees also included top government officials and representatives from UNICEF, the University Research Company, the National Accrediation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers, the National Neonatology Forum, and national and local leaders in neonatal care.

Safe Care, Saving Lives will increase newborn survival rates by improving the quality of newborn care provided in healthcare facilities. In Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the project will work with twenty five hospitals in the Aarogyasri network of public and private facilities. For the first eighteen months of the project, technical experts will work with these hospitals to identify key areas for improvement. The technical experts will also mentor teams from these hospitals. The experts will guide the hospital teams as they implement changes to how they provide newborn care.

Over one million families in India have lost their babies within the first four weeks of life. One out of every four newborns who die in the world is Indian. The geographic region of the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in southern India has among the highest neonatal mortality rates in the country. For every thousand babies born in this region, as many as forty one die within the first year of life.

Safe Care, Saving Lives is the first project of its kind in India. The project also works with facilities in the state of Kerala. Safe Care, Saving Lives will be owned, led, guided, and executed by teams from the participating hospitals. Through the four years of this project, hospital teams will use the proven methods of collaborative learning. They will develop locally specific strategies to decrease neonatal and perinatal morbidity and mortality. The project will ensure that these improvements are sustainable by strengthening local capacity to perform ongoing quality improvement exercises. The Safe Care, Saving Lives initiative will provide benchmarks to guide similar quality improvement exercises across different care processes throughout the country.

Safe Care, Saving Lives in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana is funded by the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation.

About ACCESS Health International

ACCESS Health International, Inc. is a not for profit think tank and advisory group with a mission to improve access to high quality, affordable healthcare for people everywhere. ACCESS Health partners across sectors in low, middle, and high income countries to drive scalable innovation in healthcare delivery, financing, and technology. For more information about ACCESS Health International, go to www.accessh.org.

About the Aarogyasri Health Care Trust

The Aarogyasri Health Care Trust manages the Rajiv Aarogyasri Scheme. In 2007, the government of Andhra Pradesh developed the Rajiv Aarogyasri Scheme to improve access to specialty healthcare for families living below the poverty line. Since its launch, the Aarogyasri program has rapidly expanded to cover more than eighty percent of the population of Andhra Pradesh. Today, the program provides coverage for specialty medical care to over seventy million people. Established earlier this month, Telangana is a new Indian state composed of ten districts that were previously a part of Andhra Pradesh.

For more information contact:
Susan Wile Schwarz
Director of Communications
susan@accessh.org
+1 917 447 1254

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