Mentor Nurses Programme to Decrease Child Mortality
India has the highest number of child deaths in the world, with an estimated 1.2 million deaths in 2015, that is 20% of the 5.9 million global deaths.
Decrease infant mortality by training nurses on maternal and child care.
In 2015, Ekam Foundation partnered with Directorate of Public Health and United Way Chennai to execute a Mentor Nurse Training Program. Government of Tamil Nadu has designated 200 staff nurses across the state as Mentor Nurses or Master Trainers. These nurses are being trained on Maternal and Child care by Ekam foundation. These Master Nurses are expected to in-turn train other staff nurses as part of a Queen Bee Approach. The nurses are trained and mentored by experts in the field of Obstetrics, Paediatrics and Neonatology. The concept of a mentor nurse model is an important element of effective health promotion practice as it directly and indirectly increases the range of personnel and health facilities that are able to address health problems. The idea has been appreciated widely in many developed and developing countries and has proven to be effective in improving best practices in nursing care. Apart from Technical training, Non-technical Workshops (for Change Management and Communitisation) are also conducted to bring about attitude change among the staff nurses and also promote community involvement from the grass-root level.
200 government nurses being trained by 50 doctors; which in turn will train a total of 4000 local nurses on neonatal care across Tamil Nadu. Till date 184 mentor nurses have been trained and 1390 training sessions have been completed.
SPONSORS AND PARTNERS
- NGO partner: Ekam Foundation