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Developing quality standards for post-partum haemorrhage to reduce maternal mortality in Kerala

Photo credit: NICE International
Following a scoping workshop in July 2012, and under the auspices of the Government of Kerala, NICE International (UK), part of the Quality Track of the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage, held a two-day workshop in Kerala, India in partnership with the Kerala Federation of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and with funding support from the UK’s Department of International Development (DFID), and the Wellcome Trust. The meeting was held on August 1-2, 2012 to develop a quality standard for improving maternal care and help reduce maternal mortality due to post-partum haemorrhage (PPH) in the state of Kerala.

Ghana’s National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) completes a study tour to RSBY and Aarogyasri

With support from the Joint Learning Fund (JLF), a seven-member delegation from Ghana’s National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) recently completed a study tour to two of India’s health insurance schemes – Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) in Delhi and Aarogyasri in Hyderabad – to gain a better understanding of the structure and operations of India’s call centers. The NHIA has been directed to establish a call center to ensure a good fit and integration of information technology (ICT) with claims administration and to provide customer service for subscribers.

Joint Learning Fund Update

Several countries have made use of the Joint Learning Fund (JLF) over the past few months. Specifically, the JLF has supported workshops on provider payment in Kerala and Malaysia focused on the topic of costing, as well as a study visit from the Malaysian delegation to Taiwan. Proposals are underway from colleagues in Ghana to do a study tour to India to learn about their call centers and claims management processes, as well as from colleagues in Indonesia to study the coordination of local government units in the Philippines. The JLF managers at ACCESS Health are continuing to work with JLN members to respond to applications and find additional ways the JLF can support your needs.

Maharashtra launches health insurance scheme for poor

New scheme expected to provide health insurance to 20 million poor people

On Friday, August 26, 2011, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, issued orders to begin implementation of the Rajiv Gandhi Lifesaving Health Scheme (RGLHS). The RGLHS provides health insurance to 20 million poor people in the Indian state of Maharashtra. All administrative measures, including issuing identity cards to the beneficiaries, are expected to be completed by April 2012.

The RGLHS will enable poor people, both below and above the poverty line, to get critical health treatment for around 972 surgical procedures identified in the scheme. The major diseases and surgical procedures covered under this scheme include cardiac, renal, brain and nervous system disorders, cancer and other health problems.

Under the RGLHS, the state government would pay health insurance premiums to insurance companies on behalf of the targeted population. A large number of public, private and charitable hospitals and nursing will also be included in the implementation.

Health System Innovation in India

"Let's Talk Development" publishes a three-part series on the challenges facing India's health system

Adam Wagstaff, Research Manager of the Human Development and Public Services team at the World Bank, examines some of the major challenges facing India's health system. The first post provides an overview of India's health system and explains how illness in India causes financial hardship. The second, focuses on two innovative programs -- one public, one private -- that have the potential to reduce financial hardship and raise quality of care. And the final post, examines innovative private sector approaches to delivering and financing health care in rural India.

  1. Health System Innovation in India Part I
  2. Health System Innovation in India Part II
  3. Health System Innovation in India Part III

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