Evidence of Success

We are nearing completion of the midterm evaluation for the CRWRC Child Survival Project (also known as the Parivartan Project, which means “transformation” in Hindi). Our train leaves Sahibganj station this evening for Kolkata from where we will fly to Delhi. Yesterday, thirty project field staff from throughout the District gathered to discuss evaluation recommendations and gave their blessing. Today we present evaluation findings to sixteen officials from government and several non-government organizations that have worked with the project. In Delhi, the evaluation findings will be presented to members of the USAID Mission and to EFICOR, the implementing organization for the project.

Findings from the data collected for the midterm evaluation clearly demonstrate that the Parivartan Project is making a difference in the health of mothers and children in the Sahibganj district of Jharkhand. Twenty-one of 23 indicators related to maternal and child health improved. The greatest improvements were related to maternal and newborn care. Fifty-four percent of mothers reported having three or more prenatal visits (23% at baseline), 80% received two doses of tetanus toxoid (69%), 37% of births were attended by a skilled birth attendant (27%), 85% of newborns were dried and wrapped in a warm blanket immediately after birth (69%), and 72% of mothers were able to report at least three newborn danger signs (4%). Other notable findings related to nutrition, immunizations, malaria, diarrhea, and acute respiratory infections. The use of zinc, which has proven to be effective in treatment of diarrhea in children, is an area in which more work is needed.

The improvements seen in maternal and child health as a result of this project could not be possible without the exemplary work of the Parivartan staff in working with the government officials at national, state, and block levels, and with government health workers at village levels. In collaboration with the government, the project is strengthening the District-wide health system and improving the quality of health care delivery at the local level. Project field staff train and encourage community health workers and village health committees within the framework of the local health care system.

The dedication and zeal of the Parivartan project staff is inspiring and humbling.

Grace Kreulen

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