Workshop held as part of strategy for institutional convergence for effective health service 

Shillong, Dec 3: With an aim to enhance collaboration as part of the Health Department’s strategy for institutional convergence to ensure effective health service delivery in Meghalaya, a two-day Sector Meeting workshop was held on November 30 and December 1, at Moreau Institute of Integral Training (MIIT) and Eldorado Guesthouse, Shillong.

The workshop was organized by the Department of Health & Family Welfare in collaboration with the Social Welfare Department (ICDS) and Rural-MSRLS (NRLM) of C&RD Department.

Addressing the participants at the workshop, the Principal Health Secretary, Sampath Kumar said, “We are creating a decentralised system to ensure greater participation, especially among the frontline workers including ASHAs and Anganwadis and the cutting-edge level officers including BDOs Medical Officers and CDPOs to improve various health indicators as part of implementing the State Health policy frameworks”.

The Health Secretary also added that the decentralised system is a result of the past experiences of the State. One of them being when Meghalaya recorded 93 percent recovery of Severe Acute Malnourished (SAM) and 97 percent recovery of Moderate Acute Malnourished (MAM) children (identified in September 2020).

This was the highest recovery recorded in terms of nutritional indicators in the State so far.

This case is a rare example of how collaboration between various departments, regular monitoring of target indicators, building accountability among various actors by promoting decentralised adaptive leadership and use of data for effective decision-making led to the overall strengthening of State Capacity in effectively addressing a complex challenge, like nutrition in Meghalaya.

Kumar said that following up on this, the aim is to institutionalise this collaborative effort.

The Sector meeting workshops aim at streamlining the sector meetings which will be taking place in 150 health facilities across the State henceforth at least once a month.

Currently, the review is happening at the state level and the district level on a weekly basis.

With sector meetings in place, the process will become decentralised and more people will be involved at the sector level.

The Principal Secretary Health and Family Welfare department said that grassroot as well as cutting edge functionaries from the three departments will work in a collaborative manner as part of a decentralised catalytic leadership model which has been innovated by the state.

“These efforts form part of Meghalaya’s State Health Policy framework implementation that was passed by the Cabinet in March 2021,” Kumar added.

Dr. R. Tariang, DHS (MCH&FW) added that this is the first time that such a collaborative approach towards a common issue has been taken by the state, that entails a convergence of three departments- The Health & FW Welfare, Social Welfare (ICDS) and the Rural-MSRLS (NRLM) of C&RD Department.

Dr. Tariang said that through this workshop, the field level functionaries from various departments were brought together in an attempt to not only try and understand the problem from the grassroot perspective, but also to understand their challenges and come up with solutions and guidelines to assist them in achieving the larger goal.

This will go a long way in achieving the State’s objectives towards strengthening health systems through a multidisciplinary approach.

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