The TSU's Genesis

To support the GoUP to achieve its reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health and nutrition goals with greater efficiency, effectiveness, and equity, in November 2013 the foundation established the Uttar Pradesh Technical Support Unit (TSU) in partnerships with the University of Manitoba, India Health Action Trust and other partners.

How and where the TSU operates

The TSU provides technical and managerial support to government staff at various levels of the health system. During its first threeyear phase, most of the TSU’s direct support focussed on 100 blocks across Uttar Pradesh. Containing a collective population of 31 million, these blocks were selected in collaboration with the GoUP. All 100 blocks are situated within the state’s 25 high priority districts (HPDs).1 By improving maternal and child health and nutrition in 100 blocks within the districts with the poorest scores, the overall state indicators will improve. In addition to working in the HPDs, the TSU supports the GoUP at the state level in policy formulation, planning, budgeting, human resource management, monitoring, contracting, procurement, and logistics to improve healthcare throughout the state.

The TSU’s interventions

The TSU supports the GoUP through five closely coordinated interventions:

  • Maternal and Newborn Health intervention to improve health services for pregnant women, mothers, and newborns for their first 42 days;
  • Child Health intervention to improve health services at hospitals for children under five and the management of pneumonia and diarrhoea among children under five by front line workers;
  • Family Planning intervention to improve the availability of and demand for contraception;
  • Nutrition intervention to improve maternal and child nutrition; and
  • Systems Strengthening intervention that supports the GoUP.

Goal & Objectives

In 2017 the TSU entered its second three-year phase, in which its goal is to accelerate the state’s progress toward SDG3. Its objectives are:

  • reduced maternal and neonatal mortality in the 100 focus blocks, and improved and sustained coverage of critical maternal, newborn, and child health interventions in the 194 additional blocks of the HPDs
  • improved care for children under five in public facilities in the HPDs
  • improved management of pneumonia and diarrhoea among children under five by front line health workers in the HPDs
  • reduced morbidity and mortality due to childhood malnutrition among children under five in the HPDs
  • improved availability and accessibility of family planning services—including counselling and educating women on all contraceptive services—in public health facilities in the HPDs, resulting in improved choice and enhanced uptake of modern contraceptive methods in the state
  • improved quality of contraceptive services, resulting in decreased complication and discontinuation rates and improved client satisfaction in the state.
  • improved health systems for human resources, supply chain, use of data, performance management, PPP/contracting, private sector engagement, payments/financing, and IEC/BC

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