WASHINGTON — Adequate and consistent delivery of clinical and patient-centered care are ongoing challenges in India. A number of accreditation bodies prescribe quality health care standards, but the majority of private health care facilities, where nearly half of mothers in India deliver, do not require adherence to the competency-based clinical care standards that have been identified as key to the prevention of maternal mortality. In addition, there are few options for private providers to improve quality.
To address disparities in quality across a mixed health care system, the Federation of Obstetric & Gynaecological Societies of India, or FOGSI, in partnership with international health non-profit Jhpiego and with financial support from MSD for Mothers and the McArthur Foundation, launched a quality improvement certification program for private facilities called Manyata.
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