Newborn Survival – BTSP
Caring for the tiniest

Newborn Survival – BTSP

Newborn Survival – BTSP

About 7.5 lakh newborn babies die every year in India, the highest for any country in the world. The first 28 days in the lives of newborn babies, also known as the neonatal period, are the most precarious days, carrying the highest risk of death. Yet, their health did not receive the commensurate attention, till a decade ago. As a result, the neonatal mortality rate (NMR) across the world, including India, has witnessed a slow decline. In India, though Bihar has witnessed a steady decline in NMR in recent years, it accounts for the second highest number of neonatal deaths in India.

  Our Approach

A problem of such a large scale required a holistic programme covering enhancements in technical know-how regarding neonatal care, community sensitisation and strengthen the effectiveness of the government’s ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services) and health sector programmes.

Some of the key priorities emphasised through our programme plan included using innovative and replicable ways of improving frontline worker performance, following sharply defined intervention priorities, encouraging the use of better tools and job aids, capacity and skill building, and improving last mile supervision.

Our Work

Our interventions were initially implemented in eight districts (reaching approximately 28 million people). In 2014, the outcomes of programme implementation over 3 years showed promising results, hence it was up-scaled to all 38 districts of Bihar.

In addition to providing direct technical assistance at frontline operational levels, in order to ensure sustainable change, our programme implementation is based on: Improving public health leadership and managerial skills; sharpening focus on outcomes and gaining ability to use data and be driven by evidence and strengthened internal accountability; and strengthening core systems within the programme to provide an enabling environment for effective implementation of Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health and Nutrition (RMNCHN) interventions.

Our Innovations

Newborn Survival – BTSP

  • 01
    11%

    decline in the incidence of stillbirths, in May 2019

  • 02
    5%

    in mothers ensuring timely breastfeeding of newborns

  • 03
    10%

    increase in mothers practicing exclusive breastfeeding of newborns

  • 04
    25%

    increase in very low birth weight babies receiving Kangaroo Mother Care at home