A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between National Health Mission-Assam and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for the implementation of technical assistance for Tea Garden Intervention to NHM, technical support for Health and Wellness Centres (HWC) to NHM and health systems strengthening and public financial management assistance to NHM in the area of Public Financial Management (PFM).
According to NHM, Assam, the technical assistance for Tea Garden Intervention to NHM will pilot and intervention for improved maternal, neonatal and tuberculosis and nutrition outcomes, while the technical support for Health and Wellness Centres to NHM will pilot and scale-up HWCs in the State.
As per the MoU, the first assistance will be carried out in five upper-Assam districts having a large number of tea gardens. The districts are- Tinsukia, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar and Golaghat. The intervention is needed to address health issues like nutrition, maternal health and neonatal issues in these districts with highest numbers of tea gardens.
On the other hand, technical support for Health and Wellness Centre (HWCs) is proposed for the districts of Goalpara, Nagaon and Barpeta. As per the MoU, the scope is to assist NHM in strengthening the capacity of the HWCs, including developing suitable model “smart” HWCs in urban areas.
Meanwhile, the public financial management system will also get technical assistance under the activity to improve the state health system including the design and implementation support for financial management software by NHM Assam.
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