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A stitch in time saves nine!

Sick children in rural India are dying from delayed medical treatment. The Norway Indian Partnership Initiative’s (NIPI) training of nurses is now predicting a brighter future.

In 2014, NIPI did an initial assessment on the lack of emergency care in 13 rural districts of five Indian states. The child mortality rates in these districts showed that many of the deaths could have easily been prevented. Sick, rural children that need immediate medical intervention often die due to long waiting time and queues in district hospitals.

The National Health Mission (NHM) of the Indian government has worked together with NIPI to establish a simple and cost effective method to prevent child mortality. Nurses are now trained to faster identify and prioritize the treatment of very sick children amidst a crowd of patients. There has been established several wards and demonstration centers in Odisha, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar where the pediatric wards have the necessary equipment and knowledge to better prevent child mortality.

 The collaboration between NHM and NIPI has given successful results and the Government of India has set up an agenda to strengthen pediatric care services across the country. NIPI is a proud partner to NHM in these efforts.

 Read the stories of lives impacted by NIPI’s work through this photo-essay:

 A video link to the project can be viewed here: