Health Ministry releases Operational Guidelines for Family Participatory Care

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has released Operational Guidelines for Planning and Implementation of Family Participatory Care (FPC). These guidelines are aimed at improving newborn health.

Background Information:

In the recent years, it is realized that if parents are trained, during the stay of their babies in the hospital, to provide supportive care to their sick and newborns, it will help in not only improving survival of the babies after discharge but will also provide for psycho-social and developmental needs of the newborn.Health Ministry releases Operational Guidelines for Family Participatory Care

  • In this regard, Family Participatory Care has emerged as an important concept of health care which provides for partnership between health care staff and families in care of sick newborns admitted in the Special Newborn Care Units (SNCU).
  • Under FPC, the capacities of parents-attendants are built in newborn care through a structured training programme (audio -visual module and a training guide).

Salient Features of Operational Guidelines for Family Participatory Care:

The guidelines will serve as a guiding document for those intending to introduce FPC in their facility as an integral part of facility based newborn care.

  • It also provides details of infrastructure, training, role of health care providers and steps in the operationalization of FPC in the newborn care unit.
  • Various aspects of attitudes, infrastructural modifications and practice that will help in establishing FPC at Special Newborn Care Units (SNCU) such as sensitization of State and District Managers on FPC, prioritization of SNCUs for initiating FPC, making required infrastructural enhancement in SNCU, creating family participatory care environment in SNCU, ensuring availability of supplies for parents-attendants, training of SNCU staff for SNCU, role of healthcare providers for FPC implementation and institutional support for FPC have been addressed in the guidelines.
  • The guidelines will be shared with the States for implementation and it is expected that these guidelines when implemented by States would further improve the quality of care being provided in the SNCUs across the country.