TCIHC Launches New Series to Show Appreciation for Chief Medical Officers’ Role in Family Planning Success
Contributor: Deepti Mathur
The Challenge Initiative for Healthy Cities (TCIHC) in India is all about sustainable scale with impact of its family planning and adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health (AYSRH) interventions, so local government ownership is at the center of how it does business.
In an effort to encourage this ownership, TCIHC has released a “CMO Series” dedicated to the Chief Medical Officers in the cities it supports. The series recognizes their leadership and aggregates data showing impact related to decisions made by the city leadership that contributed to increased adoption of family planning methods by the urban poor. It also captures the contribution made by leaders at urban primary healthcare centers (UPHC) and community processes that shined under the leadership of the CMO and his city team.
The series acknowledges the strong guidance provided by CMOs in helping their cities achieve new family planning milestones.
Dr. Shrikant Tiwari, CMO of Gorakhpur, shared how he felt after receiving this accolade:
I along with my team feel encouraged after receiving the CMO series from Additional Director, Health and Family Welfare. I am pleased to see all the achievements made by Gorakhpur in urban family planning in this series. PSI-TCIHC’s technical support on urban health is appreciable and not just this but time to time they make enhanced efforts and introduce newer initiatives to encourage health services.”
The series has already been distributed in 11 Uttar Pradesh cities: Amroha, Kanpur, Jhansi, Gorakhpur, Saharanpur, Ghaziabad, Meerut, Moradabad, Ayodhya/Faizabad, Bareilly and Prayagraj/Allahabad. The CMOs were particularly encouraged to be given the series by their own leadership with their entire team in attendance (see photos below).
Take a look below at the CMOs series to find out about their contribution and support in strengthening urban family planning in their TCIHC-supported cities.