1. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had launched LaQshya (Labour room Quality improvement Initiative) in 2018.
  2. The initiative aims at improving quality of care in labour room and maternity Operation Theatre (OT) in public health facilities.
  3. The objectives of LaQshya are a) To reduce maternal and newborn mortality & morbidity due to haemorrhage, retained placenta, obstructed labour, newborn sepsis, etc., b) To improve Quality of care during the delivery and immediate post-partum care, stabilization of complications and ensure timely referrals, and enable an effective two-way follow-up system and c) To enhance satisfaction of beneficiaries visiting the health facilities and provide Respectful Maternity Care (RMC) to all pregnant women attending the public health facilities.
  4. Under the initiative, a multi-pronged strategy has been adopted such as – a) improving infrastructure up-gradation, b) ensuring availability of essential equipment, c) providing adequate human resources, d) capacity building of health care workers and e) improving quality processes in the labour room.