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BORDER DISTRICT CLUSTER STRATEGY

This is an initiative being implemented by UNICEF in 49 districts from 2003-07. It aims at


providing focused interventions for reducing the infant mortality and maternal mortality rates
by at least 50% over the next two to three years in the selected 49 districts in 16 States. Under
this project, districts are being supported for:

 Development and training of Health and Nutrition Teams,


 Physical up-gradation of sub-centres and primary health centres,
 Additional supply of equipment and drugs,
 Organization of outreach sessions,
 Support for mobility of staff,
 Development of local IEC for social mobilization,
 Training of medical officers, and
 Up-gradation of First Referral Units and filling of vacant posts through contractual
appointments would be allowed.

This is a UNICEF assisted activity. UNICEF directly releases funds to the States.

REFERENCE:-
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATION: HEALTH POLICY AND PROGRAMMES
By S. L. Goel, Sumer Lal Goel
Border Cluster Districts: 50 districts; >85 million people targeted, including 13 million U5s

Services include –
 Immunization services
 Antenatal care & prevention/management of low birth weight
 Community-IMCI (IMCI India)
 Essential/Emergency Obstetric Care and PMTCT
 Targeted Vitamin A and iron supplementation
 Community based child care
REFERENCE:-
REPORT OF UNICEF COOPERATION IN INDIA 2002
By Dr.S.K. Chaturvedi, UNICEF India