In India, medical colleges are strategically placed in the health care delivery system, making them an excellent platform to apply the latest scientific evidence to improve the quality of care. With the right support, these colleges and their attached hospitals can play a critical role in strengthening maternal, infant, and young child nutrition (MIYCN).
To leverage this platform, Alive & Thrive (A&T) forged strategic partnerships with nine government medical colleges in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. The overall goal of this alliance was to build the capacity of future generations of medical practitioners in evidence-based MIYCN practices by: 1) strengthening the undergraduate medical curriculum; and 2) improving the quality of MIYCN service delivery at critical contact points in the attached hospitals and district health facilities.
These case studies present the experiences of this work in the medical colleges.