A key determinant which can ensure the quality of healthcare in public health institutions is the skill set of the individuals providing service delivery. Health professionals possess the skills and the expertise in this respect; however, they fail to utilize these optimally. This is because there is a disconnect between their knowledge and practice, it is now imperative tobridge the gap between basic education and clinical practice. The creation of skill labs is one way in which this gap can be addressed. Though India has seen a decline inboth the Maternal and Infant Mortality Rates, significant changes are yet to be made to bring about uniformity in maternal and child health care throughout the country. In order to make health professionals adhere to uniform practicestandard that would enhance maternal and child health, representatives from the Government of India, have taken up the challenge of establishing skill labs across the country. In order to carry this endeavor forward, the Government of India (Maternal and Health division) has collaborated with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM). Five nodal centersfor the establishment of skill labs were subsequently established: Jamia Hamdard, National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW), Trained Nurses Association of India (TNAI), Safdarjung Hospital and Lady Harding Medical College (LHMC).
Chhugani, M, & Merlin, A. National skills training centre in India. Journal of Asian Midwives. 2015;1(2):46–50.