Understanding the mechanisms that drive recent mothers and their family members to change their maternal and newborn care behaviours, and what role frontline workers play in these mechanisms, is the aim of a study starting data collection in rural Ethiopia this month. The qualitative study is part of the IDEAS project of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine & University College London.
Findings will be useful for projects wishing to successfully improve the health of mothers and babies in Ethiopia.
It was a cold night in December when the twins came into the world. Born too early to a young mother by C-section they were tiny, cold and barely alive. I was on call attending to what was perhaps my 18th delivery of the day. Exhausted and inexperienced, I received them with anxiety: there were already too many sick babies in the hospital without enough staff to look after them. There was a power cut so even if there were any incubators available – there weren’t - they wouldn’t work. As the family scrambled to get blood for the anaemic mum, no one paid attention to the babies.
The Uttar Pradesh Community Mobilization Project aims to develop and scale-up a package of family health innovations through self help groups in Uttar Pradesh. The innovations aim to improve the survival of newborn babies and family health behaviours.
The Society for Family Health is one of Nigeria’s largest non-governmental organisations. The Society for Family Health’s mission is to empower Nigerians, particularly the poor and vulnerable, to lead healthier lives.
The project is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.