Evidence shows that newborn lives can be saved through early postnatal home visits by community health workers.

A paper co-authored by Yared Amare, Pauline Scheelbeek and IDEAS team members Zelee Hill, Joanna Schellenberg, and Della Berhanu and published in BMC Public Health concludes that if timely postnatal home visits are to occur community health workers need realistic catchment areas that reflect their workload. Inaccessible areas may need their own community health workers. Good notification systems are essential, families will notify health workers if they have a clear reasons to do so, and more work is needed on how to ensure notification systems function.
Work ethic was a clear influencer on whether home visits occur, studies to date have focused on understanding the motivation of community health workers as a group, more studies on understanding motivation at an individual level are needed.

Authors

Dr Zelee Hill

Senior Lecturer

Professor Joanna Schellenberg

IDEAS Co-Principal Investigator and Professor

Dr Della Berhanu

Former IDEAS Ethiopia Country Coordinator and Research Fellow