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Community-based newborn care

Community-Based Newborn Care (CBNC) is a national Ethiopian initiative launched in 2013 as a means of bringing life-saving care to mothers and newborns at the community level within the Ethiopian health system.

CBNC aims to improve newborn survival through the strengthening of Primary Health Care Units and the Health Extension Programme. The CBNC package includes the delivery of injectable antibiotics at the community level to improve case-management of newborn sepsis.

IDEAS collaborated with the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health and JaRco Consulting to evaluate the CBNC programme through a series of quantitative surveys and qualitative assessments over five years. A final evaluation report was published in 2019, along with two infographics providing information on contextual factors influencing child growth and development, and a comparison of figures from 2013 and 2017.

Published content

Journal article
Major gaps in child survival by ethnic group

At the global level, major inequalities are clear and persistent, write Schellenberg and Berhanu, inequalities by wealth, geographical location,...

Journal article
More efforts needed to reach poor and rural women with maternal health services in Ethiopia

Alem Desta Wuneh, a PhD student with the Dagu project, published this paper in the International Journal for Equity in Health. This study used...

Report
COMBINE – End of study report

This End of Study Qualitative Review sought to systematically document key learning points from the experience of implementing the COMBINE study...

News
Putting maternal, newborn and child health on the agenda in Ethiopia

As part of the conference IDEAS team members presented key findings from the five-year evaluation of the Community Based Newborn Care (CBNC)...

Report
Final evaluation of the Community Based Newborn Care (CBNC) programme in Ethiopia

The overall evaluation plan included baseline, quality of care and follow up surveys, as well as two qualitative studies. It was conducted in...

Past event
MNCHAN Conference Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

As part of this conference IDEAS will be presenting findings from the five-year evaluation of the Community Based Newborn Care (CBNC) programme....

Journal article
Stronger diagnostic abilities for common childhood illnesses needed in Ethiopia

This paper published by Theodros Getachew et al in Acta Paediatrica reveals findings from a study which included a survey and observations of the...