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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

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Has Ethiopia been successful in increasing health care utilisation for children?

Despite a range of programmes and initiatives introduced in Ethiopia since 2003 care-seeking for sick under-five children has remained low. The...

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Understanding what didn’t work: a mixed method process evaluation

The ‘Optimising the Health Extension Program’ was implemented between 2016 and 2018 in four regions of Ethiopia. It included community...

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Professional advice for primary healthcare workers in Ethiopia: a social network analysis

This study, authored by Kate Sabot et al and published in BMC Health Services Research, compares professional advice networks of healthcare...

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Evaluating efforts to increase primary child health services in Ethiopia

This protocol, authored by Della Berhanu and others, published in BMC Health Services, describes an evaluation of a complex intervention that aims...

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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,...

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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...