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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
Embedding Community-Based Newborn Care in the Ethiopian health system: lessons from a 4-year programme evaluation

This study was published as part of journal supplement on Reimagening health systems for better health and social justice in Health Policy and...

Journal article
The health system has to be ready: introducing a new health service in Ethiopia

The Community-Based Newborn Care programme (CBNC) was introduced at district level in Ethiopia in 2014 in response to the country’s high...

Journal article
Improved antenatal care but postnatal care remains alarmingly low

The Community Based Newborn Care (CBNC) programme encompassed nine components aiming to provide life-saving services to mothers and newborns....

Past event
Embedding and scaling up the Community-based Newborn Care innovation in the Ethiopian health system: lessons from evaluating a five-year programme

Despite remarkable gains, improving neonatal survival globally remains a challenge. Several innovative service-delivery packages have been...

Journal article
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...

Journal article
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...