Resource Spotlight: Effect of Ethiopia’s Health Extension Program on Maternal and Newborn Health Care Practices in 101 Rural Districts: A Dose-Response Study
Simple community-based strategies to improve antenatal, childbirth, and newborn health care practices have been shown to reduce neonatal deaths. Such strategies are ideal for Ethiopia because 90% of births still take place at home and the Health Extension Program (HEP) provides a platform for delivering such strategies. Ethiopia's national HEP aims to provide universal access to primary health care services through more than 34,000 government-salaried female health extension workers.
This article reports the effect of the project's community-based newborn survival interventions on changes in maternal and newborn health care practices. The results of the analysis suggest that Ethiopia's HEP platform has improved maternal and newborn health care practices at scale. [adapted from author]
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The HRH Global Resource Center has other resources on this topic including:
- Review of Generalist and Specialist Community Health Workers for Delivering Adolescent Health Services in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Introduction of Newborn Care within Integrated Community Case Management in Uganda
Past Resource Spotlights
- That's Improvement: Uganda Focuses on Health Workers
- Mozambique: Strengthening the Community Health Worker Supply Chain
- One Student, One Family Program: Health Sciences Fostering Communities and Professionals