Teaching basic Neonatal Resuscitation skill to Traditional Birth Attendants

Effect of training traditional birth attendants on neonatal mortality (Lufwanyama Neonatal Survival Project): randomised controlled study

What is already known on this topic

  • In developed countries, the neonatal resuscitation protocol has significantly reduced perinatal mortality
     

What this study adds

The neonatal resuscitation protocol was highly effective in the developing world

  • Training and equipping Zambian traditional birth attendants to carry out an adapted version of the neonatal resuscitation protocol reduced neonatal mortality by day 28 of life by nearly half
  • Traditional birth attendants can be trained to refer infants who appear unwell to health centres for further care, and to administer a dose of oral amoxicillin to the infant before referral
     

     

    BMJ. 2011; 342: d346.
    Published online 2011 February 3. doi:  10.1136/bmj.d346
    PMCID: PMC3032994

     

     

     

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One thought on “Teaching basic Neonatal Resuscitation skill to Traditional Birth Attendants

  1. Kristyn says:

    Great post! I’ll tweet it. Keep up the good work. Kristyn www,cleanbirth.org

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