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Global Health Action Publishes Uganda Newborn Study (UNEST) Special Issue

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

The journal Global Health Action has published a nine article special issue titled Newborn Health in Uganda based on finding from the Uganda Newborn Study (UNEST) which was housed under HPPM.

UNEST was a community randomized trial which evaluated an integrated care package linking homes, health centres and hospitals and involving visits during pregnancy and the postnatal period at home by a designated member of the village health team. The study was carried out in the Iganga-Mayuge Demographic Surveillance Site in eastern Uganda.

The UNEST results demonstrate that these home visits in pregnancy and soon after delivery were possible to achieve, and that life-saving behaviours could be improved by this interaction. Breastfeeding practices, skin-to-skin care immediately after birth, delaying a baby’s first bath, and hygienic care of the baby’s umbilical cord stump were higher amongst the families receiving home visits compared to those that did not receive them.

Importantly, these home visits were pro-poor, with more women in the poorest households, who are at most risk of encountering difficulties in access to care, receiving an early home visit after delivery when compared to the wealthiest families.


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