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IJRDPL - Vol 6, Issue 7 (2017), December - January

Pages: 2888-2892

Assessment of Home Based Newborn Care provided by ASHA worker in a Rural Block of Haryana

Author: K Grover, P Khanna, R Verma* and V Chayal

Category: Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Objective: The first month of life, the post-natal period, for the mother and the newborn is the most critical time in the life. Based on these facts Government of India took an initiative, Home Based Post Natal Care (HBPNC), to follow up post-natal mothers and newborns for first six weeks. The present study assessed the quality of home based newborn care (a component of home based post-natal care) provided by ASHA workers and various factors associated with it.

Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted under Community Health Center, Dubaldhan in block Beri of Haryana. A total of 60 ASHA workers were visited and all the newborn under the supervision of each ASHA worker were included in the study. In this way 259 newborns were contacted. A scoring system was used to assess the quality of Home based newborn care given by ASHA worker

Results: Majority of ASHA workers were not able to record temperature and weight of the baby correctly. Regarding care of cord and danger signs in newborn only half (50%) of the mothers were counselled, whereas, only 48% mothers were counselled regarding care of eyes. Statistically significant association of quality of newborn care with education and training attended by ASHA Workers was seen.

Conclusion: Our study confirmed that most of the new born babies were not getting good quality of home based newborn care. Recent training attended by ASHA worker is highly associated with providing good quality newborn care to babies by ASHA workers.

Keywords: ASHA, Newborn care, HBNC, rural area, child health

DOI: 10.21276/IJRDPL