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Type Journal Article - Midwifery
Title Strengthening maternal and newborn health in rural Ethiopia: Early results from frontline health worker community maternal and newborn health training
Volume 29
Issue 3
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2013
Page numbers 251-259
URL http://www.midwiferyjournal.com/article/PIIS0266613812000071/abstract
to describe early results from the Community Maternal and Newborn Health (CMNH) training programme of the Maternal and Newborn Health in Ethiopia Partnership (MaNHEP) project.

performance testing of HEWs, TBAs, and vCHPs was conducted to assess transfer of knowledge and skills from CMNH Master Trainer level to CMNH Trainer level, and from CMNH Trainer level to CMNH Guide Team (GT) level on the topic areas of Prevent Problems before Baby is Born and Prevent Problems after Baby is Born.

post-training performance scores were significantly higher than immediate pre-training scores for Amhara and Oromiya regions on both topic areas (p<0.001). For HEWs and GT members, respectively, average scores increased over 250% and 300% for Prevent Problems before Baby is Born, and over 300% and 400% for Prevent Problems after Baby is Born.

Key conclusions
CMNH was successful in transferring knoweldge to HEWs at the CMNH Trainer level and to Guide Team members at the community level. In order for gains to be realised and sustained, the CMNH programme will be nested within an enabling environment created through behaviour change communication to increase demand for CMNH services, emphasising evidence-based maternal and newborn care practices, teamwork among frontline health workers, and an enhanced role of HEWs in provision of safe care during pregnancy, birth, and the early postnatal period.

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