By Hailemariam Legesse
The Community Based New-born Care (CBNC) initiative was launched in March 2013, following the national policy breakthrough of allowing Health Extension Workers (HEWs) to treat new-born sepsis. The programme is supporting four agrarian regions: Amhara, Tigray, Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR) and Oromia.
One of the methods and tools used during the four day CBNC training in Ethiopia is a training video produced in English, Amharic and Oromiffa. The video helps to make CBNC training more productive through presentation of communication skills and specific technics and procedures performed by Health Extension Workers in a rural setting of Ethiopia.
Though, first and foremost produced to support the four-day standard training on CBNC, the individual components of the video can be used also to support specific separate skill’s training like; Measuring Temperature; Weighing the Baby; Hand Washing; Essential New-born Care; and Expressing Breastmilk.
The video demonstrates components designed to follow the principles of continuum of care for mothers and new-born.
- Registering women in childbearing age by HEW
- Communication skills during antenatal care follow up
- Filling the birth preparedness plan
- Measuring temperature of the new-born
- Weighing the baby
- Postnatal care visit (PNC) for the mother and new-born
- Hand washing
- PNC visit for the sick new-born
- Essential new-born care
- Ikram case study
- Expressing breast milk
Federal Ministry of Health led the production of the video with the financial and technical support from UNICEF and WHO and help of CBNC partners through the National Technical Working Group.6