Poor Postnatal Home Visits Compromised the Identification of Possible Serious Bacterial Infections in Young Infants (0-59 Days) from Southern Tigray, Ethiopia
Introductions: Postnatal period is neglected in Ethiopia and receives relatively little attention compared to the other components of the health extension program. Given that a large number of women and their newborns remain at home during and immediately after birth and strengthening postnatal follow up service is a key strategy.
Objective: To assess how postnatal home visits influence the identification of young infants with possible serious bacterial infections in woredas in Southern Zone of Tigray, Ethiopia, an implementation research on community management of possible serious bacterial infections, where referral is not feasible.
Method: We used data from implementation research on the management of sick young infants with PSBIs where referral was not feasible. Infants 0-59 days of age during the implementation period of the larger project were included. Data were collected by health extension workers and checked in the field by cluster supervisors, field coordinators, and research team members. Descriptive data analysis was used to describe the study participants and the postnatal care visits. Data analysis was carried out using Statistical Package for Social Sciences version 20 software.
Key words: Implementation Research, possible serious bacterial infections, Raya Azebo, Raya Alamata, Postnatal Care, Health Extension Workers, Ethiopia.