Global Maternal Health Conference 2013

Interventions at the home and community level provide a unique bottom-up approach to improve maternal and newborn health. In Nigeria, Theophilus described the use, successes, and future improvements for distributing Clean Delivery Kits (CDK) coupled with Fapohunda's finding that there is an alarming number of women who are delivering with non-skilled or no attendant at all. In Bangladesh, Sikder found that employment and socioeconomic status were indicators of empowerment for maternal health decisions, yet cultural conceptions that lead to poor health outcomes must be addressed. Also in Bangladesh, Khatun found that traditional birth attendants liked CKDs and future programming should encourage this.

Moderator: Lynn Sibley, Emory University

Improving home-based maternal and neonatal health services through the use of clean delivery kits
Ineala Theophilus, Society for Family Health, Nigeria

Factors enabling recognition of obstetric complications in community settings
Shegufta Sikder, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health/USAID

Home deliveries and hygiene practice by CDK: Findings from operations research on chlorhexidine introduction in Bangladesh
Fatama Khatun, ICDDR,B

Women delivering with no attendant: What, where, why and so what?
Bolaji Fapohunda, JSI

Filmed in Arusha, Tanzania. Thursday, 17 January 2013

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