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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition
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ISSN: 1606-0997
EISSN: 1606-0997
Vol. 24, No. 4, 2006, pp. 380 - 393
Bioline Code: hn06047
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, Vol. 24, No. 4, 2006, pp. 380 - 393

 en Review of Domiciliary Newborn-care Practices in Bangladesh
Darmstadt, Gary L.; Syed, Uzma; Patel, Zohra & Kabir, Nazma

Abstract

In Bangladesh, high proportions of infant deaths (two-thirds) and deaths among children aged less than five years (38%) occur in the neonatal period. Although most of these deaths occur at home due to pre­ventable causes, little is known about routine domiciliary newborn-care practices and care-seeking for neonatal illness. As an initial step in strategic planning for the implementation of interventions in Bangladesh to improve neonatal outcomes, a review of the literature of antenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum care practices for mothers and newborns in Bangladeshi communities and homes was conducted. A dearth of information was found and summarized, and priority areas for future formative research were identified. The information gained from this review was used for informing develop­ment of a guide to formative research on maternal and neonatal care practices in developing-country communities and forms a cornerstone for formulation of behaviour change-communication strategies and messages to advance neonatal health and survival in Bangladesh.

Keywords
Obstetric care; Behaviour change; Healthcare-seeking; Review literature; Bangladesh

 
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