In 2013, the Government of Bangladesh committed to scale up four new interventions to reduce the country’s burden of neonatal deaths: 1) outpatient treatment of young infants with infection using a simplified regimen when hospitalization is not possible, 2) application of chlorhexidine to the umbilical cord stump after cutting, 3) kangaroo mother care for low birthweight babies, and 4) administration of antenatal corticosteroids to women in preterm labor. Technical committees were formed to develop national guidelines for each of these new interventions.
To avoid vertical implementation, all four new interventions and healthy and sick newborn care were integrated into a Comprehensive Newborn Care Package (CNCP). Training materials were developed for service providers at various levels, including community, union, and sub-district and higher level service providers.
This is Brief 6 in a series. The other briefs are:
Brief 1: National Newborn Health Program (NNHP) for Ending Preventable Newborn Deaths in Bangladesh
Brief 2: Implementing outpatient management of infections in young infants: Building the skills of union level providers
Brief 3: Facility Readiness and Initiation of Kangaroo Mother Care
Brief 4: Improving newborn care and care-seeking practices in Bangladesh through an SBCC approach
Brief 5: Newborn Commodities in Bangladesh Health System
Brief 7: Newborn Health in Urban Bangladesh