URC and CORE Group Join Forces to Adapt Newborn Health Care Tool, Publish Case Study

CORE Group approached public health specialists at URC early this year to translate and adapt a newborn health flipbook for use in Benin. The flipbook is a picture-based book used to communicate key messages to low- literacy populations. This month, the two organizations released the newly adapted French version of “Taking Care of Mothers and Newborns in the Community: What Families Need to Know” (formerly, “Taking Care of a Baby at Home after Birth”) as well as a case study describing how URC engaged translators, stakeholders, and intended users to field-test the job aid. The adaptation process and lessons learned, reported in the case study, may help other global health organizations in their work to adapt other generic materials to specific contexts and settings.

Home care of infants after birth is an important and oft-neglected area of newborn health. Even if a woman gives birth safely at a health facility - as most Beninese women do - she and her newborn are often released after only a short period, and life-threatening health issues can arise for both after they leave the maternity . Developed as a collaborative effort of CORE GroupSaving Newborn Lives, Save the ChildrenUSAID's Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program; and the American College of Nurse-Midwives, the flipbook, describes 1) key behaviors to reduce the risk of complications and 2) the danger signs for both mothers and newborns for which a skilled health worker should be urgently sought. Community- and health facility-based health workers use the flipbook to educate mothers, fathers, and other community members about such practices.

URC and our nonprofit affiliate the Center for Human Services (CHS) have been working in Benin for over 12 years, focusing on improving maternal, newborn, and child health at health facilities and in the community, availing its experienced technical staff there for this work. Over the past decade, URC-CHS has introduced, tested, and adapted a variety of evidence-based tools to help health workers or caregivers in low- and middle-income countries better perform health tasks and engage in healthy behaviors . These tools are indexed and available in our resources database

CORE Group has brought together more than 60 member organizations since 1997 to generate collaborative action and learning to improve and expand community-focused public health practices for underserved populations worldwide.  More information can be found at www.coregroup.org.

Date 
October 09, 2012
Authors 
Sara Riese, Technical Advisor, and Sarah Whitmarsh, Communications Specialist
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