A team approach that pairs community health workers with traditional birth attendants in rural Africa is a viable way to deliver child health interventions, a study led by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researchers has found.
In a study published in BMC Health Services Research, a group of global health researchers found that teams composed of predominantly younger, male community health workers and older, female trained birth attendants worked together well to provide care to newborns and infants in rural Zambia. The teams were found to have high mutual trust, cohesion, comprehension of team goals and objectives, and communication. Teams whose members resided within one hour’s walking distance of each other were more likely to work well together.
“The joint home visits for handing over care of the young infant has the potential to . . . improve the use of facility-based postnatal services (where needed) and enhance the continuum of care,” the research team said.
Dr. Davidson Hamer, co-author and professor of global health at BUSPH, said further analyses of team interventions are underway, adding, “These results look very promising.”
To learn more about the study, go to: http://www.bu.edu/sph/2014/11/17/bu-study-finds-team-approach-to-newborn-care-shows-promise/