The 20 community health workers (CHWs) who were trained by Global Health Partnerships continue their work of visiting newborn infants in their villages. They assess each young infant for signs of early infection and refer those who need treatment to the nearest health care facility. The protocol that they use follows the UNICEF recommendations of three visits during that first week of life, i.e. on day one, day three, and day seven. The evidence cited by UNICEF indicates that at least two of those three visits is needed in order to have the maximum impact on the prevention of neonatal deaths. Since the last report for this project 3 months ago, the CHWs have visited 218 infants. They completed all three of the visits for 217 infants, and the remaining one infant was visited twice. There were no infant deaths during this period of time. This very high completion rate for the assessment of newborn infants is a tribute to the commitment of this group of dedicated CHWs to save newborn lives.
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