“Transforming the culture of care improves preterm survival”

“Transforming the culture of care improves preterm survival”

The Centre of Excellence for Maternal Newborn and Child Health together with East Africa Preterm Birth Initiative on November 30 held a Uganda national dissemination of findings from a randomized controlled trial of a package of evidence-based interventions targeting the intrapartum period.

Held online via zoom, the dissemination was held under the theme “Transforming the culture of care improves preterm survival.”

This cluster-randomized controlled trial was among 20 public sector health facilities in the Busoga Region of Uganda (four facilities) and Migori County, Kenya (16 facilities) to evaluate the impact of a package of intrapartum quality-of-care interventions on 28-day mortality rates among babies born small and preterm. 

The trial’s primary results that showed an improvement in the odds of preterm survival by 34% were published in the Lancet Global Health in July 2020.

The Webinar brought together various stakeholders including health workers, sub-national and national policy makers, academia, and development partners.

In her closing remarks, the Health ministry’s Commissioner for Maternal and Child Health Dr Jesca Nsungwa-Sabiiti welcomed the results saying they would inform policy and practice as the country rewrites the sharpened plan on RMNCAH.

The webinar recording can be found here.