Reducing Sepsis Deaths in Newborns Through Home Visitation and Active Case Detection: Is it Realistic?

Focus Areas: Newborn Health
Content Type: Published articles
Author(s): Stephen Hodgins and Robert McPherson
Published: June 2017

Severe bacterial infection remains one of the major causes of newborn deaths in low-income countries. A key challenge for reducing this burden is making definitive treatment more easily available. Active case detection through early postnatal home visits can work under trial conditions but is difficult to implement at
scale under routine conditions. In many settings, making treatment available at peripheral-level primary health care facilities may be more feasible.


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