Journal article

Knowledge, attitudes and practices of traditional birth attendants in pastoralist communities of Laikipia and Samburu counties, Kenya: a cross-sectional survey

Matthew Reeve, Pamela Onyo, Josephat Nyagero, Alison Morgan, John Nduba, Michelle Kermode

Pan African Medical Journal | Published : 2016


BACKGROUND: current efforts to reduce maternal and newborn mortality focus on promoting institutional deliveries with skilled birth attendants (SBAs), and discouraging deliveries at home attended by traditional birth attendants (TBAs). In rural Kenya, semi-nomadic pastoralist communities are underserved by the formal health system, experience high maternal and neonatal mortality, and rely primarily on TBAs for delivery care, despite Government proscription of TBA-assisted births. This study examined the knowledge, attitude and practices of TBAs serving these communities to assess the potential for collaboration between TBAs and SBAs. METHODS: a cross-sectional, interviewer-administered surve..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank the Mothers' Union of the Anglican Church of Kenya, the Health Ministries of Laikipia and Samburu counties, Lillian Piroris, John Ole Tingoi, Florence Nderitu, Phillip Walker, Natalie Stephens and the group ranch communities for their valuable contributions to this study. This study was funded by the Australian government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Commonwealth of Australia.