Journal article

Reaching the unreached through trained and skilled birth attendants in Ethiopia: a cluster randomized controlled trial study protocol

Taddese Alemu Zerfu, Henok Taddese, Tariku Nigatu, Girma Tenkolu, Joshua P Vogel, Dina Khan-Neelofur, Sibhatu Biadgilign, Amare Deribew

BMC HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Despite improvements since 1990 to 2014, maternal mortality ratio (MMR) remains high in Ethiopia. One of the key drivers of maternal mortality in Ethiopia is the very low coverage of Skilled Birth attendance (SBA) in rural Ethiopia. This cluster randomized trial piloted an innovative approach of deploying trained community reproductive nurses (CORN) to hard to reach/unreachable rural Ethiopia to improve the coverage of SBA. METHODS: We used a three-arm cluster randomized trial to test the effect of deploying CORN in rural communities in South Ethiopia to improve SBA and other maternal health indicators. A total of 282 villages/clusters (94 from each arm) were randomly selected in..

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