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Toolkit for Setting up Special Care Newborn Units, Stabilisation Units and Care Corners

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Book Id: WPLBN0003761909
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Reproduction Date: 2015

Title: Toolkit for Setting up Special Care Newborn Units, Stabilisation Units and Care Corners  
Author: Technical Books Center
Language: English
Subject: Programming, Medical, Neonatology
Collections: Technical Books Center
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Publisher: Technical Books Center


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Center, T. B. (2006). Toolkit for Setting up Special Care Newborn Units, Stabilisation Units and Care Corners. Retrieved from

Description: India accounts for 30 per cent of the neonatal deaths globally. In India, the neonatal mortality rate is 37/1,000 live births. Most of these deaths occur within the first days of life: 46.2 per cent occurring in the first two days of life and 73.3 per cent taking place within the first week of life.1 Thus, serious, concerted efforts have to be made to address the needs of a newborn in its first days in order to reduce neonatal mortality in India. While simple, known, preventive and promotive interventions within the home environment – such as exclusive breastfeeding or keeping the baby warm – remain the corner-stone in tackling newborn mortality, an effective link between healthcare facilities and community based newborn care is needed. Provision and delivery of services for both essential newborn care and the care of sick newborns in the existing health facilities at the district and sub-district levels is lacking. The purpose of this toolkit is to support the efforts of state and district health administrators, health care entrepreneurs and others involved in planning and managing Facility Based Care for Newborns at various levels. It provides recommendations on setting up Special Care Newborn Units (SCNUs), Stabilisation Units and Newborn Care Corners at different levels of healthcare organisation. It dos not, however, provide guidelines on organising level III newborn care units. The recommendations relate to the services, design, infrastructure, equipments, supplies and human resource requirements for providing newborn care at these levels. The document also provides detailed specifications of the equipments and tips for maintenance and use of the equipments. It is hoped the toolkit will serve as a ready-reference and a one-stop guide for the establishment of newborn care units. However, defining the exact scale and design of these units in a given situation is complex, and would often require drawing in expertise from other sources and institutions. Upon request, NationalNeonatology Forum (NNF) provides handholding support to individuals and agencies in this process. We hope that this kit will contribute to expansion of newborn care in India and ensure that the economic and technological advances of the country are adequately harnessed to ensure best possible start in lives for all children. In the future, we hope to update this toolkit on a regular basis, incorporating new research findings, experiences and suggestions. Your suggestions are welcome.

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TOC : Special Care Newborn Unit - Stabilisation Unit.


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