Dr John Williams presents the Navrongo Neonatal Study to the INDEPTH Resource Centre

18 Aug 2017

Dr John Williams who is now the Centre Leader of the Dodowa HDSS in Ghana, was the PI of an INDEPTH-funded neonatal study implemented at Navrongo HDSS where he was senior scientist. John was at the Resource Centre on Friday 18 August to present the results of the study. After a competitive process that started with a call for proposals from the Network, Navrongo HDSS won the $70,500 INDEPTH grant whose specific objectives were:

1.       Estimate under-five mortality rates over a five-year period from 2010-2015 in the selected HDSS.

2.       Develop data collection strategies to improve capturing of fertility and under-five deaths by the prospective HDSS approach;

3.       Estimate the prevalence of modern contraception and the use of reproductive health services among women of reproductive age

4.       Determine the proportion of women who had at least four ANC attendance

5.       Determine the proportion of women who had skilled delivery

6.       Estimate the prevalence of unintended pregnancies;

7.       Harmonize / standardize data collection tools for INDEPTH; and

8.       Generate baseline information for maternal and child health longitudinal platform for appropriate interventions.

The key results of the study include:

 1.       The overall use of ANC attendance, skilled delivery and postnatal care six weeks after the birth of child was very high in the Kassena-Nankana East Municipality and Kassena-Nankana West District. Thus, access and use of maternal health services is high among women in the two districts. However, quite a high percentage of women still do not make four or more ANC visits.

2.       Although more than half of the women knew of a family planning method and a place where they could purchase a method, only 12% of them reported current use of a family planning method.

3.       BCG, pentavalent, measles and polio vaccinations were high among children age 12-23 months by the age of 12 months. However, children who had received the second dose of measles at age 18 months was as low as 15%.

4.       Even though majority of women received TT injection during the last pregnancy, less than half of them received two or more TT injection.

5.       There has been a declining mortality trend in the study area during the last 15 years among under-fives and a similar pattern was observed in all the other childhood mortality indicators.

The final report will be presented to the INDEPTH Scientific Advisory Committee for assessment and advice regarding the way forward.