Emergency Obstetric, Newborn Care Facilities Increase by Fourfold: Survey

30 Oct 2017
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Addis Ababa October 30/2017 The availability of fully functioning Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care facilities has increased about fourfold from 11 percent in 2008 to 40 percent in 2016, according to Service Availability and Readiness Assessment (SARA) Report.

The survey covered all health facilities across the nation which have been providing and delivering services in 12 months services of 2015. This is the second survey after 8 years. 

According to the report, proportion of all birth in heath facilities was 66 percent and about one third at home. Caesarean delivery rate was 2.7 percent, though there were large regional disparities showing 25 percent caesarean in Addis Ababa and less than 1 percent in Afar and Somali states.

Furthermore, it stated that the national stillbirth rate was 15 percent per 1,000 deliveries, the very early neonatal death rate 2 per 1,000 live births, and the neonatal death rate 3 percent 1,000 live birth. 

Health Minister Professor Yifru Birhane  said the overall purpose of the needs assessment is to identify gaps in service in each health facility providing delivery services and take measures to bridge identified gaps and improve the facilities.

The study would support the government’s efforts underway in areas of health services to be productive as provide key information on the health system terms of services availability and readiness of the facility, he added.

The 2016 survey involved more than 3,800 health facilities, taking sustained delivery services during data collection as major inclusion criteria.

The availability of family planning service in health posts and in facilities other than health post is 95 percent and 91 percent, respectively, it was learned.

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