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Management of Sick Young Infants 0–2 Months of Age in the Private Sector in Nepal: Results of a National Survey of Medicine Shops and Clinics

Publish Date: September 2018
Author: MCSP

USAID/Nepal asked MCSP to coordinate a large, nationally representative survey to obtain a more definitive picture of private sector outpatient care for possible severe bacterial infection (PSBI) among newborns and young infants. Study partners included the Child Health Division of the Ministry of Health and Population, USAID, and New ERA.

The survey aimed to document the appropriateness of care that private medicine shops and clinics in Nepal provide for PSBI in sick infants ages 0–2 months. The specific objectives were to:

  • Characterize the current practices of service providers in private medicine clinics in the assessment, treatment, referral, and follow-up of sick young infants;
  • Compare these practices with nationally and globally recommended practices; and
  • Identify factors that influence providers’ practices that could be amenable to improvement efforts.