Publish Date: October 2018
A baseline assessment conducted by MCSP between June and July 2015 showed zero uptake of immediate PPFP in the two project states, due largely to lack of trained PPFP providers. As an innovation to increase uptake of PPFP at the time of birth, MCSP initiated the training of “dedicated counselors” in March 2017 at 36 health facilities across the two states. The head of each facility selected community health extension workers (CHEWs) and nurses/midwives already working in the health facilities to serve as counselors and agreed to dedicate some of their time to PPFP counseling during ANC and immunization sessions. MCSP conducted an assessment in May 2018 to explore the fidelity, feasibility, and scalability of the approach to inform program adjustments and recommendations to the Ministry of Health for future efforts. The assessment included interviews with service providers, client exit interviews, and analysis of routine service data. MCSP received non-human subjects research determination for this assessment.