Facility Based Newborn Care (FBNC)

The Facility Based Newborn Care (FBNC) study visit and training workshop was organized in the Safdarjung hospital in New Delhi from 12th till 26th December 2016 with the financial support of UNICEF and technical assistance of India National Neonatology forum for 22 participants from 6 provinces of Afghanistan.

The National Neonatology Forum (NNF) came into existence in 1980 through the initiative of a handful of leading pediatricians working in the field of Neonatology.

Through SAARC forum the government of India has supported the SAARC country members with technical and financial support for the improvement and standardization of newborn health services in each level of health care.

Objectives and expected outcomes

  1. Orient participants to the need for newborn care in community and facility.
  2. Inform participants about the Facility Based Newborn Care initiative.
  3. Educate and prepare the participants for care of newborns in labor room, SNCU and in postnatal wards.
  4. To train all participants in the knowledge and skills of neonatal resuscitation.
  5. To empower participants for in patient neonatal care in terms of management of small and sick neonates.
  6. To obtain feedback from the audience with regard to workshop and the problems faced in the day-to-day care of newborns.

During the 14 days of FBNC training different teaching methods were used including class room reading, questions and answers, demonstration, discussion, role play, case study, brain storming and practical use of equipments.

Practical sessions on use/operation of equipments:

During the observation part of training, the trainees learned how to operate, maintain and sterilize the following equipments

  • Radiant warmer
  • Weighing scale
  • Phototherapy Unit including conventional, CFL and LED unit
  • Suction machine
  • O2 delivery oxygen including blended oxygen
  • Pulse Oximeter
  • Vital signs monitor
  • Infusion pump
  • Burret set
  • CPAP machine manual and advance
  • Transcutaneous bilirubinometer
  • Ventilator Machine
  • Endotracheal set

Next steps/Action plan

  • A comprehensive selection criteria will be developed for trainees of such events. For provision of standard newborn health care services, the newborn toolkit will be national guidelines and efforts will be made for its inclusion in the BPHS & EPHS packages. s
  • The training will be further scaled up in the country subjected to availability of fund target for year 2017 (100 nurses and 100 MD) .
  • Regular contact will be maintained with INNF for their further support with Afghanistan for improved newborn health services.