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Effects of Introducing Routinely Ultrasound Scanning during Ante Natal Care (ANC) Clinics on Number of Visits of ANC and Facility Delivery: A Cohort Study.

Mbuyita, S., Tillya, R., Godfrey, R., Kinyonge, I., Shaban, J. and Mbaruku, G. (2015) Effects of Introducing Routinely Ultrasound Scanning during Ante Natal Care (ANC) Clinics on Number of Visits of ANC and Facility Delivery: A Cohort Study. Archives of public health = Archives belges de santé publique, 73 (1). p. 36. ISSN 0778-7367

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Abstract

Many countries have integrated antenatal care as an essential part of routine maternal health services. The importance of this service cannot be overemphasized as many women's lives are usually saved particularly through early detection of pregnancy related complications. However, while many women would attend at least one visit for ante natal care (ANC), completion of recommended number of visits (4+) has been a challenge of many health systems particularly in developing countries like Tanzania. We conducted a cohort study to include ultrasound scanning using a portable hand-held Vscan to test whether by integrating it in routine ANC clinics at dispensary and health centre levels would promote number of ANC visits by women. Health providers rendering ANC services in selected facilities were trained on how to use the simple technology of ultrasound scanning. Women living in catchment areas of the respective selected facilities were eligible to inclusion to the study when consented. A baseline status of the ANC attendance in the study area was established through baseline household and facility surveys. A total of 257 women consented and received the study treatment. Our results showed that, there was no a slight change between baseline (97.2 %) and endline (97.4 %) results among women attending ANC clinics at least once. However, there was a significant change in percentage of women attending ANC clinic four times or more (27.2 % during baseline and 60.3 %; p = 0001). We conclude that, introduction of the simplified ultrasound scanning technology at lowest levels of care has an effect to improving ANC attendance in terms of number of visits and motivate facility delivery.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: ANC, Attendance, Vscan, Ultrasound, Facility delivery
Subjects: Maternal & Neonatal Health > Antenatal care
Divisions: Ifakara Health Institute > Health Systems
Depositing User: Mr Joseph Madata
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2016 09:12
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2016 09:12
URI: http://ihi.eprints.org/id/eprint/3387

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