Social Health Activists - Neonatal Mortality Reduced: 30 vs. 44 per 1,000
Social health activists supporting women's groups through a participatory learning and action meeting cycle
Country of study
Journal paper title and link
Effect of participatory women's groups facilitated by Accredited Social Health Activists on birth outcomes in rural eastern India: a cluster-randomised controlled trial
Excerpt from Abstract
"The neonatal mortality rate during this period [September 2009 - December 2012] was 30 per 1000 livebirths in the intervention group and 44 per 1000 livebirths in the control group (odds ratio [OR] 0.69, 95% CI 0·53–0·89)....ASHAs [Accredited Social Health Activists] can successfully reduce neonatal mortality through participatory meetings with women's groups. This is a scalable community-based approach to improving neonatal survival in rural, underserved areas of India."