We have just released 8 new videos on breastfeeding. This set of videos has been developed for health workers so that they can learn about breastfeeding best practices, how to better observe mothers breastfeeding, and how to manage common breastfeeding problems. These videos are intended to give health workers the knowledge and skills they need to guide mothers to be more effective and confident with breastfeeding with the aim of enabling more mothers to exclusively breastfeed until 6 months of age.
“R’shi women in Northern Laos traditionally cut the umbilical cord with a bamboo knife, put charcoal under it while cutting, and then put hot cobwebs on it,” said Pascale Chantavong, who works with the NGO World Renew. “They would tie the umbilical cord to the mother’s foot, afraid that it could go back inside, and give the baby a bath soon after the birth.”
Chantavong used videos from Global Health Media Project’s newborn care film series to demonstrate a safer way to cut the cord, and to explain how drying the baby thoroughly and providing skin-to-skin contact on the first day, instead of a bath, promotes infant health more effectively. Read the full Blog on Save the Children’s Healthy Newborn Network.
Our “Danger Signs in Newborns” video was used in a study in Eastern Uganda which clearly demonstrated the crucial contribution that videos can make in teaching mothers basic information about health care. The video was narrated in Lusoga for the more than 600 mothers who participated in this research. According to principal investigator Juliet N. Mutanda, there was a dramatic increase in the number of women who could identify danger signs in a newborn after video training, compared with a control group that did not use the video.
The study was conducted by Makerere University School of Public Health in Uganda with support from Grand Challenges Canada. The ongoing research is now examining the extent to which this improved knowledge carries through to changes in health-seeking practice.
A chest indrawing demonstration from our Breathing Problems video was recently shown on national TV in Nigeria. The clip (available HERE) was shown on The HealthZone, a TV health program focused on basic health education, which made its debut on Channels TV on April 1 with a show on pneumonia. Channels TV is the number one rated TV station in Nigeria, broadcasting to over 20 million people.
From the HealthZone website: “The HealthZone is a 30-minute television health magazine program that focuses on the delivery of health education on the most common ailments affecting the Nigerian population in simple terms that anyone can understand. … The HealthZone builds health awareness and educates the public on identifying potential health danger signs; illness prevention; disease control and when to seek medical help.”
New teaching materials on care of small babies are being introduced at the Helping Babies Survive workshop in Bangladesh. Our upcoming video series will complement the Essential Care for Small Babies curriculum, providing live-action footage to help health workers learn and remember best-practice care in low-resource settings for these vulnerable babies. We are collaborating with the producers of this global program, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and other members of the Survive and Thrive Global Development Alliance (see announcement HERE).
Our videos on childbirth showcase a midwifery approach to care with a birth attendant working solo, the norm in small facilities in much of the developing world. Three new videos cover the birth and early postpartum period. Birthing the Baby shows how to assist a mother to safely birth her baby and minimize tearing of the vagina. Managing the Third Stage of Labor shows how to use medicine to prevent postpartum hemorrhage and how to deliver the placenta. Our final video—The Birth: Labor, Delivery, and Early Postpartum—shows best practices for the full birth sequence, starting with labor through to immediate postpartum.
The videos are available in English, French, and Spanish, and may be downloaded free-of-charge from our video library.
Two new childbirth videos are now available. Managing the Second Stage of Labor shows how to support a woman during the pushing stage of labor and what to do if progress is slow. If a vaginal exam is needed to check that labor is progressing normally, The Vaginal Exam in Labor shows the steps in doing the exam, key information to gather, and emphasizes important issues such as obtaining the woman’s consent and working in a gentle and sensitive manner.
The videos—intended for frontline health workers in the developing world—are available in English, French, and Spanish. They may be downloaded free-of-charge from our video library.
Taking a Venous Blood Sample shows three different ways to draw blood from a baby’s vein, a procedure needed when more than a few drops of blood are required for lab tests. Eye Infections shows how to identify and manage such infections, which are common in young babies. Severe eye infections—if not treated properly—can cause blindness. Both videos are available in English, French, and Spanish.
If you missed our announcement, Care of the Cord and Keeping the Baby Warm were also released this month. All of our videos are available in English, French, and Spanish, and our first 30 videos are now available in Nepali. The videos, which can be downloaded free-of-charge from our video library, are intended for frontline health workers in the developing world.
Our newest video—Keeping the Baby Warm—is now available in English, French, and Spanish. Hypothermia in newborns is still a common problem and it contributes to the high neonatal mortality rate in the developing world. This video includes the 10 steps in the “warm chain.” It will help health workers gain an awareness of the importance of keeping newborn babies warm by simple methods such as drying and covering them immediately after birth, encouraging early breastfeeding, and keeping babies in skin-to-skin contact with their mothers.
This video is intended for frontline health workers in the developing world. If you would to download the video in English, French, and Spanish, you can do so at no charge by accessing the download link in our video library.
Our new video—Care of the Cord—is now available in English, French, and Spanish. Proper care of the cord is critical to prevent life-threatening infections in newborns, and to prevent bleeding from the cord stump. This video shows how to tightly tie or clamp the cord, several aspects of cord care, and how to apply chlorhexidine gel. Chlorhexidine gel is an antiseptic that has been shown to be effective in reducing newborn deaths from sepsis, and is now recommended in areas of the world where newborns are at greatest risk of infection.
This video is intended for frontline health workers in the developing world. If you would like to download the video in English, French, and Spanish, you can do so at no charge by accessing the download link in our video library.