Rwandan study: GHMP videos improve a mother’s
knowledge and confidence to care for her newborn

This research tested the effectiveness of using Global Health Media Project videos to increase a mother’s knowledge and confidence in caring for her newborn.

The study was done in Kigali, Rwanda in 2018. Two hospitals were included in the study: University Teaching Hospital of Kigali (CHUK) and Muhima District Hospital (MDH).

Fifty-nine mothers participated in the study. They were shown “Increasing Your Milk Supply, for mothers” narrated in Kinyarwanda, their native language. They were tested before and after watching the video.

The results showed a significant improvement in knowledge and confidence after viewing the video. For this reason, the authors concluded that video education has the potential to improve the care that mothers can provide to their babies. This is particularly important in countries like Rwanda where there is a shortage of trained health workers.

The full article (“Using a Global Health Media Project Video to Increase Knowledge and Confidence in the Mothers of Admitted Neonates in Rwanda: A Prospective Interventional Study” by Richard Arinitwe, Alice Willson, Sean Batenhorst, and Peter T Cartledge) is available at this link. It was published in the Journal of Tropical Pediatrics, Volume 66, Issue 2, April 2020, pages 136–143. It is also summarized in the conference presentation shown here.

Mothers Knowledge about Babies Rwanda study