Naushero Feroze Neonatal Survival Project (AKU)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified March 2010 by Aga Khan University.
Recruitment status was  Recruiting
Save the Children
National Program for family planning and primary health care: Pakistan
Pakistan Ministry of Health
Information provided by:
Aga Khan University Identifier:
First received: May 9, 2011
Last updated: NA
Last verified: March 2010
History: No changes posted

The present study will be carried out in close collaboration with the National Program for Lady Health Workers, a Ministry of Health program with 100,000 Lady Health Workers covering 60% of the rural population of Pakistan. A team of Lady Health Workers and a Traditional Birth Attendant will provide care to the mothers and newborns at household level. A Basic Health Unit will take care of non complicated referrals and provide injectable antibiotics for neonatal sepsis. Complicated (definitions given in methods section) cases will be referred by the LHWs/BHUs to the District Headquarter Hospital which will have a functioning neonatal care unit. The District Health Services, Naushero Feroz, Provincial Department of Health, Sindh and the Federal Ministry of Health are study collaborators, therefore, guaranteeing scaling up of interventions at national level.


In comparison to a basic package of existing training program of LHWs, enhanced training of LHWs and TBAs in the early recognition and management of birth asphyxia, serious newborn infections and LBW (combined with prompt referral) will result in an additional 30% reduction in neonatal mortality.

Condition Intervention
Birth Asphyxia
Very Low Birth Weight Baby
Neonatal Sepsis
Behavioral: Intervention
Behavioral: Control

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Subject)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: Naushero Feroze Neonatal Survival Project: A Cluster Randomized Trial to Determine the Effectiveness of Package of Community Based Interventions to Reduce Neonatal Deaths Due to Birth Asphyxia, Low Birth Weight & Neonatal Sepsis

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Further study details as provided by Aga Khan University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • neonatal mortality rate Perinatal mortality rates Neonatal mortality rates [ Time Frame: two year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    the subjects from the two arms would be inquired on information pertaining to socioeconomic position, health services, behaviors and morbibity/ mortality. in view of the most reported concern in the previous studies is noenatal mortality, that information will be primarily important for this research.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Cause specific mortality rates (due to birth asphyxia,neonatal sepsis and low birth weight) [ Time Frame: two years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 16000
Study Start Date: March 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Intervention
This would be the interventional arm of the study, where the LHWs would receive additional training for identification and management of birth asphyxia, lbw, and sepsis.
Behavioral: Intervention
The LHWs of the selected intervention areas would receive additional training on ENC for identification, management and referral for birth asphyxia, lbw and neonatal sepsis.
Active Comparator: Control
This would be the comparative group of the study in which the LHWs would perform the usual routine tasks assigned to them by their program.
Behavioral: Control
The LHWs in the control areas would perform their routine tasks as assigned to them by their program

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Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 28 Days
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

Children of ages 1 day to 28 days, within the catchment area of the preformed research.

Exclusion Criteria:

Those who are not willing to participate in the study.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01350765

Contact: Mir MK Khan, MBA, MPhil +922134864385 ext 4385

Pediatric Resaerch Office, NF campus Recruiting
Naushero Feroze, Sindh, Pakistan
Contact: Shah Muhammad, MPH    92 242 481702   
Contact: Sajid B Soofi, FCPS    92 21 34864798   
Principal Investigator: Zulfiqar A Bhutta, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Aga Khan University
Save the Children
National Program for family planning and primary health care: Pakistan
Pakistan Ministry of Health
Principal Investigator: Zulfiqar ZB Bhutta, MBBS, PhD The Aga Khan University
Study Director: Sajid SBS Soofi, MBBS, MCPS (Peds), FCPS (Peds) The Aga Khan University
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Responsible Party: Professor Dr. Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhutta, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan Identifier: NCT01350765     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1212-Ped/ERC
Study First Received: May 9, 2011
Last Updated: May 9, 2011
Health Authority: National Program for family planning and primary health care: Pakistan

Keywords provided by Aga Khan University:
Birth asphyxia
Low birth weight
neonatal sepsis
community based interventions

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Asphyxia Neonatorum
Birth Weight
Body Weight
Infant, Newborn, Diseases
Pathologic Processes
Signs and Symptoms
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