ChildFund International
Operations Research Review:
Evaluation of a community-based MNCHN
innovation in rural Honduras
Pre...
Problems CSHGP project addressed
Inequitable access to basic MNCHN care:
• Inadequate health service coverage for the
CSP ...
Project goal and objectives
The goal of the CSP was to decrease maternal, neonatal,
infant and under-five child mortality ...
Development Hypothesis
A community-based model of integrated basic
MNCHN services (community volunteers working
from a loc...
Three Community-based Innovations
1. Define and standardize the role of communities in
order to increase institutional del...
What is UCOS?
UCOS are small freestanding structures located
in selected communities, equipped with essential
drugs, basic...
Target population
The project was located in 12 southern municipalities of
the Department of Francisco Morazán, which incl...
GPS Mapping Process
Partners:
• MOH, representatives of local government,
civil society organizations and local
beneficiar...
Purpose of Operations Research
Evaluate changes in 16 indicators (dependent variables)
related with UCOS service coverage,...
Six Coverage Indicators
1) proportion of the project’s target population
directly served by an UCOS;
2) pregnant women reg...
Six Outcome Indicators
1) pregnant women with at least 5 prenatal check-
ups;
2) maternal or child complications with effe...
Four Cost Indicators
1) normal delivery cost at maternal and child
health clinic;
2) normal delivery cost at home;
3) cost...
Six Coverage Indicator Results
Variable Baseline % Endline % X2 Sig.
Proportion of target
population directly
served by UC...
Six Outcome Indicators
Variable Baseline
%
Endline
%
X2 Sig.
Women made at least 5
prenatal visits during last
pregnancy
4...
Selected additional maternal and neonatal
outcomes indicators
• Delivered at a health facility (71% to 81%)
• Immediately ...
Selected additional child outcome
indicators:
Mothers took their children to a health provider within
24 hours of onset wh...
Child mortality rate trend in the project
area (but without a comparison group)
Cost of delivery according to the level of
attention and funding source
Service Delivery Level Institutional
cost
Out-of-p...
Cost of the care of an under five year old
according to the level of attention
Service Delivery Level Institutional
Cost
O...
Summary of average cost differentials
• Average out-of-pocket costs for a family who
sought health services at a health po...
Additional results of MCHIP Equity Study
Client satisfaction was high with services
received
Mothers and CHVs participating in final evaluation focus
groups mentio...
Summary of OR Study Findings
Of 16 indicators used to track progress:
• Six of 6 coverage indicators improved
• Three of 6...
Uptake of UCOS Model Post-project
• The MOH reports that the UCOS model needs more
testing and suggested several steps: (1...
Thank You!
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CSHGP Operations Research Findings_David Shankin_5.8.14

  1. 1. ChildFund International Operations Research Review: Evaluation of a community-based MNCHN innovation in rural Honduras Presentation: David Shanklin, MS CSGHP Operations Research Findings: Studying Systems for Community Health CORE Group Global Health Practitioner Conference May 5 – 9, 2014 Silver Spring, MD
  2. 2. Problems CSHGP project addressed Inequitable access to basic MNCHN care: • Inadequate health service coverage for the CSP population in a rural zone in Honduras: – Health facilities (HFs) over 1 hour walk for large proportion of the target population – Existing HFs have limited and and/or unavailable staff, limited hours of operation, frequent stock outs, poor client treatment, limited staff training and supervisory support, and poor quality care • High out-of pocket costs of accessing existing services for client families
  3. 3. Project goal and objectives The goal of the CSP was to decrease maternal, neonatal, infant and under-five child mortality in the project area to levels established by the GOH, in harmony with the MDGs. The CSP had three objectives: 1. Strengthen facility-based maternal and child health services, improving quality and demand; 2. Systemize a CB model of maternal, neonatal, and child health and nutrition (MNCHN) services, improving equity and quality; and 3. Document, disseminate, and promote improved CB MNCHN services, standards and norms within the national decentralization strategy, improving sustainability.
  4. 4. Development Hypothesis A community-based model of integrated basic MNCHN services (community volunteers working from a local physical structure applying quality improvement practices) linked to the Honduras national health system’s decentralization strategy will improve health equity among rural, low income beneficiaries by lowering barriers to access, cost and use.
  5. 5. Three Community-based Innovations 1. Define and standardize the role of communities in order to increase institutional deliveries and strengthen CB obstetric and neonatal care within a national decentralization strategy; 2. Create self-sustaining CB health units (UCOS) which integrate vertical MOH MNCHN programs and various cadres of community volunteers; and 3. Adapt and implement CB continuous quality improvement (CQI) systems for UCOS.
  6. 6. What is UCOS? UCOS are small freestanding structures located in selected communities, equipped with essential drugs, basic equipment and health education materials. Community volunteers offer care, attention, and education to persons in need, with an emphasis on women, infants and children. They are self-sustaining financially, managed by the community, supervised by the MOH, and given technical and logistical support by ChildFund Honduras. UCOS sustainability depends upon a functioning revolving drug fund.
  7. 7. Target population The project was located in 12 southern municipalities of the Department of Francisco Morazán, which includes 293 communities. Infants: 0-11 months 2,569 Children: 12-23 months 4,071 Children: 25-59 months 7,933 Total Children: 0-59 months 14,573 Women: 15-49 years 26,454 Total Target Population 41,027
  8. 8. GPS Mapping Process Partners: • MOH, representatives of local government, civil society organizations and local beneficiaries Criteria for UCOS location selection: • Existing health service locations, population density, transportation routes and access, community interest and resources, and political support
  9. 9. Purpose of Operations Research Evaluate changes in 16 indicators (dependent variables) related with UCOS service coverage, outcomes and costs. OR Methods: • Pre-test/post-test LQAS KPCs, no comparison groups • Review of linked program data from UCOS sites • Cost study, with comparison group • FGD and interviews for qualitative information Analysis: • Chi square analysis was used to compare baseline – endline differences in coverage and outcome variables
  10. 10. Six Coverage Indicators 1) proportion of the project’s target population directly served by an UCOS; 2) pregnant women registered; 3) pregnant women with delivery plan; 4) children under age two weighed during the last month; 5) neonates visited by a skilled worker within 3 days of birth; and 6) percent of visits to families with high risk factors.
  11. 11. Six Outcome Indicators 1) pregnant women with at least 5 prenatal check- ups; 2) maternal or child complications with effective referral; 3) children under 5 who receive treatment according to norms; 4) children under 5 with pneumonia who receive treatment according to norms; 5) children under 5 with diarrhea who receive treatment according to norms; and 6) children under two with low weight for age.
  12. 12. Four Cost Indicators 1) normal delivery cost at maternal and child health clinic; 2) normal delivery cost at home; 3) cost of child care at health facility; and 4) cost of child care at UCOS.
  13. 13. Six Coverage Indicator Results Variable Baseline % Endline % X2 Sig. Proportion of target population directly served by UCOS sites 1.4% 21% <.0001 Women’s last pregnancy registered 32% 96% 15.6 <.0001 Women had a delivery plan for last pregnancy 11% 23% 9.8 <.0001 Children under age two weighed in last month 91% 76% 11.2 <.0001 Neonates visited within 3 days of birth 31% 62% <.0001 Families with high risk factors visited* 0% 25% 54.9 < .0001
  14. 14. Six Outcome Indicators Variable Baseline % Endline % X2 Sig. Women made at least 5 prenatal visits during last pregnancy 48% 68% 9.8 < .0001 Women or children with complications provided with a referral 21% 31% 0.8 < 0.4 Children < 5 treated according to norms 14% 38.1% 27.7 < 0.001 Children < 5 with pneumonia treated according to norms 50% 100% 126.7 < 0.002 Children < 5 with diarrhea treated according to norms 50% 50% 0.17 < 0.7 Children < 2 with low weight for age 31% 28% 0.5 < 0.5
  15. 15. Selected additional maternal and neonatal outcomes indicators • Delivered at a health facility (71% to 81%) • Immediately breastfed at birth (44% to 70.5%) • Knew the danger signs of newborn infants (7.4% to 44.2%) and sought care (15.0 % to 85.7%) • Received postpartum care within seven days (39.2% to 74.7%) • Received neonatal care within seven days (59.1 % to 66.7%) • Received a home visit by qualified health personnel (from 13.7% to 73.8%) • Proportion of both partners (women and men) who participated in health care decision making (6.3% to 26.3%)
  16. 16. Selected additional child outcome indicators: Mothers took their children to a health provider within 24 hours of onset when they recognized danger signs of common childhood illnesses: • Diarrhea (from 5.3% to 33.3%) • Pneumonia (from 4.4% to 25.0%)
  17. 17. Child mortality rate trend in the project area (but without a comparison group)
  18. 18. Cost of delivery according to the level of attention and funding source Service Delivery Level Institutional cost Out-of-pocket cost Total Limpera Total USD Community (trained midwife) L. 13.00 L. 600.00 L. 613.00 $ 29.96 Materno-Infantil Clinic L. 4,760.72 L 1,130.00 L. 5,957.00 $ 291.15 San Felipe Hospital L. 7,301.63 L 2,180.00 L. 9,481.00 $463.39 Materno Infantil Hospital L. 9,492.00 L 1,680.00 L. 11,172.00 $ 546.84 Private Hospital NA L 23,000.00 L 23,000.00 $ 1,124.14 E
  19. 19. Cost of the care of an under five year old according to the level of attention Service Delivery Level Institutional Cost Out of pocket expenses % Total Limpera Total USD UCOS L. 29.78 L. 34.00 53% L. 63.78 $ 3.11 CESAR L. 128.46 L. 122.00 49% L251.58 $ 12.29 CESAMO L. 225.98 L. 162.00 42% L. 389.00 $ 16.56 Government Hospital L. 765.44 L. 686.74 47% L 1,457 $ 71.21
  20. 20. Summary of average cost differentials • Average out-of-pocket costs for a family who sought health services at a health post with an auxiliary nurse rather than an UCOS was 4 times more, at a health clinic with a doctor it was 6 times more, and at a hospital with a medical team it was 23 times more. • The average of cost an UCOS visit was USD $8.18. • Giving birth in the maternity clinic was 60% cheaper than in a governmental hospital.
  21. 21. Additional results of MCHIP Equity Study
  22. 22. Client satisfaction was high with services received Mothers and CHVs participating in final evaluation focus groups mentioned: • “The CHVs at the UCOS are always worried about us” • “We do not have to walk very far to get a medicine” • “We want to participate and support the CHVs because they work without payment” • “I am happy because (at the UCOS) I always find help”
  23. 23. Summary of OR Study Findings Of 16 indicators used to track progress: • Six of 6 coverage indicators improved • Three of 6 outcome indicators significantly improved, and selected other outcome indicators indicated clear improvements • Costs to clients were dramatically reduced, and the poorest of the poor were reached through UCOS services Conclusion: CB health units linked to MOH programs and existing health facilities provide less expensive, responsive MNCHN health services, and improve health equity to the poorest of the poor in rural Honduras.
  24. 24. Uptake of UCOS Model Post-project • The MOH reports that the UCOS model needs more testing and suggested several steps: (1) continue piloting and measuring results of the model; (2) reinforce the model with experiences from other rural service delivery projects in Honduras and other countries; and, (3) design a methodology and tools for the MOH to evaluate the model. • ChildFund continues to support 16 of the 28 UCOS started during the project period, which fall within long-term ChildFund Honduras program service areas. • 22 additional UCOS sites will be developed by ChildFund Honduras in an additional program area in the coming fiscal year.
  25. 25. Thank You!

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