Scaling Diagnosis and Treatment of Severe Neonatal Jaundice in Peru Through Community-Based Networks

Organization: 
INMED Partnerships for Children
Organization Location: 
Sterling, Virginia, USA
Project Location: 
Peru

Data suggests that the incidence of neonatal jaundice in Peru is underreported, particularly in rural areas where home births are common and where women who do give birth in health facilities may return home with their infants prior to the peak onset of severe jaundice. Subsequently, they face significant barriers to accessing follow-up care, resulting in significant treatment delays and risk for poor health outcomes. Furthermore, few community-based health care facilities are properly equipped to deliver phototherapy. These realities not only highlight significant gaps in newborn screening and treatment but also reveal the potential to scale the use of the Bili-Hut™ phototherapy device throughout Peru. INMED’s Saving Lives at Birth transition-to-scale project will improve screening for neonatal jaundice, including through community health agent networks; increase access to and utilization of phototherapy; and strengthen local health systems by improving data collection to guide health systems planning, which can ultimately have broader applicability and impact on the total system of newborn care beyond neonatal jaundice. INMED is uniquely positioned to lead the Bili-Hut™ scaling effort in Peru given its role in mobilizing health sector stakeholders, including the Ministry of Health and regional health departments, in a nationwide campaign to treat neglected tropical disease as a platform for national action and cooperation.