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Handwashing in the Perinatal Period: Literature Review and Synthesis of Qualitative Research Studies from Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Kenya

Published: March 14, 2015  /  Published by USAID Maternal & Child Health Integrated Program

This qualitative research synthesis reviews motivators, barriers and practices related to maternal handwashing in the perinatal period, and provides recommendations to health care practitioners.

The purpose of this literature review and synthesis of qualitative research studies from Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Kenya is three-fold:

  1. To report on a systematic review of the bio-medical literature regarding handwashing in the perinatal period in low- and middle-income country contexts.
  2. To synthesize the information available from the MCHIP- and USAID-funded qualitative research studies on the motivators and barriers, and current practices of maternal handwashing behavior in the perinatal period.
  3. To provide recommendations to practitioners seeking to develop and implement programs to promote handwashing to reduce neonatal mortality.

Read the full report here.

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