PATH Basic Delivery Kit

Publication date: 2001

BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE Program for Appropriate Technology in Health BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE MAY 2001 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE August 2001 Program for Appropriate Technology in Health iiii PATH’S COMMITMENT TO IMPROVING CLEAN DELIVERY PRACTICES Program for Appropriate Technology in Health’s (PATH’s) primary mission is to improve health, especially the health of women and children. Since 1988, PATH has collaborated with ministries of health (MOHs) and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Nepal, Bangladesh, and Egypt to improve clean delivery practices through basic delivery kit projects. These experiences—together with ongoing collaboration with international agencies and requests from NGOs and MOHs from all regions of the world—have revealed a profound need for a comprehensive resource that will assist maternal and child health (MCH) managers in developing culturally appropriate, effective, and sustainable basic delivery kit projects. The Basic Delivery Kit Guide is an in-depth resource that will aid in developing delivery kit projects. Throughout the Basic Delivery Kit Guide, we emphasize that delivery kit projects are one component of comprehensive safe motherhood and clean delivery programs. They cannot be sustained without being initiated within the community and integrated into larger maternal and child health programs. Hopefully, as part of these programs, basic delivery kit projects will reinforce programs to reduce maternal and neonatal tetanus, puerperal sepsis, and umbilical cord infection. Program for Appropriate Technology in Health 1455 NW Leary Way Seattle, Washington 98107 U.S.A. info@path.org www.path.org Copyright © 2001, Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH). All rights reserved. Material in this manual may be freely used or reproduced for educational or non-commercial purposes, provided that the material is accompanied by an acknowledgement line. iiiiii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The Basic Delivery Kit Guide was produced with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the HealthTech: Technologies for Health Project, Cooperative Agreement No. HRN-A-00-96-90007. The opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the funders. PATH gratefully acknowledges the following World Health Organization (WHO) documents on which significant sections of the Basic Delivery Kit Guide are based: • World Health Organization (WHO). “Clean Delivery Techniques and Practices for Prevention of Tetanus and Sepsis: A Guide for District Programme Managers.” WHO/MSM/CHD94.2, Division of Family Health, WHO: Geneva (1994); and • WHO. “Clean Delivery Techniques and Practices for Prevention of Tetanus and Sepsis: Guidelines for Establishing Disposable Delivery Kit Assembling Units.” WHO/MSM/CHD94.4, Division of Family Health, WHO: Geneva (1994). Additional documents that greatly contributed to the Basic Delivery Kit Guide include program reports from Maternal and Child Health Products Pvt., Ltd. (MCHP) in Nepal, the Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh (CCDB), and Save The Children/US in Nepal. These NGOs have developed and maintained extremely effective national delivery kit programs; their experiences and lessons learned were invaluable to the development of this document. PATH would like to acknowledge the efforts of Barbara Crook, principal author of the Basic Delivery Kit Guide, and Donna Robinett for their years of commitment to maternal and child health, and specifically, to clean delivery kit projects in numerous countries. PATH would like to thank the following people for their considerable time and effort in reviewing the original draft of the Basic Delivery Kit Guide: Steve Jarrett, Cheang Kannitha, Elena Kehoe, Joyce Lyons, Sue Rae Ross, Christian Saunders, Patricia Stephenson, Catherine Winter Shaw, Vivien Tsu, and Margot Zimmerman. Their comments and suggestions have been invaluable. We also would like to thank our Zambian colleagues, Dr. Rueben Mbewe and Ireen Simbuwa. Jonathan Murray’s reports from the field in Nepal were extremely helpful. Finally, we would like to acknowledge the considerable commitment and effort on the part of the Basic Delivery Kit Guide team at PATH: Michele Burns, Kharin Kirkpatrick, Patrick McKern, Jill Perry, NanCee Sautbine, Barbara Stout, Siri Wood, Mary Beth Kurilo, and Adriane Pallat. All photographs are PATH’s unless otherwise noted. Some components of the cover page graphics are based on illustrations by Regina C. Faul-Doyle from Healthy Women, Healthy Mothers: An Information Guide. iviv LIST OF ACRONYMS BCC behavior change communication CBO community-based organization FGD focus group discussion IDI in-depth interview IEC information, education, and communication MCH maternal and child health MOH Ministry of Health NGO nongovernmental organization PATH Program for Appropriate Technology in Health TBA traditional birth attendant TT tetanus toxoid UN United Nations UNFPA United Nations Population Fund UNICEF United Nations Children’s Fund USAID United States Agency for International Development VSO voluntary services organization WHO World Health Organization vv TABLE OF CONTENTS PATH’s Commitment to Improving Clean Delivery Practices . ii Acknowledgments . iii List of Acronyms . iv Introduction . 1 Section 1: Background . 3 1.1 The Problem. 5 1.2 Improving the Situation. 6 1.3 Kits Contribute to Clean Delivery . 9 1.4 Types of Delivery Kits . 12 1.5 Kit Financing . 16 References . 19 Section 2: Deciding Whether to Develop a Basic Delivery Kit Project . 21 2.1 Determining Need and Feasibility . 23 2.2 When Basic Delivery Kits Are Already Available Locally . 27 2.3 Assessing Program Resources to Determine Feasibility . 29 2.4 Making the Decision . 32 2.5 Final Checklist . 33 Work Tools for Section 2 . 35 2.1 Qualitative Research: A Brief Explanation . 36 2.2 Interview Topic Guide for NGO or MOH Staff Who Have Already Developed a Local Delivery Kit . 38 2.3 Focus Group Discussion Topic Guide for TBAs . 43 2.4 Focus Group Discussion Topic Guide for Mothers . 47 2.5 Ordering United Nations Kits . 51 Section 3: Planning a Basic Delivery Kit Project . 55 3.1 Integrating the Basic Delivery Kit Project Into the MCH Strategy . 57 3.2 Setting Measurable Project Goals and Objectives . 58 3.3 Research Phases . 59 3.4 Determining Kit Contents and Packaging . 73 3.5 Identifying a Retail Price . 79 vivi Work Tools for Section 3 . 81 3.1 Sample Work Plan and Timeline for Basic Delivery Kit Project . 82 3.2 Sample Focus Group Discussion Topic Guide for Mothers . 86 3.3 In-depth Interview Topic Guide for Household Purchasers . 90 3.4 Sample Questionnaire for Merchants . 92 3.5 Sample Questionnaire for Health Staff, NGO Staff, and Community Health Workers . 95 3.6 Sample Questionnaire for Medical Stores and Pharmacies . 97 3.7 Manufacturers’ Survey Form . 101 3.8 Example of a Field Trial Orientation for Collaborating NGO Staff Who Will Work as Field Assistants . 104 3.9 Responsibilities of Field Trial Workers and Field Supervisors . 107 3.10 Sample Field Trial Worker Training Curriculum . 109 3.11 Sample Pregnant Woman Registration Form. 110 3.12 Sample Postnatal Interview Questionnaire . 111 3.13 Sample Field Assistant Training Curriculum . 117 3.14 Sample Weekly Record Form . 119 3.15 Sample Test Market Data Tables From Nepal Project . 120 3.16 Sample Field Assistant Retail Outlet Form . 122 3.17 Sample Focus Group Discussion Topic Guide for Assessing Promotional Materials . 123 3.18 Pretest Guide for the Pictorial Insert and Kit Packaging . 125 3.19 Sample Delivery Kit Cost Breakdown from Nepal . 126 References . 127 Section 4: Kit Assembly . 129 4.1 Working With the Community . 131 4.2 Steps for Establishing Kit Assembly Sites . 131 Work Tools for Section 4 . 145 4.1 Sample Work Plan for Establishing a Kit Assembly Site . 146 4.2 Worksheet for Estimating Number of Kits to Assemble Per Year/Month . 147 4.3 Worksheet for Calculating Number of Delivery Kits for Different Sites . 148 4.4 Worksheet for Estimating Cost of Assembly Equipment . 149 4.5 Sample Training Curriculum and Guidelines for Kit Assemblers . 150 4.6 Model Steps for Organizing Assembly Stations . 153 4.7 Model System—Assembly Stations for Delivery Kits . 160 viivii 4.8 Sample Checklist for Random Monitoring of the Quality of Basic Delivery Kits . 161 References . 162 Section 5: Kit Distribution and Promotion . 163 5.1 Distributing Basic Delivery Kits . 165 5.2 Developing a Kit Promotion Strategy . 170 Work Tools for Section 5 . 179 5.1 Sample Basic Delivery Kit Promotional Campaign in Nepal . 180 5.2 Promotional Materials Development Work Plan . 182 5.3 Sample Pretest Questions for Promotional Materials . 183 5.4 Sample Marketing Budget for Clean Home Delivery Kit/Nepal . 184 5.5 Sample Radio Broadcast Schedule for Clean Home Delivery Kit (CHDK) in Nepal . 186 References . 187 Section 6: Sustaining and Evaluating Basic Delivery Kit Projects . 189 6.1 Sustaining Basic Delivery Kit Projects . 191 6.2 Project Supervision . 193 6.3 Monitoring and Evaluation . 195 References . 206 Section 7: Recommendations and Conclusion . 207 7.1 Recommendations . 209 7.2 Conclusion. 211 1 INTRODUCTION Purpose of the Basic Delivery Kit Guide Enhanced use of clean delivery practices in homes and maternity facilities can improve maternal and neonatal health in low-resource settings. To facilitate clean delivery practices, PATH has produced the Basic Delivery Kit Guide. Designed for maternal and child health (MCH) managers who wish to develop a basic delivery kit project as one component of their integrated MCH program, this guide provides comprehensive and practical information on the design, development, distribution, and promotion of single-use, disposable delivery kits. Work tools and case studies have been provided to further aid the development of basic delivery kit projects. Basic Delivery Kits The major focus of this guide is the single-use, disposable delivery kit containing essential components for clean delivery. For the purpose of clarity, this kit is referred to throughout the guide as the basic delivery kit. Basic delivery kits can increase awareness and use of clean delivery practices. The kits are designed for use in the home by untrained and trained birth attendants (TBAs) and women delivering alone. Basic delivery kits contain supplies that are essential for supporting clean delivery practices and providing clean cord care immediately after birth. While basic delivery kits are designed for use in the home, they can also be used in resource-poor medical facilities such as health posts or health centers. Basic delivery kit projects should be considered one component of a comprehensive safe motherhood program. In addition, the basic delivery kit should complement and be closely integrated with clean delivery programs and tetanus toxoid immunization programs in a combined effort to reduce maternal and neonatal tetanus and sepsis. Contents of the Basic Delivery Kit Guide The guide is divided into seven sections and an appendix: • Section 1: Background • Section 2: Deciding Whether to Develop a Basic Delivery Kit Project • Section 3: Planning a Basic Delivery Kit Project • Section 4: Kit Assembly 2 • Section 5: Kit Distribution and Promotion • Section 6: Sustaining and Evaluating Basic Delivery Kit Projects • Section 7: Recommendations and Conclusion Sections 2, 3, 4, and 5 are followed by a set of work tools that kit project managers can use to design and implement the basic delivery kit project. These tools include focus group and interview guides, worksheets, procurement information, training curricula, and sample work plans. Many are either general guidelines or examples from specific countries, and may be adapted to meet local needs. Most of the instruments have been tested and used in actual basic delivery kit projects. Examples from the field have been incorporated into the text. How to Use This Guide To maximize its utility, the Basic Delivery Kit Guide has been designed to be adapted to a range of program needs. While the guide focuses on large or national- level delivery kit projects, it can be adapted and applied to smaller projects on district or provincial levels. • Managers of large-scale delivery kit projects will benefit from reviewing each of the guide’s sections. They may find the step-by-step guidelines and work tools particularly useful. The work tools can be used as the basis for a workshop to help MCH managers decide if local kit development is appropriate, or as instruments for a series of workshops to orient kit project development once the decision to produce kits has been made. • Projects focusing on one or two health districts may wish to adapt sections, especially the work tools, to meet their specific projects needs. For example, smaller delivery kit projects may choose to limit the scope of activities by cutting out some phases of research, or by contracting with other agencies to conduct marketing, distribution, or retail activities. • Professional organizations and academic programs may find the case studies useful as reference materials. The manner in which the guide is used depends on the individual program manager and the objectives and resources of their clean delivery program. BACKGROUNDBACKGROUND 3 BACKGROUNDBACKGROUNDBACKGROUNDBACKGROUND 1 Program for Appropriate Technology in Health www.path.org BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE4 1 SECTION 1 BACKGROUND SUMMARY Section 1 provides background information on the global incidence of maternal and neonatal tetanus, puerperal sepsis, and cord infection. These problems are directly related to unclean delivery practices, including use of unclean cord-cutting instruments and placing substances on the cord after cutting. In addition, the section provides information on: • the ways in which basic delivery kits help alleviate these problems by supporting clean delivery practices; • three types of kit financing, including fully subsidized, partially subsidized, and commercial kits; • different types of delivery kits, including single-use, disposable kits, UNFPA and UNICEF kits, pre-assembled kits, TBA kits, and non-assembled kits. This manual focuses on the basic delivery kit—a single-use, disposable kit intended primarily for home use. SECTION 1: BACKGROUND 5 11.1 THE PROBLEMMaternal Mortality and Morbidity Each year more than 600,000 women die from complications during pregnancy and childbirth.1 On average, there are as many as 480 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in developing countries.2 Of these maternal deaths, 15 percent (90,000 women) result from puerperal infections, including 5 percent (30,000 women) from tetanus (Figure 1).1, 3 The incidence of both puerperal infections and tetanus can be reduced through clean delivery practices. Neonatal Mortality and Morbidity Approximately nine million infant deaths occur each year. Of these, over half (53 percent) are neonatal, meaning that they occur during the first four weeks after birth, and more than one third (3.2 million) occur within the first week of life. Many of the neonatal deaths that take place after the first week result from events occurring during the period immediately before and after birth.4 Tetanus and other infections are among the leading causes of neonatal mortality. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 33 percent of all neonatal deaths are attributed to infections—principally neonatal tetanus and sepsis.1 Each year some 440,000 infants die of neonatal tetanus and other severe bacterial infections.4 Infants with neonatal tetanus often have a concomitant cord infection caused by unclean delivery or unclean cord care practices.5 While increasing tetanus toxoid (TT) immunization coverage of pregnant women is the most effective way to reduce maternal and neonatal deaths that result from tetanus, TT vaccine provides no protection against other bacterial infections transmitted by unclean delivery practices.4 One of the main factors contributing to the high incidence of neonatal and maternal tetanus and sepsis is that the majority of deliveries take place under unclean circumstances.5 Globally, almost two-thirds of births occur at home, and only half are attended by traditional birth attendants (TBAs).6 *Other direct causes include, for example: ectopic pregnancy, embolism, anaesthesia- related complications. **Indirect causes include, for example: anaemia, malaria, heart disease. Source: PATH. “Safe Motherhood: Successes and Challenges.” Outlook 16:1,6 (July 1998). Figure 1. Other direct causes* 8% Indirect causes** 20% Unsafe abortion 13% Infection 15% Severe bleeding 24% Obstructed labor 8% Eclampsia 12% Causes of Maternal Death BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE6 1 Most Birth Attendants Have No TrainingEach year an estimated 60 million women give birth with the help of an untrained TBA or family member, or with no help at all. Often the birth attendant is a relative or neighbor. In developing countries, an estimated 50 percent of deliveries are conducted by untrained TBAs who are poorly equipped to conduct the delivery.7 While TBAs are committed to positive delivery outcomes and perform some beneficial practices, they may unknowingly use harmful traditional practices. In addition, they may not have access to clean water or the supplies necessary for clean delivery.5 Infants delivered at home without a TBA and without hygienic precautions are at particular risk for tetanus and sepsis infections, as are their mothers.8 In home deliveries where a trained provider assists, the provider usually is a TBA. Training TBAs in clean delivery techniques and the correct use of basic delivery kits can help improve delivery outcomes. Governmental support of clean delivery practices and training of TBAs is key to the success of this effort. In Nepal, Kenya, and Zimbabwe, for example, ministry of health (MOH) policies require that TBAs use basic delivery kits during home births. 1.2 IMPROVING THE SITUATION Safe Motherhood Initiative The Safe Motherhood Initiative was launched in 1987 by an alliance of international agencies committed to improving maternal health and reducing maternal mortality worldwide. The member agencies work together to raise awareness, set priorities, implement research and interventions, and share information. Specific program priorities identified by the Safe Motherhood Initiative include having: (1) skilled attendants present at birth; (2) access to midwifery care in the community; (3) access to essential Basic Delivery Kits Must Be Part of a Comprehensive Strategy Based on the conclusions of quantitative research in 1998 of a basic delivery kit in Nepal, PATH advocates “ . . . where unhygienic practices are widespread, inexpensive basic delivery kits designed to suit local needs and tastes can contribute to a reduction in infection. . . . If clean cutting implements are already used, special kits may not add much benefit. Although management of cord cutting is a critical step, what is put on the cord afterward in terms of foreign substances or cloth dressings is also important. The kit can provide the necessary components to make compliance with hygiene messages easier, but its value can be reduced if it is not part of a comprehensive strategy to reduce obstetric and newborn complications.”9 SECTION 1: BACKGROUND 7 1obstetric care, including emergency services; (4) provision of integratedreproductive health care; and (5) a continuum of care.10 The initiative’s community focus is on behavior change strategies urging prevention of infection and clean delivery practices. This includes the reduction of harmful traditional practices, upgrading equipment in delivery rooms, and promotion of community-based health education activities. One way of supporting clean delivery practices in the community is the development of clean delivery programs that raise the awareness of local leaders, mothers, and pregnant women and their partners. Delivery kit projects can be developed as one component of integrated safe motherhood and clean delivery programs. Reducing Tetanus and Other Infections According to WHO, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in order to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus, it is essential that: • three doses of TT vaccine be administered to at least 80 percent of all women of childbearing age in high-risk areas, and • clean delivery practices be promoted and emphasized through health education.11 Tetanus elimination is a two-pronged approach— immunizing women with TT and improving clean delivery practices.11 The two interventions must be consistently integrated within maternal and child health (MCH) programs. Additional protection of women from puerperal infection, and newborns from sepsis and cord infection, can be provided by: • improving clean practices and ensuring clean equipment in health facilities; Principles of Clean Delivery According to WHO’s Six Principles of Cleanliness at Birth, “The hands of the birth attendant must be washed with water and soap, as well as the perineum of the woman. The surface on which the infant is delivered must be clean. Instruments for cutting the cord and cord care (razor blade, cutting surface, cord ties) should be clean. Nothing should be applied either to the cutting surface or to the stump. The stump should be left uncovered to dry and to mummify.” The six principles of cleanliness include: • clean hands; • clean perineum; • nothing unclean introduced into the vagina; • clean delivery surface; • clean cord-cutting instrument; • clean cord care (including cord ties and cutting surface).6 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE8 1 • improving clean practices in home deliveries by supporting the use ofsimple, disposable delivery kits; and• promoting clean delivery messages in communities.6 The Cord Is Key According to WHO, clean delivery and cord care mean observing principles of cleanliness throughout labor and delivery, and after birth until the separation of the cord stump.6 Clean cord care includes washing hands with clean water and soap before delivery, laying the newborn on a clean surface, washing hands again before tying and cutting the cord, cutting the cord with a clean instrument, and clean stump care.5 Cord infections frequently result from a lack of hygienic cord-cutting practices or inadequate care of the cord stump. Unclean household items such as scissors, knives, sickles, stones, broken glass, or used razor blades often are used to cut the cord. Because these items seldom are cleaned or boiled before use, they are likely sources of infection. While some cultural traditions—such as heating the knife over a fire before cutting the cord—may be beneficial, others are detrimental. For example, in areas of Malawi, the cord is cut using a peel from bamboo, reed, or sugarcane.12 To maintain a clean cord stump, the cord stump must be kept dry and clean. In addition, nothing should be applied to the stump; antiseptics are not needed for cleaning. In many cultures, unclean substances are traditionally placed on the cord stump. In Blantyre, Malawi, for example, untrained TBAs use their fingers to apply pressure to the cord, while in Nsanje, Malawi, untrained TBAs put rat, rabbit, or chicken feces, or dirt from the floor on the cord stump to prevent bleeding. To facilitate the healing process, substances such as salt, soot, juice from banana shoots, and spider’s webs also are placed on the umbilical stump.12 Harmful practices such as these should be discouraged and replaced with an acceptable substitute.6 Cord care is key to good neonatal care. SECTION 1: BACKGROUND 9 1While clean delivery practices help lower the incidence of delivery-related infections,they do not affect postpartum infections caused by pre-existing reproductive tractinfections in pregnant women.13 Reproductive tract infections such as gonorrhea are a common cause of sepsis. To prevent the advancement of infection, pregnant women should be screened and treated for these infections during prenatal visits. 1.3 KITS CONTRIBUTE TO CLEAN DELIVERY Why Are Delivery Kits Important? Delivery kits are one important step to improving clean delivery practices within integrated maternal and neonatal health programs. Delivery kits have several key objectives. When introduced as part of clean delivery programs, they contribute to the: • promotion of clean delivery practices; • reduction of maternal sepsis; • reduction of neonatal tetanus, sepsis, and cord infection; • reinforcement of maternal and newborn health programs; and • provision of a convenient source of clean supplies. In the home, supplies needed to conduct a clean delivery often are not available. Even where reusable delivery kits are used by trained TBAs, the instruments are seldom cleaned between deliveries, and necessary supplies such as clean cord ties may not be restocked. WHO states that “The use of simple, disposable delivery kits will help achieve as clean a delivery as possible.” To this end, WHO recommends that a delivery kit should contain, at a minimum: • a piece of soap for cleaning hands and perineum; • a plastic sheet of about one square meter to provide a clean delivery surface; • a clean razor blade for cutting the umbilical cord; and • clean cord ties. Clean Home Delivery Kit in Banjura, Nepal The arrival of the Clean Home Delivery Kit and its promotion and distribution through CARE’s activities in Banjura has brought a considerable increase in the level of awareness of cleaner and safer deliveries, as well as actual behavioral change such as the use of a clean razor blade rather than a sickle for cord cutting.14 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE10 1 These materials should be packaged in a box or sealed plastic bag with illustratedinstructions on how to wash hands thoroughly before delivery and again beforehandling the infant’s umbilical cord, and on how to use other items in the package.6 The pictorial instructions are key to reinforcing clean techniques such as hand washing and to guiding correct use of kit components by kit users of all literacy levels. The immediate benefits of supplying the essential items in one kit are: • All the essential items are conveniently available at the time of delivery, decreasing the likelihood that unclean items will be used. • All the materials are new, clean, and provided in adequate quantities. • The use of single-use, disposable delivery kits by trained midwives may enhance the credibility of the kits in the community and encourage wider acceptance and use. Long-term Impact on MCH Outcomes Along with training of TBAs and community health workers in the correct use of the kit, the introduction of a basic delivery kit into an integrated MCH strategy can result in important long-term outcomes including: • increased awareness of the importance of clean delivery practices by various kit users; • increased number of clean deliveries; • decreased incidence of cord infection that results in morbidity and mortality; • improved links between health workers and TBAs; • increased registration of pregnancies and births; • monitoring of birth outcomes; • introduction of income-generating activities; and • financial incentives for TBAs. Other long-term outcomes or benefits of kit introduction may become apparent over time. For example, kit introduction may encourage increased antenatal care visits or prompt increased referral of high-risk pregnant women to antenatal care due to increased TBA knowledge and awareness from training. Impact of Locally Developed Kits on the Community In India, a 1991 case study by the Rural Women’s Social Education Centre (RUWSEC) on the development and use of kits showed that “[i]mpact of the use of simple delivery kits on health was . . . unexpected . . . the interaction between pregnant women and the workers of RUWSEC resulted in a heightened awareness of the need for special care during pregnancy and preparation for delivery.”15 SECTION 1: BACKGROUND 11 1Including Men in Delivery Kit ProjectsMen play a critical role in the design, development, and sustainability of delivery kit programs. As village leaders, they are critical to community involvement. As husbands, fathers, and brothers of pregnant women, they often are invested emotionally in the outcome of deliveries. Within the family, men frequently are purchasers of household supplies and set priorities on the way scarce money is spent. They also may be distributors, wholesalers, or retailers of household supplies, including kits. Because of this involvement, men should be included throughout the steps of a delivery kit project, such as: • in the feasibility study, with respect to motivation to purchase; • in the needs assessment, particularly with respect to kit price; • as a key target group for promotional activities; and • during the market test, if they are involved in the purchase and/or sale of the kits. Men also should be included in awareness-raising efforts so they understand how basic delivery kits can contribute to the improved health of women and children. Who Can Use Basic Delivery Kits? Basic delivery kits can be used by mothers or anyone assisting with a delivery, including: • mothers delivering alone; • trained and untrained TBAs; • occasional birth attendants such as relatives or neighbors; and • midwives. Mothers-in-law often assist in deliveries and are potential kit purchasers. Ph ot o: JH U /C C P Men are major purchasers of delivery kits. W H O BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE12 1 The use of basic delivery kits is becoming increasingly common in urban clinics andhospital settings that face severe shortages of supplies and equipment. In somesituations, pregnant women purchase the kit during antenatal clinic visits and take the kit with them to the hospital for their deliveries. 1.4 TYPES OF DELIVERY KITS Delivery kits come in many different forms. They may range from simple cord- cutting kits used by untrained attendants in which the primary component is a clean razor blade, to comprehensive kits designed for trained TBAs and midwives that contain many items including scissors, fetoscopes, sutures, anesthetics, and flashlights. Factors that determine the contents of the kit include: • the type and training of kit users; • site of kit use; • financial resources available for developing the kit; • traditional practices related to delivery; • various emergency situations that require basic, conveniently packaged medical supplies; • medical policy of the country or the agency developing the kit; and • local availability of raw materials for kit components. Kits for Home Use The kits designed for home use are easy to use and convenient, especially for women who are not trained as birth attendants. At a minimum, the essential items in these kits include a razor blade for cutting the infant’s umbilical cord, soap, cord ties, a plastic sheet, and pictorial instructions. The primary focus is clean cord care. Consequently, programs should not use the words “safe birth” to describe the basic delivery kit, because these kits do not address causes of neonatal and maternal mortality other than tetanus and sepsis. Most women deliver at home alone. Photo: JH U /C C P SECTION 1: BACKGROUND 13 1Locally, these kits may be available through NGOs, MOH agencies, mothers’groups, small retailers, or directly from the TBA performing the delivery. If not locallyavailable, these kits can be ordered through United Nations (UN) agencies such as UNFPA and UNICEF. (For ordering information, see Work Tool 2.5.) Most kits are fully or partially subsidized by NGOs or local governments. In October 1995, the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Burundi and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched the Safe Home Delivery Assistance Program. The objective was to reduce the rates of postpartum infection and neonatal tetanus by improving hygiene of home births. The program began in the southern province of Makamba, chosen because it had a high level of prenatal consultations at the time. Moreover, the health centers and personnel in Makamba were reliable, and supervision was possible because it was safe from effects of the civil war. The program encouraged pregnant women to buy a delivery kit containing materials to use for births at home. Health center staff sold the kits only to women who sought prenatal screening and showed no significant health problems. The women paid a token price (US$0.25) for the kit, which was only one-third of the actual market value. Health center staff used kit sale proceeds to cover transportation costs for obstetrical emergencies. This benefit contributed to community support of the home delivery kits. In 1996, the program sold 2,000 kits, and eventually incorporated kit distribution into TBA trainings. Unfortunately, civil war in Burundi affected the province of Makamba and made it impossible to evaluate the program or to document lessons learned. Despite the obstacles to evaluation, the MOH and UNICEF made supervisory visits and collected anecdotal evidence of kit users’ and health workers’ satisfaction. Based on these findings, program managers expanded the project to other provinces in Burundi.16 EXAMPLE FROM THE FIELD: BURUNDI BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE14 1 Kits for Use in Hospitals or Health PostsMedical facilities are often presumed to have an adequate supply of clean delivery materials. In reality, such materials are frequently unavailable due to a general scarcity of supplies, poorly trained staff, or the pirating of supplies for use in non- obstetric services. Although single-use, disposable delivery kits for home use have received considerable attention in recent years, hospitals and health posts also have a need for basic delivery kits—particularly kits that are designed for resource-poor facilities in both rural and urban areas. Kits for use in hospitals or health posts should be stored and maintained in secure areas. They can be reserved for use by medical providers during deliveries or sold to women in advance of need, such as during antenatal visits or when they present for delivery. Kits for Use in Refugee or Emergency Situations UNFPA has designed single-use, disposable delivery kits for use in refugee camps and emergency situations such as wars, floods, and earthquakes. These kits are easy to transport and distribute in difficult situations that may lack trained birth attendants. Pre-assembled Kits for TBAs and Midwives Pre-assembled delivery kits for trained TBAs and midwives are comprehensive kits used during home deliveries. The most common pre-assembled kits are those supplied by UNICEF for both trained midwives and TBAs at the completion of training programs. These kits include core, reusable components (such as metal bowls and scissors), and one-time-use supplies such as cotton balls, gauze, and cord ties, which require resupply. A kit TBAs Have Not Been Adequately Trained in Use of Their Delivery Kits “In Pakistan, a 1986 study by UNICEF found that 31 percent of trained TBAs never carried their kits, and 21 percent carried them only some of the time. Similar reports come from India, Ghana, and Haiti. TBAs may not use their kits because they have not been adequately trained in use of all the items, because supplies run out, or because they consider them symbols of their training—like diplomas—and thus, more appropriately displayed than used. There are several solutions to these problems. Training courses should teach TBAs how to use everything in the kit. Also, if kits are made from local products, TBAs can restock them more easily . . . TBAs may be more likely to use the kits when clients provide them.”17 SECTION 1: BACKGROUND 15 1may be configured to contain the type and quantities of equipment best suited to aparticular MCH program’s needs; the midwifery kits described in the UNICEFcatalog provide suggestions of possible combinations of kit components. They were designed so that the expendable supplies would be either replaced by country MCH programs or by the users themselves. Unfortunately, the use of pre-assembled TBA and midwifery kits has been limited because: • many items are not used, as TBAs and midwives fear losing or spoiling them, cannot afford to resupply them, or the items are not locally available; • they are expensive, so not all TBAs or midwives receive them; • some items are not used, as they are considered unnecessary for normal home delivery according to traditional practices, or because TBAs and midwives have not been adequately trained in their use; • they are not made available to TBAs or occasional birth attendants who have not received formal training; • it is difficult to keep the kit components clean, given the conditions in most villages; and • equipment such as bowls or pans occasionally are taken for use in household chores. Due to these limitations, the UN agencies have re-evaluated the design of their kits for TBAs and midwives, and are designing simpler, more economical kits for use in a variety of situations.18 These will replace the currently available kits in the near future. (See Work Tool 2.5, Ordering United Nations Kits.) Non-assembled Kits Rather than providing TBAs with pre-assembled kits, which may be costly or difficult to distribute, some NGOs provide instructions to women attending antenatal clinics regarding which items to gather for making their own single-use kit. BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE16 1 1.5 KIT FINANCINGThe financing of basic delivery kits may be fully subsidized, partially subsidized, or commercial in nature. Fully Subsidized Kits Most single-use, disposable delivery kits are fully subsidized. NGOs include the costs of development, distribution, and promotion in their annual budgets. Communities that promote fully subsidized kits distribute them free of charge to midwives, TBAs, and community health workers, often through training events at their local agencies. Some NGOs require that their trained TBAs use the fully subsidized kits and provide them with a quota of kits every month. Pregnant women may receive them free of charge when they attend antenatal clinics. While subsidizing kits may help ensure their availability in communities, the subsidy itself may be problematic. In addition to reducing the perceived value of the kit, it can become a financial burden on the agency. As donor priorities change and funding becomes scarce, sustainability becomes a challenge. Partially Subsidized Kits Partially subsidized kits are sold at a price that does not fully cover the costs of production, promotion, and distribution. The project requires partial subsidy, because the producing agency cannot fully recover the costs from users. In order to compensate for these unrecovered costs, the agency develops a range of activities including: • negotiating in-kind contributions for kit promotion such as radio and television advertisements from UNICEF or UNFPA; • increasing kit production and sales through reducing and, thus, subsidizing prices to the consumer; • collaborating with other NGOs or government agencies to purchase and distribute the kit as part of their programs; and • allocating part of the agency’s safe motherhood or child survival budget to support kit activities. Much of the information in this guide refers to partially subsidized kits. Delivery kit subsidized by the MOH, Kenya. SECTION 1: BACKGROUND 17 1Commercial Delivery KitsAt a minimum, commercial delivery kit prices must cover all costs. They are sold to consumers at a price that ensures some profit to the producer. They are self- sufficient (i.e., not subsidized). However, the distribution and promotion efforts required for economic self-sufficiency are very time-consuming. There are few examples, if any, of successful, commercially viable, basic delivery kit projects. Basic delivery kit projects that are partially subsidized or commercial should be careful about “seeding” kits (that is, providing a limited number of free kits to generate awareness and interest in using the kit). When free kits are provided, people will expect them to continue to be free and will not want to pay for them. They may also value them less. BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE18 1 To increase the probability of clean deliveries and to decrease maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality in Cambodia, the Reproductive and Child Health Alliance (RACHA) and UNICEF sponsored the pilot testing of a Home Birth Kit. The pilot test took place in four provinces from May through August 2000, in collaboration with the National Maternal and Child Health Center. The results indicated a high demand for kits; high acceptability by rural women, midwives, and TBAs; and correct use of kit contents. The agencies found that the kit could be most effectively marketed commercially through pharmacies, drug shops, and small stores using wholesale distribution channels. The program is growing rapidly, with plans to strengthen and expand distribution. The Home Birth Kit includes a plastic sheet, non- sterile gloves, a sterile blade, string cord ties, soap powder, a fingernail brush, gauze, gentian violet, a pictorial instruction sheet, and a TT educational message advising women to seek TT immunization and antenatal care. The kits are sold to TBAs, midwives, and Feedback Committee Members (village health volunteers) for use during outreach and private delivery visits to rural pregnant women who deliver at home. RACHA provides the kits to sellers who sell them for R3,000 (US$0.77), a price that is deemed reasonable and affordable by users. Periodically, Home Birth Kit monitors visit these sellers to collect R2,500 (US$0.64) for each kit sold and to resupply them with more kits (i.e., sellers keep a profit of R500 as an incentive). Kit production is still slightly subsidized, but the program is expected to become self-sufficient as larger quantities are produced.19,20 When the kit is endorsed by the Cambodian Ministry of Health, it can be included in the essential drug list and national distribution channels. EXAMPLE FROM THE FIELD: CAMBODIA1 SECTION 1: BACKGROUND 19 1REFERENCES1. World Health Organization (WHO). “Making Pregnancy Safer: A health sector strategy for reducing maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality.” (Unpublished) (2000). 2. WHO. “Reduction of Maternal Mortality: A Joint WHO/UNFPA/UNICEF/ World Bank Statement.” Geneva: World Health Organization (1999). 3. United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), WHO, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). “Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination by 2005.” http://www.unfpa.org/tpd/publications/ matetanuseng.pdf (November 2000). 4. WHO. The World Health Report 1998: Life in the 21st Century, A Vision for All. Geneva: Office of World Health Reporting (1998). 5. WHO. “Care of the Umbilical Cord: A Review of the Evidence.” http://www.who/int.rht/ documents/MSM98-4/MSM-98-4.htm (1 June 2000). 6. WHO. “Essential Newborn Care: Report of a Technical Working Group (Trieste, 25-29 April 1994).” http://www.who.int/rht/documents/MSM96-13/essential_newborn_care.htm (7 November 2000). 7. WHO. “Coverage of Maternity Care: A Listing of Available Information, Fourth Ed.” http:// safemotherhood.org/factsheets/maternal_mortality.htm (2000). 8. WHO, UNICEF. “Revised 1990 Estimates of Maternal Mortality: A New Approach by WHO and UNICEF.” (WHO/FRH/MSM/96.11; UNICEF/PLN/96.1). 9. Tsu V. “Nepal Clean Home Delivery Kit: Health Impact Evaluation.” PATH. (Unpublished) (May 2000). 10. Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH). “Safe Motherhood: Successes and Challenges.” Outlook 16:1,6 (July 1998). 11. UNICEF. “Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination Technical Review Meeting: Summary and Recommendations.” (Unpublished) (December 1999). 12. Matinga PU. “Improving Quality and Access to Maternal Health Services for Malawian Women.” The Safe Motherhood Project (1998). 13. UNICEF. Programming for Safe Motherhood: Guidelines for Maternal and Neonatal Survival. New York: UNICEF (1999). 14. Manandhar M. “Birthing Practices Study: Remote Areas Basic Needs Project—Banjura.” CARE, Nepal (Unpublished) (May 1999). 15. Ravindran S. “Development, Use, and Health Impact of Simple Delivery Kits: A Case Study by a Grassroots Women’s Organization.” Rural Women’s Social Education Centre (Unpublished) (May 1991). 16. “Home Delivery Kits for Burundi.” http://www.unicef.org/safe/burundi.htm (7 July 1999). BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE20 1 17. Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs. “Mother’s Lives Matter: Maternal Health in the Community.” Population Reports: Issues in World Health, series L, no. 7 (September 1988). 18. Program for Appropriate Technology in Health. “Technologies for safe births.” Health Technology DIRECTIONS 4(2) (1984). 19. Presentation at the Technical Advisory Group meeting on Clean Birth Practices, UNFPA Headquarters: New York City (19 June 2000). 20. Smith M. (RACHA) Personal communication (21 November, 2000). 2DECIDING WHETHER TO DEVELOP A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT Program for Appropriate Technology in Health www.path.org BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE22 2 SECTION 2 DECIDING WHETHER TO DEVELOP A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT SUMMARY Section 2 reviews the information program managers must consider when deciding whether to develop a basic delivery kit project, and how to determine whether a basic delivery kit project is an appropriate intervention for the identified MCH problem. It discusses: • how to conduct a situation analysis; • techniques of qualitative research; and • the agency resources required to implement and sustain a basic delivery kit project, including staff, time, and financial resources. SECTION 2: DECIDING WHETHER TO DEVELOP A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 23 2 2.1 DETERMINING NEED AND FEASIBILITY The most fundamental step when considering development of a delivery kit project is to determine whether there is a need for a basic delivery kit. Maternal and child health (MCH) program managers should consider the specific ways in which the production and distribution of a basic delivery kit can help address the community’s need and determine whether a basic delivery kit project would be appropriate and feasible. Situation Analysis To obtain this information, program managers should conduct a situation analysis consisting of a survey of key documents, community meetings, focus groups with traditional birth attendants (TBAs) and women who deliver at home, and in-depth interviews with key staff of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and ministry of health (MOH) MCH programs. It should be emphasized that this situation analysis is limited in scope. A limited number of focus groups and in-depth interviews should be conducted. These, in combination with the survey of key documents, will determine the need for a basic delivery kit project. Survey of Key Documents To assess the extent of maternal and neonatal problems and to determine what types of interventions have been used in the past, program managers should gather data on MCH indicators from the MOH, demographic health surveys, the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), NGO reports, and other relevant sources. These data can also be used to estimate the expected number of home deliveries per year. Community meetings can be an important activity during the situation analysis. Ph ot o: JH U /C C P BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE24 2 Examples of MCH indicators and types of information that can be gathered in a checklist format include: • Infection incidence Maternal Indicators: Puerperal sepsis is a common cause of maternal deaths: Yes ❑ No ❑ Maternal tetanus is a common cause of death: Yes ❑ No ❑ Neonatal Indicators: Neonatal tetanus incidence is high: Yes ❑ No ❑ Umbilical sepsis incidence is high: Yes ❑ No ❑ • Birth rates in the target area. Number of births per year: ___________ Number of births per month: ___________ Expected number of home deliveries per year: ___________ • Other indicators: Percentage of women who have received TT immunization: ___________ Percentage of deliveries that are conducted at home: ___________ Many of the above indicators are significantly under- reported or not reported at all. Where this is the case, program managers should use qualitative research to substantiate the key maternal and neonatal issues. Qualitative Research: Focus Group Discussions and In-depth Interviews Qualitative research methods such as focus group discussions and in-depth interviews can help program managers gather data that are not available through existing documents. During this situation analysis, the focus groups and in-depth interviews should be limited in number, focusing on identifying the need for and feasibility of a delivery kit project. If the decision is made to develop a basic delivery kit project, more extensive qualitative research activities will be requiredAnalyzing qualitative data can be time-consuming,but it provides rich, useful information. SECTION 2: DECIDING WHETHER TO DEVELOP A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 25 2 later during the needs assessment to gather more detailed information on kit user preferences, appropriate kit contents, and distribution channels (see Section 3). Work Tool 2.1 contains information about qualitative research techniques. Qualitative research should be conducted with public health officials as well as members of the community: • In-depth interviews with MOH and/or NGO staff can be used to determine their perception of local MCH problems and their opinions about introducing basic delivery kits as part of a clean delivery program. Program managers should interview NGOs already using delivery kits to learn about their experiences with the kit. • Focus group discussions or in-depth interviews with women in the community can be used to explore existing knowledge, attitudes, and practices with respect to delivery and to assess potential demand for and feasibility of introducing a kit. The assessment should include mothers, heath care personnel, and TBAs. Program managers should use the focus groups and in-depth interviews to analyze the local situation through key issues such as: • numbers of deliveries conducted at home; • persons helping with delivery; • traditional delivery process; • understanding of “cleanliness” among TBAs and pregnant women; • types of TBAs; • how women delivering alone prepare for the birth; • availability of basic equipment such as cord-cutting instruments, cord ties, water, and facilities to boil water; • traditional equipment used in delivery; • feasibility of introducing delivery kits; • time needed to collect and boil material and equipment; • logistics and community involvement; and • availability of locally assembled kits or United Nations (UN) kits. Topic guides for conducting focus group interviews or in-depth interviews with diverse individuals or groups can be developed to explore particular issues with each audience. Work Tool 2.2 provides a sample topic guide for interviewing NGO and MOH staff, and Work Tools 2.3 and 2.4 provide topic guides for conducting focus group discussions and in-depth interviews with TBAs and mothers. BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE26 2 Summarizing Data To further the situation analysis, program managers should summarize the data from the survey documents, focus groups, and/or in-depth interviews. By reviewing the community’s delivery practices and determining if they negatively affect maternal and neonatal outcomes, the MCH program managers have additional information on which to base their decision. A checklist similar to the one provided on this page should be used as a tool to highlight the issues and birth practices that indicate a need for a basic delivery kit project. Once the qualitative data are summarized, the following questions should be used to further determine the need for incorporating a basic delivery kit into the existing MCH program. Will basic delivery kits help resolve issues related to birth practices? Yes ❑ No ❑ MCH program managers must determine whether the introduction of a basic delivery kit would, in combination with TT immunization programs, help resolve some of the maternal and neonatal health issues. They may decide that basic delivery kits will help decrease rates of maternal and neonatal tetanus, puerperal sepsis, and cord infections by promoting and reinforcing clean delivery practices. Would a delivery kit project enhance the MOH’s safe motherhood goals? Yes ❑ No ❑ Once program managers have assessed their community’s needs, they should develop a corresponding set of objectives for their project. These objectives can then be used to shape the design and approach of the basic delivery kit project. Sample Checklist of Birth- related Practices Summary Home delivery is very common; the majority of births occur at home. Yes ❑ No ❑ Home delivery is not common; most births occur in the nearby clinic. Yes ❑ No ❑ Untrained TBAs, relatives, or neighbors commonly assist in deliveries. Yes ❑ No ❑ Hands are consistently washed with soap during the delivery process. Yes ❑ No ❑ Standards of cleanliness at the time of delivery are poor. Yes ❑ No ❑ A clean cloth is usually placed under the woman during delivery. Yes ❑ No ❑ Boiled or new razor blades are commonly used to cut the cord. Yes ❑ No ❑ Substances are commonly put on the cord after cutting. Yes ❑ No ❑ 2 SECTION 2: DECIDING WHETHER TO DEVELOP A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 27 2 2.2 WHEN BASIC DELIVERY KITS ARE ALREADY AVAILABLE LOCALLY Once the need for basic delivery kits has been determined, and before an agency commits to developing a basic delivery kit project, it is important to determine what types of kits, if any, are already in the community. Locally developed kits may be available from the MOH, local NGOs, or through businesses that manufacture them. If basic delivery kits are already available, developing a new delivery kit project may not be feasible. It may be more cost-effective and efficient to purchase the local kits. Even if the kits lack an important component (for example, pictorial instructions), it might be possible to buy the local kits in bulk and insert pictorial instructions and the agency’s logo and label. This is an important, cost-effective alternative. Assessing Appropriateness of Existing Kits Program managers should assess the appropriateness of existing kits within the local community. They may wish to interview NGO or MOH staff to address the following questions: Yes No Do the kits fit the MCH program’s needs? ❑ ❑ For example, if most deliveries are conducted by TBAs or take place in the home and are unattended, UNICEF’s kits for trained midwives would not meet the community’s needs. Has the available kit been designed for the Yes No community’s typical user(s) and delivery sites? ❑ ❑ For example, if women typically give birth alone at home, is the kit easy for them to use without assistance? Yes No Do the available kits fit well with local traditional birth practices? ❑ ❑ For example, if the available kits contain antiseptic for the cord and a nail cleaner—but the traditional practice is to put nothing on the cord and most BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE28 2 women do not use nail cleaners—the kit is not well-suited to local birth practices and could be modified. Yes No Do the kit contents prevent traditional practices that may be harmful? ❑ ❑ For example, kits that contain a clean razor blade may prevent the traditional practice of cutting the cord with a sickle or piece of bamboo. Yes No Are kits affordable? ❑ ❑ Can most people afford to buy the available kit with their limited resources? Are kits available Yes No and accessible? ❑ ❑ Can people buy them easily from local TBAs, community organizations, or retailers? If the kits are assembled in a distant location, do poor roads or weather affect distribution? Do women use the available kits easily and recommend them Yes No to friends and relatives? ❑ ❑ If the kit is appropriate, accessible, and affordable, women will use it repeatedly and recommend it to others. If Delivery Kits Are Not Available In the Community, Should UN Kits Be Introduced? If appropriate kits are not available in local communities, consider buying simple, disposable delivery kits through UN agencies such as the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) or UNICEF, and adapting them to local use. Several types of UN kits can be configured during the ordering process to meet the needs of specific country programs. In some situations, NGOs and MOHs buy large volumes of UNFPA and UNICEF delivery kits should be considered during the situation analysis. Photo: JH U /C C P SECTION 2: DECIDING WHETHER TO DEVELOP A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 29 2 delivery kits from UNICEF or UNFPA and distribute them through their MCH programs. Key issues related to buying kits from UN agencies are cost, shipping, and customs. Program managers should review the total cost of ordering and maintaining the supply of UN delivery kits and, if necessary, adapting them for local use. They also should evaluate whether introducing UN kits is financially feasible and sustainable. Work Tool 2.5 provides detailed descriptions and ordering information for several simple, disposable UNFPA and UNICEF delivery kits intended for use by untrained attendants. 2.3 ASSESSING PROGRAM RESOURCES TO DETERMINE FEASIBILITY If existing, local, basic delivery kits are inappropriate or are unavailable, or if buying the kits from UN agencies is not affordable, MCH program managers must carefully assess their program’s resources with respect to financial and staff resources, local collaborators, local availability of raw materials, and time. An assessment of these resources can determine if the basic delivery kit project is feasible and can be sustained. Financial Resources MCH program managers must determine whether their agency can afford the considerable start-up costs of a basic delivery kit project. MCH program managers also must decide whether the agency has sufficient ongoing funding, and whether it is willing to commit a percentage of those funds to maintaining a basic delivery kit project locally. Substantial funds will be required to support the project’s activities. Activities requiring financial support include—but are not limited to—the following: • purchase of raw materials for kit components, • purchase of packaging materials, • printing costs, • lease of assembly and storage space, • salaries of staff who manage the project, • salaries of assemblers who produce the kits, BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE30 2 • distribution of the kits to distant villages, • development of media and printing of promotional materials, • training seminars to introduce the kit to TBAs, and • research to evaluate the impact of the kit. Staff Resources In addition to sufficient funding, the skills of project and assembly staff are critical to the success of a basic delivery kit project. Depending upon the size of the project, both project and assembly staff skills will be needed. Project Staff Skills • Qualitative research skills for conducting needs assessments, manufacturer’s surveys, test markets, field trials, and information, education, and communication (IEC) and behavior change communication (BCC) activities that promote kit awareness. • Ability to design and develop the kit components and packaging. • Procurement skills for purchasing raw materials for basic delivery kit components. • Social marketing skills for establishing promotional activities, distribution channels, and retail/wholesale sites. • Training skills for setting up regional training for TBAs, kit assemblers, and supervisors. • Ability to supervise, monitor, and evaluate project activities to ensure they are completed on time and positively impact MCH issues. Kit Assembly Staff Skills • For assemblers, the ability to assemble the kits according to quality assurance guidelines. • For storeroom managers, the ability to maintain inventories and manage supplies. • For supervisors and training staff, the ability to train, supervise, and monitor the assembly staff effectively. If existing staff do not have these skills, it will be necessary to use consultants (such as market researchers) or to bring in technical assistance to train staff. In addition to having the required skills, staff or consultants must be free of other agency responsibilities and able to make a sizeable time commitment to this project. SECTION 2: DECIDING WHETHER TO DEVELOP A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 31 2 Local Health Collaborators The involvement of local agencies and the community is key to a program’s success. MCH program managers should assess the level of available local support that can contribute to basic delivery kit project success and sustainability. The following questions help determine the level of local agency support: • Are local NGOs or MOH district offices willing to collaborate on the introduction, promotion, and distribution of basic delivery kits? • Do the local NGOs or MOH district offices provide training for TBAs and community health workers through which the basic delivery kits could be introduced and promoted? • Are the local NGOs or MOH district offices willing to collaborate by providing their trained TBAs with the basic delivery kits and training them in correct use? For larger or national delivery kit programs run by MOH or international agencies, program managers may want to establish a technical advisory committee to facilitate collaboration and project implementation. A technical advisory committee is an effective way to make sure that all key stakeholders are included in the planning process, allocate resources, share ideas and responsibilities, and advise project implementation. Local Availability of Raw Materials Buying raw materials to produce the kit components can be a costly and complex process. In local areas where raw materials (such as soap, razor blades, and thread) are not available, it may be necessary to transport the items from major cities or import them from other countries. Such activities may place the cost of the kit beyond the program’s budget. Time Resources Before beginning a basic delivery kit project, the MCH program managers must determine whether they can commit a significant period of time to basic delivery kit project activities. A national project may require one year—and, possibly, two years— to develop, and this commitment will need to be sustained for several years thereafter. Small local projects may require less time. BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE32 2 2.4 MAKING THE DECISION As previously outlined, there are many issues to consider when deciding whether it is feasible to develop a local basic delivery kit project. Conducting the situation analysis is critical, as the resulting data will provide the MCH program managers with the information they need to make an appropriate decision. As an additional aid to decision-making, program managers should consider the following advantages and disadvantages of developing and sustaining a local basic delivery kit project: Advantages of Locally Produced Basic Delivery Kits • Establish local production, distribution, and promotion of kits to pregnant women. • Distribution of basic delivery kits directly to families can help alleviate the problem of inadequately trained TBAs in rural areas. • Kit contents can be designed to reinforce positive local or traditional practices. • Kits complement and strengthen the impact of TT immunization programs. • Kits can also: - increase awareness and implementation of clean delivery practices in the community; - make delivery supplies accessible to large numbers of people; - help decrease the financial burden on NGOs and governmental services through cost recovery; - reinforce TBA, midwife, and community health worker training on clean delivery practices; - strengthen women’s income-generating organizations; - strengthen community involvement in health care; - encourage people to take responsibility for their own health care; and - support sustainability due to the personal commitment and economic incentives of local groups. Local Development Issues The use and effectiveness of basic delivery kits depend on their acceptability and appropriateness within their cultural environment. For this reason, local design, development, and production of the kits—whether commercial or fully subsidized—should be seriously considered. When designing a kit locally, kit developers should use qualitative research to understand traditional birth practices and attitudes toward birth, as well as decision-making processes regarding health care. It is critical to make the kit a part of the traditional delivery process. SECTION 2: DECIDING WHETHER TO DEVELOP A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 33 2 Disadvantages of Locally Produced Basic Delivery Kits • Initiating a basic delivery kit project requires a substantial level of funding for both initial and ongoing costs. Such a project also: - requires new skills that some project staff may not have or are not interested in learning; - results in expanded program activity that requires additional staff and the program manager’s focused attention; - requires a serious, long-term financial commitment from the agency; - requires a long-term program commitment; - requires ongoing time commitment on the part of numerous staff in order to sustain the project; and - may direct resources or attention from the safe motherhood program agenda such as encouraging births with a skilled attendant. 2.5 FINAL CHECKLIST The Final Four Questions After carefully assessing the program’s financial, community, organization, and staff resources, program managers should answer the four questions below: Yes No Would local production of basic delivery kits fit within the MOH’s or NGO’s policy to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus by promoting clean delivery? ❑ ❑ Is the local community supportive of and involved in the local development of the basic delivery kit? ❑ ❑ Are there sufficient resources within the agency to support development of a basic delivery kit project? ❑ ❑ Are basic delivery kits currently unavailable either locally or through UN agencies? ❑ ❑ If the answer to all four questions is yes, consider developing a local basic delivery kit project. BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE34 2 Once the decision to develop a basic delivery kit project is made, the MCH program managers must designate a capable, available staff person to serve as the basic delivery kit project manager. SECTION 2: DECIDING WHETHER TO DEVELOP A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 2 35 DECIDING WHETHER TO DEVELOP A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT WORK TOOLS Adapt as needed for local circumstances. 2 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE36 2.1 QUALITATIVE RESEARCH: A BRIEF EXPLANATION Qualitative research explores people’s attitudes, thoughts, feelings, and traditional behavior toward a particular issue, and provides insight into the motivations for their behavior. Knowledge of these local beliefs and practices is essential to developing culturally appropriate, effectively promoted, and properly used basic delivery kits. Staff experience in qualitative research skills is critical. Staff or consultants must be adept at conducting focus groups and in-depth interviews, analyzing data, and applying data outcomes to their program. If staff members want to conduct the research themselves and do not have these skills, they will require training and supervision. Research techniques include focus group discussions, in-depth interviews, pretesting, and participant observation. Focus Group Discussions A focus group discussion is an in-depth discussion, guided by a facilitator, in which a small number of people (generally eight to ten) discuss their opinions, ideas, beliefs, and practices regarding a particular issue. These discussions seek to identify how and why people behave as they do. In-depth Interviews In-depth interviews are direct, face-to-face interviews with one to three people concurrently. They gather information from individuals, using open-ended and probing questions. Pre-testing Pre-testing involves testing a product (such as a basic delivery kit package) with a group of potential users to make sure the product is comprehensible, culturally appropriate, and acceptable. Pre-testing identifies characteristics that need to be revised or improved. Either focus groups or in-depth interviews can be used to pretest a product. W O R K T O O L S WORK TOOL 2.1 SECTION 2: DECIDING WHETHER TO DEVELOP A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 2 37 Participant Observation Researchers observe, over time, the behavior and practices of a specific group of people for whom they are designing a health intervention. WORK TOOL 2.1 (CONTINUED) 2 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE38 2.2 INTERVIEW TOPIC GUIDE FOR NGO OR MOH STAFF WHO HAVE ALREADY DEVELOPED A LOCAL DELIVERY KIT SITUATION ANALYSIS Objectives 1. To gather information about delivery kit projects already developed by an NGO or MOH program staff. 2. To gather information on their experiences in developing the kit, its distribution, promotion, cost, use, and evaluation. Contact Information Name of NGO/MOH:_________________________________________________ Address: ____________________________________________________________ Telephone: __________________________________________________________ E-mail:_______________________________________________________________ Person(s) interviewed: _________________________________________________ Title: ________________________________________________________________ Introduction Introduce yourself and your agency. Explain that your agency is considering developing a basic delivery kit project and, because this is such a successful program, you are gathering information from many agencies before making your decision. Their experiences will help you in pursuing your own project. Be sure to note that you appreciate their time and willingness to discuss delivery kit projects. Delivery Kit Design and Development Questions can include the following: • What is the name of your kit? W O R K T O O L S WORK TOOL 2.2 SECTION 2: DECIDING WHETHER TO DEVELOP A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 2 39 • Why did your agency decide to develop a delivery kit? • What type of kit was developed? • Who are the intended users? • What are the primary and secondary sites for kit use? • Is the kit fully subsidized, partially subsidized, or commercial? - If the kit is fully subsidized, who subsidized it? For what period of time? - If the kit is not fully subsidized, was it completely commercial or partially subsidized? - Where did the program managers obtain the funds to start the program? - Approximately how much did it cost to start the program? - What were the largest costs? Kit Contents • Please describe the contents of your kit. • How did you decide on the contents of your kit? • What is the source of each item and unit cost? • Do you include pictorial instructions? If so, how were they designed? • What is the cost per unit? • How do you ensure the quality of the items in the kit? • What type of packaging is used? • Why did you decide to use this packaging? • What are the advantages and disadvantages of different types of packaging (such as plastic, cardboard)? WORK TOOL 2.2 (CONTINUED) 2 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE40 Kit Development • What type of research was conducted to design the kit? • From which manufacturers do you purchase supplies? • Do the manufacturers provide any subsidy for their products? If so, what motivates them? Kit Assembly • How many kits do you assemble? Over what time period? • How and where are the kits assembled? • Whom did you hire to assemble the kits? • What is the cost of assembly and storage? • What type of training and supervision do you provide to the assemblers? • Where are the kits stored? • Have you had any problems with storage? How you have solved those problems? • How many kits do you normally have in stock? Kit Distribution • Who distributes the kits? • Which geographical areas do they cover? • To whom do they distribute the kits? • How many kits are distributed each month? • How are the kits distributed (e.g., on trucks, carts, buses)? WORK TOOL 2.2 (CONTINUED) SECTION 2: DECIDING WHETHER TO DEVELOP A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 2 41 • Are the kits distributed free of charge, or is the distributor paid a commission? • If the distributor is paid, how much is their commission? • What types of wholesalers and retailers are supplied? • Which health agencies are supplied? • Do you sell kits to other agencies? If so, which agencies? • How many kits do you sell to each agency? Kit Cost • What is the price of your kit (for example, wholesale, retail, to TBAs, and to health agencies)? • How did you determine the price of your kit? • Do different agencies pay different prices? • Is the kit sold at the same price throughout the area? If not, what determines the different prices? Kit Promotion • How do you promote the kit (for example, at community meetings, orientations for TBAs, radio, or flyers)? • Who is primarily responsible for kit promotion? • Where does most of the promotion occur? • How much does promotion cost? What are the major activities that increase costs? • What are the key messages in your promotional activities? WORK TOOL 2.2 (CONTINUED) 2 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE42 Evaluation • Have you evaluated the kit? If so, what type of evaluation was done? • Please tell us about the evaluation results. • What would you do differently, based on the evaluation results and your overall experiences with this program? Thank you! Your experience and help will be beneficial in developing the basic delivery kit. WORK TOOL 2.2 (CONTINUED) SECTION 2: DECIDING WHETHER TO DEVELOP A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 2 43 W O R K T O O L S 2.3 FOCUS GROUP DISCUSSION TOPIC GUIDE FOR TBAS SITUATION ANALYSIS Target Audience Traditional birth attendants (TBAs) Objectives • To identify the delivery experiences and clean delivery practices of TBAs. • To determine the birth supplies and equipment commonly used by TBAs. • To gather information about TBAs’ opinions of delivery kits and their suggestions for kit packaging. Site Rural___ Urban___ Introduction Introduce yourselves and your agency. Describe the objectives of the discussion. Conduct a warm-up session. Informally, talk about children, pregnant women, agriculture, and other familiar matters. Request that participants talk openly about their delivery experiences. Emphasize that there are no right or wrong answers. All their beliefs, experiences, and opinions are valuable. Ask permission to record them on a tape recorder. Explain that participants’ answers will be kept confidential. Have participants introduce themselves. At that time, take note of their names, ages, and number of infants delivered. WORK TOOL 2.3 2 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE44 Delivery Experiences Encourage all the participants to share their delivery experiences. Sample questions include the following: • How many deliveries have you been involved with during the past two years? • Whom have you assisted or advised during deliveries? • What have been your roles and responsibilities during preparation for the deliveries? • What do you charge, if anything, for your delivery services? Clean Delivery Practices • Please describe how you prepare for the delivery. • Please tell us about the process you use during delivery. - What do you do to the cord? - What do you use to cut and tie the cord? - What do you use as a cord-cutting surface? - What do you do to the cord, if anything, after cutting? • What does the expression “clean delivery practices” mean to you? What do you think clean delivery practices are? Please explain. • If you prepare the delivery supplies for the delivery, what exactly do you do? Delivery Supplies and Equipment • We talked about the equipment used for cord cutting. What other supplies do you use during and after delivery? • What do you consider the most important supplies for delivery? • If soap is used during delivery, how is it used? • Who decides what supplies should be purchased for delivery? - Who decides to buy them? WORK TOOL 2.3 (CONTINUED) SECTION 2: DECIDING WHETHER TO DEVELOP A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 2 45 - Who actually buys them? - Where are these supplies purchased? • How difficult or easy is it to get them? • How much is actually spent on these supplies? • What do you think about putting all the essential supplies in one kit? Feedback on Sample Delivery Kits Present three different delivery kit samples to the participants. Start a discussion about the kits based on the following questions: • Which of the three kits do you prefer? • What do you like and dislike about each of them? • Which items are necessary? Which are not necessary? • Is there anything you do not understand about the kit components? If so, please explain. • Is there anything you would add to the kits? If so, why? • Which item is most useful? Why? General Opinions About Delivery Kits • What is your opinion about buying a delivery kit? • Do you think people would buy one? • How much would they be willing to pay for one? • From whom would they prefer to buy it? • How could we motivate women who might not be interested in buying a kit? • What are the best ways to inform people about the kit? WORK TOOL 2.3 (CONTINUED) 2 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE46 • How would you describe the kit to other users? • How much money do people usually spend on supplies, birthing rituals, and special gifts for the mother and baby from delivery to six weeks post partum? Kit Packaging • What would be a good name for the kit? • What type of picture would you like to see on the outside of the kit? • What color would you prefer for the kit? • What do you do with the components after using the kit? Thank you! Your experience and help will be beneficial in developing the basic delivery kit. WORK TOOL 2.3 (CONTINUED) SECTION 2: DECIDING WHETHER TO DEVELOP A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 2 47 2.4 FOCUS GROUP DISCUSSION TOPIC GUIDE FOR MOTHERS SITUATION ANALYSIS Target Audience Mothers with at least two children who have delivered within the last two years. Objectives • To determine women’s knowledge and experiences regarding clean delivery. • To determine women’s access to and use of clean delivery supplies. • To gather information about women’s opinions of sample delivery kits and their ideas for kit packaging. Site Rural___ Urban___ Introduction Introduce yourselves and your agency. Describe the objectives of the discussion. Conduct a warm-up session. Informally talk about children, pregnant women, agriculture, and other simple matters of interest to the mothers. Request that they talk openly about their delivery experiences. Emphasize that there are no right or wrong answers. All their beliefs, experiences, and opinions are valuable. Ask permission to record them on a tape recorder. Explain that participants’ answers will be kept confidential. Have participants introduce themselves. At that time, take note of their names, ages, number of babies delivered, and number of children currently living. W O R K T O O L S WORK TOOL 2.4 2 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE48 Delivery Experiences Encourage all the participants to share their delivery experiences. Sample questions include the following: • How many children have you had? • Did you deliver alone at home, at home with the assistance of someone, or at a medical site? • If you depended on an assistant, what type of assistant—relative, friend, untrained TBA, or trained TBA? Clean Delivery Practices • If you or any other family member prepares for the delivery, please describe how you prepare. • Please tell us about the techniques you use during delivery. • If you prepare the delivery supplies for the delivery, what exactly do you do? • What do you do to the cord? • What do you use to cut and tie the cord? • What do you use as a cord-cutting surface? • What do you do to the cord, if anything, after cutting? • What does the expression “clean delivery practices” mean to you? What clean delivery practices do you know of? Please explain. Delivery Supplies and Equipment • We talked about the equipment used for cord cutting. What other supplies do you use during and after delivery? • What do you consider to be the most important supplies for delivery? • Do you use soap? If so, when? Why or why not? WORK TOOL 2.4 (CONTINUED) SECTION 2: DECIDING WHETHER TO DEVELOP A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 2 49 • Who decides what supplies should be purchased for delivery? - Who decides to buy them? - Who actually buys them? - Where are these supplies purchased? • How difficult or easy is it to get them? • How much is spent on these supplies? • What do you think about putting all the essential supplies in one kit? Feedback on Sample Delivery Kits Present three different delivery kit samples to the participants. Show the contents of each kit, and ask mothers to say why and how each item would be used. Start a discussion about the kits: • Which of the three kits do you prefer? • What do you like and dislike about each of them? • Which items are necessary/not necessary? • Is there anything you do not understand about the kit components? If so, please explain. • Is there anything you would add to the kits? If yes, what? Why? • Which item is the most useful? Why? General Opinions About Delivery Kits • What is your opinion about buying a delivery kit? Would you buy one if it were available? If not, why? • Do you think other women like you would buy one? • How much would they be willing to pay for one? • Where or from whom would they prefer to buy it? WORK TOOL 2.4 (CONTINUED) 2 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE50 • How could we motivate other women who might not be interested in buying a kit? • What are the best ways to inform families about the kit? • How would you describe the kit to your husband or mother-in-law? • How much money do people usually spend on supplies, birthing rituals, and special gifts for the mother and baby from delivery to six weeks postpartum? Kit Packaging • What would be a good name for the kit? • What type of picture would you like to see on the outside of the kit? • What color would you prefer for the kit? • What kind of instructions would be more useful for mothers like you? • What should you do with the components after using the kit? Thank you! Your experience and help will be beneficial in developing the basic delivery kit. WORK TOOL 2.4 (CONTINUED) SECTION 2: DECIDING WHETHER TO DEVELOP A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 2 51 2.5 ORDERING UNITED NATIONS KITS UNFPA UNFPA provides the following delivery kits for use in reproductive health services in the initial, acute phase of emergency relief situations and for reproductive health services in “normal” situations. Clean Delivery Subkit 2 This particular kit is designed for deliveries at home and/or health institutions where there are inadequate medical facilities to perform deliveries. The clean delivery subkit 2 consists of two components (Part A for women in their sixth month of pregnancy, and Part B for use by birth attendants). The entire kit will cover a population of 10,000 for a three month period. Part A: Each subkit consists of the following items: • 1 bar of soap • 1 square meter of plastic sheet • 1 razor blade (single-edge) • 1 string for umbilical cord (3 x 15 cm) • 1 cotton cloth (2 m x 1 m) • 1 pictorial instruction sheet (clean delivery) • sealed bag for packaging Part B: Two hundred of the above subkits are packaged in one container. Every container is packaged with the following additional supplies: • 5 shoulder bags (with UNFPA logo) • 4 boxes latex examination gloves (each box contains 100 gloves) W O R K T O O L S WORK TOOL 2.5 2 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE52 • 5 flash lights (with D, 1.5 volt batteries) • 5 plastic aprons • 5 plastic rain ponchos To illustrate possible use, five TBAs can be given one shoulder bag with 40 clean delivery subkits, plus one each of additional supplies listed above. The above kits can be supplied either in full or separately (Part A or Part B). The approximate cost of a kit (Part A and B) is US$350; the approximate cost of Part A is US$250; and the approximate cost of Part B is US$100. UNFPA Single Use, Disposable Delivery Kits This small kit is based upon “three cleans” (clean hands, clean surface, and clean cord cut) and is designed to include an affordable package of essential supplies needed for clean delivery. Each kit contains the following items: • 1 bar of soap • 1 stainless steel razor blade (double-edge) • 1 string for umbilical cord (3 x 15 cm) • 1 plastic sheet (1 m x 1 m) • 1 instruction sheet To Order UNFPA Delivery Kits Additional kits are available for use by trained midwives, nurses, and doctors. To order, contact UNFPA’s procurement department at: UNFPA Procurement Services Section, 220 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017, U.S.A., or at www.unfpa.org. UNICEF Clean Birth Kits The UNICEF Clean Birth Kits are disposable kits designed for use in the home. Each kit is packed in a plastic bag with a self-sealing enclosure and contains the following: • pictorial brochure, double-sided, one page • 1 bar of soap • 1 plastic sheet, approximately 0.05 mm thick, clear or opaque, 1 m x 1 m • 2 lengths of tape for tying the umbilical cord, 0.5 m long, non-sterile, in plastic bag WORK TOOL 2.5 (CONTINUED) SECTION 2: DECIDING WHETHER TO DEVELOP A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 2 53 • 1 pack of 5 double-edged razor blades, or 1 single-edged razor blade • 2 wooden sticks to clean nails • 1 small, plastic handbrush for scrubbing • 20 pieces of sterile gauze pads, or 1 small pack The Brochure The brochure is placed near the top to ensure that the user does not remove anything from the bag before following the pictorial instructions in the brochure. The brochure illustrates the sequence of steps leading to a clean delivery using the supplies provided in the kit: 1. Cleaning hands—using the soap, brush, and wooden sticks for nails. 2. Preparing the delivery area and arranging supplies. 3. Tying the cord with tape. 4. Cutting the umbilical cord. 5. Disposing of the placenta and used supplies. 6. Breastfeeding the newborn. Variety in Users and Usage The Clean Birth Kit can be used for home births by TBAs, relatives, and pregnant women. It also can be used by professional attendants (doctors, midwives) attending home or institutional deliveries in small maternity homes, health centers, and district hospitals. The professional attendant can supplement the Clean Birth Kit with other supplies, as appropriate. The kit also may be appropriate for use in emergency situations, in refugee camps, and in areas that are unstable due to civil unrest. UNICEF encourages countries to assemble Clean Birth Kits locally and will support such activities, provided that quality assurance measures are implemented. Interested countries should use the Clean Birth Kit as a standard and adapt the pictorial brochure to reflect local clothing, customs, and birthing procedures. UNICEF continues to supply the three standard delivery kits (Traditional Birth Attendant Kit, Auxiliary Midwife Kit, and the Professional Midwife Kit) through the UNICEF Supply Division in Copenhagen, Denmark. However, new, pre-assembled kits are being developed and will replace these standard delivery kits in the near future. WORK TOOL 2.5 (CONTINUED) 2 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE54 To Order UNICEF Clean Birth Kits UNICEF country offices in each country should be contacted to determine availability of the UNICEF Clean Birth Kit. For additional information on other delivery kits, contact the UNICEF Supply Division, UNICEF PLADS, Freeport, DK 2100 Copenhagen, DENMARK, or at www.unicef.org. WORK TOOL 2.5 (CONTINUED) 3PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT Program for Appropriate Technology in Health www.path.org BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE56 33 SECTION 3 PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT SUMMARY Section 3 presents the key steps to planning a basic delivery kit project, including: • setting goals and objectives; • research phases such as the comprehensive needs assessment, field trial, manufacturer’s survey, and market test; and • determining kit contents and packaging. The section reviews the difference between essential and nonessential kit components. It also emphasizes the importance of limiting kit contents to minimize costs, ensure affordability, and maintain sustainability. SECTION 3: PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 57 3 3.1 INTEGRATING THE BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT INTO THE MCH STRATEGY To be successful, basic delivery kit projects must be carefully integrated into the existing health care infrastructure. Program managers who attempt to develop basic delivery kit projects as independent projects will find it difficult to achieve sustainability. When designing the kit project, managers should explore how a clean delivery program and a basic delivery kit project can complement ongoing maternal and child health (MCH) activities. Kit activities can be integrated into safe motherhood and child survival activities such as the following: • training programs for traditional birth attendants (TBAs) or medical providers; • tetanus toxoid (TT) immunization campaigns; • antenatal care clinics; • development of home-based, record-keeping systems; • promotion of breastfeeding, neonatal nutrition, or clean delivery practices; and • social marketing of child-survival interventions, including oral rehydration salts. An integrated strategy will: • avoid duplicating existing MCH efforts conducted by ministries of health (MOHs) and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs); • allow for partial program subsidies; • strengthen existing MCH efforts (such as safe motherhood and child survival programs) as well as the clean delivery program; and • involve potential basic delivery kit users who may not otherwise learn about clean delivery practices. The comprehensive needs assessment described in Section 3.3 will help program managers ensure integration by determining what health activities are being conducted in the area, and what resources can be shared. BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE58 33 3.2 SETTING MEASURABLE PROJECT GOALS AND OBJECTIVES When implementing a basic delivery kit project, kit project managers must establish overall goals that are supported by specific, measurable objectives. Overall Goals A project’s overall goals may include: • (in combination with MCH program activities), contributing to the decrease in maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity caused by puerperal sepsis, cord infection, and tetanus; • improving clean delivery practices of delivering women and trained and untrained birth attendants; and • establishing a sustainable basic delivery kit project as one component of a clean delivery program. Specific Objectives Measurable objectives also must be developed. These objectives may be based on: • annual number of kits produced; • number of assembly sites established; • number of assemblers hired and trained; • number of promotional channels, and number of potential users reached per year; • number of distribution channels; • number of kits distributed, types of users receiving the kit, and areas reached; • number of kit outlets (such as retail stores, voluntary women’s groups, NGOs, and health posts); and • number of TBAs, midwives, and community health workers who use the kit during all deliveries by an established date. Delivery kit planning session with health managers in Africa. SECTION 3: PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 59 3 Project Plan and Timeline The project plan should carefully outline major activities that will be involved in developing the basic delivery kit project, including the comprehensive needs assessment, kit design/development, procurement of raw materials for assembly, the field trial, assembly and storage activities, distribution, promotion and sales, and ongoing monitoring and evaluation. Work Tool 3.1 provides a sample work plan and timeline that can be used to guide project planning. Fully Subsidized, Partially Subsidized, or Commercial Kits Developing the project plan requires that the MCH manager decide whether the kit will be fully subsidized, partially subsidized, or a commercial venture. This decision will impact the level of activity in the various planning steps. Funding sources for subsidized kits will need to be identified, and in the case of commercial kits, a competent agency that can take on long-term kit promotion and cost-recovery will need to be identified. 3.3 RESEARCH PHASES There are three key research phases required for development of a delivery kit project: comprehensive needs assessment, field trial, and test market. These formative research phases will shape the design of the basic delivery kit project. The type of kit will also determine the research phases. The partially subsidized and commercial kits require a market test, but the subsidized kit does not. Phase 1: Comprehensive Needs Assessment Delivery kit project managers should review the information gathered earlier during the situation analysis and feasibility study (see Section 2) and determine what additional qualitative data is necessary to develop the basic delivery kit project. Whereas, the situation analysis allowed the program manager to decide whether a Developing work plans is essential for each phase of delivery kit development. BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE60 33 delivery kit project would be appropriate, the additional qualitative research in the Phase 1 comprehensive needs assessment should be conducted with a broader range of audiences—from kit users, to distributors, to small retailers and manufacturers. Target Audiences Kit project managers should identify the target audiences for the comprehensive needs assessment, which may include: • women who have experienced at least two deliveries; • untrained and trained TBAs and midwives; • health care personnel in the MOH or NGOs; • men, as purchasers of household supplies; • influencers, such as mothers-in-law; • manufacturers of kit contents; and • distributors, wholesalers, and retailers. Separate focus groups should be conducted with members of each audience segment. For example, discussions with women from the community should be carried out separately from discussions with TBAs or health workers. As key informants about traditional local birth practices, TBAs should be a particularly important focus of the needs assessment. In order to increase their comfort levels, facilitate information sharing, and take different birth practices into account, diverse groups such as tribal populations should be assessed separately. It is important to design special approaches that accommodate their needs and practices, if any unique obstacles are identified. For example, if several neighboring tribal groups have different birth-related practices but live in close proximity to one another, kit program activities should be tailored to the practices of each group. In sum, the comprehensive needs assessment will include additional qualitative research with women, TBAs, and men, market research with purchasers and retailers, interviews with distributors, and a survey of manufacturers of kit components. Men, such as these men in Pakistan, should be involved in the delivery kit needs assessment. SECTION 3: PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 61 3 Untrained TBAs can be major purchasers of the kit. Qualitative Research on Knowledge, Attitudes, and Traditional Birth Practices Kit project managers should use the focus group discussions and/or in-depth interviews to gather information on common issues related to delivery, including the role of TBAs and traditional practices during pregnancy and delivery. Discussions about the role of TBAs should include: • types of TBAs and their roles during pregnancy, labor, and delivery; • community perceptions of TBAs; • detailed profile and practices of TBAs; • equipment currently used by TBAs; • TBA’s willingness to accept, use, and promote basic delivery kits; and • links between the community, TBAs, and maternity facility personnel. Discussions of traditional practices during pregnancy and delivery should include: • mothers’ attitudes toward and acceptance of TT immunization; • preferred delivery sites and preferred providers of birth assistance; • motivation to contact a provider during pregnancy; • beliefs regarding advance preparation for the infant’s arrival; • use of soap and/or water to clean hands and perineum; • practices related to care of the umbilical cord (cord tie, cord cut, and care of stump); • various users’ roles and attitudes toward using a basic delivery kit; and • items used during delivery. The key role of women’s groups, including voluntary women’s organizations and other community-based groups who provide supplies or assist in deliveries, also should be evaluated. Work Tool 3.2 provides a sample topic guide for focus groups with women who have children. BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE62 33 Market Research Project managers of partially subsidized or commercial kits that will be sold in retail outlets must conduct market research. Market research can be used to validate or revise the findings from the needs assessment. Market research usually requires about two months, although timelines may vary depending on market size. Qualitative research methods such as focus group discussions and in-depth interviews can again be used to explore a range of issues with different audiences. These methods can be used to obtain information about the local market that will be essential to program planning, including: • comparable costs of basic commodities such as candles, razor blades, and kerosene; • the wholesale and retail market for basic delivery kits; • images and key messages that can be used to promote the kits; • the net profit acceptable to wholesalers and retailers; • distributors’ commissions; and • effective promotion and distribution channels. Potential buyers of household and/or delivery supplies can be interviewed to determine their motivation for buying the kit and how much they are willing to pay for it. Potential buyers may include pregnant women, TBAs, husbands of pregnant women, mothers-in-law, men married to women of reproductive age, relatives, or neighbors. Interview questions may include: • Who normally purchases supplies for the household? • When do they purchase delivery supplies? • How much is spent on delivery supplies? • How much is spent on items related to a newborn? • How much would purchaser spend on a basic delivery kit? Kit project managers also can conduct consumer surveys about household purchasing practices to solicit input on price, brand names, kit contents, packaging, and promotional materials. The surveys can easily be conducted in the marketplace. Retailers, such as this one in Guatemala, are an important source of information during the market test. SECTION 3: PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 63 3 Kit project managers should use this information to design a marketing plan that will promote the kits appropriately and ensure access to consumers. Work Tool 3.3 provides an interview topic guide for household purchasers. Wholesalers and retailers can be interviewed to determine their willingness to stock and sell the kit, their expectation of profit margin, how much their customers would be willing to pay, and types of promotional materials that would help them increase product awareness and customer motivation to buy the kit. Interview questions may include: • What would motivate them to sell the delivery kit? • What types of supplies do they normally sell? Whom do they sell them to? • Who normally purchases birth- related or hygiene-related items from their shop? • What type of delivery kit package would be most appropriate to store on their shelves? • What are their expectations regarding profit margin on the delivery kit? • What would be a reasonable price for the delivery kit? • Whom do they recommend as a distributor? • What types of promotional materials would help them sell the kit? • What should be the key messages in the promotional materials? Work Tool 3.4 provides a sample questionnaire for merchants. Distributors of basic delivery kits can be interviewed to determine their product priorities, geographical areas, and expectations regarding commissions. Interview questions may include: • Which local distributors would be interested in distributing the delivery kits? • What would motivate them to distribute the kit? • How much commission would they expect for selling kits? Motivated retailers can increase women’s access to delivery kits. Ph ot o: JH U /C C P BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE64 33 • What geographical areas and how many wholesalers and retailers do specific distributors cover? Work Tool 3.5 provides a sample questionnaire for health program staff, NGO staff, and community health workers, and Work Tool 3.6 provides a sample questionnaire for medical stores and pharmacies. Manufacturers’ Survey Kit project managers should survey various manufacturers to obtain information about cost and availability of items that are included in the basic delivery kit. The survey can be used to: In South India, the Rural Women’s Social Education Centre (RUWSEC), a grassroots women’s organization, initiated a field study on the feasibility of developing simple delivery kits through local women’s groups. They sought to identify effective strategies to ensure the use of the kits by women, and determine the health impact of kit use. The study was conducted in 1990-1991 and included interviews with 284 pregnant women in four cluster areas. While local production of delivery kits has its advantages, the RUWSEC discovered that it also is important to standardize essential kit components and production to ensure consistency and quality. RUWSEC found that kit development functioned best when managed by local women’s groups in villages where quality assurance standards were observed. The researchers concluded that creating a natural network of women’s groups around the issue of clean deliveries may further stimulate people to seek creative solutions to improve delivery practices, such as local development and distribution of kits or consciousness-raising about clean delivery practices. RUWSEC also observed a number of unexpected results of kit introduction, such as an increase in the proportion of hospital deliveries and a heightened awareness of the need for special care during pregnancy and delivery.1 EXAMPLE FROM THE FIELD: INDIA SECTION 3: PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 65 3 • assess the various sources of materials; • compare the cost and quality of materials from different manufacturers; • determine the cost-benefit of purchasing materials in large quantities; and • determine if manufacturers can supply materials on a regular basis. Before surveying manufacturers, kit project managers should have an estimate of the number of kits that will be needed each year. This estimate will help determine the level of purchase of goods, which is key to calculating bulk purchases and possible price breaks with a manufacturer. (See Section 4.2, Step 2, for information on determining the number of kits to assemble.) Kit project managers should solicit information about razor blades, soap, cord ties, plastic sheets, packaging, and printing. Additional issues that might affect pricing and production also should be explored. For example: • If there is more than one manufacturer of a kit item in the area, encourage competition, and request price breaks. • Explain the program to the manufacturer to determine if they would be willing to subsidize the materials (i.e., reduce their profit margin) in view of the social contributions the kit will provide. • Often, a manufacturer produces cheap and expensive versions of their product. It is important to state that minimizing cost is a priority and that the cheaper versions are most appropriate. • Beyond the actual cost of bulk quantities, determine the shipping cost, taxes, and any other “hidden” costs that might be associated with purchase of the item. Work Tool 3.7 provides a sample interview form that can be used to conduct a survey of manufacturers. Section 4, Table 3, provides an example of combined kit assembly costs. Priority Areas/Target Areas To ensure the feasibility of the project, it is important to introduce the basic delivery kit in limited geographical areas of high need. In national delivery kit projects, the needs assessment will provide information that helps identify target areas. Smaller projects (such as mission hospitals) may have already determined target areas through their program activities. When determining which areas should be targeted, kit project managers should focus on areas where: BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE66 33 • home delivery is very common; • untrained TBAs, relatives, or neighbors routinely attend births; • women routinely deliver alone; • there is a high incidence of neonatal tetanus and umbilical sepsis; • puerperal sepsis and maternal tetanus are common causes of maternal death; • there are high maternal and neonatal mortality rates; • there is poor reporting of births and neonatal deaths; • newborns delivered at maternity facilities have high rates of tetanus and cord infection; and • there are poor standards of hygiene. Phase 2: Field Trial The information obtained from the Phase 1 needs assessment can then be used to develop a prototype of the basic delivery kit. This prototype, which will be assembled to the project’s assembly guidelines, can then be used for the field trial. (For more information about kit assembly, please see Section 4.) During the field trial, the prototype delivery kits are given to a significant number of women during their seventh, eighth, or ninth month of pregnancy. For a national level project, as many as 200 to 700 prototypes may be dispensed. For smaller projects, 10 to 25 prototypes may be sufficient. After the delivery, postnatal interviews should be conducted to determine: • women’s perceptions of the usefulness of kit contents; • actual use of the kit; • how to improve the kit; • community acceptance; • comprehension of pictorial instructions; and • whether and how the kit should be promoted. The field trial data, which must be compiled and analyzed, will be used during the test market phase. As shown in “Example from the Field: Bangladesh” it will be necessary to modify the kit, if the field trial reveals problems with kit contents or design. Field trials require appropriate staffing resources and advance planning. Kit project managers should develop a field trial strategy, guidelines, and data-collection tools, and determine field trial sites. Once trial supervisors are identified, they should train field assistants in effective interview techniques and orient them to their SECTION 3: PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 67 3 responsibilities. Supervisors also must ensure that the trial is conducted in accordance with standardized guidelines. For additional information, please see the Work Tools at the end of this section. Work Tool 3.8 provides an example of a field trial orientation for NGO staff; Work Tool 3.9 outlines the responsibilities of field trial workers and field supervisors; Work Tool 3.10 presents a sample field trial worker training curriculum; Work Tool 3.11 provides a registration form for pregnant women; and Work Tool 3.12 provides a sample postnatal interview questionnaire. Phase 3: Test Market After the field trial has been conducted, the test market is initiated. Both partially subsidized and commercial kits should be evaluated in a test market. In this phase, kit project managers distribute prototype kits to multiple sales outlets during a four- to six-month time period. During that period, data are obtained as the kits are promoted and sold. At the end of the test market, sellers and community members should be interviewed about their perceptions of the kit and any accompanying promotional materials that are ready to be tested (see Section 5 on kit promotion). The number of kits sold in combination with feedback from retailers regarding promotion approaches and customer satisfaction is a reflection of the kit’s commercial viability and distribution. The objectives of the test market are to: • analyze and/or validate kit price, • determine the commercial demand for the kit, • analyze effectiveness of kit packaging and promotional materials, • analyze and test distribution channels, and • validate/determine appropriate retail outlets. The test market should be conducted in a geographical area that has at least two sites (each with multiple outlets), high fertility rates, a dense population, easy access During the test market, retailers are provided with prototype kits and promotional items. Ph ot o: M C H P BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE68 33 for researchers’ travel and follow-up, and good health infrastructure (such as antenatal care health posts). Before initiating the test market, staff must complete two important activities: (1) prototype kit assembly, and (2) development and pretesting of promotional materials and activities. Prototype Kit Assembly In order to avoid over-production or insufficient supplies, prototype kit assembly activities must be carefully planned. To determine whether it is feasible for women’s groups to assemble the kits as a long-term, income-generating activity, the kit project managers should select a women’s group in one of the test market sites and train them in assembly and quality control. Depending on the results of the test market assembly activities, recommendations can be made for central, regional, or district-level production. (For information on selecting kit contents, please see Section 3.4. For information on assembling kits, see Section 4.) Kit Promotion The promotional activities for the test market are critical to its success. Promotional activities will increase users’ and purchasers’ awareness of and motivation to buy the kit, while at the same time assuring the distributors and retailers that there will be demand for the kit. Promotional items must be carefully developed and pretested using information and messages that result from the needs assessment. MCH promotion methods and key messages regarding clean delivery should be taken into account when developing kit promotional activities to ensure program integration. RACHA and UNICEF Conduct Test Market in Cambodia To conduct a test market of a basic home birth kit in Cambodia, the Reproductive and Child Health Alliance (RACHA) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) selected four test sites, interviewed mothers and birth attendants, and tested a variety of marketing and distribution methods. The test market demonstrated that the kit provides essential materials in a convenient package that women use correctly. Sales were high even without marketing and advertising, and 100 percent of the women interviewed stated that they would both use the kit again for future deliveries and recommend the kit to others.2 SECTION 3: PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 69 3 In 1988, the Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh (CCDB) developed a commercial basic delivery kit in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH). The project was supported by funds from UNICEF and The Ford Foundation. Project implementers began with an initial field assessment, then moved to production and distribution, and lastly, evaluated the process. CCDB chose to implement a formative evaluation, focusing on kit development and marketing. Kit development was divided into three phases: needs assessment, field testing, and test marketing. Needs Assessment During the needs assessment, trained female interviewers conducted focus group discussions and interviews among women of reproductive age and TBAs; male interviewers held discussions with groups of men. The purpose of the focus groups was to learn about traditional birth practices and to elicit suggestions for the design and content of the kit, instructional insert, logo, cost, and promotional strategies. Field Testing Based on results of the needs assessment, CCDB developed a prototype kit and field tested it for acceptability. Female field workers identified pregnant women in selected areas and distributed the basic delivery kits to them in their eighth month of pregnancy. They interviewed the women within a month after the birth. Women were asked if they had used the kit, if they had difficulty using or understanding any items, how they used each item, how they felt about the kit design, and whether they would buy a kit in the future. Based on the field testing, changes were made in the design of the pictorial instructions. Test Marketing The kits were test marketed in five areas of Bangladesh. They were sold through a total of 100 small retail outlets, pharmacies, and women’s committees. Field monitors used tally sheets to record information about sales, who purchased the kits, and which field sites sold the most kits. These data showed that women’s groups were by far the favorite place of purchase; small shops also were popular. The majority of purchasers were health staff of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), men, pregnant women, and TBAs. Most purchasers heard EXAMPLE FROM THE FIELD: BANGLADESH (continued on next page) BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE70 33 Promoting Use Through Positive Images and Slogans Some basic delivery kits use colorful logos that include a traditional symbol of healthy newborns and colors that convey fertility, happiness, or good luck. The use of these logos and colors can reinforce positive messages and slogans that motivate people to buy and use the kits. In turn, the higher kit sales motivate wholesalers, retailers, community groups, and NGOs to stock and distribute the kits. The choice of logos, colors, and key messages should be carefully pretested with the target audiences. For more information on promotional activities, please see Section 5. about the kit through various promotional efforts, particularly village meetings and rickshaw broadcasts. Both purchasers and retailers were asked about the promotional materials, cost, and packet design. Formative Evaluation Tools Formative evaluation tools used in the Bangladesh program included the following: • focus groups and in- depth interview guides for interviewing women of reproductive age, TBAs, and husbands; • interview guides for retailers; • topic guide for pretesting the pictorial instructions in the kit; • topic guide for pretesting the package design, name, and logo; • production guidelines and quality assurance procedures for the kit assemblers; • training outline for kit assemblers; • postnatal follow-up questionnaire; and • assessment guidelines for promotional materials.3, 4 Clean delivery kit developed by CCDB in Bangladesh. Photo: C C D B SECTION 3: PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 71 3 Distribution If possible, kit project managers should find a distributor who is willing to distribute the kits to all test market sites or at least the urban and semi-urban areas. Rural areas may need to be serviced by field assistants, if distributors are not available. Potential target outlets include: • in urban areas: pharmacies; • in semi-urban areas: pharmacies and grocery shops; and • in rural areas: teashops, grocery shops, pharmacies, and medical shops. Maintaining Distribution Within each test market site, kit project managers should choose one staff person to work as a “test market field assistant” or recruit “market monitors” and orient them to the following responsibilities: • selecting retail outlets and visiting retailers weekly, • interviewing retailers and filling out reports, • replenishing kits as needed, • collecting money for kits sold (less commissions), • distributing and posting promotional materials, • providing feedback on promotional materials (either from questioning retailers or “person-on-the-street” interviews), and • coordinating with district health officer and delivery kit project team. Table 1. Promotional Activities for Marketing of Basic Delivery Kit Promotional Activities/Materials Information sessions/orientations for health post and clinic staff, TBAs, village leaders, women’s groups, community health workers Display box in shops Danglers Flyers Posters Flash cards Radio (soap operas, interviews, advertisements) Wall paintings Target Audiences Health workers, individuals who influence health care decisions Shop customers Shop customers General public General public Health post workers, TBAs General public General public BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE72 33 All vendors at the various test market outlets should be carefully interviewed during and at the end of the test market to collect their feedback. Work Tool 3.13 provides a sample field assistant training curriculum. Follow-up and Monitoring The local manager of the test market project should instruct field assistants to use a weekly record form and report back to them on a monthly basis regarding the number, type, and location of retail outlets, number of kits sold, money and feedback collected, and resupply needs. The test market manager will then report to the delivery kit project team, who should visit the test market site once a month. Work Tool 3.14 provides a sample weekly record form.5 If needed, kit project managers can increase or decrease the number of kits depending on actual sales. After the first month, the promotional activities and number of kits should be assessed through interviews with women, men, shopkeepers, and TBAs. The resulting data can be used to finalize kit packaging and determine price, distribution, and promotional activities. Through these activities, the test market will serve as an important process evaluation. Ultimately, the most important indicator is the number of kits purchased. Work Tool 3.15 provides sample test market data tables; Work Tool 3.16 provides a sample field assistant retail outlet form; and Work Tool 3.17 provides focus group discussion topic guides for assessing promotional materials. Nepali Retailers Interviewed at Haat Bazaars In Nepal, researchers went to the haat bazaars (local markets that occur at the end of each week) to conduct interviews with men who bought household goods there. Men were asked if they would purchase a delivery kit, and if so, what they would be willing to pay for it. Additionally, the researchers interviewed local retailers, surveying them about how they would like to see the kit promoted. The information that was obtained through the interviews helped kit developers determine the kit price and how to promote the kit using approaches that appeal to both clients and retailers, such as posters, wall paintings, and shop danglers. SECTION 3: PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 73 3 3.4 DETERMINING KIT CONTENTS AND PACKAGING Kit Contents Vary Locally produced kits vary in content depending on: • the community’s needs, which will have been identified through the needs assessment, field trial, and market research; • whether the kits are fully subsidized, partially subsidized, or solely commercial; • the expertise, policies, and priorities of the health care personnel who develop them; and • the technical skills of the kit users (women delivering at home alone or trained or untrained TBAs). What Are Essential Basic Delivery Kit Components? Opinions vary regarding which items are essential to include in basic delivery kits. The most important items are those that ensure the six principles of cleanliness identified by World Health Organization (WHO) (Figure 2). Match Box Kit From Kenya In some programs, only locally available items are put in kits. For example, the match box kit from Kenya contains only three items: a piece of soap, a razor blade, and cord ties.6 Cleanliness Principle Relevant Kit Components Clean hands ⇒ Soap Clean perineum ⇒ Soap Nothing unclean to be ⇒ Soap introduced into the vagina Clean delivery surface ⇒ Plastic sheet Clean cord-cutting tool ⇒ Clean, unused razor blade Clean cord care ⇒ Clean cord ties Clean cutting surface7 Figure 2. WHO’s Six Principles of Cleanliness and Relevant Kit Components BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE74 33 Begin With a Simple Kit A guiding principle for deciding the contents of a kit is to begin with a simple kit. Careful consideration should be given to the number and complexity of the kit components. As the program progresses, the kit can be modified to include additional items, if appropriate. No single kit will meet every user’s needs; kits may need revision as they are introduced into MCH programs. As different users are identified, a range of kits may be designed. Compromises may have to be made depending on the practicality and cost of various items, recommendations by health officials, and the needs and perceptions of the kit users. A thorough needs assessment and ongoing monitoring and evaluation will ensure that kits are appropriate for the needs and the resources of the target users. Five Essential Items Based on guidelines agreed upon at the June 2000 United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Technical Advisory Group on Clean Delivery Practices, single-use, disposable, basic delivery kits for the home should contain five essential items: • Razor blade. The razor blade is the most important item in the kit. It is essential for clean cutting of the cord. In most kits, the razor blade is double- sided. While one-sided blades might be preferable, they are more expensive and add to the cost of the kit. Razor blades should be carefully wrapped in paper and/or plastic to protect them from moisture or from causing injury. • Soap. Soap enhances clean practices by motivating hand washing. When determining what type of soap to include in the kit, carefully price the various options. Pre-wrapped, individual bars of soap are not necessary for maintaining cleanliness, and they may add to the kit cost. To reduce kit cost, kit project managers should consider buying large bars of unwrapped soap that can be sliced and packaged at the factory or by the kit assemblers. Each kit component is essential to clean delivery. Photo: M C H P SECTION 3: PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 75 3 • Plastic sheet. The plastic sheet protects the mother’s perineum and newborn infant’s cord from dirt and helps maintain a clean delivery area. Plastic sheeting is easy to buy in large quantities. • Cord ties. Clean cord ties are essential for clean cord care. The number of cord ties included in a kit may vary. Some include two cord ties, while others include three, in case one falls on the ground. The cord ties can be made of string or thread, depending on cost and local availability/preference. • Pictorial instructional insert. The pictorial instructional insert helps the user understand the role of each item in the kit, how to use items correctly, and the order in which they should be used. These instructions are essential to correct delivery kit use. They reinforce key messages about clean delivery practices and good neonatal care. The pictorial instructions must be carefully designed to reflect numerous considerations, including: - the literacy level of the users; - the appearance of the women in the instructions, which should be culturally similar to the appearance of the kit users; - clear messages on correct use of each kit item; - the importance of hand washing—with soap— during the delivery; - the importance of cutting the cord with the razor blade; - additional neonatal health messages such as immediate wrapping of the infant and breastfeeding; - appropriateness and acceptability of the instructions; and - disposal of kit contents after use. Once designed, the draft of the pictorial insert must be carefully pretested with potential kit users to ensure that Unsafe Cord Ties Sometimes blades of grass, bark fibers, reeds, or fine roots are used to tie the newborn’s umbilical cord. These materials can be harmful, because they often harbor tetanus spores from the soil and, thus, increase the risk of neonatal tetanus.8 The pictorial insert is essential to correct kit use. M C H P 3 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE76 33 the insert is appropriate, comprehensible, and acceptable. An example of pretest questions for evaluating the pictorial insert is included as Work Tool 3.18. Considering Additional Kit Contents Beyond the essential items, kit contents can vary widely depending on the financial and staffing resources of the agency producing the basic delivery kit. Choice of kit contents also depends on the logistical and procurement systems for medical supplies and the types of supplies available through the existing health care infrastructure. To determine the necessity of each of the kit components, kit project managers should consider the following questions: • Is there a solid rationale supported by WHO for every item in the kit? • Are the design of the kit and the choice of contents based on thorough, qualitative research of consumer preferences? • Will users understand how to use each kit item correctly? • Will users actually use each item? • What are the existing birth practices, and how does each item supplied in the kit relate to these? • Will the cost of the contents prevent the kit from being accessible to users? • Will each item help resolve common health problems such as tetanus or cord infection? Nonessential Kit Components Unfortunately, to enhance the role of the delivery kit, many well-intentioned health providers and MCH managers include items in basic delivery kits that are not essential to clean delivery and cord care. These items increase the kit cost and often are used incorrectly or not at all. Nonessential kit items may include gauze squares, topical anti-microbial ointment for the cord, fingernail-cleaning sticks, latex gloves, water bowls, sterile razor blades, pans for boiling water, flashlights, suturing supplies, vitamin A capsules, folic iron tablets, dispensers for tetracycline eye ointment, or swaddling cloths. While some of these items may prove useful, they can increase kit costs substantially. Kit project managers must carefully determine the financial feasibility and sustainability of including nonessential items. Before adding nonessential items to the kit, the MCH manager must first: • assess the real health need for these items in the community; • determine if there are other health projects that provide these items; SECTION 3: PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 77 3 • determine the additional cost of including nonessential items in the kit (including such factors as procurement cost, added distribution costs of a larger delivery kit, staff time and resources involved, and the lower profit margin necessary to maintain affordability of the kit); and • determine how the additional cost will be supported by the agency budget. To determine what is nonessential, the kit project manager should focus on the primary purpose of the basic delivery kit: clean cord care. UNFPA Recommendations on Nonessential Items In 2000, the UNFPA Technical Advisory Group on Clean Delivery Practices made the following recommendations regarding nonessential items of basic delivery kits intended for home deliveries: • Sterile razor blades. Delivery kit experts generally agree that sterilizing the razor blade is not essential. WHO states that a clean razor blade is sufficient to prevent cord infection. They reason that: - these items will not remain sterile when transported and stored in storehouses or retail shop shelves; - sterilizing with gamma rays or autoclaving adds unnecessarily to the kit cost; and - prevention of tetanus, sepsis, and puerperal infection does not require sterile items. • Topical anti-microbial ointments. Kits should not include topical anti-microbials because there is not enough evidence to recommend their widespread use on the cord stump,8 as evidence regarding prevention of cord infection is inconclusive. Anti-microbials also increase kit cost and may be harmful if used incorrectly. • Latex gloves. The fear of blood-borne infections, especially HIV, has understandably prompted many agencies to include latex gloves in home delivery kits. Incorrect Use of Nonessential Kit Items One example of a nonessential item used incorrectly was the inclusion of tetracycline ointment in kits in Somalia. The tetracycline ointment tube allowed multiple applications by several family members, occasionally resulting in the spread of infection between family members.9 Another example involves a kit program in Cambodia. Iron and vitamin A tablets were included in home birth kits, but it was later found that women did not understand how they were to be used. BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE78 33 When including gloves, it is important to first determine who the primary user of the basic delivery kit will be. If the primary users are trained TBAs who know how to use gloves, and if they will be trained to use the gloves correctly, including gloves is clearly appropriate. However, if the primary kit users are delivering women or untrained TBAs unfamiliar with glove-use, it is unlikely that the gloves will be used correctly or at all.9 If used incorrectly, gloves can cause cross infection. • Gauze. If placed on the umbilical cord, gauze can cause, rather than protect against, infection. • Drugs (such as vitamin A capsules, iron folate tablets, or tetracycline ointment). Drugs can increase kit cost and decrease access to the kit. In addition, kit users may not use the drugs appropriately. Kit Packaging When designed properly, kit packaging will fulfill several roles, including protecting the quality of the kit contents, ensuring cultural appropriateness, and maintaining the cost-effectiveness of the kit. In addition, appealing packaging can motivate wholesalers and retailers to stock and sell the kit when it promotes use through attractive and positive images, messages, or slogans. The type of packaging should be tailored to how the kit will be marketed as well as the range of distribution within the community. For example, subsidized kits not intended for commercial use may be packaged more simply and cost-effectively than commercial kits, as they may need only to be packaged in a plastic bag with a simple label designating the name and purpose of the kit. Inconsistent Use of Latex Gloves In an observational study on obstetric practices in Ghana in 1991, the investigators found that few midwives or nurses followed the rules for clean delivery, despite formal training and considerable knowledge about how infection is spread. In addition, even though latex gloves were available, they rarely were used. “It was not uncommon for the midwives to wear a glove on only one hand during vaginal delivery; the other glove was reserved for a later delivery.” When gloves were available, they were often contaminated or reused.10 Gauze Misuse During a field visit in 1995 to work on prototype kits in Nepal, PATH staff found that trained attendants used gauze to wipe the babies’ eyes, but that untrained attendants were using it to wipe off feces and/ or put it on the umbilical cord as a dressing.11 SECTION 3: PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 79 3 Protecting the Quality of the Contents The primary role of kit packaging is to maintain the cleanliness of the kit contents. The contents should be individually wrapped in paper or plastic, and then placed together in a small, sealed, plastic bag. This protects the contents from moisture, dust, and rodents. Razor blades are especially vulnerable to moisture and may rust. While most delivery kit packaging consists of a plastic bag that contains all of the kit contents, some kit producers also insert the plastic bag into a thick paper box. The box serves as a second layer of protection and makes them easier to store and display in retail outlets. Using Cost-effective Packaging Kit designers should use cost-effective packaging that will not significantly increase the overall cost of the kit. The cost of printing labels and/or paper boxes can be substantial and must be considered as part of the total packaging costs. Motivating Wholesalers and Retailers to Stock and Sell the Kit Commercial kits require packaging that appeals more strongly to wholesalers, retailers, and potential users. If the kits are small and durable, wholesalers will be more inclined to stock them in large quantities, and retailers will be more likely to devote shelf space to the product. Small size and durable packaging also enable NGOs and community groups to store, distribute, and sell the kits more easily. 3.5 IDENTIFYING A RETAIL PRICE The final design of kit contents and packaging is a combination of what potential buyers want in a kit, what public health officials see as appropriate, and what is feasible, given cost constraints.12 The retail price of the basic delivery kit should be based on the affordability data obtained through the field test, program subsidies, and program costs. For a discussion of program costs and budgets, please see Section 4.2, Step 4. Pricing for a long-term strategy (for a large project) should be based on production of at least 10,000 kits, fewer for a smaller project. An estimate of 30 percent can be used for overhead, distribution, and promotion costs. Commission can be calculated BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE80 33 at 25 percent. The test market preparation will confirm these figures or show how they should be adjusted. The per-unit costs for a basic delivery kit may resemble the following examples. Item Cost Soap 0.50 Razor blade 1.50 Plastic sheet 2.00 Small plastic package 0.05 Large plastic package 0.10 String 0.07 Pictorial insert 0.75 Box 1.00 Labor 0.50 Subtotal 6.47 Overhead expense (30%) 1.94 Subtotal 8.41 Commission (25%) 2.10 Total Price 10.51 The recommended kit price for test market is between 11.50 and 13.00 units of currency.13 The recommended retail price of the kit should be affixed to the kit with a sticker at the assembly site prior to distribution. Priced kits increase buyer confidence by placing a value on the kit and assuring them that they are not being charged too much. Prices must be controlled in order to optimize the profit margin for the kit producers, wholesalers, and retailers while keeping the kit within the affordable range of poor families. Work Tool 3.19 provides a sample delivery kit cost breakdown from Nepal.15 In Banjura, Nepal, Men’s Concern About Kit Cost “It is not necessary to spend even 15 rupees when there’s a haiya (sickle) already here in the house. It costs nothing and was always used before.”14 Determining Price An important part of marketing commercial or partially subsidized basic delivery kits is pricing. Pricing may vary according to local users’ willingness and ability to pay for the product. For example, in Nepal, market research indicated that, although a small amount of money is spent on items for the delivery itself, families do spend significant amounts on birth items such as special foods, gifts, and oils needed for a purification ceremony. The data showed that families are able to pay cash for birth-related purchases (up to 2,000 Nepalese Rupees), and that a retail price of 15 Rupees (US$0.20) would make the kit affordable to most families.11 SECTION 3: PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 3 81 PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT WORK TOOLS Adapt as needed for local circumstances. 3 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE82 3 .1 SA M P LE W O R K P LA N A N D T IM EL IN E FO R B A SI C D EL IV ER Y K IT P R O JE C T A ct iv it ie s 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 0 1 1 1 2 1 3 1 4 1 5 1 6 1 7 1 8 Si tu at io n A n al ys is Su rv ey k ey d o cu m en ts X X C o nd uc t lim ite d fo cu s- gr o up d is cu ss io ns w ith t ar ge t au di en ce s (w o m en a nd T B A s) X X C o nd uc t lim ite d in -d ep th in te rv ie w s w ith N G O a nd M O H s ta ff X X D et er m in e av ai la bi lit y o f l o ca l k its a nd U N k its X A ss es si n g F ea si b il it y A ss es s pr o gr am r es o ur ce s X A ss es s lo ca l c o lla bo ra to rs X X A ss es s av ai la bi lit y o f r aw m at er ia ls X D ec id in g t o D ev el o p a B as ic D el iv er y K it P ro g ra m M ak e fin al d ec is io n X Es ta bl is h a te ch ni ca l a dv is o ry c o m m itt ee , i f u se fu l X A ss ig n pr o gr am r es po ns ib ili tie s to s pe ci fic s ta ff X R ec ru it st af f ( an d co ns ul ta nt s) , i f n ee de d X N ee d s A ss es sm en t Su pp le m en t da ta fr o m s itu at io n an al ys is X C o nd uc t qu al ita tiv e re se ar ch o n de liv er y pr ac tic es X X X A na ly ze d at a X X Pr ep ar e br ie f r ep o rt X M o n th s W O R K T O O L S WORK TOOL 3.1 SECTION 3: PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 3 83 A ct iv it ie s 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 0 1 1 1 2 1 3 1 4 1 5 1 6 1 7 1 8 M ar ke t re se ar ch C o nd uc t in -d ep th in te rv ie w s w ith p ur ch as er s, r et ai le rs , di st rib ut o rs , p o te nt ia l u se rs X X X A na ly ze d at a X M an u fa ct u re r' s Su rv ey C o nd uc t in te rv ie w s w ith m an uf ac tu re rs o f k it ite m s X X D es ig n P ro to ty p e K it C o n te n ts a n d P ac ka g in g D ec id e o n ki t co nt en ts X D ev el o p pi ct o ria l i ns tr uc tio ns , a nd p re te st X X D ev el o p ki t pa ck ag e, a nd p re te st X X Fi el d T ri al A ss em bl e pr o to ty pe k its X X X D ev el o p an a ss em bl y w o rk p la n X Es ta bl is h ki t as se m bl y si te a nd s to ra ge X X Tr ai n ki t as se m bl er s X Pr o du ce s uf fic ie nt n um be r o f k its fo r fie ld t ria l X X D ev el o p a m o ni to rin g an d qu al ity a ss ur an ce p la n X D ev el o p fi el d tr ia l s tr at eg y X X D at a- co lle ct io n to o ls X D et er m in e fie ld t ria l s ite s X M o n th s 3 .1 Sa m p le W o rk P la n a n d T im el in e (c o n ti n u ed ) WORK TOOL 3.1 (CONTINUED) 3 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE84 A ct iv it ie s 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 0 1 1 1 2 1 3 1 4 1 5 1 6 1 7 1 8 Fi el d T ri al ( co n ti n u ed ) R ec ru it an d tr ai n fie ld t ria l a ss is ta nt s an d fie ld t ria l su pe rv is o rs X X D is tr ib ut e pr o to ty pe k its t o p re gn an t w o m en X X X C o nd uc t po st na ta l i nt er vi ew s w ith w o m en X X X X A na ly ze d at a X X X M o di fy k it, a s ne ed ed X Te st M ar ke t D et er m in e ap pr o pr ia te r et ai l a nd c o m m un ity o ut le ts X X X D et er m in e de m an d fo r ki ts fo r te st m ar ke t pe rio d X D et er m in e di st rib ut io n ch an ne ls a nd d st rib ut o rs X X X D ec id e o n ki t pr ic e X R ec ru it an d tr ai n "t es t m ar ke t as si st an ts " X X D ev el o p a pr o m o tio na l s tr at eg y fo r th e ki ts X D et er m in e ke y m es sa ge s fo r ea ch a ud ie nc e X D es ig n/ de ve lo p pr o m o tio na l m at er ia ls /a ct iv iti es X X X Pr et es t al l p ro m o tio na l m at er ia ls X X Se ll ki ts X X X C o nd uc t in -d ep th in te rv ie w s w ith v en do rs a nd pr uc ha se rs X M o n th s 3 .1 Sa m p le W o rk P la n a n d T im el in e (c o n ti n u ed ) WORK TOOL 3.1 (CONTINUED) SECTION 3: PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 3 85 A ct iv it ie s 1 9 2 0 2 1 2 2 2 3 2 4 2 5 2 6 2 7 2 8 2 9 3 0 Te st M ar ke t (c o n ti n u ed ) M o di fy k it pa ck ag in g, d is tr ib ut io n ch an ne ls , a nd pr o m o tio na l c ha nn el s X D ev el o p a n I n te g ra te d M C H S tr at eg y Se le ct t ar ge t ar ea s X D ev el o p tr ai ni ng s tr at eg y X In vo lv e he al th w o rk er s in k it ac tiv iti es X X X X C o nt in ue k it as se m bl y X X X X X X X X X X X D is tr ib ut e th e ki t X X X X X X X X X X In te gr at e cl ea n de liv er y pr ac tic es in to h ea lth ed uc at io n X X X X X X X X X X Pr o m o te c le an d el iv er y pr ac tic es a nd k it us e X X X X X X X X X X So ci al ly m ar ke t th e ki t (s ee S ec tio n 5) X X X X X X X X X X D ev el o p m o ni to rin g in di ca to rs a nd in st ru m en ts ( se e Se ct io n 6) X X M o ni to r an d ev al ua te X X X X X X X X X X Su b si d iz in g a n d S u st ai n in g K it A ct iv it ie s D et er m in e if pr o du ct io n an d di st rib ut io n ar e co st - ef fe ct iv e X X D et er m in e if su pe rv is io n an d m o ni to rin g ar e ad eq ua te X X R ev ie w m o ni to rin g ac tiv iti es X X X X M o di fy p ro gr am s tr at eg y ba se d o n m o ni to rin g da ta X X X M o n th s (C o nt in ua tio n o f d el iv er y ki t de ve lo pm en t pr o gr am ) 3 .1 Sa m p le W o rk P la n a n d T im el in e (c o n ti n u ed ) WORK TOOL 3.1 (CONTINUED) 3 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE86 3.2 SAMPLE FOCUS GROUP DISCUSSION TOPIC GUIDE FOR MOTHERS NEEDS ASSESSMENT Target Audience Women who have given birth to at least one child within the last two years. Objectives • To determine women’s traditional birth practices and knowledge. • To understand their concept of cleanliness during delivery. • To determine their interest in using a basic delivery kit. Site Rural site___ Urban site___ Topic Guide Introduction Introduce yourselves and your agency. Describe the objectives of the discussion. Conduct a warm-up session. Informally, talk about children, pregnant women, agriculture, and other matters of interest to the mothers. Request that the women talk openly about their delivery experiences. Emphasize that there are no right or wrong answers. All their beliefs, experiences, and opinions are valuable. Ask permission to record them. Explain that participants’ answers will be kept confidential. Have participants introduce themselves. W O R K T O O L S WORK TOOL 3.2 SECTION 3: PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 3 87 Delivery Experiences Encourage all the participants to share their delivery experiences. The facilitator should ask probing questions such as: • How many children have you had? • Do you deliver alone at home, at home with the assistance of someone, or at a medical site? - If you depend on an assistant, what type of assistant? A relative, friend, untrained TBA, or trained TBA? Clean Delivery Practices Questions may include the following: • What, if anything, do you or your family members do to prepare for delivery? - What household items do you prepare? - What supplies are purchased in preparation for the delivery? • We are hearing the expression “clean delivery” more and more in the community. Can you tell me what is meant by “clean delivery?” - How would you prepare for a clean delivery? - How important is clean delivery for the health of your baby? • Can you tell me about your hand washing during the delivery process? At what point during the process do you or your assistant wash your hands? - Do you use soap to wash your hands? Why or why not? - Why do you wash your hands? • Please tell us about the techniques you or your assistant use for cord care during delivery. - How is the cord cut? - Who cuts the cord? - What is used to cut and tie the cord? - What, if anything, is done to prepare the items used to cut the cord? - What, if anything, is done to the cord after it is cut? WORK TOOL 3.2 (CONTINUED) 3 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE88 Delivery Supplies and Equipment Questions may include the following: • We talked about the items used for cord cutting. What other supplies do you use during and after delivery? - What do you consider the most important supplies for delivery? - What, if anything, is done to prepare these items for delivery? • Who decides which supplies should be purchased for delivery? - Who actually buys them? • Where are these supplies purchased? - How difficult or easy is it to get them? - How much money is spent on these supplies? • What do you think about putting all the important supplies in one packet? Feedback on Sample Delivery Kits Present three different delivery kit samples to the participants. Show the contents of each kit and ask the women to say whether they would use each component and why. Start a discussion about the kits: • Which of the three packets do you prefer? - What do you like and dislike about each of them? - Which items are necessary/not necessary? - Is there anything you do not understand about the kit components? If so, please explain. - Is there anything you would add to the kits? • Which item in these kits is the most useful? Opinions About Buying Delivery Kits Questions may include the following: • What is your opinion about buying a delivery kit? WORK TOOL 3.2 (CONTINUED) SECTION 3: PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 3 89 • Would you buy one if it were available? If not, why not? - Do you think other women like you would buy one? If not, why not? - If yes, how much would they be willing to pay for one? - Where or from whom would they prefer to buy it? • How could we motivate women who might not be interested in buying a kit? - What information about the kit would be important to provide? • What are the best ways to tell families about the kit? • How would you describe the kit to other users? To your husband or mother- in-law? • How much do people usually spend for delivery? For birth rituals? Kit Packaging Questions may include the following: • What would be a good name for the kit? • Which picture would you like to see on the outside of the packet? • What color would you prefer for the kit packet? • What kind of instructions would be helpful to mothers like you? • What would you do with the components after using the kit? Thank you! Your experience and help will be beneficial in developing the basic delivery kit. WORK TOOL 3.2 (CONTINUED) 3 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE90 3.3 IN-DEPTH INTERVIEW TOPIC GUIDE FOR HOUSEHOLD PURCHASERS NEEDS ASSESSMENT Target Audience Household purchasers Objectives • To identify the purchasing patterns of household members likely to be responsible for health and/or delivery supplies. • To identify their opinions about a basic delivery kit. Site Rural site___ Urban site___ Topic Guide Introduction Introduce yourself and your organization. Describe the program briefly. Emphasize that the participant’s opinions and experiences are valuable, and that there are no right or wrong answers. Also emphasize that answers are confidential. Information About the Purchaser Obtain information about their: • age; • relationship to head of family; • whether this person is responsible for household purchases (if not, then who else in the family buys goods); W O R K T O O L S WORK TOOL 3.3 SECTION 3: PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 3 91 • who in the family makes the decisions about purchases of household items such as clothes, food, and medicine; • distance from the marketplace. Purchasing Patterns Questions may include: • What types of goods do you purchase for the household? • What are the prices of these goods? • How often do you purchase these goods? • Where do you purchase these goods? • Where do you get the money to purchase them? Purchasing Pattern for Delivery Equipment Questions may include: • Do you purchase special goods for the delivery period? - If yes, what items do you purchase? • Who decides what items should be purchased for the delivery? • Who actually purchases the items? • Which of these items are most important? Why? • When are these items purchased (how long before the baby is due)? • Where do you purchase them? • How much do you pay for these items? Opinion About a Basic Delivery Kit • How would you feel about being able to purchase all items necessary for delivery in one packet? • What price would you pay for such a packet? • Where would you prefer to buy this packet? Thank you! Your experience and help will be beneficial in developing the basic delivery kit. WORK TOOL 3.3 (CONTINUED) 3 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE92 3.4 SAMPLE QUESTIONNAIRE FOR MERCHANTS NEEDS ASSESSMENT Target Audience Retailers who own or run small shops, drug stores, or market stands. Objectives • To determine retailers’ selling patterns, clientele, and product line. • To identify retailers’ opinions, ideas, and suggestions about the sample delivery kit. Questionnaire Introduction Introduce yourself and your agency. Describe the objectives of the questionnaire. Ask the retailer to introduce him/herself. Request that the retailer talk openly about his/her selling patterns and ideas about the product you will show them. Emphasize that there are no right or wrong answers. All their beliefs, experiences, and opinions are valuable. Market area:_________ District:_________ 1. How many days is the market open? 1 day a week___ 2 days a week___ 3 days a week___ more than 3 days a week___ 2. How many days is your shop open? 1 day a week___ 2 days a week___ 3 days a week___ more than 3 days a week___ W O R K T O O L S WORK TOOL 3.4 SECTION 3: PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 3 93 3. What do you sell in your shop? Vegetables___ Rice, pulse, spices___ Sugar, tea, biscuits, and cigarettes___ Medicine___ Fabric and clothes___ Other___ 4. How much do you sell in a week? Vegetables___ Rice, pulse, spices___ Sugar, tea, biscuits, and cigarettes___ Medicine___ Fabric and clothes___ Other___ 5. Who usually buys your goods? Men___ Women___ Children___ 6. How much does one person generally buy? 7. Which item do you sell the most, and what is the price of it? 8. How many competitors are there in your market? 0-4___ 5-9___ 10-15___ more than 15___ Show the merchant samples of delivery kits, explaining the components and the purpose of the kit. Ask the merchant: 9. Would it be possible to sell the kit in your market? Yes___ No___ If not, why not? Where do you think it could be sold? WORK TOOL 3.4 (CONTINUED) 3 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE94 10. If yes, who will buy the product? Husbands of pregnant women___ Pregnant women___ TBAs___ Others___ 11. What type of packaging do you like? Plastic___ Cloth___ Cardboard___ Other___ 12. What would be the appropriate distribution channels for the kit? Agent___ Wholesaler___ Retailer___ TBA___ Family planning agent___ Other___ 13. What places would be appropriate to sell the kit? Weekly market___ Tea shop___ Fabric shop___ Medical store___ Health post___ Village health committee___ TBA___ Other___ 14. What would be a good brand name for it? 15. What would be a good price for it? 16. Do you have any other suggestions? Thank you! Your experience and help will be beneficial in developing the basic delivery kit. WORK TOOL 3.4 (CONTINUED) SECTION 3: PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 3 95 3.5 SAMPLE QUESTIONNAIRE FOR HEALTH STAFF, NGO STAFF, AND COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS NEEDS ASSESSMENT Target Audience Health program staff, NGO staff, and community health workers who have experience in delivery kit projects. Objectives To gather information from experienced agencies and individuals about preferred packaging, marketing, and distribution channels for a basic delivery kit. Questionnaire Introduction Introduce yourself and your agency. Describe the objectives of the questionnaire. Ask the respondent to introduce him/herself. Request that the respondent talk openly about his/her store/pharmacy and ideas about the product you will show. Emphasize that there are no right or wrong answers. All their beliefs, experiences, and opinions are valuable. Name of the organization:______________________________________________ Type of organization: __________________________________________________ Address:_____________________________________________________________ Organization’s activities: _______________________________________________ Working areas: _______________________________________________________ First, ask the staff member to describe his/her experience with the basic delivery kit in detail. Then obtain more information about his/her ideas for marketing and distribution of the kit by asking the questions below: 1. Is it possible to sell a basic delivery kit in the market? Yes___ No___ W O R K T O O L S WORK TOOL 3.5 3 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE96 2. Who will buy the product? Husbands of pregnant women___ Pregnant women___ TBAs___ Others___ 3. What type of packaging do you like? Plastic___ Cloth___ Cardboard___ Other___ 4. What would be appropriate distribution channel(s) for a basic delivery kit? Sales agent___ Retailer___ Small shop___ Family planning worker___ Health worker___ Women’s organization___ TBAs___ Community-based distributors___ Other___ 5. Which place(s) would be appropriate to sell a basic delivery kit? Weekly market___ Tea shop___ Fabric shop___ Medical store/pharmacy___ Health post___ Village health committee___ Other___ 6. What would be a good brand name for it? 7. What would be a good price for it? 8. Do you have any other suggestions? Thank you! Your experience and help will be beneficial in developing the basic delivery kit. WORK TOOL 3.5 (CONTINUED) SECTION 3: PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 3 97 3.6 SAMPLE QUESTIONNAIRE FOR MEDICAL STORES AND PHARMACIES NEEDS ASSESSMENT Target Audience Retailers who own or run medical stores and pharmacies. Objectives • To determine medical store and pharmacy retailers’ selling patterns, clientele, and product line. • To identify retailers’ opinions, ideas, and suggestions about the sample delivery kit. Questionnaire Introduction Introduce yoursef and your agency. Describe the objectives of the questionnaire. Ask the respondent to introduce him/herself. Request that the respondent talk openly about his/her store/pharmacy and ideas about the product you will show. Emphasize that there are no right or wrong answers. All their beliefs, experiences, and opinions are valuable. Name of respondent or business: _______________________________________ Address: ____________________________________________________________ How many patients will come for a check-up every (if applicable) Day____ Week____ Month____ What types of medicines do you sell? W O R K T O O L S WORK TOOL 3.6 3 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE98 How much do you charge for oral rehydration salts? (ORS is an example of another socially-marketed MCH health product that families purchase to prevent or treat diarrheal disease in children. When considering introducing basic delivery kits into a similar market, it is useful to collect information about medical retailers’ experience with ORS.) Who buys oral rehydration salts? Men___ Women___ Children___ How did they learn about oral rehydration salts? Newspaper___ Radio___ Poster___ Public loudspeakers___ Health workers___ Other___ How do you and others bring oral rehydration salts here? Agent___ He/she goes to market___ Other___ How often do you buy the oral rehydration salts? Every week___ Every 2 weeks___ Every 3 weeks___ Once a month___ After more than a month___ How many packets do you sell per Day____ Week____ Month____ Describe the basic delivery kit in detail. Show delivery kit prototypes, explain the components, and discuss the purpose of the delivery kit. Then ask the following questions: WORK TOOL 3.6 (CONTINUED) SECTION 3: PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 3 99 Is it possible to sell this type of delivery kit in your medical shop/pharmacy? Yes___ No___ Who would buy the kits? Men___ Women___ Children___ What type of packaging do you like? Plastic___ Cloth___ Cardboard___ Other___ Which places would be appropriate to sell the kit? Weekly market___ Clothing shop___ Small food store___ Supermarket___ Medical shop/pharmacy___ Medical shop___ Health post___ TBA___ Other___ What would be the appropriate distribution channel(s) for it? Agent___ Wholesaler___ Retailer___ TBA___ Family planning agent___ Other___ What would be the appropriate advertising media for promoting the kit? Poster___ Instruction___ Radio___ Newspaper___ Public loudspeakers___ Other___ WORK TOOL 3.6 (CONTINUED) 3 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE100 What would be a good brand name for the kit? What would be an appropriate price at which to sell it? Would you be interested in selling this product in the future? Yes___ No___ Why? Do you have any other suggestions? Thank you! Your experience and help will be beneficial in developing the basic delivery kit. WORK TOOL 3.6 (CONTINUED) SECTION 3: PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 3 101 3.7 MANUFACTURERS’ SURVEY FORM NEEDS ASSESSMENT Target Audience Manufacturers who produce one or more kit items. Objectives • To determine manufacturers’ product line, market share, and production capacity. • To identify manufacturers’ level of interest in producing or subsidizing kit components. Survey Guide Introduction Introduce yourself and your agency. Describe the objectives of the survey. Ask the respondent to introduce him/herself. Request that the respondent talk openly about his/her manufacturing site and experiences. Emphasize that there are no right or wrong answers. All his/her ideas are valuable. Identification of the Producer Company name:______________________________________________________ Address:_____________________________________________________________ Telephone: __________________________________________________________ E-mail:_______________________________________________________________ Person(s) interviewed: _________________________________________________ Name of kit item produced: ____________________________________________ W O R K T O O L S WORK TOOL 3.7 3 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE102 Quality of Item Topics and questions that are useful to include in the survey may include, but are not limited to, the following: 1. Please describe the quality of your product and how it compares in price with the same product manufactured by other companies. 2. Who is your biggest customer for this item? 3. Which company is your biggest competitor for this product? 4. How is your product different from that of other manufacturers? Production and Supply 5. Would you be prepared to supply your item(s) in special orders to our organization? Yes___ No___ 6. Based on the quantity of products that we will need over a six-month and one- year period, what would be the wholesale price of a six-month supply? Of a one- year supply? 7. Will you cut the product to our specifications prior to delivery? If so, is this included in the price? If not, what is the cost? 8. Do you deliver the product? If not, how is it distributed? 9. If you deliver, what type of delivery schedule could be arranged for our assembly site? 10. If you do not deliver, how will these items be delivered? 11. How much is the delivery cost? 12. Please provide us with references of other businesses that depend on you to deliver supplies. 13. What guarantees do you provide for timely distribution of the supplies? WORK TOOL 3.7 (CONTINUED) SECTION 3: PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 3 103 14. Who is responsible if we are not satisfied with the quality of the product or the delivery schedule? Willingness to Subsidize the Product 15. Would you be willing to sell your product at a subsidized rate? Yes___ If so, what would be the rate? No___ If not at this time, what issues would you need to consider before deciding to subsidize the product? 16. Would you be willing to subsidize the kit by supplying other products that we decide to put into the kit? Yes___ If so, which products would you contribute? No___ Thank you! Your experience and help will be beneficial in developing the basic delivery kit. WORK TOOL 3.7 (CONTINUED) 3 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE104 3.8 EXAMPLE OF A FIELD TRIAL ORIENTATION FOR COLLABORATING NGO STAFF WHO WILL WORK AS FIELD ASSISTANTS FIELD TRIAL The Save the Children Alliance (Save the Children/US, Save the Children/UK, Redd Barna) is developing a simple, low-cost, disposable delivery kit that will eventually be sold through commercial channels. There are four phases to this research project. Phase I, the needs assessment portion, includes information-gathering activities in three areas in Nepal: Siraha, Surkhet, and Lamjung. These areas were chosen to represent different ethnic and geographic variations that could influence the purchase and use of a delivery kit. Based on this very preliminary information, choices were made about prototype kit design and contents. The simple kit is based on the WHO concept of the “six cleans,” including clean hands, clean delivery surface, and clean cord tying and cutting implements. In addition, a clean cutting surface has been added, because preliminary research shows that birth attendants use dirty surfaces for cutting the cord. Finally, we have included a pictorial insert that shows how to use the kit contents. Phase II of the project is to test the prototype kit during actual deliveries in representative areas of Nepal. The Save the Children Alliance requests your assistance in implementing field activities for the second phase of the project. The objective of this phase is to test prototype delivery kits in representative areas of Nepal. We also want to assess people’s comprehension of the pictorial insert and use of the delivery kit. To test the kit, we request your help in doing the following: 1. Identify up to five women in your area who are seven to nine months pregnant who will be in the same location following delivery. If any of them will be in another location/district after delivery, determine how to locate them. W O R K T O O L S WORK TOOL 3.8 SECTION 3: PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 3 105 2. Briefly explain that you are testing a kit to be used during deliveries (but do not explain how to use the kit—one of the goals is to test comprehension of the pictorial insert). Explain that you would like her to use the kit during her delivery. Explain that the kit will make delivery preparation easier and more convenient. 3. Give her a sample kit. 4. Complete a registration form (Work Tool 3.11) for each woman to whom you give a sample kit. 5. Return within two weeks after her delivery (the sooner, the better), and interview her using the interview form. Encourage the presence of the mother- in-law, husband, or whoever else assisted or was present during the delivery. 6. The voluntary services organization (VSO) volunteers should either send or bring in the interview forms and unused kits to Save the Children/US. The project will reimburse the cost of the registered parcel post upon receipt of the bill. 7. If possible, observe deliveries while the kits are used, and fill in the observation forms. We realize this may be very difficult, but it would be extremely useful. Do not intervene in the use of the kit contents. We appreciate your assistance during this phase of the project. We hope to collect user feedback from as many areas of Nepal as possible, in order to design a kit that is acceptable and affordable. We would also appreciate any other suggestions you may have concerning kit design, promotion, and distribution. We will share the findings of the research with you at the end of the final phase (test market) of the project. Thank you for your assistance. Enclosures (to be given to field workers with the above letter) • Leaflet explaining project • 5 clean delivery kits (for distribution) • 1 opened delivery kit • 5 interview forms • 5 observation forms • 5 antenatal registration forms WORK TOOL 3.8 (CONTINUED) 3 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE106 Field Assistant Orientation 1. Field assistants should have the following characteristics: • Be knowledgeable about the local area. • Have knowledge of health. • Have some knowledge of interview or survey techniques. • Be willing to travel into areas by foot to identify pregnant women and to conduct follow-up interviews. 2. Orientation: • Give overview of project and explain rationale for field trials.16 WORK TOOL 3.8 (CONTINUED) SECTION 3: PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 3 107 3.9 RESPONSIBILITIES OF FIELD TRIAL WORKERS AND FIELD SUPERVISORS FIELD TRIAL Field Trial Workers Each field trial worker will have the following responsibilities: 1. Identify a mother who is about seven to nine months pregnant. 2. Register the mother using the registry form. 3. Supply the kit in her seventh, eighth, or ninth month of pregnancy. 4. Administer the postnatal questionnaire within one month after delivery. If the mother is eight to nine months pregnant during the time she is registered, the kit must be supplied immediately. The field trial worker must explain the purpose of the basic delivery kit but should not discuss how the contents are used. The kit should not be opened until the time of delivery. The field trial worker should also inform the mother that she will return within one month of delivery to ask about her use and acceptance of the kit. Field Investigators The field investigators will be responsible for supervising the field trial workers. The supervisors should ensure that: 1. Only women who are seven- to nine-months pregnant are registered. 2. Registry forms are completed correctly. 3. A kit is supplied to the mother in her seventh, eighth, or ninth month of pregnancy. 4. A postnatal follow-up is conducted within one month after delivery. 5. The postnatal questionnaire is completed properly. 6. The reports (registry forms and postnatal questionnaires) are submitted on time. W O R K T O O L S WORK TOOL 3.9 3 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE108 7. Each field trial worker has covered ___ pregnant mothers for a ___-month period. 8. All activities are on schedule. The field trial workers will be accompanied by the field investigators during the first three postnatal interviews. The supervision will be continued weekly by meetings between the field investigators and field trial workers. A monthly meeting will be held to monitor the progress of the field trials and to problem-solve. Consolidating the Postnatal Questionnaires The field investigators will start collecting and consolidating the postnatal questionnaires as soon as they are completed. Consolidated data will be submitted to the research assistants who will analyze all data. All information should be available at the main office ___ months after the start of the field trial.12 WORK TOOL 3.9 (CONTINUED) SECTION 3: PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 3 109 3.10 SAMPLE FIELD TRIAL WORKER TRAINING CURRICULUM FIELD TRIAL W O R K T O O L S WORK TOOL 3.10 Time Duration: 1 day 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Content • Introduction • Objectives of program, kit contents • Objective of field trial • Target of kit testing in the area • Total number of postnatal interviews • Time duration for field trial • How to identify and select pregnant mothers • How to register the pregnant mother • In-depth interview techniques • Lunch • Briefing the pregnant mother about basic delivery kits • When to interview postnatal mother • How to communicate with health-related government organizations and NGOs in district • Reporting procedures Methods and Materials • Register • Basic delivery kit • Discussion • Observation forms • Role plays • Role play to practice interview techniques and filling out the data forms16 3 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE110 3.11 SAMPLE PREGNANT WOMAN REGISTRATION FORM FIELD TRIAL Contact Information Name of woman:_________________________________________ Age:_______ Address:_____________________________________________________________ Total number of children:___ Male:___ Female:___ Location where she can be found after delivery:___________________________________ Date of first contact:____________ Date of follow-up visit:____________ Date of subsequent visits:____________ Approximate date of delivery:____________ Instructions 1. Introduce yourself and explain basic delivery kit distribution. 2. Register only women who are seven to nine months pregnant. Obtain consent for participation. 3. Give pregnant woman the basic delivery kit, and explain that you will return within two weeks of delivery to ask her questions about her experiences with the kit. 4. Thank the woman for her participation. 5. Give an approximate time for the return visit, and verify a location where she can be found.16 W O R K T O O L S WORK TOOL 3.11 SECTION 3: PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 3 111 3.12 SAMPLE POSTNATAL INTERVIEW QUESTIONNAIRE FIELD TRIAL Interviewer name:_____________________________________________ Interview number:__________________ Site:__________________ Target Audiences Women who used the delivery kit during their most recent delivery. Objectives • To identify the clean and unclean practices of the mother and/or her attendant during the birth. • To determine how and why each kit item was used or not used. • To identify how kit items are disposed of. Identification Information • Full name:_________________________________________ Age:_______ • Husband’s name:________________________________________________ • District:_______________________ • Date of delivery:_______________________ • Date of interview:______________________ General Introduction Explain that you wish to ask the woman and/or her helper some questions about her delivery. (If the interviewer did not observe the delivery, ask all questions. If interviewer was present at the time of the delivery, begin with question 14.) 1. Was the kit used? Yes___ No___ If no, why? W O R K T O O L S WORK TOOL 3.12 3 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE112 2. What surface was put under you for delivery? Plastic sheet from kit___ Cloth from home___ Sack from home___ Nothing___ Do not know___ Other (specify)__________________ 3. While waiting for the placenta to be delivered was the baby wrapped? Yes___ No___ 4. Who cut the baby’s cord? • Trained TBA___ • Untrained TBA___ • Self___ • Relative___ • Husband____ • Friend___ • Other (specify)__________________ 5. What did this person use to wash his/her hands? Soap from the kit?___ Other soap?___ If he/she used soap to wash his/her hands, ask when: • Before delivery only___ • Before cord cutting only___ • Before delivery and again before cord cutting___ • After cord cutting only___ • Both after and before cord cutting___ • No response___ • Other (specify)__________________ 6. What did this person use to tie the cord? • Thread from kit___ • Other thread___ • New thread___ • Other (specify)__________________ If thread from the kit was used, how many ties were used?_________________ WORK TOOL 3.12 (CONTINUED) SECTION 3: PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 3 113 7. What did this person use to cut the cord? • Razor blade from kit___ • Other new razor blade___ • Old razor blade___ • Sickle___ • Other (specify)__________________ 8. What cutting surface was used to cut the cord? • Cutting surface from kit___ • Wooden piece___ • Old razor blade___ • Coin___ • Nothing___ • Other (specify)__________________ 9. What was put on the cord after the cutting? • Nothing___ • Ashes___ • Mustard oil___ • Animal dung___ • Cloth___ • Other (specify)__________________ 10. How were the kit contents disposed of? • Cleaned and put away___ • Burned___ • Buried___ • Other (specify)__________________ 11. If the kit contents were kept, what items were kept? 12. (Show the items of the kit.) Please tell us: • Whether or not you used the items. • How each item was used and the order in which the item was used? WORK TOOL 3.12 (CONTINUED) 3 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE114 Interviewer: Give respondent kit and fill in the chart below. 13. How did you know how to use the kit contents? • Looked at pictorial insert___ • Health worker/volunteer explained___ • Other (specify)__________________ 14. Did you or your helper look at this insert before delivery? (Show mother insert.) Yes___ No___ If yes, was it helpful in knowing how to use the items in the kit? Yes___ No___ If no, why wasn’t it helpful? • Did not understand pictures___ • Already know procedures___ • No response___ • Other (specify)__________________ 15. Review each picture and list the general interpretation of each picture on the pictorial insert. Briefly explain what is happening in each picture. • ______________________________________________________________ • ______________________________________________________________ • ______________________________________________________________ • ______________________________________________________________ • ______________________________________________________________ • ______________________________________________________________ 16. What did you like about this basic delivery kit? (Check all responses.) • Convenience___ • Safety___ • Insert picture___ • Logo design on box___ • Color of box___ WORK TOOL 3.12 (CONTINUED) Item Pictorial instructions Soap Plastic sheet Razor blade Cord ties How was the item used?Item Used? In which order used? SECTION 3: PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 3 115 • New kit___ • Special kit___ • Other (specify)__________________ 17. What didn’t you like? 18. Would you buy this kit for your next delivery? Yes___ No___ Don’t know___ Not up to her___ If yes, why? If no, why not? a. Not needed because kit contents are already in home___ b. Not available___ c. Cost___ d. No response___ e. Objection from family___ f. Other (specify)__________________ 19. How much would you or your family be willing to pay for this kit?_________ 20. Would you advise your relative/neighbor to use this kit? Yes___ No___ 21. What did you think about the color of the kit? • Like___ • Dislike___ • No response___ • What would be a better color to use?__________________ 22. What do you think of the picture on the kit? • Like___ • Dislike___ • No response___ • How would you improve the picture on the kit? • From the picture on the box, what do you think the purpose of this kit must be? WORK TOOL 3.12 (CONTINUED) 3 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE116 23. What is the best way for families to hear about where to buy such a kit? (Check all responses.) • Radio___ • Poster___ • Flyers___ • Community health workers___ • Public loudspeakers___ • Medical shop/pharmacy___ • TBAs___ • Women’s groups/mothers’ groups___ • Female community health workers___ • Religious/social leaders___ • Folk media___ • Other (specify)__________________ 24. Where would be the best place for families to buy such a kit? (Check all responses.) • Small shops___ • Medical shop/pharmacy___ • Weekly market___ • Health post___ • Community health worker___ • TBA___ • Women’s groups___ • Other (specify)__________________ 25. During the delivery, which kit contents were not used? 26. Why were they not used? 27. How would you make this kit better? 28. Please give your suggestion for a brand name. 29. During the delivery, what other items did you use from your house or elsewhere that were not in the kit? 30. Special remarks or additional comments: Thank you! Your experience and help will be beneficial in developing the basic delivery kit. WORK TOOL 3.12 (CONTINUED) SECTION 3: PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 3 117 3.13 SAMPLE FIELD ASSISTANT TRAINING CURRICULUM3 TEST MARKET W O R K T O O L S WORK TOOL 3.13 Day 1 Time 10:00 to 10:15 10:15 to 11:30 11:30 to 1:30 1:30 to 2:30 2:30 to 4:00 Subject Welcome/Introduction of participants Overview of Program • Program objectives • Description of basic delivery kit (contents) • Summary of need assessment and field trial findings Objective of Test Market • Who buys basic delivery kits? • How should kits be promoted? • Where would kits be purchased? • What will be the distribution channels? Tea break Role and Responsibilities of Field Assistants • Identify distribution channels • Supply kits • Resupply kits and collect money • Distribute and post promotional materials • Price and profit margin for distributor • Orient and supervise TBAs/female community health workers • Communicate with health workers, shopkeeper, and others • Assess promotional materials • Interview distributors, users, purchasers, NGOs • Collect balance of kits at the end of test market Methods and Materials Registration forms Brochure Discussion Summary papers Promotional materials Interview forms Role play 3 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE118 WORK TOOL 3.13 (CONTINUED) 3.13 Sample Field Assistant Training Curriculum (continued) Subject Promotional Materials • Where to hang posters • Amount of promotional materials in each area • Distribute flash card Assessing Promotional Materials • What to assess • Who, where, and how many will be interviewed Tea break • Interview/Reporting forms • Questionnaire with shopkeeper, user, purchaser, NGOs, and governmental organizations Administrative Issues • Distributing kits, promotional materials • Whom to contact for any problem • Supervision Methods and Materials Interview forms Discussion Role play Interview forms Role play Discussion Topic guide Day 2 Time 10:00 to 12:00 12:00 to 1:30 1:30 to 2:30 2:30 to 3:30 3:30 to 4:00 SECTION 3: PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 3 119 3.14 SAMPLE WEEKLY RECORD FORM TEST MARKET Name: Date: District Health Post: Number of Outlets Visited: Outlet Name Kit Distribution Total Number of Kits Sold Money Collected Resupply of Kit Balance Comments W O R K T O O L S WORK TOOL 3.14 3 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE120 3.15 SAMPLE TEST MARKET DATA TABLES FROM NEPAL PROJECT5 TEST MARKET Table 1: Record of Kits Supplied and Sold Name of the Area Supplied Kits Sold Kits Returned Kavre District: Bhumlutar Ilaka Health Post 170 166 4 Dapeha Ilaka Health Post 92 92 - Nala Ilaka Health Post 52 39 13 Khopasi Ilaka Health Post 225 213 12 Phaehkhal Ilaka Health Post 314 314 - Kavre JC FPEP 75 75 - Adra 3 1 2 Parsa District: Birgunj Ilaka Health Post 176 176 - Satworiya Ilaka Health Post 175 175 - Bageswori Ilaka Health Post 192 192 - Bisrampur Ilaka Health Post 206 206 - Sirsiya Ilaka Health Post 141 141 - Lumbini Zone: Nepal CRS Company 400 399 - CARE Nepal 13 13 - SC/US Siraha Prototype Kit Terai 125 125 - Total 2359 2327 31 W O R K T O O L S WORK TOOL 3.15 SECTION 3: PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 3 121 Table 2: Type of Outlet Percentage Small Shop Female Community Health Volunteer TBA Worker and Women’s Groups Medical Shop Total Kavre District: Khopasi Ilaka Health Post 2 39 - 1 5 47 Dapeha Ilaka Health Post 12 9 1 - 6 28 Bhumlutar Ilaka Health Post 1 7 26 7 3 44 Nala Ilaka Health Post 12 10 1 1 8 32 Phaehkhal Ilaka Health Post - 44 29 7 7 87 Parsa District: Sirsiya Ilaka Health Post - 56 30 - 6 92 Satworiya Ilaka Health Post 27 19 13 1 14 74 Bisrampur Ilaka Health Post 2 41 26 - 16 85 Birgunj Ilaka Health Post 1 51 7 - 28 87 Kavre JC FPEP 4- - - 42 - 2 Total Number 57 276 133 59 93 618 Percentage of Total 9.20% 45% 21.50% 9.50% 15% 100% (Credit: Maternal and Child Health Products, Ltd.) WORK TOOL 3.15 (CONTINUED) 3 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE122 3.16 SAMPLE FIELD ASSISTANT RETAIL OUTLET FORM5 TEST MARKET Name of field assistant: Date: Visit number: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 District name: Health post name: Number of kits supplied initially: Number of kits resupplied: Amount of money collected: Name of Outlets Number of Kits Sold Money Collected Number Resupplied Total: Comments Shops CHV/TBA/WG* Pharmacies 1. Who bought the kit? a. Husband b. Mother-in-law c. Mother of pregnant woman d. TBA e. Other, specify 2. How did they learn about the kit? a. Poster b. Flyer c. Dangler d. Flash card e. TBA f. Community health worker g. Doctors, nurses h. Literacy class students 3. Other Comments: * Community health volunteer/traditional birth attendant/women’s group W O R K T O O L S WORK TOOL 3.16 SECTION 3: PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 3 123 3.17 SAMPLE FOCUS GROUP DISCUSSION TOPIC GUIDE FOR ASSESSING PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS TEST MARKET Target Audience Women, men, and TBAs. Objectives To assess promotional materials by conducting focus group discussions (FGDs) and in-depth interviews (IDIs) with various target audiences. • Conduct FGDs with at least two groups of five to eight women per health post. • Conduct FGDs with at least two groups of eight to ten men per health post. • Conduct IDIs with ten trained TBAs in selected health posts. • Conduct IDIs with five to ten shopkeepers (e.g., medical shops, pharmacies, and grocery shops) near each health post. Topic Guide Introduce yourself and your agency. Describe the objectives of the group discussion. Ask the respondents to introduce themselves. Request that the respondents talk openly about their opinions, ideas, and experiences. Assure participants that the discussion is confidential. Ask the following questions, clarify responses, and encourage discussion by using probing/supporting questions. Awareness of the Kit • Are you aware of the basic delivery kit? If so: - What have you heard of the delivery kit? - How did you hear of the delivery kit? - What type of promotional materials have you seen (such as posters, flash cards, or danglers)? - Where did you see these materials? W O R K T O O L S WORK TOOL 3.17 3 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE124 Pretest of the Promotional Materials • What information is this material trying to convey? • What does the picture show? • Are these materials telling you to take any kind of action? If so, what? • What do the words mean? Are there any words you do not understand? Which words? (If so, explain the meaning of the word and ask the respondents to suggest other words that can be used to convey that meaning.) • Do the words match the pictures? • Are there any other words that you think others might have trouble reading or understanding? (If so, ask for alternatives.) • How do you feel about these materials generally? • What do you like about these materials? What do you dislike? • Specifically, what do you think about the design, color, size, and quality of paper and picture? • Please tell us how we should let others know about the delivery kit. Where are good places for posters? • We want the materials to be as good as possible and easily understood by others. Please tell us how you would improve the promotional materials. Conclude the discussion and thank the group for their cooperation. WORK TOOL 3.17 (CONTINUED) SECTION 3: PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 3 125 3.18 PRETEST GUIDE FOR THE PICTORIAL INSERT AND KIT PACKAGING Sample Questions for Group Pretests 1. What information is this page trying to convey? 2. If there is a picture, what does it show? Is it telling you to do anything? If yes, what? 3. Do the words match the picture on the page? Why or why not? 4. What do you like or dislike about this page? 5. Are there any words in the text you do not understand? Which ones? Please suggest other words that can be used to convey that meaning. 6. Are there any words that you think others might have trouble reading or understanding? (Again, ask for alternatives.) 7. Are there sentences or ideas that are not clear? (If so, have respondent show you what they are.) After explaining the intended message, ask the group to discuss better ways to convey the idea. 8. Is there anything you like or dislike about this insert—such as use of colors or kinds of people represented? 9. We want the materials to be as good as possible and easily understood by others. How can we improve the pictures and the words? W O R K T O O L S WORK TOOL 3.18 3 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE126 3.19 SAMPLE DELIVERY KIT COST BREAKDOWN FROM NEPAL Kit Item Specification Cost Cardboard box Box measures 3 in. x 4½ in. x 1 in. Box is red in color with both black and white lettering in Devenargi and Roman script. The front panel shows a picture of a mother sitting holding her newborn baby, and the back panel shows a picture of a birth attendant using the thread, blade, and plastic circle to properly cut and tie a newborn’s umbilical cord. A long side panel shows labeled pictures of all the included items in the kit. Rs/=89 for 1 box. Local Kathmandu printers produce both the box and insert. Paper instructional insert A paper strip measuring 3½ in. x 2.1 in. with ten pictures and printed instructions showing proper use of the kit for ensuring a clean delivery. Rs/=50 per piece. Plastic wrapper number 1 A thin, heat-sealed plastic wrapper measures 3¼ in. x 4¾ in. Plastics are usually sold by weight. Rs/=100 per kg. 1 kg yields approx. 300 pieces=Rs/0.33 per. Plastic sheet 36 in. x 36 in., 100-gauge plastic film sheet. Roll of plastic comes in 20 to 25 kg amounts, 100 rupees per kilo. 24 pieces per kg. Per piece Rs/=4.16. Soap 1 in. x 1¾ in. x ¼ in. piece of Soltee Brand soap. Per piece Rs/=94. Plastic wrapper number 2 A smaller, heat-sealed wrapper measuring 3 in. x 3¼ in. 1 kg yields approx. 350 pieces. Rs/=100 per kg. Rs/=28 per piece. Thread Three 9-inch pieces of strong thread. “Modi” brand of rolled thread. Rs/=0.25 per three pieces. Blade One high-quality, double-sided, stainless steel, inside a factory-sealed wrapper. Rs/=2.03 per piece for “365” brand. Rs/=means Nepali Rupees Total kit cost=Rs/=15 Additional costs Labor cost—0.40 per kit Shipping box—0.10 for 144 piece box; 0.20 for 40 piece box Cellotape and shipping tape—0.10 Overhead and management cost—2.81 rupees per kit (Credit: Maternal and Child Health Products, Ltd.) W O R K T O O L S WORK TOOL 3.19 SECTION 3: PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 3 127SECTION 3: PLANNING A BASIC DELIVERY KIT PROJECT 127 REFERENCES 1. Ravindran S. “Development, Use, and Health Impact of Simple Delivery Kits: A Case Study by a Grassroots Women’s Organization.” Rural Women’s Social Education Centre. (Unpublished) (May 1991). 2. RACHA, UNICEF. “Home Birth Kits: Guidelines.” (Unpublished) (1998). 3. Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh. “Operations Research: Safe Birth Kit Report.” (Unpublished) (August 1990). 4. Arco ES, Kabir IA et al. “Birth kits for safe motherhood in Bangladesh.” World Health Forum, 13:66-9 (1992). 5. 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Robinett D, Crook B. Unpublished PATH trip reports from Nepal (1995). 12. Arco ES, Kabir IA. “Needs Assessment Report: Operations Research Safe Birth Kit Development.” Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh. (Unpublished) (February 1989). 13. Jayapal P. Unpublished PATH trip report from Nepal (1995). 14. Manandhar M. “Birthing Practices Study: Remote Areas Basic Needs Project—Banjura.” CARE, Nepal (Unpublished) (May 1999). 15. Maternal and Child Health Products Ltd. (MCHP). “Clean Home Delivery Kit Distribution and Promotion Plan.” Unpublished concept paper (April 1999). 16. MCHP. “Field Trial of the Safe Home Delivery Kit in Nepal—Study Report.” (Unpublished) (January 1994). 4KIT ASSEMBLYKIT ASSEMBLY Program for Appropriate Technology in Health www.path.org BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE130 4 SECTION 4 KIT ASSEMBLY SUMMARY Section 4 reviews all the action steps required for assembling basic delivery kits including: • writing a work plan, • determining the number of kits to assemble, • developing a budget, • procuring raw materials and supplies, • locating the assembly site, • recruiting and training assemblers, • setting up the assembly site, • setting up the storage site, and • writing a monitoring and quality assurance plan. SECTION 4: KIT ASSEMBLY 131 4 4.1 WORKING WITH THE COMMUNITY This section provides information for kit assemblers from commercial projects, maternity facilities, and community-based organizations (CBOs). The focus, however, is on the advantages of working with CBOs. A delivery kit assembly site provides community members with excellent opportunities to upgrade their skills and generate additional income. Community participation, especially women’s participation, therefore, should be promoted. Creating a natural network of women’s groups around the issue of clean delivery will help raise awareness of clean delivery practices, and may further stimulate people to seek creative solutions to harmful practices. Depending on local circumstances, kit project managers may choose to create such a network, or perhaps build on networks established by existing women’s groups; working within existing structures often enhances potential for sustainability. Kit project managers should investigate local community groups to determine which groups might be appropriate for and interested in collaboration. 4.2 STEPS FOR ESTABLISHING KIT ASSEMBLY SITES Kit project managers should base many of their decisions about kit assembly on the needs assessments discussed in Section 3 and input from the community’s village councils or village health committees. Together, kit project managers and community members can develop appropriate guidelines that determine who the kit assemblers will be, which facilities will serve as assembly and storage sites, and how employment issues such as salaries, incentives, and workload will be addressed. The following 11 steps provide a framework for establishing kit assembly sites. They can be adapted to local circumstances as needed. Women’s Groups in South India Achieve High Quality Assurance While local kit assembly offers flexibility with respect to kit content and design, it is important to standardize kit components and production to ensure consistency and quality. In South India, the Rural Women’s Social Education Centre, a grassroots women’s organization, initiated a field study on the feasibility of developing a simple delivery kit through local women’s groups. The study, conducted in late 1990, found that the quality assurance of kit production was better when it was managed by local women’s groups rather than individual women.1 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE132 4 Step 1: Develop a work plan. Kit project managers should develop a work plan that outlines each step needed to establish a kit assembly site. Steps should include the following activities: • procuring raw materials and equipment required to assemble kits; • establishing kit assembly sites and storerooms; • training assembly staff, including master trainers, assemblers, and supervisors; • orienting staff to kit assembly procedures; • supervising kit assembly; • maintaining quality assurance standards; and • monitoring and evaluating production quality and capacity. The work plan should clearly identify and state who is responsible for each activity. It should be limited to a specified time period (for example, one year). Work Tool 4.1 provides a sample work plan that outlines the process for establishing a kit assembly site. Step 2: Determine the number of kits to assemble each month or year. Determining the number of kits to assemble within a given timeframe is a critical decision that will affect many project activities. The target number of kits must be as accurate as possible. It should be based on the community’s true situation and factors such as the total number of kits needed to meet demand, the number of assemblers available, the scale of production, and the regularity of the distribution methods chosen. Table 2 lists the information needed to determine the quantity of kits to be assembled each month or year. The data are based on a hypothetical district. Work Tool 4.2 provides a blank worksheet that kit project managers can use to estimate the number of kits to assemble per year/month. Work Tool 4.3 provides a blank worksheet for calculating the number of delivery kits for different types of sites. Step 3: Procure raw materials and supplies. Cost-effective procurement of the raw materials and supplies needed for assembling the kits is key to keeping costs down. As discussed in Section 3, it is important to be conservative in determining kit contents and to negotiate costs with the manufacturers. SECTION 4: KIT ASSEMBLY 133 4Kit project managers should base their procurement on the results of themanufacturers’ survey conducted during the needs assessment (see Section 3), which obtained important information about availability, cost, quality, bulk-purchase options, and manufacturers’ willingness to subsidize prices. During negotiations, kit project managers should make sure that manufacturers understand that: • they are competing with other manufacturers to provide the lowest price, and should offer the most competitive price possible; • the basic delivery kit is a socially beneficial product (a point that may encourage them to subsidize their price); • to keep kit costs down, kit project managers need lower- rather than higher- priced items, while still maintaining the quality of the material. Kit project managers should purchase materials in quantities that will last for three months. Very large quantities can create storage problems and, over time, can lead to decreased quality of supplies. Information Equation Calculation Final Data Population in District Z n/a n/a 100,000 Annual birth rate n/a n/a 30/1,000 Total no. of births per year Population multiplied by birth rate 100,000 x 30/1,000 3,000 Estimated no. of home deliveries 70 percent of total births 3,000 x .70 2,100 Estimated no. of deliveries in maternity facilities using delivery kits 10 percent of total births 3,000 x .10 300 Total no. of deliveries to be covered by delivery kits Home deliveries plus maternity- facility deliveries using same delivery kits 2,100 + 300 2,400 Annual requirement of delivery kits* Total deliveries covered plus 20 percent for wastage/loss 2,400 + (2,400 x .20) 2,880 Monthly requirement of delivery kits Annual requirement divided by 12 2,880 ÷ 12 240 n/a = not applicable *At all facilities, a buffer stock of 20 percent should be maintained so that supplies do not run out. Table 2. Estimated Number of Kits to Assemble2 BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE134 4 Step 4: Develop a budget. The initial estimates of program costs should include the salaries for all of the staff involved in the project as well as the cost of the kit contents, packaging, assembly and storage sites, and distribution. Payment for Assemblers If possible and consistent with local policies, the kit assemblers should earn either salaries or a payment for each kit assembled. If assemblers are members of voluntary organizations, the organization may require payment for each kit. Payment to volunteer organizations helps strengthen their activities for improving health. Calculating Costs To determine the combined cost of the basic delivery kit materials, assembly, storage, and distribution, kit project managers should develop a table that includes: • costs of all materials and supplies required for assembly, • salaries of assemblers and supervisors, • salaries of staff from nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) or ministries of health (MOHs), • payment to voluntary organizations, • lease costs for assembly and storage sites, and • payments (commissions) to distributors. Table 3 provides the combined costs for a hypothetical kit assembly program. Costs will vary from location to location, and should be adjusted to each situation. Step 5: Locate the assembly site. Kit project managers should establish a central or multiple kit assembly site(s) in either a major township or a local village. Each type of location offers several advantages and disadvantages (Table 4). Using several local sites can become problematic, particularly with respect to maintaining adequate supplies of components and consistent quality of the kits. The use of a single, central site maintains quality assurance and avoids the need for additional storeroom space or complex distribution networks. SECTION 4: KIT ASSEMBLY 135 4 Specifications Manufacturer Bulk Cost Polyethylene packing bag 1 18 x 13 cm X plastic factory Local 64.00/kg (250 bags/kg) 0.26 per bag 0.26 26 Soap bar for making soap pieces 1 piece 150 gm of soap bar (each bar cut into 15 pieces) Soap factory Sweet Soap 49.20 per dozen 4.10 per bar, 0.27 per piece 0.27 27 Razor blade 1 Stainless steel Razor factory Topaz 4.00 for 5 blades 0.80 per blade 0.8 80 Wrapping paper pieces 1 piece Paper sheet: 90 x 45 cm (each sheet cut into 30 pieces of 20 x 13 cm) Paper manufacturer Local 36.00 for 24 sheets 1.50 per sheet, 0.05 per piece 0.05 5 Ball of thread or string for making cord ties 3 ties 50 m ball (each cut into 333 cord ties of 15 cm each) JR Thread factory Twine and thread 5.00/ball 0.015 per tie 0.045 4.5 Plastic sheet 1 1 meter square X plastic factory Local 2,500/25 kg roll 4.16/piece 4.16 416 Pictorial instruction sheet 1 — Printing company — — .15 per sheet 0.15 15 Kit assemblers’ salaries — 5 assembly workers — — 50 kits/hr, paid 10.00/hr each — 1 100 Cost per Kit Cost per 100 Kits Kit Items and Salaries Quantity per Kit Make / Brand Cost per Unit Table 3. Example of Combined Kit Assembly Costs (cost units are units of currency) BASIC DELIVERY KIT GUIDE136 4 Step 6: Purchase assembly equipment.The types of equipment used by assemblers will vary depending on the kit contents. Table 5 provides an example of the equipment and supplies required for assembling delivery kits at a hypothetical assembly site. Work Tool 4.4 provides a blank worksheet for assessing the cost of assembly equipment. Step 7: Recruit assemblers. Methods of recruiting assemblers vary depending on whether assembly will be conducted in a centra

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