This Field Guide is a companion to the Inter-agency Field Manual on Sexual and Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Settings 2018 (IAFM), and provides information related specifically to newborn care during the neonatal period (days 0-28). The interim Field Guide was originally published in 2015. After field-testing in two humanitarian contexts (South Sudan and Somalia) and soliciting extensive feedback from practitioners, it was revised and published in January 2018.
The Field Guide has been designed as an enhancement to national strategies and programs aimed at improving the lives of newborns and their mothers, and to strategies such as the Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP). We encourage its use in advocacy and strengthening efforts of existing country programs for newborn care, regardless of whether such programs were developed in response to humanitarian crises or as permanent systems during times of stability. The Field Guide can also be used for the development of the neonatal component of national emergency preparedness and response plans. The ultimate aim is to improve the survival and wellbeing of newborns in humanitarian settings. An Implementation Toolkit has also been developed in 2018 which includes practical resources, guidance and job aids to support the application of the Field Guide. The resources section of this NBFG website also includes many resources, guidance and training tools for additional information and reference for the readers.
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This digital version of the NBFG brings together all the essential guidance and tools that readers might find useful in designing, managing, monitoring and evaluating newborn health services within humanitarian settings. The digital NBFG has thus been designed as a resource that is easy to use in the field and accessible from all devices and with limited internet connectivity.
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Save the Children and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) led the development of the Newborn Health in Humanitarian Settings: Field Guide (NBFG) with many thanks to Heather Papowitz and Ribka Amsalu. The Field Guide was written by Judith Robb-McCord and Rachael Sacks, and technical inputs were provided by included representatives from Columbia University, The ELMA Relief Foundation, International Medical Corps (IMC), International Rescue Committee (IRC), Jhpiego, Johns Hopkins University (JHU), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), SickKids Centre for Global Health, Stanford University, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), University of Alberta, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC), World Health Organization (WHO) and World Vision International.
The NBFG was revised in 2018, led by Sarah Chynoweth. Technical reviewers included (in alphabetical order): Samira Aboubaker (WHO), Ribka Amsalu (Save the Children), Neelam Bhardwaj (UNFPA), Laura Cremonini (Save the Children), Siobhan Crowley (ELMA Philanthropies), Bernadette Daelmans (WHO), Joseph de Graft Johnson (Save the Children), Wilma Doedens (UNFPA), Michelle Gaffey (SickKids Centre for Global Health), Megan Gallagher (Save the Children), Endang Handzel (CDC), Jesse Hartness (Save the Children), Tedbabe Hailegebriel (UNICEF), Michelle Hynes (CDC), Preetha Iyengar (Save the Children), Debra Jackson (UNICEF), Kate Kerber (University of Alberta), Loulou Kobeissi (WHO), Sandra Krause (WRC), Smita Kumar (USAID), Ornella Lincetto (WHO), Janet Meyers (IMC), Rachel Moresky (Columbia), Diane Morof (CDC), Katie Morris (Save the Children), Sarah Moxon (LSHTM), Jolene Nakao (OFDA), Heather Papowitz. (UNICEF), Luwei Pearson (UNICEF), Nicolas Peyraud (MSF), Paul Robinson (IMC), Severin Ritter Von Xylander (WHO), Samira Sami (JHU), Marian Schilperoord, Elaine Scudder (Save the Children), Hannah Tappis (JHU), Lisa Thomas (WHO), Basia Tomczyk (CDC), Maria Tsolka (Save the Children), Stephen Wall (Save the Children), Paul Wise (Stanford), Bina Valsangkar (Save the Children), Josep Vargas (UNHCR), Nabila Zaka (UNICEF), and Will Zeck (UNICEF).
When the NBFG was adapted into this digital version in 2022, a light touch revision was undertaken to reflect recent evidence and guidelines. The development and revision process was led by Mehr Gul Shah, under the auspices of the IAWG MNH sub-working group. Technical reviewers included (in alphabetical order): Andrea Edman (IAWG), Teshome Desta (WHO), Fatima Gohar (UNICEF), Leah Greenspan (USAID), Endang Handzel (CDC), Lily Kak (USAID), Janet Meyers (Save the Children), Alemnesh Reta (Laerdal Global Health), Elaine Scudder (IAWG/IRC), Hannah Tappis (Jhpiego and Johns Hopkins University), Anna af Ugglas (Laerdal Global Health). The website was developed by Scope Impact.
The views and opinions expressed in this resource are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of their respective organizations.
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