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Table 3 Community health worker home visiting in intervention districts

From: Can community health worker home visiting improve care-seeking and maternal and newborn care practices in fragile states such as Afghanistan? A population-based intervention study

  Bamyan Kandahar Totala
Population 112,682 152,486 265,168
Number of villages 150 131 281
Number of female CHWs 154 135 289
Population size per CHW 732 1130 918
Number of pregnant women in study area 2050 3730 5780
Number of pregnant women per CHW 13 28 20
Number (%) of women who received:
 First CHW antenatal visit 1242 (60.6%) 3436 (92.1%) 4125 (71.4%)
 Second CHW antenatal visit 575 (28.0%) 393 (10.5%) 968 (16.7%)
 Third CHW antenatal visit 598 (29.2%) 382 (10.2%) 980 (17.0%)
 Fourth CHW antenatal visit 458 (22.3%) 272 (7.3%) 730 (12.6%)
 First CHW postnatal visit day 1–2b 1421 (69.3%) 3029 (81.2%) 4129 (71.7%)
 Second CHW postnatal visit day 3 368 (18.0%) 113 (3.0%) 481 (8.3%)
 Third CHW postnatal visit day 7 330 (16.1%) 113 (3.0%) 443 (7.7%)
 Fourth CHW postnatal visit day 28 198 (9.7%) 82 (2.2%) 280 (4.8%)
Total number of CHW visits in 12-month period 5180 7706 12,886
Number of visits per CHW in 12-month period 33.6 57.1 44.6
Number of visits per CHW per month 2.8 4.8 3.7
Number of visits per woman 2.5 2.1 2.2
Monitoring
 Number (%) of CHWs who received at least one supportive supervision visit 154 (100%) 135 (100%) 289 (100%)
 Number (%) of CHWs who received two or more supportive supervision visits 150 (97.4%) 129 (95.6%) 279 (96.5%)
  1. CHW community health worker
  2. aKandahar intervention districts: Arghandab, Dand; Bamyan intervention districts: Bamyan, Yakawalang
  3. bThis is a visit within the first 48 h after birth. We had exact timing data for 4393 of the 5780 mothers (76%); 966 (22%) were visited at 0–23 h and 3427 (88%) were visited at 24–47 h post birth