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ANKUR Project :The Replication Of Home Based Neonatal Care Approach in Maharashtra
The success of the home based neonatal care approach in the Gadchiroli trial aroused the hope of saving the newborns elsewhere.
As a first step it was necessary to test the approach in different settings to answer following questions:
What will be the effectiveness of Home Based Neonatal Care approach when replicated ?
What site specific modifications will be required in the approach ?
ANKUR project (2001-2005) was the research project aimed at getting answers to these questions.
The replication study was conducted in a population of 88,311 distributed in about 100 villages and hamlets and 6 urban slums in 7 different regions in the state of Maharashtra, India
The field implementation was under the supervision of SEARCH through 7 different NGOs
Ankur Inauguration (January 1, 2002)
Baba Amte administering oath of dedication to ANKUR workers
ANKUR UTSAV(March 31, 2003)
Heralding delivery of full package after completion of training of workers

Conclusions of ANKUR Project

1. HBNC can be replicated by NGOs.
2. Methods and tools of replication have been field tested and are effective. These can be used by others.
3. HBNC is feasible and acceptable in 3 types of setting (tribal, rural and urban slums) with some modifications     which were made in the tribal and urban slums.
4. HBNC was effective in reducing NMR, IMR and CMR by nearly half in above 3 types of settings
5. HBNC can be combined with the MCH interventions.
6. The HBNC package, as structured and tested in ANKUR, appears suitable for incorporating in the
    government health programme.