Filling the human resource gap through public-private partnership: Can private, community-based skilled birth attendants improve maternal health service utilization and health outcomes in a remote region of Bangladesh?

Autoři: Jahangir Hossain aff001;  Anne Laterra aff002;  Rina Rani Paul aff001;  Ahsanul Islam aff001;  Faisal Ahmmed aff003;  Bidhan Krishna Sarker aff003
Působiště autorů: Health and Nutrition Team, CARE Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh aff001;  Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Team, CARE USA, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America aff002;  International Centre for Diaarrhoeal Disease Research, Dhaka, Bangladesh aff003
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 15(1)
Kategorie: Research Article



In Sunamganj there are fewer than four skilled providers per 10,000 population and just 27% of births are assisted by a skilled attendant. We evaluate a private community skilled birth attendant (P-CSBA) model, developed through the GSK-CARE Frontline Health Worker Programme, designed to address this gap and report on changes in service utilization and health outcomes from baseline to three years post-baseline.


This analysis presents the results of a pre-post cross sectional design. A baseline survey (n = 1800) was conducted using a multistage cluster sampling approach. Three years post-baseline a second cross-sectional survey (n = 1755) was conducted across the same project area. To describe demographic characteristics of the study participants descriptive statistical techniques were used as appropriate. Logistic and multiple logistic regression, controlling for a comprehensive set of covariates, were used to assess odds ratios for key maternal health behaviors and outcomes.


Birth planning and the use of key maternal health services improved from baseline to follow-up. There was a dramatic increase in the proportion of respondents reporting skilled attendance at birth (aOR: 2.18, p = .001). Women also reported significantly fewer complications during the prenatal (aOR: .30, p<.001), labor and delivery (aOR: 0.41, p<.0001) and postnatal periods (aOR: 0.32, p<.0001).


Private-sector approaches, when coupled with robust efforts to strengthen and collaborate with the public sector, can work successfully to deliver services in underserved communities. The success of this model lends credence to the growing appreciation that reaching our development targets will require governments to work in partnership with private sector actors and highlights the potential of private-public partnerships as we drive towards universal health coverage.

Klíčová slova:

Antenatal care – Birth – Health systems strengthening – Labor and delivery – Local governments – Maternal health – Medical doctors – Pregnancy


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