Use of a Foot Length Card to Improve Careseeking Practices of Vulnerable Newborns in Sarlahi District, Nepal

2016-06-16 18:23:21 | BioPortfolio


This study will evaluate whether or not provision of a simple card ("footlength card") that allows identification of low birth weight and/or preterm babies through measurement of the length of a baby's foot, can improve basic newborn care behaviors in rural Nepal.


We propose to conduct a study of the a recently developed, simple, low-cost tool that can help recently delivered women and their family members identify whether or not their newborn baby needs extra care/attention. Some prior studies of the relationship between anthropometric measures (such as chest-circumference, footlength, head circumference, etc) and preterm birth or low birth weight, have shown that these measures can be used to identify high-risk/vulnerable babies. One such measure, foot length, has been shown to be a reasonable tool, and one that can be simply performed by mothers, without disturbing the newborn infant. With this in mind, Save The Children has developed a low cost card with an image of a baby's foot on one side, along with a toll-free number and some key messages on how to use the card. Specifically, pregnant women can be given this card during an antenatal contact, along with some basic instructions on its use. Then, after their baby is born, the newly delivered woman, other family member, or low-level facility provider can compare the length of the baby's foot to the image on the card, by lining the baby's foot up with the card. If the baby's foot is shorter than the image on the card, a toll-free number (provided on the card itself) can be used to access a set of standardized messages about how to take care of the baby.

In this proposed study, Save the Children, Johns Hopkins University (JHU), and the JHU-led Nepal Nutrition Intervention Project - Sarlahi (NNIPS) will give this card to women currently enrolled in the Nepal Oil Massage Study (NCT01177111), explain its use, follow up with the woman after delivery to determine if she used the card, and query her about her experience using the card, calling the toll-free number, and recalling the messages given. Additionally, one of the NNIPS staff workers will use the same card to measure the baby's foot. Ultimately, we aim to summarize women's experience using this card, and provide guidance to Save the Children, the Ministry of Health and Population (MOHP), and other stakeholders regarding future programmatic scale up of the use of this card.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label


Low Birth Weight Babies


Footlength Card


Nepal Nutrition Intervention Project
Sarlahi District


Not yet recruiting


Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2016-06-16T18:23:21-0400

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