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Determinants of adverse neonatal outcomes among postnatal women in Dar es Salaam -Tanzania

Abubakari S Gwelo, Jackline V Mbishi


Background: Neanatal comploications are the commonest problems facing babies in Tanzania. An attempt has been made to investigate determinants of neonatal outcomes among postnatal women.
Methods: Using a case-contrrol study design, 165 women were selected from 3 health facilities, where they had had antenatal care (ANC), labour, delivery and post natal care.
Results: Chi- square test revealed that gestational age (p-value, 0.01), HIV status (p-value, 0.000) and malaria (p-value, 0.001<0.05) were significantly associated with adverse neonatal outcomes.
Conclusion: The study concluded that implementation of community-based intervention is needed to ensure survival of newborns.

Keywords: Neonatal outcomes, postnatal women.
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