Background: The aim of this study was to describe the demographic characteristics of ASHA, to assess the knowledge & practices regarding Home Based Newborn Care among ASHA, and to determine association between knowledge & practices and demographic variables. The present study was conducted in the rural area of Maharashtra.
Materials and Methods: The cross-sectional exploratory research design with survey approach was used, where 37 ASHA from rural area of Maharashtra were assessed. The tool, knowledge questionnaire & practices checklist regarding Home Based Newborn Care was used for data collection. After permission data collection had done with consent.
Results: Total 37 ASHA were assessed for knowledge & practices regarding home based newborn care, the majority of ASHA were belonging to the 31-40 years age group (48.6% ), educated up to SSC (43.2% ), had experience (59.5%) between 5-10 years, 94.6% of them had completed their training, 67.6% need not completed the HBNC training. The 5.41% of the ASHA had poor, 83.78% had average and 10.81% had good level of knowledge score respectively. The 16.22% of the ASHA had poor, 72.97% had average and 10.81% had good level of practice score respectively.
Conclusion: The study shows that the most of the ASHAs had average knowledge and Practices regarding home based newborn care and recommends that there is need for the competency based training to improve their skills.
ASHA, Home Based Newborn Care, knowledge, Practices.