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J Health Popul Nutr. 2003 Dec;21(4):367-73.

Acceptability and use of clean home delivery kits in Nepal: a qualitative study.

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  • 1Program for Appropriate Technology in Health, Seattle, WA 98107, USA.


This research was carried out in rural Nepal to explore how different categories of birth attendants at home deliveries accepted and used clean home delivery kit (CHDK) and its contents, including hand-washing practices, during delivery and preparations for birth. In-depth interviews were conducted to collect information from 51 women-both users and non-users of the kit. The respondents were interviewed within one month of their most recent delivery. Results of the interviews showed that the attendants who used the kit perceived it as hygienic and convenient, affordable, and culturally acceptable. The razor blade and thread were the most useful items, and the purpose of the plastic coin was understood. Despite its perceived usefulness, awareness and use of the kit were low, and common reasons for non-use included not knowing about the kit or difficulty in procuring a kit locally. In addition, the kit had limited influence on general hygiene practices. The authors explore the importance of evaluating promotional efforts re-targeted to individuals who hold decision-making power regarding the use of the kit. They recommend that kit promoters emphasize hand-washing and single use of the kit.

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