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Community Empowerment Lab (CEL), Shivgarh, Uttar Pradesh

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Location
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Area of Operation:
Raebareli :
Raebareli district (Shivgarh, Maharajganj, Singhpur, Khero, Satao and Amewan blocks), UP
Lucknow :
Lucknow (Gosaiganj and Mohanlalganj blocks), UP
CSM Nagar :
CSM Nagar district (Tiloi, Deegh, Bahadurpur and Chhatoh blocks), UP
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Activity
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  • » DSS (Demographic Surveillance Site)
  • » Emoluent
  • » Neonatal sepsis
  • » Hib surveillance
  • » Prematurity
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Public Health Areas
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  • » Neonatal health
  • » Maternal and Child Health
  • » Health Systems Research
  • » BCC/IEC
  • » Service Delivery
  • » Verbal autopsies, premature birth
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Organizational Overview
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Legal Status

Non-government organization (NGO)

Year Launched

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2003

Stage

The DSS is ongoing and the geographical locations are expanding within Uttar Pradesh

Income level of target population

Bottom 20%

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Summary
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The Community Empowerment Lab (LAB), established in 2003 by Dr Vishwajeet Kumar, aimed to use behaviour change as a means of reducing neonatal mortality in resource poor settings. CEL set up a small office in Lucknow, and decided to focus its efforts on rural Shivgarh, a district of about 120 000 people.

Shivgarh district had a very high infant mortality rate (70 per 1000 live births), and CEL’s behaviour change strategy covered five areas to reduce this number i) birth preparedness, ii) bathing practices, iii) umbilical cord and skin care, iv) Kangaroo Mother Care and v) breastfeeding. Community Health Workers, hired from the local community and trained to promote behaviour change, were the primary means through which this strategy was implemented.

A trial begun in 2004 sought to test CEL's approach. 11 000 pregnant women were divided into 2 groups, with one receiving training from community health workers, and the other half receiving no intervention. The results indicated that newborn deaths were halved in the villages in which Community Health Workers were active.

CEL also maintains a comprehensive Demographic Surveillance System (DSS), started in January 2004. Vital events, such as births, deaths, migrations and pregnancies are captured. The DSS system started with a population of 104,000 and has now grown to 400,000. CEL is currently investigating the scalability...

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Target Geography
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  • » Rural
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Demographic Profile
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  • » Entire population
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Primary Funding Agencies
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  • » Foreign government, foreign donor
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Scale
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Number of Publications (2003 – 2011)
  • » National Journals: 3
  • » International Journals: 21
Non-Technical Staff

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> 20

Technical Staff

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> 20

Study Population

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400,000

Replication
Currently investigating scalability of model through Self-Help Groups (SHGs).
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