The Newborn Health in Humanitarian Settings: Field Guide provides guidance and tools to reduce neonatal morbidity and mortality in humanitarian crisis situations that result from natural disasters, armed conflicts, political turmoil and other social and systemic upheavals.
It provides guidance to program managers regarding the initiation of newborn health services during the acute phase of a humanitarian crisis as well as the enhancement and expansion of these services over time, as the setting allows.
The Field Guide focuses on the unique challenges surrounding the 28-day neonatal period following birth. It complements guidance provided by the 2018 Inter-agency Field Manual on Sexual and Reproductive Health in
Humanitarian Settings (IAFM) for building sexual and reproductive health (SRH3), including maternal and newborn health, along a comprehensive care continuum. The field-test version of the IAFM was first published in
the provision of critical newborn health services is part of the MISP, yet humanitarian health actors have historically neglected newborn care.
The Field Guide seeks to address this gap by building on the IAFM guidance and focusing on field implementation of the most critical newborn health services, prioritizing lifesaving activities that can be introduced relatively quickly, without specialist training in advanced newborn care. It provides guidance regarding the initiation of newborn health services during the acute phase of a humanitarian crisis as well as the enhancement and expansion of these services over time, as the setting allows.
The Field Guide can also be used for the development of the neonatal component of national emergency preparedness and response plans. Ensuring newborn health is integrated into emergency preparedness efforts is critical to ensure that newborn health needs are addressed during the response phase.