Endline of Remote Areas Maternal and Newborn Health Pilot Project

Project Progress :

100 % progress so far

Started Date:September 01 2014 Completed Date:September 30 2015

Endline of Remote Areas Maternal and Newborn Health Pilot Project

Categories :

M & E Study


The WHO Violence and Injury Prevention Programme and the Global Alliance for Clean Cook stoves funded this pilot field test of the “Community-based Injury Survey with New Burns Module”. The burns module gathers detailed information on the cause of burn injury, as well as health-seeking behaviour and impacts (health and socio-economic). The primary objective was to test the survey in operational conditions; secondary objectives were to obtain indicative incidence rates of different types of injury, their causes, risk factors and impacts. This report presents a comprehensive description of the survey process and a summary of the survey results.

The rural districts of Nuwakot and Rasuwa in Nepal were selected for the field test as they have a high proportion of households using biomass fuel in traditional open fires for cooking.

Hilary Wallace and Health Research and Social Development Forum (HERD) Nepal then pretested the new survey in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, between December 2014 and June 2015. This included refinement of the draft survey, formatting of the questions into a tool for data collection, translation into Nepali, and testing of questions in the community and with local burn experts. After testing in 31 households the survey tool was further revised based on the feedback from the respondents, the interviewers, other HERD personnel and three local Nepali burn injury experts. The key finding was that the precise case-definition of injury and the scope of possible injuries needed to be clearly described and reinforced during the interview. Examples given by the interviewer were very important.


1. To pilot test the community-based injury survey (with burn injury module) in field conditions using a cluster sampling survey design

2. To describe the patterns of injuries observed (fatal and non-fatal) and risk factors

3. To describe the impacts of the injuries on the individual and household

4. To explore the link between unimproved cookstoves and burn injury in children 14 years and under