Although young children are unable to articulate their own experiences, their experiences can be studied by collecting responses from parents of hospitalized newborns and young children (0–24 months). It is also critical to understand the role of health providers, including their communication and behaviors with parents and families caring for hospitalized young children. This formative study of the manifestation of mistreatment of newborns, infants, and young children (0–24 months) led to co-design (with families and providers) of a set of interventions that promote a positive experience of care. The study was conducted in five hospitals in Kenya: Pumwani Maternity Hospital, Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital, and St. Mary’s Hospital in Nairobi County; and Bungoma Referral Hospital and Webuye County Hospital in Bungoma County.
Breakthrough RESEARCH. 2020. “Understanding provider and parent experiences in caring for hospitalized young children: Summary findings from a formative study in Kenya,” Programmatic Research Brief. Washington, DC: Population Council.