Before Candy turns yellow​

Highlights from little Candy Mamdouh’s visit to Ferial Primary Healthcare Unit in Assuit, Egypt to check her Bilirubin levels for Jaundice.​

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Mamdouh brought his little baby girl named Candy today for the routine follow up at Ferial Primary Healthcare Unit (PHU); one of the PHUs supported by UNICEF at Assuit governorate.​ UNICEF Egypt is supporting The Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) to implement a new initiative to screen all newborn infants for jaundice using a blood test.​ ​ ​
UNICEF/Egypt 2017/Shehzad Noorani
03 June 2018

UNICEF Egypt is supporting The Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) to implement a new initiative to screen all newborn infants for jaundice using a blood test.

In coordination with academia and MoHP, UNICEF designed the jaundice follow up cards and newborn registries to ensure comprehensive data collection of all screened infants.

UNICEF Egypt team captured the visit of Mamdouh, a father from Assuit, who brought his little baby girl named Candy for the routine follow up at Ferial Primary Healthcare Unit (PHU); one of the PHUs supported by UNICEF at Assuit governorate.

Nermeen, the nurse in blue, offered to hold Candy for the small prick in the heel.​ UNICEF Egypt funded training to physicians, nurses and laboratory technicians in 23 Family Health Units in selected districts of Assiut on how to screen newborn infants for jaundice and how to provide appropriate counselling for their families. ​ ​ ​
UNICEF/Egypt 2017/Shehzad Noorani
Nermeen, the nurse in blue, offered to hold Candy for the small prick in the heel.​ UNICEF Egypt funded training to physicians, nurses and laboratory technicians in 23 Family Health Units in selected districts of Assiut on how to screen newborn infants for jaundice and how to provide appropriate counselling for their families. ​ ​ ​
At the same time, another heel blood sample is taken and analyzed onsite at the PHU lab for serum bilirubin levels. 
UNICEF/Egypt 2017/Shehzad Noorani
At the same time, another heel blood sample is taken and analyzed onsite at the PHU lab for serum bilirubin levels. 
As a national standard procedure, all infants below the age of 7 days should have a heel blood sample taken. This sample is sent to the central labs for analysis of thyroid hormone function.​  ​
UNICEF/Egypt 2017/Shehzad Noorani
As a national standard procedure, all infants below the age of 7 days should have a heel blood sample taken. This sample is sent to the central labs for analysis of thyroid hormone function.​  ​
Nermeen took some time to explain the growth monitoring and jaundice figures to Mamdouh and guide him about the next steps needed.​ Nurses provide counselling to the family on the importance of frequent breastfeeding to reduce the bilirubin levels, and the family is given a follow-up appointment to monitor his bilirubin level. If the bilirubin level is high, the family is advised to take the infant to the hospital for further investigations. To date, 2000 infants have been screened.​
UNICEF/Egypt 2017/Shehzad Noorani
Nermeen took some time to explain the growth monitoring and jaundice figures to Mamdouh and guide him about the next steps needed.​ Nurses provide counselling to the family on the importance of frequent breastfeeding to reduce the bilirubin levels, and the family is given a follow-up appointment to monitor his bilirubin level. If the bilirubin level is high, the family is advised to take the infant to the hospital for further investigations. To date, 2000 infants have been screened.​
Within minutes, the lab results are ready and the nurse plots the bilirubin level on the infant’s health card against the age of the newborn (in hours). ​ The results revealed that Candy will need to come for another check up in 48 hours.​ ​
UNICEF/Egypt 2017/Shehzad Noorani
Within minutes, the lab results are ready and the nurse plots the bilirubin level on the infant’s health card against the age of the newborn (in hours). The results revealed that Candy will need to come for another check up in 48 hours.​ ​
The blood sample is analyzed using the bilirubin meter equipment available onsite at the PHU lab.​ UNICEF Egypt funded maintenance activities for all bilirubin meter equipment in the 23 PHUs of Assiut.​ ​
UNICEF/Egypt 2017/Shehzad Noorani
The blood sample is analyzed using the bilirubin meter equipment available onsite at the PHU lab.​ UNICEF Egypt funded maintenance activities for all bilirubin meter equipment in the 23 PHUs of Assiut.​ ​