Perceived importance of birth asphyxia by category of respondent (N = 173). PHC: primary health care. There was a significant difference between the perceived importance of asphyxia ("very important" or "important") for those involved in policy or research compared to those in community-level programmes (F-test = 0. 05). Those reporting uncertainty about data were significantly less likely to be involved in a programme addressing asphyxia (P = 0.009).