A Final Update to the MHTF & PLOS Maternal Health Collection & Reflecting on Our 3 Year Collaboration

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In November 2011, PLOS and the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) embarked on a 3-year partnership aiming to highlight the needs of mothers and infants through the MHTF-PLOS Collection on Maternal Health. Today we announce the final update to the Year 3 Collection & introduce the Translating Research into Practice Series, featuring posts by collection authors describing the influence of their papers.

mom baby family pregnant maternal healthThe collaboration between the MHTF at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and PLOS has been reflected throughout 3 collections, each highlighting a variety of research articles and commentary that tie in with chosen, topical themes.

The third and final year’s theme,“Integrating Health Care to Meet the Needs of the Mother–Infant Pair”, was chosen with the aim to contribute to a better understanding of how and when to comprehensively integrate maternal and infant health care. This year’s collection has included work on conditions such as HIV, malaria, exposure to environmental risks, and other situations that have a significant impact on both maternal and infant health.

The latest articles to be featured in the third year of the collection include randomised trials by Dr. Clara Menéndez and colleagues exploring the preventive treatment of malaria in pregnant women, a systematic global mapping of maternity care services published in PLOS ONE by Dr. Ernestina Coast and colleagues, and qualitative research on the impact of missed opportunities for HIV testing by Tamil Kendall.

This post originally appeared on the PLOS Speaking of Medicine Community Blog.