Emergency Obstetric Referral and Transport in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: The Direction of Travel

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By: Dr. Julia Hussein, Scientific Director, Immpact, University of Aberdeen

Our study called for research to understand how referral and transport interventions work for obstetric emergencies. This research is crucial since decisions to seek care can be deferred or hindered, and even if decisions are rapidly made to seek care, transport may be unavailable or slow. This call has been met with new innovative research assessing key factors that affect the use and uptake of transport in obstetric emergencies and the effect of community-based loan funds to improve the utilization of health facilities for childbirth. Our topic has also received international attention with the World Health Organization supporting an international panel that recently identified research on transport and referral solutions as a priority area to improve maternal and newborn health in low-resource settings…read more