Pregnancy Clubs: Group Antenatal Care in Uganda and Kenya

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By: Shafia Rashid, Senior Technical Advisor, Family Care International (FCI) Program of Management Sciences for Health

Beginning in 2016, Management Sciences for Health began testing the group antenatal care (ANC) model, called Pregnancy Clubs, in eastern Uganda; and later in 2017, the model was adapted for western Kenya. The ANC service design reflects many elements of the “generic model” put forward by J. Sharma et al…read more

Group Antenatal Care in Rwanda: A Master Trainer’s Perspective

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By: Tiffany Lundeen, University of California, San Francisco, East Africa Preterm Birth Initiative ; Yvonne Delphine Nsaba Uwera, University of California, San Francisco, East Africa Preterm Birth Initiative

Tiffany Lundeen, a midwife on the Preterm Birth Initiative-Rwanda team based at the University of California, San Francisco recently spoke with Yvonne Delphine Nsaba Uwera, a Rwandan midwife who serves as a master trainer of group care facilitators, about her observations of group care…read more

World Preeclampsia Day: Recognizing That Delivery Is a Treatment, Not a Cure

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By: Rebecca Britt, Community Education and Engagement Manager, Preeclampsia Foundation

Any woman can develop preeclampsia after delivery, whether she experienced high blood pressure during pregnancy or not. Because the majority of deaths due to preeclampsia happen after the baby is born, it is critical that patients are advised to continue monitoring their health…read more

Exploring Group Antenatal Care in Low-Resource Settings

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By: Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Research in high-income countries has shown that compared to the traditional one-on-one model of antenatal care (ANC), group ANC can offer positive health outcomes. To address the evidence gap in low-resource settings, researchers recently developed a “generic” model of group ANC for low- and middle-income countries and conducted a feasibility study in urban India…read more

Why Research Will Prevail in a Post-Fact World

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By: Ann K. Blanc, Vice President of Social and Behavioral Science Research, Population Council

To end preventable maternal deaths and other persistent global development challenges, we need to work on implementing known solutions that are based on research and proven facts…read more