What are women’s roles in the maternal health care decision-making process in settings like India? Are women’s voices heard by their family members and caregivers? How can women be empowered in maternal health care? To answer these questions, the ALMATA team conducted baseline research and surveyed 500 women from New Delhi and Mumbai, India.
Maternal health is often overlooked in times of civil unrest, public health or humanitarian crises, creating a further disadvantaged subset of the already vulnerable population. Medecines sans Frontieres (MSF) recently hosted a scientific research day that explored several promising projects aimed at improving maternal health in these settings.
Increasing rates of exclusive breastfeeding is an effective strategy for preventing diarrhea, a leading cause of poor nutritional status and death among infants. Researchers at the Mumbai-based non-profit Society for Nutrition, Education & Health Action recently published results of a study aimed at improving exclusive breastfeeding practices in informal settlements in Mumbai…read more
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) held its annual clinical and scientific meeting in April 2018 in Austin, Texas. Presentations and conversations focused on health disparities, family planning risk management, postpartum family planning and postpartum hemorrhage…read more
Lack of access to risk-appropriate care, or the right level of care at the right time, has proven dangerous for women and infants in the United States and around the world. Regionalization of care, which is a system for the delivery of health care within a region to ensure accessibility of essential services—even for patients in remote and rural settings—has been in place for decades to designate where infants are born or transferred according to the level of care needed at birth…read more
While Ethiopia has experienced a reduction in the number of obstetric fistula cases over the last 10 years, estimating the number of women who have untreated obstetric fistula remains complex. We are closer to reaching a fistula-free Ethiopia, but there are still thousands of women who require care…read more
There is a dearth of mental health screening tools validated for use in low-resource settings among pregnant women, specifically in Africa. To address this research gap, a study recently published in PLOS ONE by Heyningen et al. examined the reliability and feasibility of five screening tools to diagnose Major Depressive Episode and/or anxiety in a South African primary care antenatal clinic…read more