The Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) is the technical lead for the INTERGROWTH-21st implementation study at Jacaranda Health in Nairobi, Kenya. This study is assessing the feasibility, acceptability and clinical impact of integrating obstetric ultrasound for gestational dating into routine antenatal care (ANC), fetal growth assessment into high-risk ANC, assessment of newborn size at birth and size for gestational age. These tools offer an extension of the WHO Child Growth Standards into the early neonatal and fetal period, thus offering a standardized method of assessing growth throughout the continuum of fetal through early childhood growth and development, useful for both providers and patients. These new tools are the first global standards for measuring fetal growth, providing, for the first time, an evidence-based method of monitoring growth against a standard of healthy fetal development.

The MHTF is working with the quality improvement team at Jacaranda to develop effective evaluation tools for monitoring the implementation of the INTERGROWTH-21st pregnancy dating tools and fetal growth standards in their antenatal care services and newborn size at birth tools in postpartum care. Additionally, the MHTF is leading technical support throughout the implementation and evaluation process, including assistance with study design, training content, research tool development, data analysis and dissemination of results. In addition, as a technical lead, the MTHF acts as a liaison between Jacaranda and the INTERGROWTH-21st study teams at Aga Khan University in Nairobi and the University of Oxford in the U.K.

Read more about MHTF’s collaboration with the INTERGROWTH-21st study.

Learn more about INTERGROWTH-21st on the project’s website.