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Global Maternal Health Conference 2013

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Moderator: Francis Kagema, Kenyatta National Hospital

Detecting severe maternal and neonatal morbidity in rural Guatemala: Validating the WHO’s near miss approach in a primary care clinic setting
Dilys Walker, PRONTO International, University of Washington
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Maternal and newborn morbidities are studied in various ways. Walker’s use of a cluster randomized trial in Guatemala measured the impact of morbidity with interventions of training, social media marketing and liaison roles for midwives.

Addressing an important gap in maternal health: Measuring the burden and impact of maternal morbidity
Diane Sawchuck, University of British Columbia
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Sawchuck’s use of a miniMatrix to identify the impact of maternal morbidity. The miniMatrix will fulfill unmet need, streamline future programming and optimize resource allocation.

Quality of care for prevention and management of common maternal and newborn complications: Findings from a national health facility survey in Kenya
Francis Kagema, Kenyatta National Hospital
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In Kenya, Kagema found inadequate supplies and resources, gaps in knowledge and skills, and capacity for newborn care and emergency CEMoC were all contributors to morbidity.

Uterine prolapse: An examination of the physical and social consequences of a chronic maternal morbidity on women’s lives
Marzia Sultana, ICDDR,B
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Sultana presented on uterine prolapse in Bangladesh, finding that referral mechanisms and emergency complication capabilities were lacking. Adler used a series of population based studies to find the overall burden and range of obstruction and prolonged labor.

Incidence of obstructed labour and associated morbidities: A systematic review
Alma Adler, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine