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Maternal Health, HIV, and AIDS: Examining Research Through a Programmatic Lens

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Neglected causes of maternal mortality
Clara Menendez, University of Barcelona

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Menendez explained one barrier to achieving MDG 5 in Africa has been a lack of evidence-based data. Main sources cause of death data come from clinical records and verbal autopsies. Menendez’s work in Mozambique showed that many maternal deaths resulted form malaria despite it not being typically considered a major contributor. She also found a majority of indirect maternal deaths were attributable to HIV/AIDS, bronchiopneumonia and malaria. Menendez noted the prevalence of major diagnostic errors by pathology at autopsy. Menendez discussed work underway for a minimally invasive autopsy that could be performed or guided by low-cost ultrasound machines.

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