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Maternal and child health

Section edited by Marie Delnord, Manfred Accrombessi, Shiyam Sunder, Chandrashekhar Sreeramareddy and Liwei Chen

This section is dedicated to publishing all sound science in the field of perinatal and child health. It aims to better the understanding of the health of mothers and babies during pregnancy, delivery and the postpartum period, as well as during infancy and early childhood. The section contributes to maternal and child health knowledge, enhances the interaction between research, policy and practice and stimulates health monitoring and indicator development.

We welcome submissions on maternal and child health outcomes and their determinants, with clear statements about the public health and policy implications. We encourage methodological papers, papers on perinatal health services research,  community interventions, and epidemiological studies dealing with international comparisons, the determinants of inequality in health, and the environmental, behavioural, social, demographic and occupational correlates of health and disease.

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  1. Worldwide, there is remarkable progress in child survival in the past three decades. Ethiopia is off-track on sustainable development targets in under-five mortality since 2020. Therefore, this study aimed to ...

    Authors: Belete Achamyelew Ayele, Sofonyas Abebaw Tiruneh, Melkalem Mamuye Azanaw, Habtamu Shimels Hailemeskel, Yonas Akalu and Asnakew Achaw Ayele
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:137
  2. Maternal mortality continues to decrease in the world but remain the most important health problems in low-income countries. Although evidence indicates that social support is an important factor influencing h...

    Authors: Abebe Mamo, Muluemebet Abera, Lakew Abebe, Nicole Bergen, Shifera Asfaw, Gebeyehu Bulcha, Yisalemush Asefa, Endale Erko, Kunuz Haji Bedru, Mihiretu Lakew, Jaameeta Kurji, Manisha A. Kulkarni, Ronald Labonté, Zewdie Birhanu and Sudhakar Morankar
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:135
  3. Malnutrition is considered a major public health challenge and is associated with a range of health issues, including childhood stunting. Stunting is a reliable and well-recognized indicator of chronic childho...

    Authors: Tuhinur Rahman Chowdhury, Sayan Chakrabarty, Muntaha Rakib, Stephen Winn and Jason Bennie
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:126
  4. Intimate partner violence (IPV) during pregnancy has negative physical and psychological health consequences on the pregnant women. As such, women who experience IPV during pregnancy are likely to have challen...

    Authors: Richard Gyan Aboagye, Abdul-Aziz Seidu, Bernard Yeboah-Asiamah Asare, Collins Adu and Bright Opoku Ahinkorah
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:124
  5. Globally, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) that causes Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) remains a public health problem with a higher burden in sub-Saharan African countries. Though the coverage is ...

    Authors: Betregiorgis Zegeye, Felix Emeka Anyiam, Bright Opoku Ahinkorah, Edward Kwabena Ameyaw, Eugene Budu, Abdul-Aziz Seidu and Sanni Yaya
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:111
  6. The focus of students’ health concerns has gradually progressed from the single factor of physical health to comprehensive health factors, and the physical and mental health of students are now generally consi...

    Authors: Yipeng Lv, Ye Gao, Bihan Tang, Fan Cheng, Zeqi Chen, Jing Wu, Hongyang Yang and Xu Liu
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:106
  7. Pieces of evidence strongly indicate that providing high-quality family planning services is accompanied by an increase in contraceptive uptake and a decrease in contraception discontinuation. Contraceptive, e...

    Authors: Aklilu Habte, Merertu Wondimu and Hanan Abdulkadir
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:89
  8. The trio of commonest illnesses and causes mortality among children under five (Malaria, Pneumonia and Diarrhea) are easily treatable through timely exposure to cost effective interventions at the community le...

    Authors: Selema Margaret Akuiyibo, Jennifer Anyanti, Babatunde Abiodun Amoo, Dennis Aizobu and Omokhudu Idogho
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:88
  9. The uptake of maternal healthcare services remains suboptimal in Ethiopia. Significant proportions of antenatal care attendees give birth at home in the context of HIV. However, in Ethiopia, evidence is scarce...

    Authors: Muhabaw Shumye Mihret, Zelalem Nigussie Azene, Azmeraw Ambachew Kebede, Banchigizie Adane Mengistu, Getachew Azeze Eriku, Mengstu Melkamu Asaye, Wagaye Fentahun Chanie and Birhan Tsegaw Taye
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:69
  10. Home confinement and lockdowns have created challenges and vulnerabilities, causing relevant changes in sexual health and couple stability, particularly in women. The objective of this study was to evaluate th...

    Authors: Chadia Haddad, Sandrella Bou Malhab, Hala Sacre, Diana Malaeb, Joelle Azzi, Dalia Khachman, Nathalie Lahoud and Pascale Salameh
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:68
  11. Over the past few decades, maternal and child mortality had drawn the attention of governments and policymakers. Institutional delivery has been among the implementations needed to reduce maternal and child mo...

    Authors: Girma Gilano, Samuel Hailegebreal and Biniyam Tariku Seboka
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:65
  12. The provision of health care services including maternal and newborn care is a dynamic system of entitlement and obligations among the community, the service providers, and the government. Thermal control rema...

    Authors: Anurag Srivastava, Sumit Saxena, Payal Srivastava, Syed Esam Mahmood, Ruchi Pandey and Anju Saxena
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:55
  13. The aim of this study was to investigate the quality of immunization data and monitoring systems in the Dara Malo District (Woreda) of the Gamo Administrative Zone, within the Southern Nations, Nationalities, ...

    Authors: Mesele Damte Argaw, Binyam Fekadu Desta, Zergu Taffesse Tsegaye, Aychiluhim Damtew Mitiku, Afework Ayele Atsa, Bekele Belayihun Tefera, Deirdre Rogers, Ephrem Teferi, Wondwosen Shiferaw Abera, Ismael Ali Beshir, Zelalem Abera Kora, Sisay Setegn, Amare Assefa Anara, Tadelech Sinamo and Rudzani Muloiwa
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:49
  14. Adolescent pregnancy is a global public health and social phenomenon. However, the prevalence of adolescent pregnancy varies between and within countries. This study, therefore, sought to investigate the spati...

    Authors: Obasanjo Afolabi Bolarinwa, Zemenu Tadesse Tessema, James Boadu Frimpong, Taiwo Oladapo Babalola, Bright Opoku Ahinkorah and Abdul-Aziz Seidu
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:43
  15. The significance of planned pregnancy is an accepted principle for improving the health of pregnant women; and quality of life, as one of the important indicators of women’s health, is reduced in high-risk pre...

    Authors: Ashraf Kazemi, Aazam Dadkhah and Fatemeh Torabi
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:37
  16. Antenatal depression is associated with intrauterine growth retardation, preterm birth, and low birth weight. Infants born to mothers with postnatal depression also may suffer from malnutrition and other healt...

    Authors: Abel Fekadu Dadi, Temesgen Yihunie Akalu, Haileab Fekadu Wolde and Adhanom Gebreegziabher Baraki
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:34
  17. Despite Ethiopia’s efforts to avail postpartum family planning (PPFP) services, the unmet need for family planning among postpartum women remains high. Therefore, this study is aimed to assess barriers and det...

    Authors: Temesgen Tilahun, Tariku Tesfaye Bekuma, Motuma Getachew, Rut Oljira and Assefa Seme
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:27
  18. In Nepal, neonatal mortality fell substantially between 2000 and 2018, decreasing 50% from 40 to 20 deaths per 1,000 live births. Nepal’s success has been attributed to a decreasing total fertility rate, impro...

    Authors: Daniel J. Erchick, Johanna B. Lackner, Luke C. Mullany, Nitin N. Bhandari, Purusotam R. Shedain, Sirjana Khanal, Jyoti R. Dhakwa and Joanne Katz
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:26
  19. In the developing world, such as the sub-Saharan African region, HIV/AIDS has worsened the impact of under-nutrition in children. HIV infected children are highly vulnerable to under-nutrition. Therefore, the ...

    Authors: Jemberu Nigussie, Bekahegn Girma, Alemayehu Molla, Moges Mareg and Esmelealem Mihretu
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:19
  20. Low-and Medium-Income Countries (LMIC) continue to record a high burden of under-five deaths (U5D). There is a gap in knowledge of the factors contributing to housing materials inequalities in U5D. This study ...

    Authors: Oyewale Mayowa Morakinyo, Adeniyi Francis Fagbamigbe and Ayo Stephen Adebowale
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:13
  21. Adverse birth outcome is a common health problem consisting of several health effects involving pregnancy and the newborn infant. Infants with one or more adverse birth outcomes are at greater risk for mortali...

    Authors: Muktar Abadiga, Getu Mosisa, Reta Tsegaye, Adugna Oluma, Eba Abdisa and Tilahun Bekele
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:12
  22. Co-infection of tuberculosis and HIV has a significant impact on public health. TB is the most common opportunistic infection and the leading cause of death in HIV-positive children worldwide. But there is pau...

    Authors: Jifare Gemechu, Bereket Gebremichael, Tewodros Tesfaye, Alula Seyum and Desta Erkalo
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:11
  23. Previous studies have shown that there is low utilization of institutional delivery in Ethiopia, as well as various factors contributing to this low utilization. Notably, there is paucity around interventions ...

    Authors: Netsanet Belete Andargie and Gurmesa Tura Debelew
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:5
  24. El Salvador is recognized as a country that has effectively reduced its Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR). While health indicators, such as total fertility rate, adolescent fertility rate, skilled birth attendanc...

    Authors: Hee sang Yoon and Chong-Sup Kim
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:228
  25. Pregnancy is a high-risk period for vitamin D (Vit D) deficiency, and there is a direct relationship between Vit D deficiency during this period and maternal and fetal complications. Therefore, this study aime...

    Authors: Farideh Aghaei, Alireza Heidarnia, Hamid Allahverdipour, Mohammad Eslami and Saeideh Ghaffarifar
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:224
  26. Anemia is one of the world’s leading cause of disability and the most serious global public health issues. This systematic review and meta-analysis was carried out very prudently in order to give up the pooled...

    Authors: Meseret Belete Fite, Nega Assefa and Bizatu Mengiste
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:219
  27. Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) remains the region with the highest burden of anemia globally. Since anemia has both health and non-health-related consequences, its reduction is one of the Sustainable Development Goa...

    Authors: Betregiorgis Zegeye, Felix Emeka Anyiam, Bright Opoku Ahinkorah, Edward Kwabena Ameyaw, Eugene Budu, Abdul-Aziz Seidu and Sanni Yaya
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:214
  28. The knowledge of the key factors associated with fertility desire among people living with HIV/AIDS is crucial for the efficient planning of maternal and child health care programs. Fertility desire has genera...

    Authors: François Niragire, Celestin Ndikumana, Marie Gaudence Nyirahabimana and Dieudonne Uwizeye
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:209
  29. Optimal nutrition in early child’s life plays a vital role in improving mental and motor development, reduces the possibility of contracting various infectious diseases and related deaths, decreases the risk o...

    Authors: Sewunet Sako Shagaro, Be’emnet Tekabe Mulugeta and Temesgen Dileba Kale
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:205
  30. The importance of contraception use is immense for young girls of age 15–24 years. In literatures, there were significant attempts made to study factors associated with adolescent and young women contraception...

    Authors: Samuel Hailegebreal, Binyam Tariku Seboka, Mohammedjud Hassen Ahmed, Gizaw Hailiye Teferi, Zegaye Regasa, Beemnet Tekabe, Sewunet Sako and Girma Gilano
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:204
  31. Universal home visits to pregnant women and their spouses in Bauchi State, northern Nigeria, discussed local evidence about maternal and child health risks actionable by households. The expected results chain ...

    Authors: Loubna Belaid, Umaira Ansari, Khalid Omer, Yagana Gidado, Muhammed Chadi Baba, Lois Ezekiel Daniel, Neil Andersson and Anne Cockcroft
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:202
  32. In 2017, an estimated 5.3 million under-five children died annually in Sub-Saharan African countries, more than half of those deaths occurred in East Africa. Though East African countries share the huge burden...

    Authors: Getayeneh Antehunegn Tesema, Achamyeleh Birhanu Teshale and Zemenu Tadesse Tessema
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:196
  33. This study investigated the prevalence of wheezing, asthma, and eczema among Australian children using longitudinal data from birth to 15 years of age. This study also examined the association between maternal...

    Authors: Kabir Ahmad, Enamul Kabir, Gail M. Ormsby and Rasheda Khanam
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:193
  34. The survival of pregnant women is one of great interest of the world and especially to a developing country like Ethiopia which had the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world due to low utilization of ...

    Authors: Kenaw Derebe Fentaw, Setegn Muche Fenta, Hailegebrael Birhan Biresaw and Solomon Sisay Mulugeta
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:192
  35. Intermittent Preventive Treatment (IPT) of malaria in pregnancy is a full therapeutic course of antimalarial sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) medicine given to pregnant women in their second trimester at routine...

    Authors: Eugene Kofuor Maafo Darteh, Kwamena Sekyi Dickson, Bright Opoku Ahinkorah, Bernard Afriyie Owusu, Joshua Okyere, Tarif Salihu, Vincent Bio Bediako, Eugene Budu, Wonder Agbemavi, Jane Odurowaah Edjah and Abdul-Aziz Seidu
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:182
  36. Ghana malaria control programme recommends the uptake of five doses of sulfadoxine pyrimethamine (SP) during pregnancy following the review of the World Health Organization recommendations in 2012. The uptake ...

    Authors: Francis Anto, Christabel Ayepah, Elizabeth Awini and Langbong Bimi
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:177
  37. Smokeless tobacco is a part of social and cultural life in Sudan. The affordability and availability of this kind of tobacco make it a fundamental issue in adolescents. The aim of this study is to investigate ...

    Authors: Mohammed Othman, Nik Daliana Nik Farid, Nasrin Aghamohammadi and Mahmoud Danaee
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:176
  38. Oral health is an important part of public health and crucial to health promotion and enhancing the quality of life. This research examined childhood oral self-care behavior and their related factors using ext...

    Authors: Iraj Zareban, Mahmood Karimy, Marzieh Araban and Daniel Delaney
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:175
  39. Reducing childhood stunting continues to be a priority in Indonesia. In 2015, the National Nutrition Communication Campaign (NNCC) implemented mass media and interpersonal communication (IPC) interventions to ...

    Authors: Leiema Hunt, Abigail Norton, Chantel Daines, Evie Friedbaum, Danica Topham, Ryan Moffat, Scott Torres, Mary Linehan, Hafiza Jusril, Cougar Hall, Benjamin Crookston and Josh West
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:174
  40. The current crisis in Syria has led to unprecedented displacement, with neighbouring Lebanon now hosting more than 1.5 million conflict-affected migrants from Syria. In many situations of displacement, adolesc...

    Authors: Colleen M. Davison, Hayley Watt, Saja Michael and Susan A. Bartels
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:173
  41. Maternity continuum of care is the continuity of maternal healthcare services that a woman uses, which includes antenatal care (ANC 4+), skilled birth attendant (SBA), and postnatal care (PNC) within 48 h of d...

    Authors: Anguach Shitie and Zelalem Nigussie Azene
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:171
  42. Through the health extension package, Ethiopia had practiced infant and young child feeding. However, infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practice has been poor. Hence, in this study, the knowledge, attitude...

    Authors: Dawit Getachew Assefa, Tigist Tekle Woldesenbet, Wondowsen Molla, Eden Dagnachew Zeleke and Timsel Girma Simie
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:170
  43. Coxsackie virus group A type 16 (CoxA16) is the main pathogen and usually an alternative to or joins in prevalence with enterovirus 71 (EV71) causing hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD). The objective of this ...

    Authors: Peng Li, Yan Chen, An Tang, Fan Gao and Jian-Bo Yan
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:166
  44. Since the Millennium Development Goal era, there have been several efforts to increase institutional births using demand side financing. Since 2005, Government of Nepal has implemented Maternity Incentive Sche...

    Authors: Ashish KC, Mats Målqvist, Amit Bhandari, Rejina Gurung, Omkar Basnet and Avinash K Sunny
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:163
  45. Justification of intimate partner violence (IPV) is one of the critical factors that account for the high prevalence of IPV among women. In this study, we examined the association between exposure to interpare...

    Authors: Richard Gyan Aboagye, Abdul-Aziz Seidu, Bernard Yeboah-Asiamah Asare, Prince Peprah, Isaac Yeboah Addo and Bright Opoku Ahinkorah
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:162
  46. Postpartum long-acting reversible contraceptive is important to prevent unintended and closed spaced pregnancy following the first 12 months of childbirth. Few data were available on postpartum long-acting rev...

    Authors: Yibeltal Mesfin and Abraham Wallelign
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:161