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Maternal and child health

Section edited by Marie Delnord, Gino Agbota, 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. 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

    Content type: Research

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  2. 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

    Content type: Research

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  3. 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

    Content type: Research

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  4. 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

    Content type: Research

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  5. 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

    Content type: Research

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  6. 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

    Content type: Research

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  7. 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

    Content type: Research

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  8. 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

    Content type: Research

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  9. 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

    Content type: Systematic review

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  10. 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

    Content type: Research

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  11. 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

    Content type: Research

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  12. 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

    Content type: Research

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  13. We have shown that Ethiopian primary healthcare providers refer only half of the severely sick children who, according to guidelines, should get an urgent referral. Frequently parents of referred ill children ...

    Authors: Habtamu Beyene, Dejene Hailu, Henok Tadele, Lars Åke Persson and Della Berhanu

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:159

    Content type: Research

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  14. Caesarean section is a life-saving comprehensive obstetric procedure of women and newborn performed during childbirth-related complications and should be universally accessible for all pregnant mothers globall...

    Authors: Ayenew Mose and Haimanot Abebe

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:158

    Content type: Research

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  15. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) remains a global public health problem. South Africa is estimated to have the highest recorded prevalence of FASD. However, no study has systematically evaluated the avai...

    Authors: Babatope O. Adebiyi and Ferdinand C. Mukumbang

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:156

    Content type: Study protocol

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  16. Many adulthood illnesses are rooted in childhood, especially in the “first thousand days of life”. Despite parents’ role in children’s development, no study has examined parental awareness concerning this peri...

    Authors: Fatemeh Bagheri, Nouzar Nakhaee, Yones Jahani and Reza Khajouei

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:154

    Content type: Research

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  17. The Chinese government has taken strong prevention and control measures against the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the pandemic is far from over, it has been effectively controlled in China. The outbreak of COVID...

    Authors: Chuang Qian, Yiming Zheng, Junrong Meng, Hao Li and Dahui Wang

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:145

    Content type: Research

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  18. Maternal anemia continues as a global public health concern particularly in developing countries including Ethiopia. It is associated with an increased risk of maternal death, obstetric complications, preterm ...

    Authors: Chilot Desta Agegnehu, Getayeneh Antehunegn Tesema, Achamyeleh Birhanu Teshale, Adugnaw Zeleke Alem, Yigizie Yeshaw, Sewnet Adem Kebede and Alemneh Mekuriaw Liyew

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:143

    Content type: Research

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    The Correction to this article has been published in Archives of Public Health 2021 79:152

  19. First birth before 18 years has declined in Uganda unlike repeat adolescent birth (=second or more births before age 20 years). We explored the circumstances of and motivators for repeat adolescent birth in Easte...

    Authors: Dinah Amongin, Frank Kaharuza, Claudia Hanson, Annettee Nakimuli, Susan Mutesi, Lenka Benova and Lynn Atuyambe

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:142

    Content type: Research

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  20. Self-harm is intentional harmful behavior in the context of emotional distress. Street children are boys and girls under eighteen who are forced to work or live on the streets. These children are exposed to vi...

    Authors: Lida Jarahi, Maliheh Dadgarmoghaddam, Atiyeh Naderi and AmirAli Moodi Ghalibaf

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:139

    Content type: Research

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  21. Reduced birthweight is associated with adverse physical and mental health outcomes later in life. Children of adolescent mothers are at higher risk for reduced birthweight. The current study aimed to identify ...

    Authors: Miriam Hacker, Christine Firk, Kerstin Konrad, Kerstin Paschke, Joseph Neulen, Beate Herpertz-Dahlmann and Brigitte Dahmen

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:137

    Content type: Research

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  22. Cervical cancer is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality among women in Ethiopia, often due to late disease diagnosis. Early prevention of cancer has been shown to be the most effective measure against th...

    Authors: Yilkal Tafere, Tezera Jemere, Tsion Desalegn and Addisu Melak

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:136

    Content type: Research

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  23. While the prevalence of obesity is increasing worldwide, the growing rates of overweight and obesity in developing countries are disquieting. Obesity is widely recognized as a risk factor for non-communicable ...

    Authors: Gebretsadik Shibre, Betregiorgis Zegeye, Gashaw Garedew Woldeamanuiel, Wassie Negash, Gorems Lemma and Mitku Mamo Taderegew

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:133

    Content type: Research

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  24. Antenatal depression is highly prevalent but a neglected public health problem in low income countries. It has serious effects on the general health of women, birth outcomes and child health. However, there ha...

    Authors: Getnet Mihretie Beyene, Telake Azale, Kassahun Alemu Gelaye and Tadesse Awoke Ayele

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:132

    Content type: Research

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  25. Despite public health interventions to control adolescent fertility, it remains high in sub-Saharan Africa. Ghana is one of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa with the highest adolescent fertility rates. We e...

    Authors: Bright Opoku Ahinkorah, Eugene Budu, Henry Ofori Duah, Joshua Okyere and Abdul-Aziz Seidu

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:124

    Content type: Research

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  26. There is a high prevalence of antenatal depression and low birth weight (LBW) (< 2.5 kg) in Ethiopia. Prior evidence revealed that the association between antenatal depression and LBW in high- and low-income c...

    Authors: Getnet Mihretie Beyene, Telake Azale, Kassahun Alemu Gelaye and Tadesse Awoke Ayele

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:121

    Content type: Research

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  27. Hookworm is a major contributor to worldwide disease burden with over 230 million people infected. It has been identified as one of the Neglected Tropical Diseases that can be controlled and even eliminated th...

    Authors: Ayodele Alabi, Mosarrof Hussain, Marie-Astrid Hoogerwerf, Christine Ndong Mengome, Moses Egesa, Emmanuella Driciru, Linda J. Wammes, Yvonne C. M. Kruize, Erliyani Sartono, Ayola Akim Adegnika, Peter G. Kremsner, Maria Yazdanbakhsh and Selidji Todagbe Agnandji

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:120

    Content type: Research

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  28. Oral health is considered a prominent factor that contributes to quality of life. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can influence oral health. Message framing can play an important role in oral health. The aim...

    Authors: Masoumeh Divdar, Marzieh Araban, Akbar Babaei Heydarabadi, Bahman Cheraghian and L. A. R. Stein

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:117

    Content type: Research

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  29. Although, the clinical and socioeconomic condition of Tigray Regional State mothers has been improved along with the decline in the child death rate. However, children’s death rate is still one of the main com...

    Authors: Gebru Gebremeskel Gebrerufael and Bsrat Tesfay Hagos

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:115

    Content type: Research

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  30. What explains the underlying causes of educational inequalities in diarrhoea among under-five children in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) is poorly exploited, operationalized, studied and understood. T...

    Authors: Adeniyi Francis Fagbamigbe, Olukemi Grace Adebola, Natisha Dukhi, Omon Stellamaris Fagbamigbe and Olalekan A. Uthman

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:114

    Content type: Research

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  31. Modern contraceptive methods have immense influences on the health of mothers and their children. Using contraceptive methods is seen to control family size and unnecessary pregnancies. Considering different f...

    Authors: Girma Gilano and Samuel Hailegebreal

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:109

    Content type: Research

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  32. Early detection of scoliosis is a preface to prevent progression. In resource-constrained countries like Ethiopia, there is a need for a cost-effective reliable solution for screening. The surprising fact is t...

    Authors: Moges Gashaw, Balamurugan Janakiraman and Gashaw Jember Belay

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:107

    Content type: Research

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  33. Undernutrition is a major public health concern among under-five children in many developing countries. This work evaluated the overall prevalence of under-nutrition by using a composite index of anthropometri...

    Authors: Binyam Tariku Seboka, Samuel Hailegebreal, Delelegn Emwodew Yehualashet and Abel Desalegn Demeke

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:103

    Content type: Research

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  34. Globally, intimate partner violence is one of the most common forms of gender-based violence, and wife beating is one component of intimate partner violence, with the problem being more severe among women livi...

    Authors: Betregiorgis Zegeye, Gebretsadik Shibre, Bright Opoku Ahinkorah, Mpho Keetile and Sanni Yaya

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:102

    Content type: Research

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  35. Ethiopia is one of the Sub-Saharan Africa countries with the lowest modern contraceptive prevalence rate and the highest fertility rate. This study aimed to assess individual and community-level predictors of ...

    Authors: Setegn Muche Fenta and Shewayiref Geremew Gebremichael

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:93

    Content type: Research

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  36. Tetanus is a vaccine-preventable disease that can occur in all populations, with neonates and pregnant women being at the most risk. Ethiopia has the highest maternal and neonatal tetanus morbidity and mortali...

    Authors: Alemneh Mekuriaw Liyew and Hiwotie Getaneh Ayalew

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:92

    Content type: Research

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  37. Early marriage and early childbearing are common practices in Ethiopia. Girls who get married and give birth at a very young age are more likely to experience several health problems including anemia among oth...

    Authors: Fentanesh Nibret Tiruneh, Mesfin Wogayehu Tenagashaw, Degnet Teferi Asres and Hirut Assaye Cherie

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:91

    Content type: Research

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  38. Globally, 2.7 million children die during the neonatal period annually. Ethiopia is one of the ten countries with the highest number of neonatal deaths. The practice of poor essential newborn care contributes ...

    Authors: Gebrehana Ashenef, Akine Eshete, Betregiorgis Zegeye, Tadesse Tsehay Tarekegn and Mitku Mammo Taderegew

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:90

    Content type: Research

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  39. Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) are important causes of neonatal morbidity and mortality in developing countries. We reviewed the incidence and the pathogens involved in HAI among infants admitted to ne...

    Authors: Felipe Teixeira de Mello Freitas, Anna Paula Bise Viegas and Gustavo Adolfo Sierra Romero

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:89

    Content type: Systematic review

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  40. Most of the studies conducted in Brazil assessing the relationship between water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and Soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections, have focused on cases, reflecting the reality of ...

    Authors: Kasandra Isabella Helouise Mingoti Poague, Sueli Aparecida Mingoti and Léo Heller

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:83

    Content type: Research

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  41. Information about trends in perinatal and child health inequalities is scarce, especially in the Eastern Europe. We analyzed how mortality under 1 year of age has been changing in the Baltic States and the Eur...

    Authors: Agnieszka Genowska, Birute Strukcinskiene, Anita Villerusa and Jerzy Konstantynowicz

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:76

    Content type: Research

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  42. Subdermal contraceptive implant is the most widely used method of long-acting reversible contraception among Ethiopian women. Many, however, discontinue use early, which results in unwanted pregnancies and ind...

    Authors: Gali Nega, Muluemebet Abera and Afework Tadele

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:75

    Content type: Research

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  43. The occurrence of Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) varied globally with most of the cases coming from developing countries including Yemen. The disparity in IMR in Yemen however, has not been well dealt and therefo...

    Authors: Betregiorgis Zegeye, Gebretsadik Shibre, Jemal Haidar and Gorems Lemma

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:64

    Content type: Research

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  44. Even though the global under-five mortality rate substantially decreased over time, Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries including Ethiopia continue to share the huge burden of under-five mortality. Ethiopia sh...

    Authors: Misganaw Gebrie Worku, Achamyeleh Birhanu Teshale and Getayeneh Antehunegn Tesema

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:55

    Content type: Research

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