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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. 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

    Content type: Research

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  2. 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

    Content type: Systematic review

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  3. 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

    Content type: Research

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  4. 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

    Content type: Research

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  5. 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

    Content type: Systematic review

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  6. 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

    Content type: Research

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  7. 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

    Content type: Research

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  8. 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

    Content type: Research

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  9. 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

    Content type: Research

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  10. 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

    Content type: Research

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  11. 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

    Content type: Research

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  12. 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

    Content type: Systematic review

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  13. 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

    Content type: Research

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  14. 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

    Content type: Research

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  15. 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

    Content type: Research

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  16. 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

    Content type: Research

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  17. 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

    Content type: Research

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  18. 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

    Content type: Research

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  19. 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

    Content type: Research

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  20. 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

    Content type: Research

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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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

  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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