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Maternal and child health

Section edited by Marie Delnord, Manfred Accrombessi, Shiyam Sunder, Chandrashekhar Sreeramareddy, Liwei Chen, Peter Macharia, Anam Shahil Feroz and Olena Ivanova

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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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

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

  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. Maternal mortality remains a major challenge to health systems worldwide. Although most pregnancies and births are uneventful, approximately 15% of all pregnant women develop potentially life-threatening compl...

    Authors: Asteray Assmie Ayenew, Azezu Asres Nigussie and Biruk Ferede Zewdu
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:48
  40. The effect of short birth interval on socio-economic, negative maternal and child health outcomes remains common in developing countries. This study aimed to assess determinants of short birth interval among r...

    Authors: Gedefaye Nibret Mihretie, Fentahun Yenealem Beyene, Bekalu Getnet Kassa, Alemu Degu Ayele, Tewachew Muche Liyeh and Binyam Minuye Birihane
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:47
  41. Inappropriate parental behaviors of mothers toward young children require further study; few epidemiological studies have utilized longitudinal analysis of region-based cohorts. This study examined the frequen...

    Authors: Takehiro Arai, Aya Goto, Mitsuko Komatsu and Seiji Yasumura
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:37
  42. Childhood obesity is one of the most serious health challenges and risk factors for various diseases. International health organizations, such as the World Health Organization (WHO), recommend more stakeholder...

    Authors: Shahnaz Taghizadeh, Rahim Khodayari Zarnag and Mahdieh Abbasalizad Farhangi
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:36
  43. Jordan Stillbirths and Neonatal Deaths Surveillance system (JSANDS) is a newly developed system and is currently implemented in five large hospitals in Jordan. This study aimed at exploring the healthcare prof...

    Authors: Yousef S. Khader, Khulood K. Shattnawi, Nihaya Al-Sheyab, Mohammad Alyahya and Anwar Batieha
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:29