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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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

    Content type: Research

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  22. 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

    Content type: Research

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  23. 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

    Content type: Research

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  24. 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

    Content type: Research

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  25. 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

    Content type: Research

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  26. Maternal and child mortalities are the main public health problems worldwide and both are the major health concern in developing countries such as Africa and Asia. The fertility behavior of women characterized...

    Authors: Zemenu Tadesse Tessema, Melkalem Mamuye Azanaw, Yeaynmarnesh Asmare Bukayaw and Kassahun Alemu Gelaye

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:74

    Content type: Research

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