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Giridhara R Babu, Gvs Murthy, R Deepa, Yamuna, Prafulla, H Kiran Kumar, Maithili Karthik, Keerti Deshpande, Sara E Benjamin Neelon, D Prabhakaran, Anura Kurpad, Sanjay Kinra
BACKGROUND: India is experiencing an epidemic of obesity-hyperglycaemia, which coincides with child bearing age for women. The epidemic can be sustained and augmented through transgenerational transmission of adiposity and glucose intolerance in women. This presents an opportunity for exploring a clear strategy for the control of this epidemic in India. We conducted a study between November 2013 and May 2015 to inform the design of a large pregnancy cohort study. Based on the findings of this pilot, we developed the protocol for the proposed birth cohort of 5000 women, the recruitment for which will start in April 2016...
October 14, 2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Vidit Munshi, Gavin Yamey, Stéphane Verguet
Trends in child mortality, maternal mortality, and fertility in India reveal wide variation across states. As a whole, India performs worse than many other low- and middle-income countries, although its rates of improvement have recently increased. Differences in health systems and adopted policies may account for some of the variation across Indian states.
October 1, 2016: Health Affairs
Tazeen Jafar
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) defined as reduced estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) or presence of albuminuria, progresses to end stage renal disease (ESRD), needing dialysis or kidney transplant to sustain life, and is associated with increased risks of premature cardiovascular disease (CVD) and mortality. CKD ranked 18 leading (and most rapidly rising cause of mortality by the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. The social and economic consequences of CKD are far worse in low and middle income countries (LMICs) including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Adnan M S Fakir
OBJECTIVE: The causal link between a household's economic standing and child health is known to suffer from endogeneity. While past studies have exemplified the causal link to be small, albeit statistically significant, this paper aims to estimate the causal effect to investigate whether the effect of income after controlling for the endogeneity remains small in the long run. By correcting for the bias, and knowing the bias direction, one can also infer about the underlying backward effect...
December 2016: Health Economics Review
Seema Puri
Optimal infant and young child feeding, which includes initiation of breastfeeding within one hour of birth, exclusive breastfeeding for first six months, age appropriate complementary feeding after six months along with continued breastfeeding for 2 years and beyond, is a public health intervention to prevent child morbidity, mortality and malnutrition (1). In India, even though institutional delivery rates are increasing, only 44% women are able to breastfeed their babies within one hour of delivery. While 65% children are exclusively breast fed for the first six months, the median duration of breastfeeding is 24...
August 19, 2016: Current Diabetes Reviews
Ranjit Kumar Dehury, Suhita Chopra Chatterjee
Mainstreaming of AYUSH and revitalization of local health traditions is one of the innovative components of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in the state of Odisha, India. In this study, an attempt was made to assess the potential of collocating AYUSH to improve maternal health services in tribal dominated Jaleswar block of the Balasore district. In addition, the study aimed at unearthing the underlying challenges and constraints in mainstreaming AYUSH and linking it with the Maternal Health Program...
April 2016: Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine
Ioana Vlad, V P Paily, Rajeev Sadanandan, Françoise Cluzeau, M Beena, Rajasekharan Nair, Emma Newbatt, Sujit Ghosh, K Sandeep, Kalipso Chalkidou
BACKGROUND: The implementation of maternal health guidelines remains unsatisfactory, even for simple, well established interventions. In settings where most births occur in health facilities, as is the case in Kerala, India, preventing maternal mortality is linked to quality of care improvements. CONTEXT: Evidence-informed quality standards (QS), including quality statements and measurable structure and process indicators, are one innovative way of tackling the guideline implementation gap...
2016: F1000Research
May Sudhinaraset, Naomi Beyeler, Sandhya Barge, Nadia Diamond-Smith
BACKGROUND: In 2013, the Government of India launched the National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) in order to better address the health needs of urban populations, including the nearly 100 million living in slums. Maternal and neonatal health indicators remain poor in India. The objective of this study is to highlight the experiences of women, their husbands, and mothers-in-law related to maternal health services and delivery experiences. METHODS: In total, we conducted 80 in-depth interviews, including 40 with recent mothers, 20 with their husbands, and 20 with their mothers-in-law...
2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Asif Raza Khowaja, Rahat Najam Qureshi, Diane Sawchuck, Olufemi T Oladapo, Olalekan O Adetoro, Elizabeth A Orenuga, Mrutyunjaya Bellad, Ashalata Mallapur, Umesh Charantimath, Esperança Sevene, Khátia Munguambe, Helena Edith Boene, Marianne Vidler, Zulfiqar A Bhutta, Peter von Dadelszen
BACKGROUND: Globally, pre-eclampsia and eclampsia are major contributors to maternal and perinatal mortality; of which the vast majority of deaths occur in less developed countries. In addition, a disproportionate number of morbidities and mortalities occur due to delayed access to health services. The Community Level Interventions for Pre-eclampsia (CLIP) Trial aims to task-shift to community health workers the identification and emergency management of pre-eclampsia and eclampsia to improve access and timely care...
2016: Reproductive Health
Nilesh C Gawde, Muthusamy Sivakami, Bontha V Babu
This study aimed to understand access to maternal health care and the factors shaping it amongst poor migrants in Mumbai, India. A cross-sectional mixed methods approach was used. It included multistage cluster sampling and face-to-face interviews, through structured interview schedules, of 234 migrant women who had delivered in the two years previous to the date they were interviewed. Qualitative in-depth interviews of migrant women, health care providers and health officials were also conducted to understand community and provider perspectives...
November 2016: Journal of Biosocial Science
Preeti H Negandhi, Sutapa B Neogi, Sapna Chopra, Amit Phogat, Rupinder Sahota, Ravikant Gupta, Rakesh Gupta, Sanjay Zodpey
Underreporting hampers the accurate estimation of the numbers of infant and maternal deaths and stillbirths in India. In Haryana state, a surveillance-based model - the Maternal Infant Death Review System - was launched in 2013 to try to resolve this issue. The system is a mixture of routine passive data collection and active surveillance by specially recruited and trained field volunteers. The volunteers gather the relevant data from child day-care centres, community health centres, cremation grounds, hospitals, the municipal corporation's offices and primary health centres and regularly visit health subcentres...
May 1, 2016: Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Chandrakant Lahariya, Ankita Choure, Baljit Singh
BACKGROUND: There is insufficient information on causes of unsafe care at facility levels in India. This study was conducted to understand the challenges in government hospitals in ensuring patient safety and to propose solutions to improve patient care. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Desk review, in-depth interviews, and focused group discussions were conducted between January and March 2014. Healthcare providers and nodal persons for patient safety in Gynecology and Obstetrics Departments of government health facilities from Delhi state of India were included...
October 2015: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
M A Faucher, C Riley, L Prater, M P Reddy
BACKGROUND: Iron deficiency is a prevalent health problem in India affecting women and newborns. Delayed umbilical cord clamping at birth is a safe and effective means for increasing serum iron levels in newborns up to 6 months of age. AIM: The study aim was to increase the utilization of delayed cord clamping in a group of midwives working in Hyderabad, India. METHODS: A single group pre- and post-test design was used to evaluate knowledge, beliefs and practice before and after a delayed cord clamping intervention including follow-up at 10 months after the original intervention...
September 2016: International Nursing Review
Jose Manuel Rodriguez-Llanes, Shishir Ranjan-Dash, Alok Mukhopadhyay, Debarati Guha-Sapir
Background. Child undernutrition and flooding are highly prevalent public health issues in many developing countries, yet we have little understanding of preventive strategies for effective coping in these circumstances. Education has been recently highlighted as key to reduce the societal impacts of extreme weather events under climate change, but there is a lack of studies assessing to what extent parental education may prevent post-flood child undernutrition. Methods and Materials. One year after large floods in 2008, we conducted a two-stage cluster population-based survey of 6-59 months children inhabiting flooded and non-flooded communities of Jagatsinghpur district, Odisha (India), and collected anthropometric measurements on children along with child, parental and household level variables through face-to-face interviews...
2016: PeerJ
Keely Jordan, Elizabeth Butrick, Gavin Yamey, Suellen Miller
BACKGROUND: Obstetric hemorrhage (OH), which includes hemorrhage from multiple etiologies during pregnancy, childbirth, or postpartum, is the leading cause of maternal mortality and accounts for one-quarter of global maternal deaths. The Non-pneumatic Anti-Shock Garment (NASG) is a first-aid device for obstetric hemorrhage that can be applied for post-partum/post miscarriage and for ectopic pregnancies to buy time for a woman to reach a health care facility for definitive treatment. Despite successful field trials, and endorsement by safe motherhood organizations and the World Health Organization (WHO), scale-up has been slow in some countries...
2016: PloS One
Emily C Baron, Charlotte Hanlon, Sumaya Mall, Simone Honikman, Erica Breuer, Tasneem Kathree, Nagendra P Luitel, Juliet Nakku, Crick Lund, Girmay Medhin, Vikram Patel, Inge Petersen, Sanjay Shrivastava, Mark Tomlinson
BACKGROUND: The integration of maternal mental health into primary health care has been advocated to reduce the mental health treatment gap in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). This study reports findings of a cross-country situation analysis on maternal mental health and services available in five LMICs, to inform the development of integrated maternal mental health services integrated into primary health care. METHODS: The situation analysis was conducted in five districts in Ethiopia, India, Nepal, South Africa and Uganda, as part of the Programme for Improving Mental Health Care (PRIME)...
2016: BMC Health Services Research
Hmwe H Kyu, Christine Pinho, Joseph A Wagner, Jonathan C Brown, Amelia Bertozzi-Villa, Fiona J Charlson, Luc Edgar Coffeng, Lalit Dandona, Holly E Erskine, Alize J Ferrari, Christina Fitzmaurice, Thomas D Fleming, Mohammad H Forouzanfar, Nicholas Graetz, Caterina Guinovart, Juanita Haagsma, Hideki Higashi, Nicholas J Kassebaum, Heidi J Larson, Stephen S Lim, Ali H Mokdad, Maziar Moradi-Lakeh, Shaun V Odell, Gregory A Roth, Peter T Serina, Jeffrey D Stanaway, Awoke Misganaw, Harvey A Whiteford, Timothy M Wolock, Sarah Wulf Hanson, Foad Abd-Allah, Semaw Ferede Abera, Laith J Abu-Raddad, Fadia S AlBuhairan, Azmeraw T Amare, Carl Abelardo T Antonio, Al Artaman, Suzanne L Barker-Collo, Lope H Barrero, Corina Benjet, Isabela M Bensenor, Zulfiqar A Bhutta, Boris Bikbov, Alexandra Brazinova, Ismael Campos-Nonato, Carlos A Castañeda-Orjuela, Ferrán Catalá-López, Rajiv Chowdhury, Cyrus Cooper, John A Crump, Rakhi Dandona, Louisa Degenhardt, Robert P Dellavalle, Samath D Dharmaratne, Emerito Jose A Faraon, Valery L Feigin, Thomas Fürst, Johanna M Geleijnse, Bradford D Gessner, Katherine B Gibney, Atsushi Goto, David Gunnell, Graeme J Hankey, Roderick J Hay, John C Hornberger, H Dean Hosgood, Guoqing Hu, Kathryn H Jacobsen, Sudha P Jayaraman, Panniyammakal Jeemon, Jost B Jonas, André Karch, Daniel Kim, Sungroul Kim, Yoshihiro Kokubo, Barthelemy Kuate Defo, Burcu Kucuk Bicer, G Anil Kumar, Anders Larsson, Janet L Leasher, Ricky Leung, Yongmei Li, Steven E Lipshultz, Alan D Lopez, Paulo A Lotufo, Raimundas Lunevicius, Ronan A Lyons, Marek Majdan, Reza Malekzadeh, Taufiq Mashal, Amanda J Mason-Jones, Yohannes Adama Melaku, Ziad A Memish, Walter Mendoza, Ted R Miller, Charles N Mock, Joseph Murray, Sandra Nolte, In-Hwan Oh, Bolajoko Olubukunola Olusanya, Katrina F Ortblad, Eun-Kee Park, Angel J Paternina Caicedo, Scott B Patten, George C Patton, David M Pereira, Norberto Perico, Frédéric B Piel, Suzanne Polinder, Svetlana Popova, Farshad Pourmalek, D Alex Quistberg, Giuseppe Remuzzi, Alina Rodriguez, David Rojas-Rueda, Dietrich Rothenbacher, David H Rothstein, Juan Sanabria, Itamar S Santos, David C Schwebel, Sadaf G Sepanlou, Amira Shaheen, Rahman Shiri, Ivy Shiue, Vegard Skirbekk, Karen Sliwa, Chandrashekhar T Sreeramareddy, Dan J Stein, Timothy J Steiner, Lars Jacob Stovner, Bryan L Sykes, Karen M Tabb, Abdullah Sulieman Terkawi, Alan J Thomson, Andrew L Thorne-Lyman, Jeffrey Allen Towbin, Kingsley Nnanna Ukwaja, Tommi Vasankari, Narayanaswamy Venketasubramanian, Vasiliy Victorovich Vlassov, Stein Emil Vollset, Elisabete Weiderpass, Robert G Weintraub, Andrea Werdecker, James D Wilkinson, Solomon Meseret Woldeyohannes, Charles D A Wolfe, Yuichiro Yano, Paul Yip, Naohiro Yonemoto, Seok-Jun Yoon, Mustafa Z Younis, Chuanhua Yu, Maysaa El Sayed Zaki, Mohsen Naghavi, Christopher J L Murray, Theo Vos
IMPORTANCE: The literature focuses on mortality among children younger than 5 years. Comparable information on nonfatal health outcomes among these children and the fatal and nonfatal burden of diseases and injuries among older children and adolescents is scarce. OBJECTIVE: To determine levels and trends in the fatal and nonfatal burden of diseases and injuries among younger children (aged <5 years), older children (aged 5-9 years), and adolescents (aged 10-19 years) between 1990 and 2013 in 188 countries from the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) 2013 study...
March 2016: JAMA Pediatrics
Archana Shrivastava, Arun Srivastava
Purpose - This paper aims to find out accredited social health activists' (ASHA) communication competence and effectiveness while working as leaders with groups in the rural setting. ASHA, as the "first point of contact" for pregnant women in rural areas, plays a significant role in building awareness and disseminating key information at critical times (e.g. antenatal and post-natal period), promotes healthy maternal and newborn care practices and facilitates identification and referral of maternal and newborn complications...
2016: Leadership in Health Services
Abhishek Kumar, Aditya Singh
BACKGROUND: To further reduce the maternal mortality ratio, India needs to narrow down the social inequity in the use of maternal healthcare services. This study quantifies the contribution of factors explaining the average gap in the use of full antenatal care, medical assistance at delivery and postnatal check-ups between scheduled castes/scheduled tribes (SCs/STs) and the remaining population in India. METHODS: Using the most recent round of the National Family Health Survey conducted during 2005-06, this study quantifies the contribution of selected predictors explaining the gap in the use of maternal healthcare services between SCs/STs and the remaining population...
December 11, 2015: Journal of Public Health
Pranita Achyut, Anurag Mishra, Livia Montana, Ranajit Sengupta, Lisa M Calhoun, Priya Nanda
BACKGROUND: Maternal health (MH) services provide an invaluable opportunity to inform and educate women about family planning (FP). It is expected that this would enable women to choose an appropriate method and initiate contraception early in the postpartum period. In this study we examined interactions with health providers for MH services, and the effect of FP information provision during these interactions on the postpartum use of modern contraceptive methods. METHODS: This study used midline data collected from 990 women who had delivered a live birth between January 2010 and the date of the midline survey in 2012...
April 2016: Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care
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