A study to assess healthcare workers’ counseling practices regarding the dangers and primary health care during prenatal visits was conducted in the rural areas of Burkina Faso, Ghana and Tanzania.
It is a cross-sectional study, conducted in 12 selected rural PHC facilities in each countries and it’s based on the WHO guidelines.
This study evaluates seven danger signs through direct observation and aims to raise awareness of women for these issues.
You can find the full article here
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The MASCOT International Event took place in Mexico City, Mexico during 25 and 26 September 2013. It was a unique opportunity to gather experts from different countries to understand the project results and openly discuss on what can be done to reduce MCH inequalities.
Please find now all information on the event at a special page here - http://www.mascotfp7.eu/mexico-event/ - including event programme, presentations and photo gallery.
Thank you again to all the participants for openly sharing your knowledge!
The 2nd edition of the EU Prize for Women Innovators has been launched and it will be open until 15 October 2013!
Aiming to raise public awareness about the need of innovation as well as more women innovators, this project will reward three women who have developed outstanding innovations and brought them to market.
For more information, please read the announcement below
Both articles were published by Centro Centroamericano de la Red Cochrane Iberoamericana dealing with issues such as human rights and access to health care in Cuba and about the real extent of the damage caused by the crisis and the austerity lived in Europe.
CUBA Horton_socialmed copia
Has austerity brought Europe to the brink of a health disaster
CENTRO CENTROAMERICANO DE LA RED COCHRANE IBEROAMERICANA
BMJ 2013;346:f3773 doi: 10.1136/bmj.f3773 (Published 18 June 2013)
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The MASCOT consortium is organizing an International Partnering event about North-South and South-South cooperation for tackling MCH inequalities - www.mascot2013meeting.org.mx. Continue reading
Every day, nearly 800 women die from complications in pregnancy or childbirth, and 99 percent of these deaths occur in developing countries.These deaths could be prevent with interventions and training to treat complications such as hemorrhage, infection, and obstructed labor.
The following video explores the challenges and opportunities to address these issues in Zambia, a country with high maternal mortality. The Saving Mothers Giving Life initiative aims to reduce maternal mortality by 50 percent in selected districts of Zambia and Uganda.
Please click here to access the video
This study aims to determine the incidence of heart failure during pregnancy and incriminated cardiac lesions, as well as maternal and fetal outcomes.
A total of 4523 patients delivered babies over the 7-year period, ten of which had cardiac decompensation.
All patients were not registered at LTH for antenatal care (unbooked), with 70% of them aged 18–24 years. Fifty percent were primigravidae and the majority of them presented with symptoms in the second and third trimester.The data suggests that heart failure during pregnancy is uncommon in Southwest Nigeria.
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[Available online at: Dovepress]
MASCOT poster presented by School of Public Health (SPH) at the 4th Global Summit of the Association of Schools of Public Health in Africa (ASPHA) hosted in Ghana.
ASPHA MASCOT poster – FINAL
The 2013 Human Development Report was recently published and it aims to examined the profound shift in global dynamics that is being driven by the fast-rising powers of the developing world – and the important implications of this phenomenon for human development.
[Available online at: HDR 2013]
“Health Equity Monitor of WHO Global Health Observatory has gone live.
Monitor currently includes about 30 reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health indicators in 91 countries – 90 of which are LMICs, disaggregated by child’s sex, place of residence (rural vs. urban), wealth quintile, and education level.
Apart from the database, it has two other core components: country profiles and interactive visualizations – showing inequalities in select health outcomes and services.
Disaggregated data are useful to track progress on health goals, revealing differences between sub-groups that overall averages may mask. Health equity data provide an evidence base for equity-oriented interventions, and are a key component of the movement toward equitable universal health coverage.
The Health Equity Monitor currently includes reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health indicators, disaggregated by child’s sex, place of residence (rural vs. urban), wealth quintile, and education level.
Data are based on Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) conducted in 91 countries, 90 of which are low- or middle-income countries.
Core components of the Health Equity Monitor include the database, country profiles and interactive visualizations:
- The database presents data for about 30 reproductive, maternal and child health indicators,
collected from nearly 200 surveys in 1993-2011. For around half of the countries, data are available for at least two time points.
- Country profiles highlight disaggregated data for each of the 91 study countries, using the most recent available data.
Interactive visualizations show inequalities in select health outcomes and services (situation and trends).”
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[Available online at:http://bit.ly/YJSKnE]