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Call for papers - Improving maternal health in underserved populations

Guest Editors

Tamar Kabakian-Khasholian, PhD, MPH, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Alfred Osoti, MBChB, MMed, MPH, PhD, University of Washington, USA
Brittney van de Water, PhD, RN, CPNP, Boston College, USA
Joshua P. Vogel, BMedSci, MBBS, PhD, Burnet Institute
, Australia

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: January 6, 2025


BMC Global and Public Health is calling for submissions to our collection on improving maternal health in underserved populations.

Maternal health remains a significant global health challenge, particularly in underserved populations where access to quality healthcare services is limited. Ensuring the well-being of mothers during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period is essential for both maternal and child health outcomes. This collection seeks to highlight innovative research, interventions, and strategies aimed at addressing the complex factors influencing maternal health in underserved populations.

New Content ItemThis Collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being and SDG 5: Gender Equality.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Tamar Kabakian-Khasholian, PhD, MPH, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Tamar Kabakian-Khasholian is a maternal health researcher at the Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut. Her research focuses on maternal and reproductive health and revolves around intervention research across multiple countries and contexts in the Arab region. She aims to find ways to improve women’s experiences with maternity care and their well-being. She has conducted several intervention and implementation research studies using quantitative and qualitative methodologies to improve the quality of maternity care and maternal and neonatal outcomes, promote evidence-based practices, and enhance positive childbirth experiences in Lebanon and Arab countries. She led large multi-site implementation research on introducing labor companionship in Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon public hospitals. She also works on the pregnancy and childbirth needs of internally displaced populations and refugees.

Alfred Osoti, MBChB, MMed, MPH, PhD, University of Washington, USA

Dr Alfred Osoti, MBChB, MMed, MPH, PhD, is a Principal Investigator of an NIH K43 grant evaluating incidence of metabolic syndrome after delivery, a risk factor for future cardiovascular disease. He is a multiple Principal Investigator for NIH R21 grant evaluating subclinical cardiac dysfunction using speckle tracking echocardiography after hypertensive disorders in pregnancy. Dr Osoti received his MBChB and Masters in Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynecology degrees from the University of Nairobi. He is an alumnus of the NIH Fogarty International Centre Scholar and Fellow program. Dr Osoti obtained MPH and PhD training from the University of Washington, Seattle during which he evaluated innovative approaches to male partner HIV testing and postpartum risk of metabolic syndrome. Dr Osoti has more than 20 papers in peer reviewed journals and more than 20 international conference presentations. He has also supervised 30 postgraduate students, 20 to completion.

Brittney van de Water, PhD, RN, CPNP, Boston College, USA

Brittney van de Water, PhD, RN, CPNP, is an assistant professor at the Connell School of Nursing, Boston College, USA. Dr. van de Water is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner and global health delivery researcher. She is also the associate director for pediatric nursing at Seed Global Health, where she supports nurse educators and partnerships with universities in Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, and Sierra Leone. Dr. van de Water’s research focuses on optimizing the implementation of TB and TB/HIV interventions in low-resource settings and the uptake of evidence-based strategies at large. Her work centers on improving comprehensive TB care and building health professional capacity in sub-Saharan Africa, specifically developing and evaluating a novel low-dose high-frequency preceptor program for midwifery and pediatric critical care nursing in Sierra Leone and Malawi.

Joshua P. Vogel, BMedSci, MBBS PhD, Burnet Institute, Australia

Professor Joshua Vogel is a perinatal epidemiologist and public health researcher. He is a Senior Principal Research Fellow at the Burnet Institute in Melbourne, Australia, where he co-heads the multi-disciplinary Global Women’s and Newborn’s Health group. Joshua has led epidemiological and interventional research projects conducted in >20 countries, and has produced over 200 peer-review articles on global maternal and newborn health. He has led the development of multiple WHO guidelines in maternal health, and also WHO’s 2019 global preterm birth estimates.

About the Collection

BMC Global and Public Health is pleased to announce a call for papers for our upcoming collection entitled 'Improving maternal health in underserved populations,' guest edited by Dr Tamar Kabakian-Khasholian from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, Dr Alfred Osoti from the University of Washington, USA, Dr Brittney van de Water from Boston College, USA, and Dr Joshua P. Vogel from the Burnet Institute, Australia. Maternal health remains a significant global health challenge, particularly in underserved populations where access to quality healthcare services is limited. Ensuring the well-being of mothers during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period is essential for both maternal and child health outcomes. This collection seeks to highlight innovative research, interventions, and strategies aimed at addressing the complex factors influencing maternal health in underserved populations.

We welcome contributions that explore various dimensions of improving maternal health in underserved populations, including but not limited to:

  • Access to maternal healthcare: Research focusing on barriers to accessing maternal healthcare services, including geographical, financial, cultural, and social factors, and strategies to overcome these barriers.
  • Quality of maternal healthcare: Investigations into the quality of maternal healthcare services, including antenatal care, skilled birth attendance, emergency obstetric care, and postnatal care, and interventions to improve quality and safety.
  • Maternal health disparities: Studies examining disparities in maternal health outcomes among different population groups, including ethnic minorities, indigenous communities, refugees, migrants, and women living in rural or remote areas.
  • Maternal mortality, morbidity, and complications: Assessments of maternal mortality and morbidity rates, causes of maternal deaths, and factors contributing to maternal morbidity and interventions to prevent maternal deaths, improve maternal health outcomes, and intermediate and long-term complications following pregnancy.
  • Maternal health policy and programming: Analyses of maternal health policies, programs, and interventions at the national, regional, and global levels, and their impact on maternal health outcomes.

This collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being and SDG 5: Gender Equality by advancing our understanding of maternal health in underserved populations and contributing to efforts to reduce maternal mortality and improve maternal health outcomes worldwide.

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There are currently no articles in this collection.

Submission Guidelines

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To submit your manuscript, please use the BMC Global and Public Health online submission system SNAPP and indicate in your covering letter that you would like the article to be considered for the ‘Improving maternal health in underserved populations’ Collection. If you would like to enquire about the suitability of a manuscript for consideration, please email bmcglobalpublichealth@biomedcentral.com.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.