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Maternal and child health in the sustainable development goal era

Guest Editors: Fred Paccaud, Ted Tulchinsky, Christina Zarowsky

Maternal healthPublic Health Reviews continues to welcome new submissions to our article collection focussing on maternal and child health in the sustainable development goal era.

The World Health Organization has reported a decline in deaths of children under 5 years of age from 12.6 million in 1990 to 6.3 million in 2013 and maternal deaths have been reduced from an estimated 523,000 in 1990 to 289,000 in 2013. Despite these achievements, the decline in maternal deaths greatly missed the mark of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and if present trends continue, 4.4 million children younger than 5 years will still die in 2030. To reduce maternal deaths, women need good-quality reproductive health care, effective interventions and skilled birth attendants – and the autonomy and resources to demand and secure access to these. The three leading causes of newborn deaths: preterm birth complications, pneumonia, and intrapartum-related complications must be addressed, while recognizing that progress has been slow on congenital, preterm, neonatal sepsis, injury, and other causes. What is also clear is that progress has been highly uneven across different contexts. Under-resourced settings are the most challenging, but wide variations across countries at similar levels of socio-economic development indicate that there is much to learn about what has and has not worked, and why.

We are interested in review articles addressing the issues of maternal and neonatal mortality and interventions that can help reduce this severe burden on many societies. We invite manuscripts which will help to shed light on major persisting challenges such as those mentioned above, the under examined areas of maternal and child health, and cross-cutting or underlying issues related to gender, inequality and health systems which must be addressed in order for progress to continue and, ideally, accelerate. The MDGs focused attention and funding on specific problems; the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) invite an analysis that is both more granular and more integrated. This collection aims to inform further action in the SDG era. Articles should give attention to the translation of the results into public health policy, actions and possible interventions.

The series is open for submissions of review articles, case studies and commentaries, which would undergo the journal’s normal peer review process and article processing charge. Manuscripts should be formatted according to our submission guidelines and submitted via the online submission system. In the submission system please make sure the correct collection title is chosen from the additional information tab. Please also indicate clearly in the covering letter that the manuscript is to be considered for the collection.

  1. The persistent quality gap in maternal health services in Nepal has resulted in poor maternal health outcomes. Accordingly, the Government of Nepal (GoN) has placed emphasis on responsive and accountable mater...

    Authors: Adweeti Nepal, Santa Kumar Dangol and Anke van der Kwaak
    Citation: Public Health Reviews 2020 41:31
  2. Dietary diversity is defined as the number of food groups or items consumed over a reference period, and usually, it is a problem in developing countries including Ethiopia. Inadequate dietary diversity is one...

    Authors: Kedir Abdela Gonete, Amare Tariku, Sintayehu Daba Wami and Temesgen Yihunie Akalu
    Citation: Public Health Reviews 2020 41:23
  3. Maternal health remains a major public health problem in India, with large inter- and intra-state inequities in maternal health service use and maternal deaths. The Commission on Social Determinants of Health ...

    Authors: Mukesh Hamal, Marjolein Dieleman, Vincent De Brouwere and Tjard de Cock Buning
    Citation: Public Health Reviews 2020 41:13
  4. Bubble continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) has been shown to be effective in supporting breathing in newborns with respiratory distress. The factors that influence implementation in resource-constrained...

    Authors: Mai-Lei Woo Kinshella, Celia R. Walker, Tamanda Hiwa, Marianne Vidler, Alinane Linda Nyondo-Mipando, Queen Dube, David M. Goldfarb and Kondwani Kawaza
    Citation: Public Health Reviews 2020 41:6
  5. Neonatal mortality is one of the major public health problems throughout the world and most notably in developing countries. There exist inconclusive findings on the effect of antenatal care visits on neonatal...

    Authors: Amsalu Taye Wondemagegn, Animut Alebel, Cheru Tesema and Worku Abie
    Citation: Public Health Reviews 2018 39:33
  6. More than one in every ten (14%) of under-five child deaths is associated with diarrheal morbidity in Ethiopia. Although Ethiopia has implemented different health interventions like its immunization program, c...

    Authors: Ghion Shumetie, Molla Gedefaw, Adane Kebede and Terefe Derso
    Citation: Public Health Reviews 2018 39:28
  7. Bangladesh has an established comprehensive death review system for tracking and reviewing maternal and perinatal deaths. This death review system, established in 2010, was initially known as the “Maternal and...

    Authors: Animesh Biswas, Junnatul Ferdoush, Abu Sayeed Md Abdullah and Abdul Halim
    Citation: Public Health Reviews 2018 39:16
  8. While until recently the small and isolated Zika outbreaks in Eastern Asia and Pacific islands had been overlooked, the large-scale outbreak that started in Brazil in 2015 and the increase of microcephaly case...

    Authors: Anneliese Depoux, Aline Philibert, Serge Rabier, Henri-Jean Philippe, Arnaud Fontanet and Antoine Flahault
    Citation: Public Health Reviews 2018 39:10
  9. There are several studies from different geographical settings and levels on maternal health, but none analyzes how accountability problems may contribute to the maternal health outcomes. This study aimed to a...

    Authors: Mukesh Hamal, Marjolein Dieleman, Vincent De Brouwere and Tjard de Cock Buning
    Citation: Public Health Reviews 2018 39:9
  10. The neural tube defects anencephaly and spina bifida are two of the most common serious congenital malformations. Most cases can be prevented by consuming sufficient folic acid immediately before pregnancy and...

    Authors: Nicholas J. Wald, Joan K. Morris and Colin Blakemore
    Citation: Public Health Reviews 2018 39:2
  11. Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) has experienced an unprecedented mining boom since the mid-2000s with unknown effects on sexual and reproductive health (SRH). This study takes the essential first steps o...

    Authors: Jose Wilches-Gutierrez and Patricia Documet
    Citation: Public Health Reviews 2018 39:1
  12. The global scale-up of Prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services is credited for a 52% worldwide decline in new HIV infections among children between 2001 and 2012. However, the epidemic cont...

    Authors: Jean Claude Mutabazi, Christina Zarowsky and Helen Trottier
    Citation: Public Health Reviews 2017 38:28
  13. The Sustainable development goals (SDGs) have the potential to have a significant impact on maternal and child health through their commitments both to directly addressing health services and to improving fact...

    Authors: Jody Heymann, Aleta R. Sprague, Arijit Nandi, Alison Earle, Priya Batra, Adam Schickedanz, Paul J. Chung and Amy Raub
    Citation: Public Health Reviews 2017 38:21
  14. Structural adjustment programmes of international financial institutions have typically set the fiscal parameters within which health policies operate in developing countries. Yet, we currently lack a systemat...

    Authors: Michael Thomson, Alexander Kentikelenis and Thomas Stubbs
    Citation: Public Health Reviews 2017 38:13
  15. Immunization should be considered a basic human right to health and well-being. It is everybody’s business, and it is everybody’s responsibility: the individual, the community, the health system and the state....

    Authors: Sarah Basharat and Babar Tasneem Shaikh
    Citation: Public Health Reviews 2017 38:6
  16. Left undiagnosed and/or untreated, the short-and long-term sequelae of postpartum depression may negatively impact both mother and child. In Western countries, access to mental health care is influenced by soc...

    Authors: Elinor Hansotte, Shirley I. Payne and Suzanne M. Babich
    Citation: Public Health Reviews 2017 38:3