Table of Contents: Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF)-PLOS Collection on Maternal Health Year 2 (2012-13) - “Maternal Health is Women’s Health


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In 2012-13, the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) and the PLOS Medicine Editors continue their collaboration to create a freely available, open access collection of outstanding research and commentary on maternal health, the MHTF-PLOS Collection on Maternal Health, to further our collective goal to improve women's and children's health worldwide through greater access to more comprehensive maternal health information and knowledge. Our continued commitment to highlighting and pressing for more evidence on maternal health reflects the persistence of this problem around the world: while the number of maternal deaths overall is declining, Millennium Development Goal 5 (to improve maternal health) is the goal most lagging behind due to a lack of progress in a critical number of countries.

We chose the theme for Year 2 of "Maternal Health is Women's Health" because it is crucial to consider maternal health in the context of women's health throughout their lifespans. While pregnancy is limited to women of reproductive age, maternal health is influenced by the health of women and girls before pregnancy, and it also influences women's health broadly during and after the reproductive years. Inability to access quality health care and family planning resources, low educational attainment, low socioeconomic status, restrictive gender roles, poor nutrition, and a host of other social and biological factors combine to put girls and women at risk for not being able to attain and sustain the health status they deserve throughout their lives.

Below you will find the original articles comprising the Year 2 Collection. This Collection will be updated regularly as new articles are published throughout 2013.

The Year 1 theme (2011-12) was "Quality of Maternal Health Care" and that Collection of 18 original articles is available at Regular updates on the MHTF-PLOS partnership can be found at the main page:


Maternal Health Is Women's Health: A Call for Papers for Year 2 of the Maternal Health Task Force–PLOS Collection

Samantha R. Lattof, Mary Nell Wegner, Ana Langer , the PLOS Medicine Editors


Improving Women's Health through Universal Health Coverage

Jonathan Quick, Jonathan Jay, Ana Langer


Guidelines and Guidance

Setting Research Priorities for Preconception Care in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Aiming to Reduce Maternal and Child Mortality and Morbidity

Sohni Dean, Igor Rudan, Fernando Althabe, Aimee Webb Girard, Christopher Howson, Ana Langer, Joy Lawn, Mary-Elizabeth Reeve, Katherine C. Teela, Mireille Toledano, Chandra-Mouli Venkatraman, José M. Belizan, Josip Car, Kit Yee Chan, Subidita Chatterjee, Stanley Chitekwe, Tanya Doherty, France Donnay, Majid Ezzati, Khadija Humayun, Brian Jack, Zohra S. Lassi, Reynaldo Martorell, Ysbrand Poortman, Zulfiqar A. Bhutta

Research in Translation

HIV Monoclonal Antibodies: A New Opportunity to Further Reduce Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission

Yegor Voronin, Lynne M. Mofenson, Coleen K. Cunningham, Mary G. Fowler, Pontiano Kaleebu, Elizabeth J. McFarland, Jeffrey T. Safrit, Barney S. Graham, William Snow

Research Articles

A Risk Prediction Model for the Assessment and Triage of Women with Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy in Low-Resourced Settings: The miniPIERS (Pre-eclampsia Integrated Estimate of RiSk) Multi-country Prospective Cohort Study

Beth A. Payne, Jennifer A. Hutcheon, J. Mark Ansermino, David R. Hall, Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, Shereen Z. Bhutta, Christine Biryabarema, William A. Grobman, Henk Groen, Farizah Haniff, Jing Li, Laura A. Magee, Mario Merialdi, Annettee Nakimuli, Ziguang Qu, Rozina Sikandar, Nelson Sass, Diane Sawchuck, D. Wilhelm Steyn, Mariana Widmer, Jian Zhou, Peter von Dadelszen , for the miniPIERS Study Working Group

Maternal Mortality in India: Causes and Healthcare Service Use Based on a Nationally Representative Survey

Ann L. Montgomery, Usha Ram, Rajesh Kumar, Prabhat Jha , for The Million Death Study Collaborators

Reproductive Health Voucher Program and Facility Based Delivery in Informal Settlements in Nairobi: A Longitudinal Analysis

Djesika D. Amendah, Martin Kavao Mutua, Catherine Kyobutungi, Evans Buliva, Ben Bellows

Effect on Postpartum Hemorrhage of Prophylactic Oxytocin (10 IU) by Injection by Community Health Officers in Ghana: A Community-Based, Cluster-Randomized Trial

Cynthia K. Stanton, Samuel Newton, Luke C. Mullany, Patience Cofie, Charlotte Tawiah Agyemang, Edward Adiibokah, Seeba Amenga-Etego, Niamh Darcy, Sadaf Khan, Deborah Armbruster, John Gyapong, Seth Owusu-Agyei

Acute Maternal Infection and Risk of Pre-Eclampsia: A Population-Based Case-Control Study

Caroline Minassian, Sara L. Thomas, David J. Williams, Oona Campbell, Liam Smeeth

Attitudes toward Family Planning among HIV-Positive Pregnant Women Enrolled in a Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission Study in Kisumu, Kenya

Victor Akelo, Sonali Girde, Craig B. Borkowf, Frank Angira, Kevin Achola, Richard Lando, Lisa A. Mills, Timothy K. Thomas, Shirley Lee Lecher

Representation of Women and Pregnant Women in HIV Research: A Limited Systematic Review

Daniel Westreich, Molly Rosenberg, Sheree Schwartz, Geeta Swamy

Costs of Inaction on Maternal Mortality: Qualitative Evidence of the Impacts of Maternal Deaths on Living Children in Tanzania

Alicia Ely Yamin, Vanessa M. Boulanger, Kathryn L. Falb, Jane Shuma, Jennifer Leaning

Comorbidities and Lack of Blood Transfusion May Negatively Affect Maternal Outcomes of Women with Obstetric Hemorrhage Treated with NASG

Alison El Ayadi, Sarah Raifman, Farouk Jega, Elizabeth Butrick, Yemisi Ojo, Stacie Geller, Suellen Miller

Factors Affecting the Delivery, Access, and Use of Interventions to Prevent Malaria in Pregnancy in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Jenny Hill, Jenna Hoyt, Anna Maria van Eijk, Lauren D'Mello-Guyett, Feiko O. ter Kuile, Rick Steketee, Helen Smith, Jayne Webster

Socioeconomic Disparities in Maternity Care among Indian Adolescents, 1990–2006

Chandan Kumar, Rajesh Kumar Rai, Prashant Kumar Singh, Lucky Singh

The Effect of Intermittent Antenatal Iron Supplementation on Maternal and Infant Outcomes in Rural Viet Nam: A Cluster Randomised Trial

Sarah Hanieh, Tran T. Ha, Julie A. Simpson, Gerard J. Casey, Nguyen C. Khuong, Dang D. Thoang, Tran T. Thuy, Sant-Rayn Pasricha, Thach D. Tran, Tran Tuan, Terence Dwyer, Jane Fisher, Beverley-Ann Biggs

Effect of Facilitation of Local Maternal-and-Newborn Stakeholder Groups on Neonatal Mortality: Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial

Lars Åke Persson, Nguyen T. Nga, Mats Målqvist, Dinh Thi Phuong Hoa, Leif Eriksson, Lars Wallin, Katarina Selling, Tran Q. Huy, Duong M. Duc, Tran V. Tiep, Vu Thi Thu Thuy, Uwe Ewald

Minor Ailments in Pregnancy Are Not a Minor Concern for Pregnant Women: A Morbidity Assessment Survey in Rural Sri Lanka

Suneth Buddhika Agampodi, Nuwan Dharshana Wickramasinghe, Jennifer Horton, Thilini Chanchala Agampodi

Malaria in the Post-Partum Period; a Prospective Cohort Study

Machteld E. Boel, Marcus J. Rijken, Tjalling Leenstra, Aung Pyae Phyo, Mupawjay Pimanpanarak, Naw Lily Keereecharoen, Stephane Proux, Natthapon Laochan, Mallika Imwong, Pratap Singhasivanon, Nicholas J. White, Rose McGready, François H. Nosten

Global Estimates of Syphilis in Pregnancy and Associated Adverse Outcomes: Analysis of Multinational Antenatal Surveillance Data

Lori Newman, Mary Kamb, Sarah Hawkes, Gabriela Gomez, Lale Say, Armando Seuc, Nathalie Broutet

Care Decision Making of Frontline Providers of Maternal and Newborn Health Services in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana

Ebenezer Oduro-Mensah, Aku Kwamie, Edward Antwi, Sarah Amissah Bamfo, Helen Mary Bainson, Benjamin Marfo, Mary Amoakoh Coleman, Diederick E. Grobbee, Irene Akua Agyepong

Factors Affecting Antenatal Care Attendance: Results from Qualitative Studies in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi

Christopher Pell, Arantza Meñaca, Florence Were, Nana A. Afrah, Samuel Chatio, Lucinda Manda-Taylor, Mary J. Hamel, Abraham Hodgson, Harry Tagbor, Linda Kalilani, Peter Ouma, Robert Pool

Status of Emergency Obstetric Care in Six Developing Countries Five Years before the MDG Targets for Maternal and Newborn Health

Charles Ameh, Sia Msuya, Jan Hofman, Joanna Raven, Matthews Mathai, Nynke van den Broek

Impact of Free Delivery Care on Health Facility Delivery and Insurance Coverage in Ghana’s Brong Ahafo Region

Susie Dzakpasu, Seyi Soremekun, Alexander Manu, Guus ten Asbroek, Charlotte Tawiah, Lisa Hurt, Justin Fenty, Seth Owusu-Agyei, Zelee Hill, Oona M. R. Campbell, Betty R. Kirkwood