Table of Contents: Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF)-PLOS Collection on Maternal Health Year 3 (2013-14) - "Integrating Health Care to Meet the Needs of the Mother–Infant Pair"


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The continuing collaboration between Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) at Harvard School of Public Health and PLOS Medicine is reflected in this latest collection highlighting the theme, "Integrating Health Care to Meet the Needs of the Mother–Infant Pair". Our shared commitment to increasing the evidence base for approaches to improving maternal health has built a platform of research and commentary articles as featured in the preceding Year 1 & Year 2 collections.

This year's theme was chosen with the aim to contribute to a better understanding of how and when to comprehensively integrate maternal and infant health care. This includes conditions such as HIV, malaria, exposure to environmental risks, and other situations that have a significant impact on both maternal and infant health.

Regular updates on the MHTF-PLOS partnership can be found on the main page:

Research Articles

Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in South-West Ethiopia: Estimates and Socio-Economic Inequality

Yaliso Yaya, Kristiane Tislevoll Eide, Ole Frithjof Norheim, Bernt Lindtjørn

Lifetime Induced Abortion: A Comparison between Women Living and Not Living with HIV

Flávia Bulegon Pilecco, Luciana Barcellos Teixeira, Álvaro Vigo, Michael E. Dewey, Daniela Riva Knauth

Outcomes in a Cohort of Women Who Discontinued Maternal Triple-Antiretroviral Regimens Initially Used to Prevent Mother-to-Child Transmission during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding—Kenya, 2003–2009

Timothy D. Minniear, Sonali Girde, Frank Angira, Lisa A. Mills, Clement Zeh, Philip J. Peters, Rose Masaba, Richard Lando, Timothy K. Thomas, Allan W. Taylor , for the Kisumu Breastfeeding Study Team

Perceptions of Malaria in Pregnancy and Acceptability of Preventive Interventions among Mozambican Pregnant Women: Implications for Effectiveness of Malaria Control in Pregnancy

Helena Boene, Raquel González, Anifa Valá, Maria Rupérez, César Velasco, Sónia Machevo, Charfudin Sacoor, Esperança Sevene, Eusébio Macete, Clara Menéndez, Khátia Munguambe

Women's Preferences Regarding Infant or Maternal Antiretroviral Prophylaxis for Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission of HIV during Breastfeeding and Their Views on Option B+ in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Matilda Ngarina, Edith A. M. Tarimo, Helga Naburi, Charles Kilewo, Mary Mwanyika-Sando, Guerino Chalamilla, Gunnel Biberfeld, Anna Mia Ekstrom