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:


Policy Forums

Improving Men’s Participation in Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV as a Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health Priority in South Africa

Wessel van den Berg, Kirsty Brittain, Gareth Mercer, Dean Peacock, Kathryn Stinson, Hanna Janson, Vuyiseka Dubula

From Joint Thinking to Joint Action: A Call to Action on Improving Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene for Maternal and Newborn Health

Yael Velleman, Elizabeth Mason, Wendy Graham, Lenka Benova, Mickey Chopra, Oona M. R. Campbell, Bruce Gordon, Sanjay Wijesekera, Sennen Hounton, Joanna Esteves Mills, Val Curtis, Kaosar Afsana, Sophie Boisson, Moke Magoma, Sandy Cairncross, Oliver Cumming

Prioritizing Pregnant Women for Long-Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets through Antenatal Care Clinics

Jenny Hill, Jenna Hoyt, Anna Maria van Eijk, Feiko O. ter Kuile, Jayne Webster, Richard W. Steketee

Research Articles

Maternal Obesity Is Associated with Alterations in the Gut Microbiome in Toddlers

Jeffrey D. Galley, Michael Bailey, Claire Kamp Dush, Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan, Lisa M. Christian

A Systematic Review of Individual and Contextual Factors Affecting ART Initiation, Adherence, and Retention for HIV-Infected Pregnant and Postpartum Women

Ian Hodgson, Mary L. Plummer, Sarah N. Konopka, Christopher J. Colvin, Edna Jonas, Jennifer Albertini, Anouk Amzel, Karen P. Fogg

Sublingual Misoprostol versus Intramuscular Oxytocin for Prevention of Postpartum Hemorrhage in Uganda: A Double-Blind Randomized Non-Inferiority Trial

Esther C. Atukunda, Mark J. Siedner, Celestino Obua, Godfrey R. Mugyenyi, Marc Twagirumukiza, Amon G. Agaba

Contextual Risk Factors for Low Birth Weight: A Multilevel Analysis

Gbenga A. Kayode, Mary Amoakoh-Coleman, Irene Akua Agyepong, Evelyn Ansah, Diederick E. Grobbee, Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch

A Cluster Randomised Controlled Effectiveness Trial Evaluating Perinatal Home Visiting among South African Mothers/Infants

Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, Mark Tomlinson, Ingrid M. le Roux, Jessica M. Harwood, Scott Comulada, Mary J. O'Connor, Robert E. Weiss, Carol M. Worthman

Impact of a Participatory Intervention with Women’s Groups on Psychological Distress among Mothers in Rural Bangladesh: Secondary Analysis of a Cluster-Randomised Controlled Trial

Kelly Clarke, Kishwar Azad, Abdul Kuddus, Sanjit Shaha, Tasmin Nahar, Bedowra Haq Aumon, Mohammed Munir Hossen, James Beard, Anthony Costello, Tanja A. J. Houweling, Audrey Prost, Edward Fottrell

A Systematic Review of Health System Barriers and Enablers for Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) for HIV-Infected Pregnant and Postpartum Women

Christopher J. Colvin, Sarah Konopka, John C. Chalker, Edna Jonas, Jennifer Albertini, Anouk Amzel, Karen Fogg

Maternal Obesity and Tobacco Use Modify the Impact of Genetic Variants on the Occurrence of Conotruncal Heart Defects

Xinyu Tang, Todd G. Nick, Mario A. Cleves, Stephen W. Erickson, Ming Li, Jingyun Li, Stewart L. MacLeod, Charlotte A. Hobbs

Maternity Care Services and Culture: A Systematic Global Mapping of Interventions

Ernestina Coast, Eleri Jones, Anayda Portela, Samantha R. Lattof

Intermittent Preventive Treatment of Malaria in Pregnancy with Mefloquine in HIV-Negative Women: A Multicentre Randomized Controlled Trial

Raquel González, Ghyslain Mombo-Ngoma, Smaïla Ouédraogo, Mwaka A. Kakolwa, Salim Abdulla, Manfred Accrombessi, John J. Aponte, Daisy Akerey-Diop, Arti Basra, Valérie Briand, Meskure Capan, Michel Cot, Abdunoor M. Kabanywanyi, Christian Kleine, Peter G. Kremsner, Eusebio Macete, Jean-Rodolphe Mackanga, Achille Massougbodgi, Alfredo Mayor, Arsenio Nhacolo, Golbahar Pahlavan, Michael Ramharter, María Rupérez, Esperança Sevene, Anifa Vala, Rella Zoleko-Manego, Clara Menéndez

Intermittent Preventive Treatment of Malaria in Pregnancy with Mefloquine in HIV-Infected Women Receiving Cotrimoxazole Prophylaxis: A Multicenter Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial

Raquel González, Meghna Desai, Eusebio Macete, Peter Ouma, Mwaka A. Kakolwa, Salim Abdulla, John J. Aponte, Helder Bulo, Abdunoor M. Kabanywanyi, Abraham Katana, Sonia Maculuve, Alfredo Mayor, Arsenio Nhacolo, Kephas Otieno, Golbahar Pahlavan, María Rupérez, Esperança Sevene, Laurence Slutsker, Anifa Vala, John Williamsom, Clara Menéndez

The Free Caesareans Policy in Low-Income Settings: An Interrupted Time Series Analysis in Mali (2003–2012)

Pierre Fournier, Alexandre Dumont, Caroline Tourigny, Aline Philibert, Aliou Coulibaly, Mamadou Traoré

Hospital-Based Program to Increase Child Safety Restraint Use among Birthing Mothers in China

Xiaojun Chen, Jingzhen Yang, Corinne Peek-Asa, Kangwen Chen, Xiangxiang Liu, Liping Li

Risk Factors and Adverse Perinatal Outcomes among Term and Preterm Infants Born Small-for-Gestational-Age: Secondary Analyses of the WHO Multi-Country Survey on Maternal and Newborn Health

Erika Ota, Togoobaatar Ganchimeg, Naho Morisaki, Joshua P. Vogel, Cynthia Pileggi, Eduardo Ortiz-Panozo, João P. Souza, Rintaro Mori , on behalf of the WHO Multi-Country Survey on Maternal and Newborn Health Research Network

Women's Access and Provider Practices for the Case Management of Malaria during Pregnancy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Jenny Hill, Lauren D'Mello-Guyett, Jenna Hoyt, Anna M. van Eijk, Feiko O. ter Kuile, Jayne Webster

Improving Maternal and Newborn Health: Effectiveness of a Community Health Worker Program in Rural Kenya

Mary B. Adam, Maria Dillmann, Mei-kuang Chen, Simon Mbugua, Joram Ndung’u, Priscilla Mumbi, Eunice Waweru, Peter Meissner

Prenatal Exposure to Maternal Bereavement and Childbirths in the Offspring: A Population-Based Cohort Study

Oleguer Plana-Ripoll, Jørn Olsen, Per Kragh Andersen, Guadalupe Gómez, Sven Cnattingius, Jiong Li

Scaling-Up Access to Family Planning May Improve Linear Growth and Child Development in Low and Middle Income Countries

Günther Fink, Christopher R. Sudfeld, Goodarz Danaei, Majid Ezzati, Wafaie W. Fawzi

Evaluating the Impact of Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV in Malawi through Immunization Clinic-Based Surveillance

Michele A. Sinunu, Erik J. Schouten, Nellie Wadonda-Kabondo, Enock Kajawo, Michael Eliya, Kundai Moyo, Frank Chimbwandira, Lee Strunin, Scott E. Kellerman

The Impact and Cost of Scaling up Midwifery and Obstetrics in 58 Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Linda Bartlett, Eva Weissman, Rehana Gubin, Rachel Patton-Molitors, Ingrid K. Friberg

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