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A global group of experts has established research priorities addressing care for women prior to pregnancy, in a consensus statement published in PLOS Medicine. Sohni Dean and Zulfiqar Bhutta from the Aga Khan University, Karachi, collaborated with colleagues to identify the most important research areas for preconception care that need to be addressed in order to reduce deaths and disability in women and children.Prevention of maternal and child mortality has featured prominently in the Millennium Development Goals and the subsequent follow-up targets, but to date there has been little focus on how better preparation for pregnancy could impact on these deaths. The aim of preconception care is to improve outcomes for women, mothers and babies by ensuring that a woman enters pregnancy in the best state possible, but little work has been undertaken on interventions that achieve this purpose. International experts in maternal and child health used a meticulous process to highlight the topics for prioritization in low and middle-income countries, which have the greatest burden of maternal and child deaths. They examined what was already known and then worked through several stages to reach a consensus. The top-scoring research areas were the cost-effective integration of preconception care into wider health-related programs, increasing health promotion and healthcare provision through community health workers, strategies for reducing women's exposure to tobacco smoke, prevention of pregnancies in adolescents, and promoting birth spacing. An accompanying Perspective from Joel Ray and colleagues at St Michael's Hospital, Toronto, (not involved in the study), welcomes this initiative and acknowledges the enormous amount of work that has gone into identifying the research priorities for this neglected area. They consider which personnel are best placed to deliver the interventions and indicate that improving female education and literacy are important components of the package to reduce maternal and child mortality.
Funding: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded the two-day meeting of MNCH experts that lead to the second iteration of this exercise. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
PLoS Med 10(9): e1001508. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001508
Authors: 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, Jose´ 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
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