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Maternal and Perinatal Health in Developing Countries

Maternal and Perinatal Health in Developing Countries

Edited by J Hussein, Senior Clinical Research Fellow, Immpact, University of Aberdeen, UK, A McCaw-Binns, The University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica, R Webber, formerly London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

June 2012 / Hardback / 256 Pages / 9781845937454 £85.00 / €110.00 / $160.00
With 10% online discount: £76.50 / €99.00 / $144.00
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Main Description

The promotion of maternal health and mortality reduction is of worldwide importance, and constitutes a vital part of the UN Millennium Development Goals. The highest maternal mortality rates are in developing countries, where global and regional initiatives are needed to improve the systems and practices involved in maternal care and medical access. Taking a practical policy approach, this book covers the background and concepts underlying efforts to improve maternal and perinatal mortality, the current global situation and problems that prevent progress. It includes case studies and examples of successful strategies, recommends good practices, and provides a critical analysis of knowledge gaps to inform areas for future research.


Public health practitioners, policy makers, programme officers and agencies working in developing countries.


1. An introduction to maternal and perinatal health

2. The millennium development goals

3. The politics of progress: the story of maternal mortality

4. The epidemiology of maternal mortality

5. The epidemiology of stillbirths and early neonatal deaths


6. Health systems

7. Financing maternity care

8. Implementing clinical interventions within maternal health programmes

9. Medical conditions in pregnancy: preventing and managing indirect obstetric morbidity

10. Improving the availability of services

11. Geographical access, transport and referral systems

12. Demand for maternity care: beliefs, behaviour and social access

13. Empowering the community: BRAC’s approach in Bangladesh

14. Quality of care

15. Monitoring and evaluation

16. Addressing maternal health in emergency settings
'This book is timely and important. It is not just an easy to use reference text for those working in maternal and perinatal global health. Rather, it is a call to arms for all obstetric and neonatal trainees and clinicians…I urge you to read it.' PLOS Medicine

'The edited volume Maternal and Perinatal Health in Developing Countries provides an excellent
introduction to and comprehensive overview of maternal and perinatal health. The contributing
authors, who are leaders in the field of maternal health, bring strong academic credentials
and in-depth country experience from around the world.' – Studies in Family Planning

Hussein Julia Hussein trained as an obstetrician and gynaecologist in Ireland and the UK. She worked in Afghanistan as a clinician and then in 'public health obstetrics', implementing maternal mortality reduction programmes for UNICEF and the UK government in several countries in Asia and sub Saharan Africa. Currently at the University of Aberdeen, she is a senior researcher with interests in programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation, quality of maternity care and capacity strengthening.