Ending preventable maternal and newborn deaths due to infection

Meghana Desale, Jadsada Thinkhamrop, Pisake Lumbiganon, Shamim Qazi, Jean Anderson

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Abstract

Over 300,000 maternal deaths occur each year, 11% of which are thought to be due to infectious causes, and approximately one million newborns die within the first week of life annually due to infectious causes. Infections in pregnancy may result in a variety of adverse obstetrical outcomes, including preterm delivery, pre-labor rupture of membranes, stillbirth, spontaneous abortion, congenital infection, and anomalies. This paper reviews the burden of disease due to key infections and their contribution to maternal, perinatal, and newborn morbidity and mortality, as well as key interventions to prevent maternal and newborn deaths related to these infections. Research needs include more accurate clinical and microbiologic surveillance systems, validated risk stratification strategies, better point-of-care testing, and identification of promising vaccine strategies.

Keywords

  • HIV
  • Malaria
  • Maternal sepsis
  • Neonatal sepsis
  • Respiratory syncytial virus
  • Syphilis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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