• Daily Web

    Every year, 3 million babies die before they reach 1 month of age

    Every year more than a quarter of a million women die from pregnancy-related causes, and nearly 3 million babies die before they reach 1 month of age. It is in this regard, Preventing Maternal and Neonatal Death (PREMAND) project is working in rural Ghana to reverse this trend across four districts in the northern part of the country.

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  • University of Michigan Department of Global REACH

    Mapping Mortality: Visualizing maternal, neonatal mortality trends in Ghana

    A major effort to survey the location and circumstances of neonatal and maternal mortality incidents in rural Ghana is wrapping up after three years. The PREventing Maternal And Neonatal Death, or PREMAND, study under Assistant Professor of Learning Health Sciences and OB-GYN Cheryl Moyer catalogued and mapped hundreds of neonatal and maternal deaths across four districts in northern Ghana. Collected over an 18 month period, the information will help local health leaders identify trends and tailor interventions to their communities.

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  • Development Gateway

    Mapping Maternal and Neonatal Health Trends: The PREMAND Project

    Despite public health progress in many areas, mortality rates for mothers and newborns in low-resource environments remain stubbornly high – even where other health metrics have improved. Understanding why is a high priority for public health practitioners. Understandably, much of this data focuses on clinical causes of death: biomedical reasons like sepsis (infection) or hemorrhage. But, important as these clinical causes are, they do not happen in a vacuum. The PREMAND project – PREventing Maternal and Neonatal Deaths – is seeking to supplement clinical data with a better understanding of the social and environmental factors that affect outcomes for mothers and infants in northern Ghana. Development Gateway is building a tool to map that data, with the aim of helping communities and health workers better understand the role social and environmental factors play and how those factors vary by community and population.

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  • University of Michigan Department of Global REACH

    Why are mothers and babies dying?

    Hundreds of preventable maternal and neonatal deaths occur every day across the globe. A novel geographical mapping program in northern Ghana may challenge the way we think about treatment and solutions.

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  • University of Michigan Medical School

    UMMS awarded $1.44M to address maternal and neonatal mortality in Ghana

    The University of Michigan Medical School has been awarded $1.44 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to examine the social, cultural and behavioral factors influencing maternal and neonatal mortality in northern Ghana in West Africa.

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