In June 2017, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine convened a roundtable to build on earlier discussions around research, feasibility and funding, and the politics of WASH and AMR. The roundtable moved beyond a purely microbiological framing and considered the differential risks and patterns associated with the three domains of household and community, […]
This collaborative research, published in Health Policy and Planning, provides an in-depth picture of the state of hygiene on maternity wards in Zanzibar to inform action. Hygiene was assessed in 2014 across all 37 facilities with a maternity unit in Zanzibar. Researchers used a mixed methods approach, including structured and semi-structured interviews, and environemntal microbiology. This […]
Soap Matters Newsletter April 2017 Edition
Global Health Action: Hygiene on maternity units: lessons from a needs assessment in Bangladesh and India
As the proportion of deliveries in health institutions increases in low- and middle-income countries, so do the challenges of maintaining standards of hygiene and preventing healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) in mothers and babies. Adequate water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and infection prevention and control (IPC) in these settings should be seen as integral parts of the […]
Soap Matters Newsletter December 2016 Edition
The Lancet: Drivers of maternity care in high-income countries: can health systems support woman-centred care?
In high-income countries, medical interventions to address the known risks associated with pregnancy and birth have been largely successful and have resulted in very low levels of maternal and neonatal mortality. In this Series paper, we present the main care delivery models, with case studies of the USA and Sweden, and examine the main drivers […]
Global Health Action: What are the threats from antimicrobial resistance for maternity units in LMICs?
Global attention towards antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and the threat it presents to current and future human health has soared in the last 2 years. A clear marker of this awakening is the presence of AMR as a priority topic at the 71st United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in late September 2016. Graham, W. et al. What […]
Maternal health is a big issue and is central to sustainable development. Each year, about 210 million women become pregnant and about 140 million newborn babies are delivered—the sheer scale of maternal health alone makes maternal well being and survival vital concerns. In this Series paper, we adopt primarily a numerical lens to illuminate patterns […]
Hygiene during childbirth is essential to the health of mothers and newborns, irrespective of where birth takes place. This paper investigates the status of water and sanitation in both the home and facility childbirth environments, and for whom and where this is a more significant problem. Gon G, Restrepo-Méndez MC, Campbell OMR, Barros AJD, Woodd […]