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Title [sv]
Mödradödlighet och svår obstetrisk sjuklighet i ett globaliserat samhälle: Samband mellan medicinska, socioekonomiska och kulturella faktorer och rätten till vård på lika villkor för afrikans
Title [en]
Maternal mortality and severe obstetric morbidity in a globalised society ? Exploring medical, socioeconomic and cultural factors to improve equity in reproductive health among African women
Abstract [sv]
The aims are to find explanations for disparities in maternal morbidity in an ethnic context by identifying medical, socioeconomic factors and behaviours associated with maternal mortality. The research program is interdisciplinary, involving obstetrical as well as public health aspects, and anthropology. Epidemiology, clinical audits and interviews are used as methods. Materials will be pregnant women in developed and developing countries; immigrants in Sweden and ethnic groups in Rwanda. The important aspects of the planned investigations are that we will study indicators of inequity that gives better indication of women?s access to reproductive health opportunities. Severe morbidity (?near miss?) and mortality linked to pregnancy, among vulnerable groups with a lack of social network in situation of general instability (Rwanda) or after migration are the target groups. The knowledge from the studies will be reproductive health, social and economic consequences of obstetric complications; learning from near-miss events in health services; and improving quality of obstetric care through audit. It will yield a medical and culture-sensitive way to understand and prevent the tragic incidence of a dead woman. The researcher has previously shown effects of maternal country of origin, suboptimal care on the risk of perinatal mortality. Earlier research has also focused on maternal mortality, female circumcision, and sexual health among immigrants and ethnic groups in Latinamerica.
Principal InvestigatorEssén, Birgitta
Coordinating organisation
Uppsala University
2011-01-01 - 2016-12-31
National Category
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
DiVA, id: project:3976Project, id: 2010-01077_VR

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