Maternal and child health

8 September 2016

Evaluation of a maternal health care project in South West Shoa Zone, Ethiopia: before-and-after comparison

2017-08-11T15:20:40+02:008 September 2016|

Wilunda C., Tanaka S., Putoto G., Tsegaye A., Kawakami K.
Reproductive Health, 2016 September

This study assessed the maternal health services provided by Doctors with Africa CUAMM in Wolisso, Gori and Wonchi Districts, in Ethiopia’s central Oromia Region. It was based on an evaluation of four key parameters: pregnant women’s use of at least 4 prenatal visits; use of the three basic health services, i.e. blood pressure measurement and [...]

26 June 2016

Failed conservative management of a case of aplasia cutis congenita in a low-incomecountry

2016-06-26T10:25:56+02:0026 June 2016|

Wingi O., Cappellesso R., Arego R., Cuppini E., Muhelo A., Putoto G., Da Dalt L., Pizzol D.
Clinical Case Reports, 2016 June

Aplasia cutis congenita (ACC) is a rare disease characterized by the congenital absence of skin layers. While most commonly seen on the scalp, the disease can affect other parts of the body as well. Because safe, effective treatment for ACC has not yet been identified, managing the disease in newborns continues to be problematic. Moreover, surgery [...]

1 June 2016

Prune Belly Syndrome: case report of a failed management in a low-income country

2016-06-01T17:28:13+02:001 June 2016|

Schiavone M., Denysyuk O., Wingi O., Boscardin C., Galeazzo B., De Palma A., Putoto G., Pizzol D., Di Gennaro F..
EuroMediterranean Biomedical Journal, 2016 June

Prune Belly Syndrome (PBS) is a rare congenital syndrome characterized by three main features: abdominal wall flaccidity, bilateral intra-abdominal cryptorchidism and urological abnormalities. In this study we describe the case of a 2,600 gr baby, born at the Central Hospital of Beira, in Mozambique. Our study confirms that in a low-income country only conservative management [...]

1 June 2016

Maintaining Maternal and Child Health Services During the Ebola Outbreak: Experience from Pujehun, Sierra Leone

2016-06-01T11:30:02+02:001 June 2016|

Quaglio Q., Pizzol D., Bome D., Kebbie A. Bangura Z., Massaquoi V., Frasson C., Dalla Riva D., Putoto G.
Plos - Current Outbreaks, 2016 June

During the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, people’s confidence in the national health care system weakened, leading to a reduction in their use of health services. The main measures taken to control the epidemic in the country’s Pujehun District were the organization by local health authorities of a rapid response to the crisis, the sorting-out [...]

1 June 2016

On the way to universal coverage of maternal services in Iringa rural District in Tanzania. Who is yet to be reached?

2016-06-01T11:18:00+02:001 June 2016|

Straneo M., Fogliati P., Pellis I., Goodman C., Dalla Riva D., Kisika F., Mpuya E., Putoto G.
African Health Sciences, 2016 June

This study sought to assess the effectiveness of new strategies for tackling maternal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa including an expansion of reproductive health care coverage especially in areas where more vulnerable women lack access to primary health care services. The data was collected in Tanzania through household surveys of 464 recently-pregnant women in an area [...]

1 June 2016

Ambulance referral for emergency obstetric care in remote settings.

2016-06-01T11:12:58+02:001 June 2016|

Tsegaye A., Somigliana E., Alemayehu T., Calia F., Maroli M., Barban P., Manenti F., Putoto G., Accorsi S.
International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 2016 June

This retrospective study assessed the operation of an ambulance service set up for pregnant women needing transportation to EmOC healthcare facilities in a rural area of Ethiopia between 1 July and 31 December 2013. The service was available 24 hours a day and was free of charge. The majority (59.5%) of the women who requested [...]

1 May 2016

Is a woolen cap effective in maintaining normothermia in low-birth-weight infants during kangaroo mother care? Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

2016-05-01T11:29:00+02:001 May 2016|

Trevisanuto D., Putoto G., Pizzol D., Serena T., Manenti F., Varano S., Urso E., Massavon W., Tsegaye A., Wingi O., Onapa E., Segafredo G., Cavallin F.
Trials Journal, 2016 May

Neonatal hypothermia is one of the biggest challenges associated with the morbidity and mortality of preterm infants, especially in sub-Saharan African countries, where neonatal support therapy is very limited. Kangaroo mother care (KMC) is a low-cost method whose use is highly recommended whenever possible in order to maintain the body temperature of such infants. Despite [...]

1 May 2016

Gestational Diabetes: an overview with attention for developing countries

2016-05-01T11:20:06+02:001 May 2016|

Schiavone M., Putoto, G., Laterza F., Pizzol D.
Endocrine Regulations, 2016 May

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is defined as a glucose intolerance that occurs for the first time during pregnancy. It usually presents between 24 and 28 weeks gestation. At first patients have no particular symptoms; later, however, they can be affected by symptoms such as blurry vision, fatigue, skin infections, nausea, vomiting, and weight loss despite [...]

1 March 2016

Treating Pyloric Stenosis Medically in a Resource Poor Setting

2016-03-01T11:22:30+02:001 March 2016|

Bizzocchi A., Metz D.
Annals of Pediatrics and Child Health, 2016 March

Infantile hypertrophic pyloric stenosis (IHPS) is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders in infancy, one that frequently necessitates abdominal surgery. While in wealthier countries such operations are fairly routine and only rarely involve complications, in resource-poor settings the disorder can prove fatal for infants due to the lack of neonatal and pediatric surgeons in [...]

11 December 2015

Effect of a Neonatal Resuscitation Course on Healthcare Providers’ Performances Assessed by Video Recording in a Low-Resource Setting

2015-12-11T00:00:27+02:0011 December 2015|

Trevisanuto D., Bertuola F., Lanzoni P., Cavallin F., Matediana E., Manzungu O.W., Gomez E., Da Dalt L., Putoto G.
PLoS One, 2015 December

In Mozambique neonatal mortality is 34 neonatal deaths per 1,000 live births, accounting for approximately 35% of under-5 deaths. Around 25% of these neonatal deaths is linked to delivery-related events, in particular breathing problems. Indeed, the intervention of health care personnel is required when newborns are unable to breathe spontaneously, but in lower-income countries health [...]