Free online: BJOG International Reviews 2009

Published on 09/07/09

A special supplement containing reviews and commentaries pertinent to achieving MDGs 4 and 5 especially in low resource countries has been published online. Print copies were distributed at the FIGO Conference in Cape Town. The supplement has been edited by Andrew Weeks and Nynke van den Broek of the University of Liverpool and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and will be distributed free to clinicians in low resource settings.

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Andrew Weeks, Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics in Liverpool said, "We have 18 articles that cover issues central to women's health care in the developing world: skilled birth attendance, misoprostol dosages, health worker migration, neonatal care, VVF management and the millennium development goals are all included. We have also some lighter articles with some of the world's experts writing on topics as diverse as ‘how to teach’ and ‘how to advocate for political change’. And this is all mixed with a fascinating selection of photos. Look out for photos of the original Hawthorne factory (which gives its name to the Hawthorne effect), the tangled cords of monoamniotic twins, and a world map where the size of each country is proportional to its maternal mortality rate." Nynke van den Broek, Reader In Maternal and Newborn Health at LSTM added, "this collection is an important contribution to the international educational work of both the RCOG and LSTM. Much of the information provided in this supplement is only usually available in the grey literature and we are very glad to have this opportunity to present it to a wider audience including both programmes and clinical staff."

Phil Steer, Editor-in-Chief of BJOG welcomed the new supplement. "Providing health care in a low-resource setting requires very specific skills, and I am delighted to that we have produced this supplement to focus on them." The launch is timed to coincide with the FIGO conference in Cape Town in October and free copies will be available at the BJOG stand. The publication has been funded by DFID, WHO, Immpact and Gynuity.

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