Special Issue "Maternal Children Health and Family Planning"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Women's Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.
Despite the rapid development of medical and public health practice and interventions, maternal and child health (MCH) remains a public health challenge of global concern. Various factors causing of maternal, infant and child morbidity and mortality may combine, resulting in poor maternal health and birth outcomes. Health conditions unique to women, the impact of traumas on pregnancy outcomes and genetic expression, and preconception and interconception health underscore social, structural and systemic inequities in approaches to care for vulnerable populations. Improving the health of mothers, infants and children remains an important public health priority.
It is recognized that efforts toward this end must identify the links between the social determinants of health and maternal, child and family health outcomes. One such identified link that has universally proven to be an impactful factor whose management can improve MCH outcomes is targeted family planning. Family planning as an intervention strategy is cost-effective in the short and long term. As a policy for practice, it focuses on women’s empowerment and works to reduce the causes of poor social and health outcomes and the challenges experienced by children and families, including poverty. Evidence from many studies makes clear that effective family planning has helped women and men to exercise their rights in making voluntary and informed decisions on the spacing of childbirth and the number of children they would like to have, as well as on sexual reproductive health and on key issues for women regarding birth, prenatal and postpartum care, prevention of the leading causes of maternal mortality and contemporary strategies to improve related outcomes. Furthermore, family planning has proven helpful in reducing health risks for mothers and children and the burden of life difficulties in at-risk populations in middle- and low-income countries.
This Special Issue seeks to collect and publish evidence-based research studies on family planning and maternal and child health that will:
- Examine the relative health experiences and MCH outcomes in populations subject to social, economic, geographic, and health or healthcare disparities
- Evaluate risk factors and etiologies related to observed social, economic, geographic and health inequalities/disparities and provide an understanding of the factors that imped family planning and maternal and child health best practices.
- Study new or existing interventions, particularly for at-risk groups, designed to improve social, economic, policy, geographic and health outcomes in at-risk populations.
Rigorous quantitative and qualitative empirical studies, policy studies and high-quality systematic reviews will be considered.
Prof. Dr. Joseph Telfair
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