Gloria Quansah Asare

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OBJECTIVE To report on a rigorous distribution and monitoring plan to track misoprostol for community-based distribution to reduce postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) in rural Ghana. DESIGN Operations research. SETTING Rural Ghana. SAMPLE Women in third trimester of pregnancy presenting to primary health centres (PHCs) for antenatal care (ANC). METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND Slow progress has been made in achieving the Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 in Ghana. Ensuring continuum of care (at least four antenatal visits; skilled birth attendance; postnatal care within 48 hours, at two weeks, and six weeks) for mother and newborn is crucial in helping Ghana achieve these goals and beyond. This study examined the(More)
OBJECTIVE the percentage of births attended by health professionals is widely used to measure skilled attendance. This indicator is based on women's reports of their birth attendant. This study explores how women identify health professionals attending their births. DESIGN exit interviews, focus groups, in-depth interviews and a community survey.(More)
OBJECTIVE To report on Phase 1 of an operations research study designed to reduce postpartum hemorrhage (PPH)-related morbidity and mortality in rural Ghana. METHODS Phase 1 of the study-which included a needs assessment, community sensitization, implementation of blood collection drapes, training of service providers, and baseline data(More)
BACKGROUND Kangaroo mother care (KMC) is a safe and effective method of caring for low birth weight infants and is promoted for its potential to improve newborn survival. Many countries find it difficult to take KMC to scale in healthcare facilities providing newborn care. KMC Ghana was an initiative to scale up KMC in four regions in Ghana. Research(More)
BACKGROUND In many countries, pregnancy tests are not freely available in family planning clinics. As a result, providers sometimes deny services to non-menstruating clients due to uncertainty about pregnancy. Few clients are actually pregnant, yet denied clients run the risk of becoming pregnant, and those sent to pharmacies pay inflated prices for(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether integrating family planning (FP) messages and referrals into facility-based, child immunization services increase contraceptive uptake in the 9- to 12-month post-partum period. METHODS A cluster-randomized trial was used to test an intervention where vaccinators were trained to provide individualized FP messages and(More)
BACKGROUND Continuum of care has the potential to improve maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) by ensuring care for mothers and children. Continuum of care in MNCH is widely accepted as comprising sequential time (from pre-pregnancy to motherhood and childhood) and space dimensions (from community-family care to clinical care). However, it is unclear(More)
BACKGROUND Young people aged 10-24 years represent one-third of the Ghanaian population. Many are sexually active and are at considerable risk of negative health outcomes due to inadequate sexual and reproductive health knowledge. Although growing international evidence suggests that parent-child sexual communication has positive influence on young people's(More)
OBJECTIVES To compare the prevalence of iron deficiency among Ghanaian children in different residential settings and to see whether 200mg ferrous fumerate B.P. could correct iron deficiency anaemia in observed cases of iron deficiency. DESIGN Prospective case-finding study using an iron-deficiency society questionnaire, laboratory data and general(More)