Véronique G A Filippi

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BACKGROUND In Tanzania, more than 90% of all pregnant women attend antenatal care at least once and approximately 62% four times or more, yet less than five in ten receive skilled delivery care at available health units. We conducted a qualitative study in Ngorongoro district, Northern Tanzania, in order to gain an understanding of the health systems and(More)
BACKGROUND This study examines near-miss obstetric events in African hospitals as to the frequency, nature, and ratio of near miss to death and considers whether these could become useful indicators for monitoring the performance of obstetric services in Africa. METHODS Prospective or retrospective reviews of medical records were conducted in nine(More)
OBJECTIVE The K10 and K6 are short rating scales designed to detect individuals at risk for depressive disorder, with or without anxiety. Despite being widely used, they have not yet been validated for detecting postnatal depression. We describe the validity of these scales for the detection of postnatal depression in Burkina Faso. METHOD The English(More)
In Benin, a Francophone country in West Africa, maternity mortality has been estimated at between 473 and 990 deaths per 100,000 live births. Yet 92 per cent of women gave birth in either a public or private health centre, and almost all of them received antenatal care. This paper reports on an exploratory, qualitative study in 1995, among 19 women aged(More)
In this paper, we take a broad perspective on maternal health and place it in its wider context. We draw attention to the economic and social vulnerability of pregnant women, and stress the importance of concomitant broader strategies, including poverty reduction and women's empowerment. We also consider outcomes beyond mortality, in particular, near-misses(More)
OBJECTIVES To document the frequency of severe obstetric illness, and the intervals between admission or decision and life-saving surgery and the factors contributing to delays, which were reported during case reviews in two hospitals in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. METHODS The study was conducted in the teaching hospital in Cocody (CHUC) and the district(More)
Although much is known about the incidence and burden of preterm birth, its biological mechanisms are not well understood. While several studies have suggested that high levels of air pollution or exposure to particular climatic factors may be associated with an increased risk of preterm birth, other studies do not support such an association. To determine(More)
Substantial healthcare expenses can impoverish households or push them further into poverty. In this paper, we examine the cost of obstetric care and the social and economic consequences associated with exposure to economic shocks up to a year following the end of pregnancy in Burkina Faso. Burkina Faso is a low-income country with poor health outcomes and(More)
BACKGROUND Little is known about the health of women who survive obstetric complications in poor countries. Our aim was to determine how severe obstetric complications in Burkina Faso affect a range of health, social, and economic indicators in the first year post partum. METHODS We did a prospective cohort study of women with severe obstetric(More)
OBJECTIVES To estimate the incidence of maternal morbidity during labour and the puerperium in rural homes, the association with perinatal outcome and the proportion of women needing medical attention. DESIGN Prospective observational study nested in a neonatal care trial. SETTING Thirty-nine villages in the Gadchiroli district, Maharashtra, India. (More)