Presentation Julius Global Health at ISSHP and NVTG
19 November 2014
Julius Global Health presents at the International Society of the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy (ISSHP) and the Dutch Society for Tropical Medicine and International Health (NVTG) During two conferences in October 2014, Julius Global Health students presented work conducted in the past half year: Tessa Raams, Eva van der Linden, Stephanie Sondaal, Alexander Borgstein, Verena Schrier and Joyce Browne.
At the Dutch Society for Tropical Medicine and International Health on October 22nd, three presentations were given by Julius Global Health associates. Tessa Raams (MD) presented her systematic review on task shifting in the Active Management of the Third Stage of Labour (AMTSL). AMTSL is a series of steps to prevent severe bleeding after delivery (postpartum hemorrhage), one of the primary causes of maternal mortality. Women delivering at home in a low-resource setting are at most risk to suffer from severe bleeding after delivery. Task-shifting from highly trained health professionals (gynecologists, midwives) to community health workers or pregnant women themselves, has been explored as an alternative to provide better care. Eva van der Linden (BSc Medicine student) evaluated whether overweight and obese pregnant women in Accra in Ghana had a higher risk of adverse outcomes for mother and child. She found that obesity was related to poor outcomes for both mother and child, including a higher risk for Caesarian sections, hypertensive disorders in pregnancy, and very heavy infants (macrosomia). Stephanie Sondaal (MSc Medicine student) and Alexander Borgstein (BSc University College Utrecht student) presented a systematic review on mhealth as an intervention to improve maternal and neonatal care in low- and middle income countries. These countries face both a high maternal and neonatal mortality, as well as an exceptionally good mobile phone coverage. Stephanie and Alexander observed that the use of mhealth likely improves maternal and neonatal health, after having assessed all published studies reporting on mhealth.Joyce Browne (PhD student) and Verena Schrier (MSc student) presented at the conference of the International Society of the Study of Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy (ISSHP) in New Orleans, 26-29 October, USA. They conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis on the association between HIV, antiretroviral therapy and hypertensive disorders in pregnancy. The presentation and visit was supported by an ISSHP Young Investigator’s Travel Award, the Circulatory Health Travel Grand, the KNAW- Van Walree Beurs and the Dutch Patient Foundation “Stichting HELLP-syndrome”.Every year, Julius Global Health offers a number of scientific internships to students with a strong interest in Global Health. If you would like more information about internship opportunities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For an overview of all Julius Global Health ongoing projects, please visit this page .