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A Final Update to the MHTF & PLOS Maternal Health Collection & Reflecting on our 3 Year Collaboration

In November 2011, PLOS and the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) embarked on a 3 year partnership aiming to highlight the needs of mothers and infants through the MHTF-PLOS Collection on Maternal Health. Today we announce the final update to the Year 3 Collection & introduce the Translating Research into Practice Series, featuring posts by collection authors describing the influence of their papers.

Image credit: Jack Zalium, Flickr
Image credit: Jack Zalium, Flickr

The collaboration between the MHTF at Harvard School of Public Health and PLOS has been reflected throughout 3 collections, each highlighting a variety of research articles and commentary that tie in with chosen, topical themes.

The third and final year’s theme, “Integrating Health Care to Meet the Needs of the Mother–Infant Pair”, was chosen with the aim to contribute to a better understanding of how and when to comprehensively integrate maternal and infant health care. This year’s collection has included work on conditions such as HIV, malaria, exposure to environmental risks, and other situations that have a significant impact on both maternal and infant health.

The latest articles to be featured in the third year of the collection include randomised trials by Dr. Clara Menéndez and colleagues exploring the preventive treatment of malaria in pregnant women and a systematic global mapping of maternity care services published in PLOS ONE by Dr. Ernestina Coast and colleagues.


The Translating Research into Practice Series Blog Series

In order to evaluate the impact of these collections, Speaking of Medicine is excited to share the MHTF’s Translating Research into Practice Series. To create this series, the MHTF followed up with selected authors from the 3 collections to reflect back on their articles and what has happened in terms of practice, policy, and further research since their work was published in PLOS.

Follow the series this week on Speaking of Medicine to hear the authors’ reflections of how their research can be leveraged to create sustainable change.


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