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School of Public Health
College of Health Sciences, Makerere University

Working with what you have: How the East Africa Preterm Birth Initiative used gestational age data from facility maternity registers

Preterm birth is the primary driver of neonatal mortality worldwide, but it is defined by gestational age (GA) which is challenging to accurately assess in low-resource settings. In a commitment to reducing preterm birth while reinforcing and strengthening facility data sources, the East Africa Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi-EA) chose eligibility criteria that combined GA and birth weight. This analysis evaluated the quality of the GA data as recorded in maternity registers in PTBi-EA study facilities and the strength of the PTBi-EA eligibility criteria.
Year of Publication
Plos One
Date Published
August 31, 2020
Type of Article
Research article
doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0237656