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Research conducted in the MORU Network on Mother and Child Health aims to improve the chance for mothers to survive delivery, and for healthy infants to survive the neonatal period and to thrive. Infections remain a major cause of mortality and morbidity and are closely tied to malnutrition, unsafe sex, unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene. Horizontal and vertical programmatic research implemented through community outreach and hospital based initiatives aims to reduce infectious mortality and morbidity.

Health care workers reading adult and child patients' heart rates

The MORU Tropical Health Network research on Mother and child health focuses on:

  • Preconceptual health and prevention of infection
  • Infection and anaemia and fetal and infant growth and development in the first 1,000 days
  • Medical and social interventions to reduce neonatal mortality
  • Locally appropriate tools to promote clinical care of mothers and children in low resource settings