Global Maternal Health Services

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Maternal and Pregnancy Health

Project

Maternal health is one of the biggest challenges that health systems in low- and middle-income countries are facing today. Whereas some countries have observed significant improvements in maternal and child health indicators, other countries have hit a plateau that costs the lives of hundreds of thousands of women and children around the world. This research program aims to understand maternal health service delivery in low- and middle-income countries. Currently, my team is focusing on Pakistan and South Asia – we will reorient our efforts to Middle East, North Africa, and South East Asia in the coming years.

Planned Projects

  1. Scoping Review of Maternal Health InterventionsWhat are the characteristics of initiatives, efforts, and interventions to improve and/or deliver maternal health services in Pakistan? 
  2. Teaching and Learning Methods Case: What are the considerations for conducting research on a low-income country?
  3. Policy Analysis: What are the characteristics of general and maternal health policy documents published in Pakistan?
  4. Systematic Review of Barriers to Access to Maternal Health Services (South Asia): What are the barriers to accessing maternal health services in South Asia?
  5. Systematic Review of Barriers to Access to Maternal Health Services (Middle East): What are the barriers to accessing maternal health services in the Middle East?
  6. Scoping Review of Lady Health Workers: What are the challenges lady health workers face practicing in rural communities?
  7. Needs Assessment on Barriers to Using Maternal Health Services: What challenges to urban and rural women face accessing maternal health services in metropolitan cities in Pakistan?
  8. Primary Qualitative Study on Challenges for Lady Health Workers: What social, economic, and cultural barriers do lady health workers face to practicing in rural communities in Pakistan?

Publications

  • Christy K, Kandasamy S, Majid U, Vanstone M*. (2021). Understanding Black women’s perspectives and experiences of cervical cancer screening: a systematic review and qualitative meta-synthesis. Journal of HealthCare for the Poor and 32(4): 1675-1697. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/837313
  • Kandasamy S, Jonathan Y, Majid U, Farrah K, Vanstone M*. (2021). Indigenous women’s experiences of cervical cancer screening: incorporating indigenous ways of knowing into a systematic review and meta-synthesis of qualitative research. Global Public Health. https://doi.org/10.1080/17441692.2021.2010115
  • Majid U*, Zahid M, Harold K, Zain S, Sood T. (2021). Challenges in the Socio-Cultural Milieu of South Asia: A Systematic Review of Community Health Workers. Rural and Remote Health, 21: 6774. https://doi.org/10.22605/RRH6774
  • Christy K, Kandasamy S, Majid U, Vanstone M*. (2021). Understanding Black women’s perspectives and experiences of cervical cancer screening: A systematic review and qualitative meta-synthesis. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and32(4): 1675-1697. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/837313
  • Saadat P, Zain S, Jameel B, Shaikh R, Bowen B, Majid U*. (2020). Maternal Health Policy Priorities in Pakistan: A Content Analysis of Policy Documents. Research Square. https://doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-113318/v1
  • Jameel B, Bhagaloo A, Rashid K, Majid U*. (2020). Conceptualizing “Access” of Maternal Health Services in Low-Resource Countries. Health Science Inquiry. https://doi.org/10.29173/hsi286
  • Majid U*, Zain S, Shaikh R, Jameel B. (2020). Uncommon Methodologies for Conducting Literature Reviews: Part 1 – A Policy Analysis of How Maternal Health Concepts Have Been Framed in Policy Documents of a Low-Income Country. SAGE Research Methods Cases. https://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781529734867
  • Zain S, Jameel B, Zahid M, Munir M, Kandasamy S, Majid U*. (2020). The Design and Delivery of Maternal Health Interventions in Pakistan: A Scoping Review. Healthcare for Women International. https://doi.org/10.1080/07399332.2019.1707833
    Contribution (%): 40
  • Majid U, Kandasamy S, Farah K, Vanstone M*. (2019). Women’s Preferences and Experiences of Cervical Cancer Screening in Rural and Remote Areas: A Systematic Review and Qualitative Meta-synthesis. Rural and Remote Health. 19:5190. https://doi.org/10.22605/RRH5190
  • Majid U, Kandasamy S, Arora N, Vanstone M*. (2019). HPV Testing for Primary Cervical Cancer Screening: A Health Technology Assessment – Patients’ Perspectives and Experiences Review. Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) HTA Review, p. 105-129. Accessible from: https://www.cadth.ca/sites/default/files/ou-tr/op0530-hpv-testing-for-pcc-report.pdf
  • Cernat A, De Freitas C, Majid U, Trivedi F, Higgins C, Vanstone, M*. (2019). Facilitating informed choice about non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT): A systematic review and qualitative meta-synthesis of women’s experiences. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 19(27): 1-15 https://doi.org/10.1186/s12884-018-2168-4
  • Vanstone M*, Cernat A, Majid U, Trivedi F, & De Freitas C. (2019). Perspectives of pregnant people and clinicians on noninvasive prenatal testing: a systematic review and qualitative meta-synthesis. Ont Health Technol Assess Ser [Internet]. 18 (No.): 1-38. Retrieved from: https://www.hqontario.ca/Portals/0/documents/evidence/reports/qualrep-noninvasive-prenatal-testing.pdf
  • Majid U, Kim C, Cako A, Gagliardi ARG*. (2018). Engaging Stakeholders in the Co-Development of Programs or Interventions using Intervention Mapping: A Scoping Review. PLOS One. 13(12): e0209826. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0209826

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