Kenya: With No School Amid Pandemic, Kenyan Girls Fall Prey to Pregnancy Risks

[Global Sisters Report] Machakos -- Sarah, who is four months pregnant, ponders her fate as she sits in front of her house - watching her peers play outside their homestead in this settlement located 39 miles southeast of the capital, Nairobi. With her kanga wrapper tied around her bust and another colorful one on her waist, Sarah says she will not be returning to school even when coronavirus restrictions are eased.
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

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This study is a cross-sectional, web-based online survey conducted using a snowball sampling technique. A self-administered questionnaire prepared in Arabic and English was used to collect feedback from the general population on their knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions about the COVID-19 vaccine. Participants (n = 2022) from different regions of the country replied to the questions. The responses to the questions were recorded on a spreadsheet and analyzed using the SPSS software. Statistical analysis was performed using one-way ANOVA and non-parametric tests to draw conclusions about the results. Multivariate stepwise ...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Article Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Multiple pregnant women during the Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 pandemic presented with mental state disorders and elevated stress levels. As mental state disorders contribute to adverse neonatal outcomes and maternal mortality, it is imperative to focus on pregnant women's psychological and psychiatric conditions during the pandemic. It seems crucial to use screening tests to make early psychiatric diagnoses.PMID:34555951 | DOI:10.1080/02646838.2021.1976402
Source: Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Source Type: research
AbstractIntroductionThe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and the associated regulations issued to minimize risk of disease transmission seem to have had an impact on general mental health in most populations, but it may have affected pregnant women even more because of pregnancy-related uncertainties, limited access to healthcare resources, and lack of social support. We aimed to compare the mental health response among pregnant women with that in similarly aged women from the general population during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.Material and methodsFrom April 14 to July 3, 2020, 647 pregnant women ...
Source: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica - Category: OBGYN Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL RESEARCH ARTICLE Source Type: research
This study compared approximately 390,000 people who received the Company’s single-shot COVID-19 vaccine versus approximately 1.52 million unvaccinated people matched on age, sex, time, three-digit zip code, and comorbidities and predictors for COVID-19 infection severity.This study is a longitudinal cohort design, using robust propensity matching methods to create a comparator cohort to assess real-world VE. All analyses were performed using the Aetion Evidence Platform, which is a scientifically validated software that is also used by regulators, payers, and health technology assessment bodies to assess the safety,...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Innovation Source Type: news
In conclusion an individualized approach should be provided by a multidisciplinary team for the management of pregnant women with COVID-19 to achieve favorable outcomes.PMID:34536988 | DOI:10.3906/sag-2106-134
Source: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences - Category: General Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
Can Fam Physician. 2021 Sep;67(9):e257-e268. doi: 10.46747/cfp.6709e257. Epub 2021 Sep 14.ABSTRACTOBJECTIVE: To determine common sources of concern among pregnant individuals during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.DESIGN: A cross-sectional, open, online electronic survey from May 9, 2020, to June 14, 2020.SETTING: Electronic survey open internationally and advertised through Canadian-based social media platforms.PARTICIPANTS: Eligible participants understood English and had been pregnant during the COVID-19 pandemic (ie, were pregnant at the time of survey completion or had delivered an infant on or after ...
Source: Canadian Family Physician Medecin de Famille Canadien - Category: Primary Care Authors: Source Type: research
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has caused a global pandemic. The virus primarily affects the lungs where it induces respiratory distress syndrome ranging from mild to acute, however, there is a growing body of evidence supporting its negative effects on other system organs that also carry the ACE2 receptor, such as the placenta. The majority of newborns delivered from SARS-CoV-2 positive mothers test negative following delivery, suggesting that there are protective mechanisms within the placenta. There appears to be a higher incidence of pregna...
Source: Frontiers in Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
Conclusions The main challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic for perinatal women are the jeopardized GP &hospital services &psychological distress. It is imperative to incorporate telemedicine &virtual visits to tackle the burden of the COVID-19 pandemic. Perinatal women, are particularly vulnerable to the psychological impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic &societal lockdown, thus necessitating holistic interventions.PMID:34520646
Source: Ir Med J - Category: General Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
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