Maternal and perinatal Health Research collaboration, India (MaatHRI) is a UK-India collaboration for maternal and perinatal health research established in September 2018. MaatHRI means 'mother' in Sanskrit. Currently, MaatHRI includes sixteen hospitals across six states in India. This collaboration is led by Associate Prof. Manisha Nair from the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU), Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford.
Why is this research collaboration important?
Globally, each day about 800 women die from preventable complications during pregnancy and childbirth. India has the highest number of maternal deaths of any country. Each year more than 40,000 women die in the country from pregnancy and childbirth related complications and about 5 million pregnant women suffer a life-threatening complication.
MaatHRI has created a large and diverse platform for academics and scientists to conduct large-scale epidemiological research to improve maternal and perinatal health in a setting with a high burden of mortality and morbidity. Studies that are critical to informing policies and planning to address new and emerging complications in pregnancy can be quickly and efficiently rolled out through MaatHRI.
Continuing assessment of the impact of COVID-19-related disruptions on hospital births in India
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For more details please see Repeated monthly survey of severe maternal complications