The W&CHRC has three priority research themes:

Adolescent health

Improved pregnancy outcomes through life-cycle approach with the objective to assess the benefits of peri-conceptional and prenatal interventions on women (including adolescents) and child health.

Perinatal health

Continuum of care between prenatal and postnatal periods with the objective of testing the feasibility and impact of an enhanced continuum of care.

Sexual and Reproductive health

Access to and quality of woman and child health services including family planning and STI/HIV services, with the objective to assess the effectiveness and the efficiency of several interventions to improve access to quality care of W&C health services.

A list of specific research according to themes:

Research title Promotor
 Role of food supplements during pregnancy on child growth and development.  Kolsteren, Roberfroid
 Mycotoxin exposure through breast milk and infant growth  Kolsteren, Roberfroid
 Omega 3 fatty acids and infant growth  Kolsteren, Roberfroid
 Preparing for clinical trials with vaginal rings that protect women from HIV and unintended pregnancy.  Delvaux, Crucitti
LUCOMA: alternative approaches for treating moderate acute malnutrition in 6-24 month children in Burkina Faso Koslteren, Roberfroid
Early identification and community based approach for low birth weight infants Kolsteren, Criel
School based intervention to improve physical activity and diet of adolescents Kolsteren, Van Camp
Patient centred counselling to improve infants diets in Uganda Kolsteren, Roberfroid
Preventing malnutrition through cash transfer Kolsteren, Roberfroid
Village health teams to improve continuum of care to pregnant women and neonates in Uganda Kolsteren, Criel
Postpartum morbidity in Marrakech, Morocco Assarag, De Brouwere
Assessing the impact of fee exemption on maternal health in West Africa and Morocco: new tools, new knowledge (FEMHealth) Richard, Marchal, Dubourg, Meessen, De Brouwere
Maternal Death Surveillance System and Response in Morocco Abouchadi, De Brouwere
Impact of H4+ on maternal and neonatal outcomes in Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Zambia,Zimbabwe Corbex, Dubourg, Van der Vecken, De Brouwere

 

2016

  1. Tashobya CK, Dubourg D, Ssengooba F, Speybroeck N, Macq J, Criel B. A comparison of hierarchical cluster analysis and league table rankings as methods for analysis and presentation of district health system performance data in Uganda. Health Policy Plan. 2016 31: 217-228 http://heapol.oxfordjournals.org/content/31/2/217.abstract?etoc
  2. Mongbo V, Ouendo EM, De Brouwere V, Alexander S, Dujardin B, Buekens P, Makoutodé M, Zhang W. 2016. La césarienne de qualité : étude transversale dans 12 hôpitaux au Bénin. Revue d’Epidémiologie et de Santé Publique,
  3. Shahabuddin ASM, Noestlinger C, Delvaux T, Bardaji A, Sarker M, De Brouwere V, Broerse J. What influences adolescent girls’ decision-taking of contraceptive methods and childbearing? A qualitative exploratory study among married adolescent girls in Bangladesh. PLoS ONE. June, 2016
  4. Shahabuddin ASM, Delvaux T, Utz B, et al. Determinants and trends in health facility-based deliveries and caesarean sections among married adolescent girls in Bangladesh. BMJ Open 2016;6:e012424. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012424

2015

  1. De Brouwere V. [The Professionalization of Childbirth Care in the History of Western Countries: Lessons for the Developing Countries]. Meded. Zitt. K. Acad. Overzeese Wet./Bull. Séanc. Acad. R. Sci. Outre-Mer. 60 (2014-2): 319-336.
  2. Belaid L, Dumont A, Chaillet N, De Brouwere V, Zertal A, Hounton S, Ridde V. 2015. Protocol for a systematic review on the effect of demand generation interventions on uptake and use of modern contraceptives in LMIC. BMC Systematic Reviews, 4, 124. DOI 10.1186/s13643-015-0102-7
  3. Delamou A, Delvaux T, Utz B, Camara BS, Beavogui AH, Cole B, Levin K, Diallo M, Millimono S, Barry TH, El Ayadi AM, Zhang WH, De Brouwere V. 2015. Factors associated with loss to follow up in women undergoing repair for obstetric fistula in Guinea. Tropical Medicine & International Health 20, doi: 10.1111/tmi.12584
  4. Assarag B, Dujardin B, Essolbi A, Cherkaoui I, De Brouwere V. 2015. Consequences of severe obstetric complications on women’s health in Morocco: Please, listen to me! Tropical Medicine & International Health 20, doi:10.1111/tmi.12586.
  5. Utz B, Kolsteren P, De Brouwere V. 2015. Screening for Gestational Diabetes Mellitus: Are Guidelines From High-Income Settings Applicable to Poorer Countries? Clinical Diabetes Journals, 33 (3), 152-58. DOI: 0.2337/diaclin.33.3.152
  6. Delamou A, Dubourg D, Delvaux T, Kolie JS, Barry TH, Camara BS, Eddinton M, Beavogui AH, De Brouwere V. 2015. How the free obstetric care policy has impacted unmet obstetric needs in a rural health district in Guinea? PLoS One, 10, 6, 10.1371/journal.pone.0129162 [doi];PONE-D-15-00027 [pii]
  7. Bennis I, De Brouwere V, Ameur, B, Laamrani El Idrissi A, Chichaoui S, Sahibi H, Boelaert M. 2015. Control of cutaneous leishmaniasis caused by Leishmania major in Southeastern Morocco. Tropical Medicine & International Health, 20, 1297-1305. doi: 1111/tmi.12543
  8. Shahabuddin A.S.M., Delvaux T., Abouchadi S., Sarker M., De Brouwere V. 2015. Utilization of maternal health services among adolescent women in Bangladesh: A scoping review of the literature. Trop Med Int Health, 20, doi: 1111/tmi.12503
  9. Delamou A., Diallo M., Beavogui A. H., Delvaux T., Millimono S., Kourouma M., Beattie K., Barone M., Barry T. H., Khogali M., Edginton M., Hinderaker S. G., Zhang W. H., and De Brouwere V. 2015. Good clinical outcomes from a seven years holistic program of fistula repair in Guinea. Trop Med Int Health, 20, 6, 813-9, doi:10.1111/tmi.12489.
  10. Assarag B, Dujardin B, Delamou A, Meski FZ, De Brouwere 2015. Determinants of maternal near miss in Morocco: Too late, too far, too sloppy? PLOS ONE 10(1): e0116675. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0116675
  11. Sahel A, De Brouwere V, Dujardin B, Kegels G, Belkaab N, Alaoui Belghiti A. 2015. Implementing a nationwide quality improvement approach in health services: The Moroccan “Quality Contest” experience. Leadership in Health Services, 28,1,24-34.
  12. Sahel A, Alaoui Belghiti A, De Brouwere V, Valente Soares F, Kegels G, Belkaab N, Godin I, Ablefoni S, Schneider A, Dujardin B. 2015. A systemic approach to quality improvement in public health services: The Moroccan “Quality Contest”. Leadership in Health Services, 28,1,8-23.

2014

  • Verstraeten R, Van Royen K, Ochoa-Avilés A, Penafiel D, Holdsworth M, Donoso S, et al. A conceptual framework for healthy eating behavior in Ecuadorian adolescents: a qualitative study. PLoS ONE 2014;9(1):e87183.
  • Sahel A, Alaoui Belghiti A, Valente Soares F, De Brouwere V, Belkaab N, Godin I, Kegels G, Ablefoni S, Schneider A, Dujardin B. A systemic approach to quality improvement in public health services: The Moroccan “Quality Contest”. Leadership in Health Services , in Press.
  • De Brouwere V., Delvaux T., Leke R. Achievements and lessons learned from facility-based maternal death reviews in Cameroon. British Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics 2014; 121(Supp4), 71-74, DOI: 10.1111/1471-0528.12902
  • Magoha H, Kimanya M, De Meulenaer B, Roberfroid D, Lachat C, Kolsteren P. Association between aflatoxin M1 exposure through breast milk and growth impairment in infants from Northern Tanzania. World Mycotoxin J 2014;7(3):277-84.
  • Hosseini E, Lachat C, Mohammadifard N, Sarrafzadegan N, Kolsteren P. Associations of dietary glycemic index and glycemic load with glucose intolerance in Iranian adults. International Journal of Diabetes in Developing Countries 2014; [Epub ahead of print].
  • Nago ES, Lachat CK, Dossa RAM, Kolsteren PW. Association of out-of-home eating with anthropometric changes: a systematic review of prospective studies. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition 2014;54(9):1103-16.
  • Echoka E, Makokha A, Dubourg D, Kombe Y, Nyandieka L, Byskov J.
    Barriers to emergency obstetric care services: accounts of survivors of life threatening obstetric complications in Malindi District, Kenya.
    Pan Afr Med J. 2014;17(Supp 1):4.
  • Kimanya ME, Shirima CP, Magoha H, Shewiyo DH, De Meulenaer B, Kolsteren P, et al. Co-exposures of aflatoxins with deoxynivalenol and fumosinins from maize based complementary foods in Rombo, Northern Tanzania. Food Control 2014;41:76-81.
  • Van Lerberghe W, Matthews Z, Achadi E, Ancona C, Campbell J, Channon A, de Bernis L, De Brouwere V, Fauveau F, Fogstad H, Koblinsky M, Liljestrand J, Mechbal A, Murray SF, Rehr H, Richard F, Rathavy T, Turkmani S. Country experience with strengthening health systems and deploying midwives in high maternal mortality countries. The Lancet 2014; 384(9949), 1215-25.
  • Lachat C, Nago E, Roberfroid D, Holdsworth M, Smit K, Kinabo J, Pinxten W, Kruger A, Kolsteren P. Developing a sustainable nutrition research agenda in sub-Saharan Africa-findings from the SUNRAY Project. PLoS Med 2014;11(1):e1001593.
  • Delamou A, Koivogui A, Dubourg D, Delvaux T. Family planning in the Republic of Guinea: a need for better public commitment. Trop.Med.Int.Health 19 (1):65-73.
  • Richard F, Zongo S, Ouattara F. Fear, guilt and debts: an exploration of women’s experience and perception of caesarean birth in Burkina Faso, West Africa. International Journal of Women’s Health.
  • Corbex M. Bouzbid A, Hayet H, Boffetta P. Features of breast cancer in developing countries, examples from North-Africa. European Journal Of Cancer.
  • De Brouwere V, Zinnen V, Delvaux T, Leke R. Guidelines and tools for organizing and conducting maternal death reviews International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, doi: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2014.07.006.
  • Sahel A, Alaoui Belghiti A, De Brouwere V, Belkaab N, Kegels G, Dujardin B. Implementing a nationwide quality improvement approach in health services: The Moroccan “Quality Contest” experience. Leadership in Health Services, accepted in August 2014.
  • McEwan J, Underwood C, Corbex M.
    “Injustice! That Is the Cause”: A Qualitative Study of the Social, Economic, and Structural Determinants of Late Diagnosis and  Treatment of Breast Cancer in Egypt.
    Cancer Nurs. 2014 Jan 8
  • Ayiasi RM, Kasasa S, Criel B, Orach CG, Kolsteren P. Is antenatal care preparing mothers to care for their newborns? A community-based cross-sectional study among lactating women in Masindi, Uganda. BMC Pregn Childbirth 2014;14(114):1-11.
  • (101)     Andrade S, Ochoa-Aviles A, Lachat C, Escobar P, Verstraeten R, Van Camp J, et al. Physical fitness among urban and rural Ecuadorian adolescents and its association with blood lipids: a cross sectional study. BMC Pediatrics 2014;14(106):1-11.
  • Lanou H, Huybregts L, Roberfroid D, Nikièma L, Kouanda S, Van Camp J, Kolsteren P. Prenatal nutrient supplementation and postnatal growth in a developing nation: an RCT. Pediatrics 2014;133(4):e1001-e1008.
  • Ayiasi RM, Criel B, Orach CG, Nabiwemba E, Kolsteren P. Primary healthcare worker knowledge related to prenatal and immediate newborn care: a cross sectional study in Masindi, Uganda. BMC Health Serv Res 2014;14(65):1-11.
  • Compaoré D Georges, Sombié Issiaka, Ganaba Rasmané, Hounton Sennen, Meda Nicolas, De Brouwere Vincent and Borchert Matthias. Readiness of district and regional hospitals in Burkina Faso to provide comprehensive emergency obstetric and newborn care: a cross-sectional study. BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth, in Press
  • Saima H, Malik AU, Richard F.
    Stillbirth – a neglected priority: Understanding its social meaning in Pakistan.
    Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association.;64(3):331-3
  • De Brouwere V, Zinnen V, Delvaux T, Nana P, Leke R. Training health professionals in conducting maternal death reviews International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, doi:10.1016/j.ijgo.2014.07.005.
  • Nikièma L, Huybregts L, Kolsteren P, Lanou H, Tiendrebeogo S, Bouckaert K, Kouanda S, Sondo B, Roberfroid D. Treating moderate acute malnutrition in first-line health services: an effectiveness cluster-randomized trial in Burkina Faso. Am J Clin Nutr 2014;100(1):241-9.

2013

  • Bhojani U, Mishra A, Amruthavalli S, Devadasan N, Kolsteren P, De Henauw S, et al. Constraints faced by urban poor in managing diabetes care: patients’ perspectives from South India. Global Health Action 2013;6(22258):1-9.
  • Nabiwemba EL, Orach CG, Kolsteren P. Determining an anthropometric surrogate measue for identifying low birth weight babies in Uganda: a hospital-based cross sectional study. BMC Pediatrics 2013;13(54):1-7.
  • Lachat C, Otchere S, Roberfroid D, Abdulai A, Seret FMA, Milesevic J, Xuereb G, Candeias V, Kolsteren P. Diet and physical activity for the prevention of noncommunicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic policy review. PLoS Med 2013;10(6):e1001465.
  • Ayiasi MR, Van Royen K, Verstraeten R, Atuyambe L, Criel B, Garimoi CO, et al. Exploring the focus of prenatal information offered to pregnant mothers regarding newborn care in rural Uganda. BMC Pregn Childbirth 2013;13(176):1-11.
  • Belachew T, Lindstrom D, Hadley C, Gebremariam A, Kasahun W, Kolsteren P. Food insecurity and linear growth of adolescents in Jimma Zone, Southwest Ethiopia. Nutrition Journal 2013;12(55):1-10.
  • Belachew T, Lindstrom D, Gebremariam A, Hogan D, Lachat C, Huybregts L, et al. Food insecurity, food based coping strategies and suboptimal dietary practices of adolescents in Jimma zone southwest Ethiopia. PLoS ONE 2013;8(3):e57643.
  • Van Royen K, Lachat C, Holdsworth M, Smit K, Kinabo J, Roberfroid D, et al. How can the operating environment for nutrition research be improved in sub-Saharan Africa? The views of African researchers. PLoS ONE 2013;8(6):e66355.
  • De Boevre M, Jacxsens L, Lachat C, Eeckhout M, Di Mavungu JD, Audenaert K, et al. Human exposure to mycotoxins and their masked forms through cereal-based foods in Belgium. Toxicology Letters 2013;218(3):281-92.
  • De Brouwere V, Lewis G, Filippi V, Delvaux T, Beyeza-Kashesya J, Gebrehiwot Y, Bique C, Taylor D.
    Maternal Death Reviews
    Lancet. 2013 May 18;381(9879):1718-9.
  • Katz J, Lee ACC, Kozuki N, Lawn JE, Cousens S, Blencowe H, Ezzati M, Bhutta ZA, Marchant T, Willey BA, Adair L, Barros F, Baqui AH, Christian P, Fawzi W, Gonzalez R, Humphrey J, Huybregts L, Kolsteren P, Mongkolchati A, Mullany LC, Ndyomugyenyi R, Nien JK, Osrin D, Roberfroid D, Sania A, Schmiegelow C, Silveira MF, Tielsch J, Vaidya A, Velaphi SC, Victora CG, Watson-Jones D, Black RE. Mortality risk in preterm and small-for-gestational age infants in low-income and middle-income countries: a pooled country analysis. Lancet 2013;382(9890):417-25.
  • Bhojani U, Beerenahalli TS, Devadasan R, Munegowda C, Devadasan N, Criel B, et al. No longer diseases of the wealthy: prevalence and health-seeking for self-reported chronic conditions among urban poor in Southern India. BMC Health Serv Res 2013;13(306):1-10.
  • Verstraeten R, Lachat C, Ochoa-Avilés A, Hagströmer M, Huybregts L, Andrade S, et al. Predictors of validity and reliability of a physical activity record in adolescents. BMC Public Health 2013;13(1109):1-11.
  • Huybregts L, Roberfroid D, Lanou H, Meda N, Taes Y, Valea I, et al. Prenatal lipid-based nutrient supplements increase cord leptin concentration in pregnant women from rural Burkina Faso. J Nutr 2013;143(5):576-83.
  • Christian P, Lee SE, Angel MD, Adair LS, Arifeen SE, Ashorn P, et al. Risk of childhood undernutrition related to small-for-gestational age and preterm birth in low- and middle-income countries. Int J Epidemiol 2013;42(5):1340-55.
  • Atek M, Traissac P, El Ati J, Laid Y, Aounallah-Skhiri H, Eymard-Duvernay S, et al. Obesity and association with area of residence, gender and socio-economic factors in Algerian and Tunisian adults. PLoS ONE 2013;8(10):e75640.
  • Huybregts L, Roberfroid D, Lanou H, Meda N, Taes Y, Valea I, D’Alessandro U, Kolsteren P, Van Camp J. Prenatal lipid-based nutrient supplements increase cord leptin concentration in pregnant women from rural Burkina Faso. J Nutr 2013;143(5):576-83.
  • Abouchadi S, Alaoui AB, Meski FZ, Bezad R, De Brouwere V.
    Preventable maternal mortality in Morocco: the role of hospitals
    Trop Med Int Health. 2013 Apr;18(4):444-50. doi: 10.1111/tmi.12065. Epub 2013 Jan 29.
  • Christian P, Lee SE, Angel MD, Adair LS, Arifeen SE, Ashorn P, Barros FC, Fall CH, Fawzi WW, Hao W, Hu G, Humphrey JH, Huybregts L, Joglekar CV, Kariuki SK, Kolsteren P, Krishnaveni GV, Liu E, Martorell R, Osrin D, Persson LA, Ramakrishnan U, Richter L, Roberfroid D, Sania A, ter Kuile FO, Tielsch J, Victora CG, Yajnik CS, Yan H, Zeng L, Black RE. Risk of childhood undernutrition related to small-for-gestational age and preterm birth in low- and middle-income countries. Int J Epidemiol 2013;42(5):1340-55.
  • Kozuki N, Lee ACC, Silveira MF, Sania A, Vogel JP, Adair L, Barros F, Caulfield LE, Christian P, Fawzi W, Humphrey J, Huybregts L, Mongkolchati A, Ntozini R, Osrin D, Roberfroid D, Tielsch J, Vaidya A, Black RE, Katz J. The associations of parity and maternal age with small-for-gestational-age, preterm, and neonatal and infant mortality: a meta-analysis. BMC Public Health 2013;13(Suppl. 3):S2.
  • White J, Delvaux T, Chhea C, Saramony S, Ouk V, Saphonn V.
    The Linked Response: Lessons Emerging from Integration of HIV and Reproductive Health Services in Cambodia
    AIDS Res Treat. 2013;2013:504792. doi: 10.1155/2013/504792. Epub 2013 Jan 31.
  • Vygen SB, Roberfroid D, Captier V, Kolsteren P. Treatment of severe acute malnutrition in infants aged <6 months in Niger. J Pediatr 2013;162(3):515-21.e3.