Accra Birth Cohort Research Team Donates Digital Neonatal Scales to Enhance Maternal and Child Health Care

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Accra Birth Cohort Research Team Donates Digital Neonatal Scales to Enhance Maternal and Child Health Care

In a heartwarming display of solidarity and dedication to the well-being of mothers and infants in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA), the Accra Birth Cohort (ABC) research team has generously donated digital neonatal scales to 30 healthcare facilities.

The leadership of this initiative includes Drs. Allison Hughes from the University of Ghana and Raphael E. Arku from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The donation of digital neonatal scales aims to bolster Ghana’s ongoing efforts to provide high-quality maternal and child healthcare services across the nation. Dr. Hughes emphasized the significance of these scales, stating,

“The scales will help nurses and midwives in the maternity units to accurately document the birthweights of newborns in the metropolis, which is an important indicator of child health and survival.”

The Accra Birth Cohort project, led by Drs. Hughes and Arku, seeks to examine the impact of air and noise pollution on maternal health, pregnancy, and birth outcomes in the GAMA. Additionally, the study will assess the correlation between pollution and respiratory infections among infants in Accra. The ambitious ABC project aims to recruit 5,000 pregnant women across 30 facilities in the GAMA, offering valuable insights into how environmental factors influence the health of pregnant women and their babies.

Expressing gratitude for the support received, the ABC team hopes that this donation will contribute to the improved documentation of birthweights, a critical health indicator for newborns. The healthcare facilities that benefited from this generous initiative include LEKMA Hospital, Tema General Hospital, Adabraka Polyclinic, The Ghana Police Hospital, University of Ghana Hospital, and Ridge Hospital, among others. The ABC team recognizes and appreciates the collaborative efforts of the staff in these institutions.

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