COVID-19, Maternal and Child Health, and Nutrition

What Does the Science Tell Us?

This repository is compiled by the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health and provides an overview of what peer-reviewed journal articles currently state on COVID-19, maternal and child health (including infants), and nutrition. As the pandemic is ongoing, more and more research results are published. With this service, we aim to provide the user with a snapshot of what is published with updates every week. We hope that you will learn and benefit from the articles presented here.
 





 

UPDATE 26 January 2021: Since our last update Tuesday, 19 January 2021 we have added 128 NEW publications for January (71 new), December (20 new), November (31 new), October (2 new), September (1 new), July (1 new), May (1 new), and April (1 new).

Individual months are located on the right-hand side, and new additions are marked in blue. To find the publication or topic of your interest, you can search in an individual month file using the Ctrl+F keys.

All publications provide emerging evidence related to COVID-19 and

  • Child health (from neonates to adolescents)
  • Maternal health (pregnant women, women of reproductive age)
  • Breastfeeding and Infant feeding
  • Nutrition (related to MCH)

In addition to several international reviews, this update provides emerging evidence from the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Brazil, Spain, Nigeria, India, Israel, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Australia, Sweden, China, Japan, Turkey, Korea, Oman, Cyprus, Italy, the Netherlands, Canada, Ethiopia, Jordan, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Russia, Egypt, Mexico, Belgium, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, and Cambodia.

New publications frequently discuss the impacts of COVID-19 lockdowns on child and adolescent health. One study examined changes in body mass index, lipid profiles, and vitamin D levels among school-aged children following 6 months of school closures; another assessed the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on children’s oral health. Several new studies reported changing patterns in pediatric hospitalization during the COVID-19 pandemic while others sought to identify factors that might predict hesitancy among parents to seek emergency care for their children. Several known risk factors for child maltreatment have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, such as social isolation, recent employment loss, and housing instability. One article presents current evidence on community-level child abuse prevention programs, identifying programs that may be well-suited for adaptation during the COVID-19 pandemic

Several new publications focus on COVID-19, pregnancy, and neonatal health. A recent international study reported the incidences of miscarriage, fetal growth restriction, stillbirth, pre-term birth, and neonatal transmission among pregnant women with SARS-CoV-2. Another study examined placental pathological changes among SARS-CoV-2 infected women in their third trimester of pregnancy. Other researchers focused on the impact of hospital policies to reduce SARS-CoV-2 transmission. While one article centered on universal screening for SARS-CoV-2 among pregnant women admitted for delivery, another discussed the effect of extended hospital stays, lack of skin-to-skin contact, limited maternal milk use, and discharge to caregivers outside primary residences on the neonatal microbiome. Several articles also discuss the effect of the pandemic on pregnant women, evaluating factors like diet, physical activity, sleeping patterns, social wellbeing, mental health, and financial security.

This is by no means an exhaustive list! Look out for our next update Tuesday, 2 February 2021. Currently, we have over 4400 publications in the repository.
 

To subscribe to receive weekly updates on this repository or our special repository on COVID-19, Breastfeeding, Infant Feeding, and Breast Milk (updated every two weeks) please contact Mija Ververs at mververs@jhu.edu.


***NEW UPDATE 27 January 2021 - Specific repository only on COVID-19, Breastfeeding, Infant Feeding, and Breast Milk. 

Next update expected:  Wednesday 10 February 2021 (every two weeks)

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WEBINAR

Monday 6 April: 

Save the Children, UNICEF, Safely Fed Canada and Center for Humanitarian Health, John Hopkins University, with the support of the Tech RRT and the IFE Core Group, presents a webinar on Protecting, promoting and supporting IYCF during the COVID-19 pandemic: reflections and recommendations.

 Video is available here.   

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