International research on health of Europe’s pregnant migrants

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A new project looking at ways to improve maternal health of migrant women across Europe has been launched by academics of the Radboudumc and other European institutions.
The Operational Refugee and Migrant Maternal Approach (ORAMMA) project has been funded by the European Union’s Health Programme and will seek to address the health inequalities experienced by pregnant migrants across the continent. Migrant pregnant women are one of the most vulnerable groups in our society with complex physical and psychosocial needs. Due to lack of knowledge about the health system in the host country , communication barriers and their often bad socio-economic position on one hand, and healthcare that is not tailored to their needs on the other hand, use of maternity care is less adequate and pregnancy outcomes worse compared to other women. Maria van den Muijsenbergh, professor of health disparities and person-centred integrated primary care, and Liselotte Raben, PhD candidate, are working with experts from other European universities and health organisations. The project will assess the current state of women’s health provision for migrants and refugees in project countries, develop a perinatal framework and an approach to perinatal healthcare which will feature multidisciplinary teams of experts, cultural doulas and community capacity building. At the start of 2018, the researchers will pilot the study’s recommendations and the first results will be broadcasted.

This research is conducted within the theme of Healthcare improvement science.

If you would like to know more about this project don’t hesitate to contact Liselotte Raben, or visit the ORAMMA website.

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Maria van den Muijsenbergh, professor of health disparities and person-centred integrated primary care


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