The College of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of the United Arab Emirates found that data on more than 8,000 pregnant women from the Emirates were collected as part of a “follow-up” survey, the first of its kind at the state level, Mother and Child Health Day. relied on data collection and analysis, from pregnancy to the child’s 16 years.
The following study aims to establish a pioneering platform for maternal and child health research in the UAE, providing a list of data that will allow researchers to study and link different maternal and child health outcomes with a range of factors that mothers and children are exposed to in the early stages of life.
The platform will provide new local evidence based on research on risks and expectations related to maternal and child health, helping to develop policies and programs to improve health and services for mothers and children in the country.
Associate Professor at the Institute of Public Health at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the study’s lead investigator, Dr. Luay Awad Ahmed, told Emirates Today that the study wants to provide data on maternal and child health. child and examine the factors affecting them in the prenatal stages, with Monitoring of the health of infants, children and adolescents in the future, indicating that recruitment of participants began in October 2017 and the study managed to attract almost 8,000 participants, since last November .
He explained that the data would allow research into influencing factors and practices and health outcomes, including lifestyle, behavior, environment, social, economic and demographic factors, as well as other cases, including maternal overweight, diabetes during pregnancy, preterm birth, preeclampsia and Caesarean section.
Additional areas of research
The following study includes additional areas of research such as birth complications, birth weight, birth defects, breastfeeding, infant growth, childhood obesity, asthma, diabetes, as well as injury, cognitive function, and mental health.
“The study monitors the health of infants, children and adolescents in the future.”
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