This comprehensive account of the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history examines its devastating effects on West Africa’s most vulnerable populations: pregnant women and children. Noted experts across disciplines assess health care systems’ responses to the epidemic in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, emphasizing key areas such as pregnancy, prenatal services, childbirth, neonatal care, and survivor health among pregnant and non-pregnant women. The 30 chapters hone in on gender-based social issues exacerbated during the outbreak, from violence against women and girls to barriers to female education. At the same time, chapters pinpoint numerous areas for service delivery and policy improvements for more coordinated, effective, and humane actions during future pandemics.
A sampling of the topics:
- Ebola virus disease: perinatal transmission and epidemiology
- Comprehensive clinical care for children with Ebola virus disease
- Maternal and reproductive rights: Ebola and the law in Liberia
- Ebola-related complications for maternal, newborn, and child health service delivery and utilization in Guinea
- The Ebola epidemic halted female genital cutting in Sierra Leone―temporarily
- Maternity care for Ebola at Médecins Sans Frontières centers
- Stigmatization of pregnant women with and without Ebola
- Exclusion of women and infants from Ebola treatment trials
- Role of midwives during the Ebola epidemic
Pregnant in the Time of Ebola is a powerful resource for public health specialists, anthropologists, social scientists, physicians, epidemiologists, nurses, midwives, and governmental and non-governmental agency staff studying the effects of the epidemic on women and children as a result of the most widespread Ebola outbreak to date.
About the Author
David A. Schwartz, MD, MS Hyg, FCAP, has an educational background in Anthropology, Medicine, Public Health, Emerging Infections, Women’s Health and Epidemiology. He sub-specializes in Obstetrical, Fetal, and Perinatal Pathology as well as Emerging Infections, and has a professional interest in reproductive health, and maternal and infant disease and death in both resource-rich and resource-poor countries. Dr. Schwartz has organized and directed large national and international investigations of health of women and children, obstetrical disease, perinatal pathology, and epidemiology for many government agencies including the CDC, NIH, and USAID, and has consulted and taught in these specialties in resource-poor nations. He has been a recipient of many grants, and was a Pediatric AIDS Foundation Scholar. He edited a newly-published book regarding anthropological and public health aspects of maternal morbidity and mortality in developing nations that was published in October, 2015 (Maternal Mortality: Risk Factors, Anthropological Perspectives, Prevalence in Developing Countries and Preventive Strategies for Pregnancy-Related Deaths), and was previously a co-editor of an award-winning 2-volume medical textbook on infectious diseases with Appleton-Lange Publishers (Pathology of Infectious Diseases. Volumes I and II). He is the editor of a 36-chapter text currently in progress for Springer, Maternal Health, Pregnancy-Related Morbidity and Death Among Indigenous Women of Mexico & Central America: An Anthropological, Epidemiological and Biomedical Approach. He has authored more than 120 peer-reviewed articles as well as 47 chapters in his specialty areas in the medical literature. Dr. Schwartz is an experienced editor, currently serving on the Editorial Boards of three major international journals, and is associate editor for one of them. He has previously taught at several universities, and is currently a clinical professor at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Schwartz has long experience at understanding and integrating the anthropological, biomedical, epidemiological, and public health aspects of emerging infectious diseases as they affect society, especially women and children. Both Drs. Schwartz and Abramowitz have recently been active in addressing aspects of the current global Zika virus situation.