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Setting Research Priorities for Preconception Care in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Aiming to Reduce Maternal and Child Mortality and Morbidity

  • Sohni Dean,

    Affiliation: Division of Women & Child Health, the Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan

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  • Igor Rudan,

    Affiliation: Centre for Population Health Sciences, The University of Edinburgh Medical School, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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  • Fernando Althabe,

    Affiliation: Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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  • Aimee Webb Girard,

    Affiliation: Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, United States of America

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  • Christopher Howson,

    Affiliation: Global Programs, March of Dimes Foundation, White Plains, United States of America

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  • Ana Langer,

    Affiliation: Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, United States of America

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  • Joy Lawn,

    Affiliation: Saving Newborn Lives- Save The Children, Cape Town, South Africa

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  • Mary-Elizabeth Reeve,

    Affiliation: Global Programs, March of Dimes Foundation, White Plains, United States of America

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  • Katherine C. Teela,

    Affiliation: Global Health Program, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, United States of America

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  • Mireille Toledano,

    Affiliation: MRC-HPA Centre for Environment and Health, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Imperial College London, United Kingdom

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  • Chandra-Mouli Venkatraman,

    Affiliation: Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • José M. Belizan,

    Affiliation: Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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  • Josip Car,

    Affiliation: Global eHealth Unit, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom

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  • Kit Yee Chan,

    Affiliations: Centre for Population Health Sciences, The University of Edinburgh Medical School, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, Nossal Institute of Global Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

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  • Subidita Chatterjee,

    Affiliation: Virtual Institute for Advancement of Women, Children and Young People, India and Thailand

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  • Stanley Chitekwe,

    Affiliation: United Nations Children's Fund, Malawi

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  • Tanya Doherty,

    Affiliation: Health Systems Research Unit, Medical Research Council, South Africa and School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

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  • France Donnay,

    Affiliation: Global Health Program, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, United States of America

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  • Majid Ezzati,

    Affiliation: MRC-HPA Centre for Environment and Health, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Imperial College London, United Kingdom

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  • Khadija Humayun,

    Affiliation: Division of Women & Child Health, the Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan

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  • Brian Jack,

    Affiliation: Department of Family Medicine, Boston University, Boston, United States of America

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  • Zohra S. Lassi,

    Affiliation: Division of Women & Child Health, the Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan

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  • Reynaldo Martorell,

    Affiliation: Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, United States of America

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  • Ysbrand Poortman,

    Affiliation: International Genetic Alliance of parent and patient organizations and Preparing for Life, the Netherlands

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  • Zulfiqar A. Bhutta mail

    zulfiqar.bhutta@aku.edu

    Affiliation: Division of Women & Child Health, the Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan

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  • Published: September 03, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001508
  • Featured in PLOS Collections

About the Authors

Sohni Dean, Khadija Humayun, Zohra S. Lassi, Zulfiqar A. Bhutta
Division of Women & Child Health, the Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan
Igor Rudan, Kit Yee Chan
Centre for Population Health Sciences, The University of Edinburgh Medical School, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Fernando Althabe, José M. Belizan
Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Aimee Webb Girard, Reynaldo Martorell
Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, United States of America
Christopher Howson, Mary-Elizabeth Reeve
Global Programs, March of Dimes Foundation, White Plains, United States of America
Ana Langer
Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, United States of America
Joy Lawn
Saving Newborn Lives- Save The Children, Cape Town, South Africa
Katherine C. Teela, France Donnay
Global Health Program, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, United States of America
Mireille Toledano, Majid Ezzati
MRC-HPA Centre for Environment and Health, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Chandra-Mouli Venkatraman
Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
Josip Car
Global eHealth Unit, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom
Kit Yee Chan
Nossal Institute of Global Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Subidita Chatterjee
Virtual Institute for Advancement of Women, Children and Young People, India and Thailand
Stanley Chitekwe
United Nations Children's Fund, Malawi
Tanya Doherty
Health Systems Research Unit, Medical Research Council, South Africa and School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Brian Jack
Department of Family Medicine, Boston University, Boston, United States of America
Ysbrand Poortman
International Genetic Alliance of parent and patient organizations and Preparing for Life, the Netherlands

Corresponding Author

Email: zulfiqar.bhutta@aku.edu

Competing Interests

This work was funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, at which FD works as a Senior Program Officer and KCT worked as a Program Officer in the Family Health Division. ZAB is a member of the Editorial Board of PLOS Medicine. All other authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Analyzed the data: SD IR KYC. Wrote the first draft of the manuscript: SD IR. Contributed to the writing of the manuscript: ZAB. ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: SD IR FA AWG CH AL JL M-ER KCT MT C-MV JMB JC KYC SC SC TD FD ME KH BJ ZSL RM YP ZAB. Agree with manuscript results and conclusions: SD IR FA AWG CH AL JL M-ER KCT MT C-MV JMB JC KYC SC SC TD FD ME KH BJ ZSL RM YP ZAB. Prepared background review: SD ZSL ZAB. Significant contributions to developing and prioritising research options: SD IR FA AWG CH AL JL M-ER KCT MT C-MV JMB JC SC SC TD FD ME KH BJ ZSL RM YP ZAB.