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Alliance for Maternal and Newborn Health Improvement (AMANHI) Study


Sylhet District, Bangladesh


The Alliance for Maternal and Newborn Health Improvement (AMANHI) study in Sylhet district, Bangladesh, is using ongoing newborn intervention trials to obtain data critical to maternal, fetal and newborn health. 

Study Objectives

  • Identify causes of maternal deaths, newborn deaths and stillbirths using standardized verbal autopsy
  • Measure morbidities during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period; and identify their associations with outcomes such as stillbirths, preterm births and intrauterine growth retardation
  • Identify simpler tools that community health workers can use to detect preterm births
  • Create a bio-repository of maternal, newborn and paternal biological samples to detect biological and genetic markers of adverse pregnancy outcomes

Key Facts

About The Network

  • The Alliance for Maternal and Newborn Health Improvement includes investigators from ongoing community-based studies on maternal and newborn health interventions in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, as well as the World Health Organization
  • Investigators study pregnant women and newborns at 11 sites in 8 countries: Bangladesh, DRC, Ghana, India, Kenya, Pakistan, Tanzania and Zambia
  • Data are collected using commonly agreed upon definitions and methods

Principal Investigator

Abdullah H. Baqui, JHSPH

Local Principal Investigator

Mohammed Abdul Quaiyum, ICDDR,B


  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • World Health Organization

Study Team

Projahnmo Study Group in Bangladesh