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International Center for Maternal and Newborn Health

Maternal Genitourinary Infections and Adverse Perinatal Outcomes in Sylhet District, Bangladesh (MIST) Study

Bangladeshi women working together in a clinic


Sylhet District, Bangladesh


Complications associated with preterm birth are the leading cause of death in children under five years of age. There is strong evidence demonstrating the association of certain maternal genitourinary tract infections and preterm birth. Bacterial vaginosis and urinary tract infections affect women of reproductive age globally, but many of these infections are asymptomatic in pregnant women, and many of these women do not receive appropriate medical care in resource poor settings.  We have trained locally recruited women to serve as community health workers (CHW) who visit pregnant women in their homes to screen and treat for abnormal vaginal flora and urinary tract infections. 

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Principal Investigator

Abdullah H. Baqui 

Local Principal Investigator

Abdul Quaiyum, ICDDR,B


Study Team

Projahnmo Study Group in Bangladesh