New articles in the GANM Library: SARS-CoV-2 related to communicable diseases, pregnancy, and women's health

Jul 19, 2020

Dear GANM community,


This week’s addition to the GANM library includes new findings surrounding COIVD-19 as it relates to pregnancy and the impact it has on various communicable diseases. Additionally, we would like to present to you an article discussing the current crises facing women and children’s health across the globe. 



Khalil, A., von Dadelszen, P., & Draycott, T. (2020). Change in the incidence of stillbirth and preterm delivery during the COIVD-19 pandemic. JAMA. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.12746


Recently, high rates of preterm and cesarean delivery have been reported in women with COVID-19. Due to a lack of sufficient evidence, scientists are now seeking to understand the impact of this on pre-term and stillbirth rates. Findings include a significantly higher stillbirth rate during the pandemic period than during the pre-pandemic period.



Hogan, A. B., Jewell, B. L., Sherrard-Smith, E., Vesga, J. F., Watson, O. J., Whittaker, C., Hamlet, A., Smith, J. A., Winskill, P., Verity, R., Beguelin, M., Lees, J. A., Whittles, L. K, Ainslie, K. E. C., Bhatt, S., Boonyasiri, A., Brazeau, N. F., Cattarino, L., Cooper, L. V., … Hallett, T. B. (2020). Potential impact of the COVID-10 pandemic on HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria in low-income and middle-income countries: A modelling study. The Lancet.


HIV, tuberculosis and malaria are among the most prevalent communicable disease low- and middle-income countries face on a daily basis. Due to COVID-19 it is likely that disruptions to essential health services have occurred. Researchers recently set out to understand these disruptions and determine if they could lead to additional loss of life over the next 5 years. Findings include a potential 10%, 20% and 36% increase in death to HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria respectively over the next 5 years.



Phumaphi, J., Mason, E., Alipui, N. K., Cisnero, J. R., Kidu, C., Killen, B., Pkhakadze, G., Sen, G., Yamin, A. E., & Kuruvilla, S. (2020). A crisis of accountability for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health. The Lancet.


COVID-19 has adversely impacted every individual across the globe. The virus reaches far and wide and has begun to have detrimental effects on women’s, children’s, and adolescents’ health. Due to the pandemic many countries are now diverting critical funding to other resources rather than that of essential health services. This article discusses the implications of these actions and predicts the possible effect on countless people.

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