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Risk Prediction for Stillbirth and Neonatal Mortality in Low-resource Settings

Vivek V Shukla, Waldemar A Carlo

Keywords : Low- and middle-income countries, Mortality fetal, Mortality neonatal, Neonatal, Newborn infant, Preterm infants, Perinatal mortality, Resuscitation, Stillbirth

Citation Information : Shukla VV, Carlo WA. Risk Prediction for Stillbirth and Neonatal Mortality in Low-resource Settings. 2022; 1 (2):215-218.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-11002-0034

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 05-07-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2022; The Author(s).


High stillbirth and neonatal mortality are major public health problems, particularly in low-resource settings in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). Despite sustained efforts by national and international organizations over the last several decades, quality intrapartum and neonatal care is not universally available, especially in these low-resource settings. A few studies identify risk factors for adverse perinatal outcomes in low-resource settings in LMICs. This review highlights the evidence of risk prediction for stillbirth and neonatal death. Evidence using advanced machine-learning statistical models built on data from low-resource settings in LMICs suggests that the predictive accuracy for intrapartum stillbirth and neonatal mortality using prenatal and pre-delivery data is low. Models with delivery and post-delivery data have good predictive accuracy of the risk for neonatal mortality. Birth weight is the most important predictor of neonatal mortality. Further validation and testing of the models in other low-resource settings and subsequent development and testing of possible interventions could advance the field.

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