Point-of-Care Testing and Treatment to Improve Birth Outcomes in PNG

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In many resource-limited settings, curable STIs are causes of adverse maternal and neonatal health outcomes but remain undiagnosed in pregnancy because of the lack of suitable diagnostic technologies. We are undertaking the first effectiveness trial of novel, easy-to-use, and highly accurate point-of-care (POC) assays for STIs that will allow health staff to correctly diagnose and provide curative treatment during antenatal visits. We will compare birth outcomes between antenatal women who are offered POC STI testing with those who are not. We will evaluate the implementation requirements, costs and acceptability of antenatal POC STI testing and treatment compared to routine care.

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Supervisory team
Andrew
Vallely

Medicine
The Kirby Institute
John
Kaldor

Medicine
The Kirby Institute
Virginia
Wiseman

Medicine
Public Health and Community Medicine
avallely@kirby.unsw.edu.au

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