Sewhareg Belay

Title: Intimate partner violence during pregnancy: Its effect on neonatal outcomes and assessment of knowledge and attitudes of Health care professionals towards intimate partner violence in Sidama zone, south Ethiopia.

Project summary: Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) has been acknowledged as an important public health and human right issue. In Ethiopia, very few studies were conducted regarding the magnitude and risk factors for IPV during pregnancy, its effect on maternal depression as well as on pregnancy outcomes. Therefore, this study will estimate the prevalence of intimate partner violence and evaluate its effect on maternal and child health, and assess the knowledge about it in the health system in Sidama zone, south Ethiopia. We shall include 606 pregnant women with a gestational age of 25 to 30 weeks in a baseline study with cross sectional design in Wondo Genet district and 145 health care professionals working in primary health care units in three purposively selected districts of Sidama zone. The pregnant women will be enrolled consecutively till the required sample size is met. All pregnant women recruited for the baseline study will be interviewed at enrollment and will have two follow up visits at 32 and 34 weeks, and birth weights will be taken as soon as possible after birth. This study will provide evidence valuable for the design of interventions aimed at improving the health status of women and indirectly contribute to the survival of newborns.

General objective: To estimate the prevalence of intimate partner violence and evaluate its effect on maternal and child health, and assess the knowledge about it in the health system in Sidama zone, south Ethiopia

Specific objectives:

  • To estimate the prevalence of intimate partner violence and maternal depression during pregnancy.
  • To investigate known and potential determinants of intimate partner violence.
  • To estimate the prevalence of maternal depression during pregnancy.
  • To investigate determinants of maternal depression.
  • To measure the association between intimate partner violence and the neonatal outcomes of low birth weight, preterm birth and stillbirth.
  • To assess the knowledge and attitude of health care professionals working in primary health care units about intimate partner violence in Sidama Zone, south Ethiopia.

Ethical approval: 19.01.17

Resarch Started  January 2017

Planned papers

  1. Prevalence and risk factors of intimate partner violence and maternal depression during pregnancy.
  2. Assessment of the effect of intimate partner violence on neonatal outcomes in Sidama Zone.
  3. Assessment of knowledge and attitude of Health care professionals working in primary health care units towards intimate partner violence in Sidama Zone, South Ethiopia.