SETTING: An antenatal clinic serving a population of 47 604 in Nausori,
OBJECTIVE: 1. To estimate the prevalence of anaemia, syphilis and
hepatitis B in pregnant women attending their first antenatal visit; and
2. to estimate the uptake of treatment for syphilis and for the
prevention of hepatitis B transmission in affected individuals.
DESIGN: Retrospective review of the clinic register and patient records
for the year 2011.
RESULTS: The prevalence of anaemia, hepatitis B and syphilis were
respectively 22%, 2% and 5%. Among women with syphilis, 78% of those for
whom data were available received a complete course of three doses of
penicillin during their pregnancy, and 83% of babies born to women with
hepatitis B received hepatitis B immunoglobulin.
CONCLUSION: The prevalence of anaemia in pregnant women has declined but
remains high, and further research is required to identify the major
causes of this condition in Fiji. The prevalence of syphilis has
remained static, while hepatitis B has decreased over the past decade.
There are some gaps in the implementation of effective interventions to
manage these conditions in pregnant women.
Tuinakelo, LR.; Tayler-Smith, K.; Khogali, M.; Marks, GB. Prevalence of anaemia, syphilis and hepatitis B in pregnant women in Nausori, Fiji. Public Health Action (2013) 3 (1) 72-75. [DOI: 10.5588/pha.12.0069]
Prevalence of anaemia, syphilis and hepatitis B in pregnant women in Nausori, Fiji.