Population birth data and pandemic readiness in Europe

Gerald Haidinger, Jeannette Klimont, Sophie Alexander, Gisèle Vandervelpen, Wei Hong Zhang, Evelin Yordanova, Rumyana Kolarova, Boris Filipovic-Grcic, Zeljka Drausnik, Urelija Rodin, Theopisti Kyprianou, Vasos Scoutellas, Petr Velebil, Laust Mortensen, Luule Sakkeus, Liili Abuladze, Mika Gissler, Anna Heino, Béatrice Blondel, Anne ChantryCatherine Deneux-Tharaux, Guenther Heller, Aris Antsaklis, István Berbik, Helga Sól Ólafsdóttir, Karen Kearns, Izabela Sikora, Marina Cuttini, Marzia Loghi, Rosaria Boldrini, Serena Donati, Janis Misins, Irisa Zile, Jelena Isakova, Audrey Billy, Sophie Couffignal, Aline Lecomte, Guy Weber, Miriam Gatt, Peter Achterberg, Lisa Broeders, Ashna Hindori-Mohangoo, Jan Nijhuis, Rupali Akerkar, Hilde Engjom, Kari Klungsøyr, Ewa Mierzejewska, Katarzyna Szamotulska, Henrique Barros, Mihai Horga, Jennifer Zeitlin*, Euro-Peristat Research Network

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The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic exposed multiple shortcomings in national and international capacity to respond to an infectious disease outbreak. It is essential to learn from these deficiencies to prepare for future epidemics. One major gap is the limited availability of timely and comprehensive population-based routine data about COVID-19's impact on pregnant women and babies. As part of the Horizon 2020 PHIRI (Population Health Information Research Infrastructure) project on the use of population data for COVID-19 surveillance, the Euro-Peristat research network investigated the extent to which routine information systems could be used to assess the effects of the pandemic by constructing indicators of maternal and child health and of COVID-19 infection. The Euro-Peristat network brings together researchers and statisticians from 31 countries to monitor population indicators of perinatal health in Europe and periodically compiles data on a set of 10 core and 20 recommended indicators1.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-184
Number of pages6
JournalBJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Issue number2
Early online date27 Sept 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022

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