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ORAMMA is a project funded by the EU to address perinatal healthcare for migrant and refugee women. The project will develop an approach and some tools to help address healthcare problems in Greece, the Netherlands and the UK.
Oramma2 days ago
More evidence from the US that pregnant women face challenges due to a lack of knowledge about the impact of medications on pregnant and lactating women.

"The drug industry has long steered clear of research on pregnant women. Past tragedies loom large — starting with thalidomide, which was widely prescribed for morning sickness in the late 1950s only to cause devastating limb deformities in at least 10,000 babies.

Regulations, too, have long discouraged research on pregnant women out of caution. Researchers have to meet specific requirements to include them in experimental studies – and often don’t."

This leaves women gambling with medications and basing decisions not on clinical trial data, but rather internet support forums and incomplete clinical advice.
Oramma4 days ago
"This report puts paid to the damaging belief that migrant workers are a drain on health and care services. The independent experts found that the reliance of the NHS and social care on overseas professionals far outweighs the cost of their care."
Oramma5 days ago
Another reminder that payment for maternity care puts migrant mothers and their babies at risk.
Oramma5 days ago
Three public health experts have published a commentary criticising the exclusion of pregnant and lactating women from vaccinations provided to people exposed to the Ebola virus in the DRC. "The exclusion is wrong, indefensible, and should be reversed".

The current Ebola outbreak in security challenged north-east DRC is being fought with a ring vaccination programme to try and halt the disease. The vaccine is being offered to anyone over the age of one, with the exception of pregnant and lactating women.

"The exclusion is based on safety concerns due to the fact that the vaccine is made with live viruses. It’s not Ebola, but rather a livestock virus called vesicular stomatitis virus that doesn’t cause disease in people... There is a vicious cycle at play here, said Faden, former director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.

“People will say, ‘Well, where’s the evidence this vaccine is safe in pregnancy?’ Well, how can we know if we’ve never tested it in pregnancy? ‘Well, we couldn’t test it in pregnancy because it’s not safe to test it in pregnancy,’” she said. “And if you can’t get off that … little spinning wheel, pregnant women and their babies are going to be left out indefinitely.”

Migrant mothers matter too

Safe Journey to motherhood

The ORAMMA project develops an integrated, mother and woman centered, culturally oriented and evidence based approach for all phases of the

Cultural awareness across the borders

Involvement of women from the target population and their training in order to assist and act as advocates for pregnant women during the whole

Working together for a better community

The implementation of the ORAMMA approach refers to communities with migrant and refugee populations. Selected key members

Health care with compassion

The ORAMMA project develops an integrated , mother centered, culturally oriented and evidence based approach for all phases of the migrant and refugee

“This website is part of the project ‘738148/ORAMMA’ which has received funding from the European Union’s Health Programme (2014-2020)”.