Centre for International Health

Master student publication

Magalie El Hajj, a Master student in Global Health, recently published a paper with her supervisor, Lone Holst. CIH congratulates them both!

academic journal

Main content

The symptoms due to the physical changes involved in pregnancy often lead women to self-medicate using herbal medicines. However, knowledge about the true effects of these medicines is lacking. More information is needed.

El Hajj undertook a literature review of this area with a special focus on sub-Saharan Africa. The review covers challenges, safety, prevalence of use, and examples. The information is summarised accessibly in a table. Her work identifies an important “need to better understand the reasons and facilitators of herbal medicine use in pregnant women from sub-Saharan Africa.”

Read the article published in Frontiers in Pharmacology:

Herbal Medicine Use During Pregnancy: A Review of the Literature With a Special Focus on Sub-Saharan Africa