“I was on the way to the hospital but delivered in the bush”: Maternal health in Ghana’s Upper West Region in the context of a traditional birth attendants’ ban

Posted on January 11, 2016 at 10:39 am

Social Science & Medicine. Volume 148, January 2016, Pages 8–17 Highlights The ban of TBAs in resource poor settings may be counterproductive. Policies banning TBAs may need revisiting in skilled worker deprived contexts. Women in remote locations expressed relevance of TBAs ...

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Migrant maternity in an era of superdiversity: New migrants’ access to, and experience of, antenatal care in the West Midlands, UK

Posted on January 11, 2016 at 10:38 am

Social Science & Medicine. Volume 148, January 2016, Pages 152–159 Highlights Migrants in the West Midlands receive less antenatal care than the general population. Immigration status rather than ethnicity is a key factor in determining access. Structural barriers mean some migrants ...

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Child Marriage Legislation in the Asia-Pacific Region

Posted on December 21, 2015 at 4:59 am

The Review of Faith & International Affairs. Volume 13, Issue 3, 2015. DOI: 10.1080/15570274.2015.1075759 Child marriage is a human rights violation that robs a girl of her childhood, puts her health, growth, and development at risk, disrupts her education, limits her opportunities for empowerment and ...

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Perinatal outcomes associated with maternal HIV infection: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Posted on December 15, 2015 at 6:04 am

The Lancet HIV. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2352-3018(15)00207-6 Background The HIV pandemic affects 36·9 million people worldwide, of whom 1·5 million are pregnant women. 91% of HIV-positive pregnant women reside in sub-Saharan Africa, a region that also has very poor perinatal outcomes. We aimed ...

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Acting on the Call: Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths Report

Posted on December 7, 2015 at 6:15 am

Last year, USAID unveiled a roadmap outlining how it plans to support 24 high-priority countries to make sure that children live to celebrate their fifth birthdays and that their mothers live to see them grow. USAID has just released a new report ...

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Global, regional, and national levels and trends in maternal mortality between 1990 and 2015, with scenario-based projections to 2030: a systematic analysis by the UN Maternal Mortality Estimation Inter-Agency Group

Posted on December 7, 2015 at 6:14 am

The Lancet. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(15)00838-7 Background Millennium Development Goal 5 calls for a 75% reduction in the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) between 1990 and 2015. We estimated levels and trends in maternal mortality for 183 countries to assess progress made. Based on MMR ...

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Is AGEP Building Assets for Vulnerable Girls in Zambia? Preliminary Research Findings

Posted on December 7, 2015 at 6:13 am

The Adolescent Girls Empowerment Program (AGEP) is a randomized controlled trial to evaluate a multisectoral program intended to increase girls’ social, health and economic resources. AGEP involves over 10,000 vulnerable girls ages 10–19 in Zambia. The girls participate in weekly ...

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Research priorities on ending child marriage and supporting married girls

Posted on November 23, 2015 at 6:51 am

Reproductive Health 2015, 12:80  doi:10.1186/s12978-015-0060-5 Abstract: Over the past few years the issue of child marriage has received growing political and programmatic attention. In spite of some progress in a number of countries, global rates have not declined over the past decade. Knowledge ...

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A Decade of Tracking Progress for Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival: The 2015 Report

Posted on November 10, 2015 at 6:57 am

The 2015 Report, A Decade of Tracking Progress for Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival, includes an updated country profile for each of the 75 Countdown countries, which together account for more than 95% of the world’s maternal, newborn, and child deaths. This ...

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The Right to Safe Motherhood: Opportunities and Challenges for Advancing Global Maternal Health in U.S. Foreign Assistance

Posted on November 10, 2015 at 6:56 am

The causes of maternal mortality and morbidity are no mystery. Women die and suffer debilitating disease and injury during pregnancy and childbirth because they bleed to death, acquire infections, have underlying but treatable health conditions, or obtain unsafe abortions. The ...

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