Determinants of antenatal care attendance among women residing in highly disadvantaged communities in northern Jordan: a cross-sectional study

Posted on June 13, 2018 at 3:35 pm

Abstract Background One of the major reproductive health challenges among disadvantaged populations is to provide pregnant women with the necessary antenatal care (ANC). In this study, we suggest applying an integrated conceptual framework aimed at ascertaining the extent to which ...

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The Syrian conflict: a case study of the challenges and acute need for medical humanitarian operations for women and children internally displaced persons

Posted on May 29, 2018 at 10:17 am

Background After 7 years of increasing conflict and violence, the Syrian civil war now constitutes the largest displacement crisis in the world, with more than 6 million people who have been internally displaced. Among this already-vulnerable population group, women and children face ...

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Stakeholders’ perspectives on facilitators of and barriers to the utilization of and access to maternal health services in Eritrea: a qualitative study

Posted on May 29, 2018 at 9:33 am

Background Wars affect maternal health services by destroying health systems. Eritrea experienced two wars with neighboring Ethiopia. Despite this, the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) in Eritrea fell by 69% from 1590 per 100,000 live births in 1990 to 501 in 2015. This study ...

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Research Blog: Are Dutch maternity care services primitive?

Posted on May 23, 2018 at 3:11 pm

My name is Mohamed (Mahdi) Abdelwahab, a healthcare management specialist from Egypt. During my attendance of the Master of International Health in the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam, I grew interest in the health issues related especially to migrants ...

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The Economic Imperative of Protecting Women’s Health

Posted on May 16, 2018 at 11:08 am

Despite global improvements in health-care access, many governments in the Asia-Pacific region continue to overlook the importance of sexual and reproductive wellbeing. If the social and economic benefits of universal health coverage are to be realized, the needs of women ...

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Evaluating pre-pregnancy dietary diversity vs. dietary quality scores as predictors of gestational diabetes and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy

Posted on April 23, 2018 at 12:33 pm

Background Dietary diversity scores (DDS) are considered as metrics for monitoring the implementation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, but they need to be rigorously evaluated. Objective To examine two DDS, the Food Groups Index (FGI), and the Minimum Dietary ...

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Factsheet: Indigenous Women’s Maternal Health and Maternal Mortality

Posted on April 23, 2018 at 12:10 pm

The evidence from the available data on indigenous women’s maternal health tells us that across the globe, indigenous women and adolescent girls experience significantly worse maternal health outcomes than majority populations.  Yet due to a lack of data, this alarming ...

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Bridging the gap between global policy and local practice of respectful maternity care

Posted on March 14, 2018 at 9:08 am

After a long time of insufficient attention, respectful maternity care (RMC) is finally a growing field of interest in global maternal health practices, discussions, and publications. Whilst practitioners, researchers and policy makers aim to adapt and implement these guidelines to ...

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Countdown to 2030: tracking progress towards universal coverage for reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health

Posted on February 5, 2018 at 2:27 pm

Building upon the successes of Countdown to 2015, Countdown to 2030 aims to support the monitoring and measurement of women’s, children’s, and adolescents’ health in the 81 countries that account for 95% of maternal and 90% of all child deaths ...

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A Woman’s Voice for Women at the U.N. Agency for Reproductive Rights

Posted on December 18, 2017 at 8:51 am

When Dr. Natalia Kanem visited a mobile maternal clinic in Syria’s war-ravaged city of Homs this year, she was struck by one patient’s cause of anxiety. It was not pregnancy. “The first thing the woman wanted to know was, could ...

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