SWOT analysis of program design and implementation: a case study on the reduction of maternal mortality in Afghanistan

Posted on May 28, 2015 at 5:55 am

This case study analyzes the design and implementation of the Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS) in Afghanistan by synthesizing the literature with a focus on maternal health services. The authors are a group of graduate students in the Brandeis ...

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Men’s Knowledge of Obstetric Danger Signs, Birth Preparedness and Complication Readiness in Rural Tanzania

Posted on May 28, 2015 at 5:52 am

Men’s involvement in reproductive health is recommended. Their involvement in antenatal care service is identified as important in maternal health. Awareness of obstetric danger signs facilitates men in making a joint decision with their partners regarding accessing antenatal and delivery ...

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What shapes research impact on policy? Understanding research uptake in sexual and reproductive health policy processes in resource poor contexts

Posted on May 15, 2015 at 6:42 am

Assessing the impact that research evidence has on policy is complex. It involves consideration of conceptual issues of what determines research impact and policy change. There are also a range of methodological issues relating to the question of attribution and ...

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HIV and TB in prisons

Posted on May 11, 2015 at 5:46 am

Aids Foundation East-West (AFEW) has recently been privileged to make a contribution to Equilibri.net the online magazine of an Italian think tank, GESPAM. The magazine is dedicated to the study and analysis of international events and dynamics and provides free-content ...

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Marital status and abortion among young women in Rupandehi, Nepal

Posted on May 11, 2015 at 5:37 am

Background: Despite liberalization of the Nepal abortion law, young women continue to experience barriers to safe abortion services. We hypothesize that marital status may differentially impact such barriers, given the societal context of Nepal. Methods: We evaluated differences in reproductive ...

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Lack of Sexual Minorities’ Rights as a Barrier to HIV Prevention among Men Who Have Sex with Men and Transgender Women in Asia: A Systematic Review

Posted on May 11, 2015 at 5:33 am

The authors of this study developed a tool, the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Human Rights Index, to assess the relationship between human rights for sexual minorities in Asian countries and indicators of HIV prevention among men who have ...

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How Much Does It Cost to Improve Access to Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision among High-Risk, Low-Income Communities in Uganda?

Posted on May 11, 2015 at 5:29 am

The mobile voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) program in Uganda was established specifically to improve access to VMMC services in more remote, high-risk, and low-income populations. The authors of this study used costing information from routine implementation records to evaluate ...

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Successful Integration of Intimate Partner Violence and HIV Prevention Intervention Programming

Posted on May 11, 2015 at 5:25 am

Women who received standard HIV services plus community- and facility-based interventions to detect, prevent, and address intimate partner violence (IPV) reported fewer instances of physical and sexual IPV compared to women in a control group who received HIV services only. ...

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The True Costs of Maternal Death: Individual Tragedy Impacts Family, Community and Nations

Posted on May 11, 2015 at 5:22 am

What happens when a mother dies? In the West, the most obvious answer is grief – the harrowing emotional and psychological toll of losing a loved one. A mother’s death is largely viewed as a private tragedy that will grow ...

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Improving Access to Maternal Health and Contraceptives: Pharmaceutical Companies’ Contribution to MDG 5

Posted on April 30, 2015 at 6:05 am

Every day, an estimated 800 women die during pregnancy and childbirth due to preventable causes – most of whom live in developing countries. Today, the Access to Medicine Foundation publishes the first landscape study of pharmaceutical companies’ responses to MDG ...

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