Mobile clinics for antiretroviral therapy in rural Mozambique

Posted on September 1, 2014 at 9:17 am

Problem Despite seven years of investment from the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the expansion of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-related services continues to challenge Mozambique’s health-care infrastructure, especially in the country’s rural regions. Approach In 2012, as part ...

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Audit-identified avoidable factors in maternal and perinatal deaths in low resource settings: a systematic review

Posted on September 1, 2014 at 9:12 am

Abstract Background Audits provide a rational framework for quality improvement by systematically assessing clinical practices against accepted standards with the aim to develop recommendations and interventions that target modifiable deficiencies in care. Most childbirth-associated mortality audits in developing countries are ...

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Determinants of health facility utilization for childbirth in rural western Kenya: cross-sectional study

Posted on September 1, 2014 at 9:09 am

Abstract Background Skilled attendance at delivery is recognized as one of the most important factors in preventing maternal death. However, more than 50% of births in Kenya still occur in non-institutional locations supported by family members and/or traditional birth attendants ...

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Basic Maternal and Newborn Care Learning Resource Package

Posted on September 1, 2014 at 6:22 am

This learning resource package is intended for use by skilled providers (including midwives, doctors and nurses)—working in low-resource settings at any level of the health care system or in homes—who care for women during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period, ...

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Counselling for maternal and newborn health care: a handbook for building skills

Posted on September 1, 2014 at 6:14 am

Overview The main aim of this MNH Counselling Handbook is to strengthen counselling and communication skills of health providers including skilled birth attendants, helping them to effectively discuss with women, their husbands/partners and families and communities the important issues surrounding ...

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Voices against violence: handbook for group leaders.

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 11:11 am

The activities in this curriculum have been developed for Girl Guides and Girl Scout groups, youth organizations, schools and other groups to use. This curriculum provides knowledge, skills and opportunities to change attitudes and to help stop the violence against ...

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Improving the health of women and adolescents: an unfinished agenda

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 10:47 am

This paper examines progress in the areas of women’s health and mortality that were at the centre of the ICPD Programme of Action, including reproductive and maternal health and HIV/AIDS. It then turns to other issues in women’s health over ...

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POLICY CHECKLIST: ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS FOR SUCCESSFUL FAMILY PLANNING POLICIES

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 3:24 am

This policy brief checklist, developed by the USAID-funded Health Policy Project, draws from lessons learned and best practices in moving from policy to action. It is meant to provide guidance to stakeholders on how the policy environment can be used ...

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Women’s empowerment and contraceptive use: The role of independent versus couples’ decision making, from a low-middle income country perspective

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 9:21 am

Introduction: There is little available evidence of associations between the various dimensions of women’s empowerment and contraceptive use having been examined – and of how these associations are mediated by women’s socio-economic and demographic statuses. We assessed these phenomena in ...

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Women’s perceptions of effects of war on intimate partner violence and gender roles in two post-conflict West African countries

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 9:20 am

Background: The aim of this paper is to explore women’s perceptions of the causes of intimate partner violence (IPV) in West Africa, and the ways in which they understand these causes to interact with the experiences of war. Methods: The ...

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