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Large Price Premiums for Unprotected Sex Among Female Sex Workers in Kenya: A Potential…

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Understanding reproductive health choices in LMICs

Dr Lalage Katunga holds a PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology and a Masters in Public Health. Her research is focused on understanding factors that influence health-outcomes in understudied populations. She has experience working in the sub-Saharan Africa and is currently a Research Fellow at Saint Louis University, St Louis, MO. This week she stresses the importance of championing the full -picture of women’s empowerment and agency in LMICs, not just reproductive rights. One of the central challenges of global health is reproductive health.

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“These things are dangerous”: Understanding induced abortion trajectories in urban Zambia

Publication date: March 2016 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 153 Author(s): Ernestina Coast, Susan F.

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Amid Zika, Political Debates Address Abortion, Women’s Health

NPR: Should The U.S. Reconsider Its Stand On Foreign Aid For Abortion Clinics? “…[Zika] has been directly linked to a birth defect that results in an abnormally small head and brain damage. In Latin America, where many countries have strict bans on abortion, some citizens and government officials are asking whether such bans should be…More


Increased Access To Midwives Could Curb Maternal, Newborn Mortality In Nigeria, Women’s…

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Invest in “army of midwives” to cut stillbirths, maternal deaths in Nigeria “Investing in an ‘army of midwives’ across Nigeria will cut the number of stillbirths and women dying during or after giving birth, a leading women’s rights activist said ahead of the West African nation’s first global conference on midwifery. ……More


El Salvador Struggles To Curb High Rates Of Teenage Pregnancy, Health Official Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Incest, lack of sex education drive teen pregnancies in El Salvador “Rape at the hands of relatives and a lack of sex education are driving pregnancies among girls in El Salvador, which is struggling to stem one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in Latin America, according to a top health…More


Wilson Center Event Examines Progress In, Priorities For Maternal, Newborn Health

Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program’s “New Security Beat”: After Mexico City and Before Copenhagen: Keeping Our Promise to Mothers and Newborns Haodan “Heather” Chen, an intern with the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program, recaps an April 13 Wilson Center event during which panelists reviewed progress in maternal and newborn health…More


Markets Matter: experts share why well-functioning markets are essential for global health

Even the most effective health products cannot save lives or improve health if they do not reach the people who want and need them. That is why markets—the systems, structures and institutions that facilitate the buying and selling of health products—matter. When markets function well and are healthy, then well‐designed, quality-assured, and affordable health products […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesA refrigerator can save a life: improving the supply chain to protect African kidsFrom heartbreak to hope: Argentina’s progress in maternal immunizationProtecting Kids: powerful stories of immunization from the field ;


Markets Matter: experts share why strong markets are essential for global health

Even the most effective health products cannot save lives or improve health if they do not reach the people who want and need them. That is why markets—the systems, structures and institutions that facilitate the buying and selling of health products—matter. When markets function well and are healthy, then well‐designed, quality-assured, and affordable health products […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesA refrigerator can save a life: improving the supply chain to protect African kidsFrom heartbreak to hope: Argentina’s progress in maternal immunizationProtecting Kids: powerful stories of immunization from the field ;


New York Times Features Photo Essay On Maternal Health Care In Sierra Leone After Ebola

New York Times: How Ebola Destroyed Maternal Health Gains in Sierra Leone “…[Sierra Leone] is still reeling from the effects of the Ebola outbreak, which has crippled its health care system. Monique Jaques, an American photographer who traveled to Sierra Leone late last year to photograph Ebola’s aftermath for a broader project on maternal health…More


Do minimum wages improve early life health? Evidence from developing countries

Publication date: June 2016 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 158 Author(s): Muhammad Farhan Majid, José M.


Accompaniment in Action: A Safe Birth in Lesotho’s Mountains

Photo by Rebecca E. Rollins / Partners In HealthMatumelo Seiiso waits for her six-week postnatal checkup at Nkau Health Center in Lesotho. Matumelo Seiiso was expecting her third baby last fall. The 30-year-old mother lived in Nkau, a remote region in the mountains of southern Lesotho.


Anticipated stigma and blameless guilt: Mothers’ evaluation of life with the sex-linked…

Publication date: June 2016 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 158 Author(s): Angus Clarke Practical experience of a genetic disorder may influence how parents approach reproduction, if they know their child may be affected by an inherited condition.


Fostering reflective trust between mothers and community health nurses to improve the…

Publication date: June 2016 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 158 Author(s): Nana M.


Markets Matter: experts share why well-functioning markets are essential to the success of…

Even the most effective health products cannot save lives or improve health if they do not reach the people who want and need them. That is why markets—the systems, structures and institutions that facilitate the buying and selling of health products—matter. When markets function well and are healthy, well‐designed, quality-assured, and affordable health products are […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesA refrigerator can save a life: improving the supply chain to protect African kidsFrom heartbreak to hope: Argentina’s progress in maternal immunizationProtecting Kids: powerful stories of immunization from the field ;


Liberia Should Pass Legislation To Ban FGM, Protect More Women, Girls

The Guardian: Liberia needs to muster the courage to ban FGM Mary Wandia, FGM program manager at Equality Now “…Unlike neighboring countries such as Guinea and Sierra Leone, Liberia has already managed to significantly reduce FGM prevalence … However, unless tough legislation is enacted and properly implemented, it may be difficult to accelerate this change…More


Maternal obesity and caesarean delivery in Sub-Saharan Africa

Objectives To quantify maternal obesity as a risk factor for caesarean delivery in sub-Saharan Africa.


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