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  1. Most complications during labour and childbirth could be averted with timely interventions by skilled healthcare providers. Yet, the quality and outcomes of childbirth care remains suboptimal in many health fa...

    Authors: Meghan A Bohren, Olufemi T Oladapo, Özge Tunçalp, Melanie Wendland, Joshua P Vogel, Mari Tikkanen, Bukola Fawole, Kidza Mugerwa, João Paulo Souza, Rajiv Bahl and A. Metin Gülmezoglu

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12:50

    Content type: Study protocol

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  2. The partograph is currently the main tool available to support decision-making of health professionals during labour. However, the rate of appropriate use of the partograph is disappointingly low. Apart from l...

    Authors: João Paulo Souza, Olufemi T Oladapo, Meghan A Bohren, Kidza Mugerwa, Bukola Fawole, Leonardo Moscovici, Domingos Alves, Gleici Perdona, Livia Oliveira-Ciabati, Joshua P Vogel, Özge Tunçalp, Jim Zhang, Justus Hofmeyr, Rajiv Bahl and A Metin Gülmezoglu

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12:49

    Content type: Study protocol

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  3. Gender-based violence is a natural outgrowth of the stigma and discrimination experienced by commercial sex workers (CSWs) across the globe. In light of this, the current study aimed to describe the prevalence...

    Authors: Mussie Alemayehu, Gebregizabeher Yohannes, Ashenafi Damte, Atsede Fantahun, Kahsu Gebrekirstos, Resom Tsegay, Adina Goldberger and Henock Yebyo

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12:47

    Content type: Research

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  4. To compare the expression of receptivity markers in epithelial and stromal cells in the endometrium of ovulatory women and infertile with hypothalamic pituitary dysfunction (HPD), untreated or treated with clo...

    Authors: Francisco J. Valdez-Morales, Armando Gamboa-Domínguez, Victor S. Vital-Reyes, Juan C. Hinojosa Cruz, Jesús Chimal-Monroy, Yanira Franco-Murillo and Marco Cerbón

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12:45

    Content type: Research

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  5. Unacceptably high maternal mortality rates remain a challenge in developing countries such as Tanzania. Birth Preparedness and Complication Readiness is among the key interventions that can reduce maternal mor...

    Authors: Deogratius Bintabara, Mohamed A. Mohamed, Janneth Mghamba, Peter Wasswa and Rose N.M Mpembeni

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12:44

    Content type: Research

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  6. The evidence regarding oral contraceptives and its effectiveness with concomitant ingestion of antibiotics is conflicting. Until evidence becomes clearer, patients should be aware of this possible interaction....

    Authors: Kathryn Hoffmann, Aaron George, Lukas Heschl, Anna Katharina Leifheit and Manfred Maier

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12:43

    Content type: Research

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  7. Unmet need for family planning is a major problem of developing countries. Evidences about unmet need for family planning and associated factors are not enough in Dangila town. Therefore, this study was done t...

    Authors: Ewnetu Genet, Gedefaw Abeje and Tadese Ejigu

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12:42

    Content type: Research

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  8. Maternal mortality, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and child survival are closely linked. This study contributes evidence on the impact of maternal death on children’s risk of dying in an HIV-endemic population in rur...

    Authors: Brian Houle, Samuel J Clark, Kathleen Kahn, Stephen Tollman and Alicia Ely Yamin

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12(Suppl 1):S7

    Content type: Research

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 12 Supplement 1

  9. The consequences of maternal mortality on orphaned children and the family members who support them are dramatic, especially in countries that have high maternal mortality like Ethiopia. As part of a four coun...

    Authors: Mitike Molla, Israel Mitiku, Alemayehu Worku and Alicia Ely Yamin

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12(Suppl 1):S6

    Content type: Research

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 12 Supplement 1

  10. Maternal mortality in South Africa is high and a cause for concern especially because the bulk of deaths from maternal causes are preventable. One of the proposed reasons for persistently high maternal mortali...

    Authors: Lucia Knight and Alicia Ely Yamin

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12(Suppl 1):S5

    Content type: Research

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 12 Supplement 1

  11. Maternal mortality remains the leading cause of death and disability for reproductive-age women in resource-poor countries. The impact of a mother’s death on child outcomes is likely severe but has not been we...

    Authors: Corrina Moucheraud, Alemayehu Worku, Mitike Molla, Jocelyn E Finlay, Jennifer Leaning and Alicia Ely Yamin

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12(Suppl 1):S4

    Content type: Research

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 12 Supplement 1

  12. This study explores the consequences of a maternal death to households in rural Western Kenya focusing particularly on the immediate financial and economic impacts.

    Authors: Aslihan Kes, Sheila Ogwang, Rohini Prabha Pande, Zayid Douglas, Robinson Karuga, Frank O Odhiambo, Kayla Laserson and Kathleen Schaffer

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12(Suppl 1):S3

    Content type: Research

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 12 Supplement 1

  13. This study analyzes the consequences of maternal death to households in Western Kenya, specifically, neonatal and infant survival, childcare and schooling, disruption of daily household activities, the emotion...

    Authors: Rohini Prabha Pande, Sheila Ogwang, Robinson Karuga, Radha Rajan, Aslihan Kes, Frank O Odhiambo, Kayla Laserson and Kathleen Schaffer

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12(Suppl 1):S2

    Content type: Research

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 12 Supplement 1

  14. Maternal mortality, although largely preventable, remains unacceptably high in developing countries such as Malawi and creates a number of intergenerational impacts. Few studies have investigated the far-reach...

    Authors: Junior Bazile, Jonas Rigodon, Leslie Berman, Vanessa M Boulanger, Emily Maistrellis, Pilira Kausiwa and Alicia Ely Yamin

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12(Suppl 1):S1

    Content type: Research

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 12 Supplement 1

  15. Universal access to reproductive health services entails strengthening health systems, but requires significant resource commitments as well as efficient and effective use of those resources. A number of inter...

    Authors: Estelle M Sidze, Erik Beekink and Beatrice W Maina

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12:39

    Content type: Commentary

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  16. We report a successful ongoing pregnancy obtained in a case of total globozoospermia after intracytoplasmic morphologically selected sperm injection (IMSI) with oocyte activation. The first semen analysis on i...

    Authors: Bogdan Doroftei, Mihaela Zlei, Gabriela Simionescu, Radu Maftei, Simona Cumpata and Geraldine Emerson

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12:38

    Content type: Case report

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  17. Youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health (YFSRH) services for young people have high priority in many countries. Yet, little is known about the actual cost of delivering YFSRH services. This article analy...

    Authors: Jari Kempers

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12:37

    Content type: Research

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  18. Previous studies in developing countries suggest that a husband plays an influential role in a woman’s contraceptive use. The influence of a husband/partner’s healthcare decision making power on a woman’s inte...

    Authors: Ramos Mboane and Madhav P Bhatta

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12:36

    Content type: Research

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  19. Adolescents are frequently reluctant to seek sexual and reproductive health services (SRH). In Uganda, adolescent health and development is constrained by translation of the relevant policies to practice. Rece...

    Authors: Lynn M Atuyambe, Simon P S Kibira, Justine Bukenya, Christine Muhumuza, Rebecca R Apolot and Edgar Mulogo

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12:35

    Content type: Research

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  20. According to the 2011 Ethiopian Demographic and Health Survey, 90.1% of mothers do not deliver in health facilities, with 29.5% citing non-customary service as causative. A low level of skilled attendance at b...

    Authors: Anteneh Asefa and Delayehu Bekele

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12:33

    Content type: Research

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  21. Contraceptive uptake in Ghana, especially in the Ashanti region remains low. This may be partly due to products’ characteristics and choice which are influenced by attribute utility trade-offs by consumers in ...

    Authors: Peter Agyei-Baffour, Mary Yaa Boahemaa and Ernestine A Addy

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12:32

    Content type: Research

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  22. Maternal mortality is persistently high in Uganda. Access to quality emergency obstetrics care (EmOC) is fundamental to reducing maternal and newborn deaths and is a possible way of achieving the target of the...

    Authors: Calistus Wilunda, Koyejo Oyerinde, Giovanni Putoto, Peter Lochoro, Giovanni Dall’Oglio, Fabio Manenti, Giulia Segafredo, Andrea Atzori, Bart Criel, Alessio Panza and Gianluca Quaglio

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12:30

    Content type: Research

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  23. This paper presents results of baseline data on the determinants of contraceptive use in 7 districts in northern Ghana where there is an ongoing integrated primary health care systems strengthening projectknow...

    Authors: Fabian Sebastian Achana, Ayaga A Bawah, Elizabeth F Jackson, Paul Welaga, Timothy Awine, Eric Asuo-Mante, Abraham Oduro, John Koku Awoonor-Williams and James F Phillips

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12:29

    Content type: Research

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  24. To assess the effectiveness and safety of task shifting for the delivery of injectable contraceptives, contraceptive implants, intrauterine devices (IUDs), tubal ligation and vasectomy in low- and middle-incom...

    Authors: Stephanie Polus, Simon Lewin, Claire Glenton, Priya M Lerberg, Eva Rehfuess and A Metin Gülmezoglu

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12:27

    Content type: Review

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  25. Women with postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) in developing countries often present in critical condition when treatment might be insufficient to save lives. Few studies have shown that application of non-pneumatic ...

    Authors: Cynthia Pileggi-Castro, Vicky Nogueira-Pileggi, Özge Tunçalp, Olufemi Taiwo Oladapo, Joshua Peter Vogel and João Paulo Souza

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12:28

    Content type: Review

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  26. Although Pakistan was one of the first countries in Asia to launch national family planning programs, current modern contraceptive use stands at only 26% with a method mix skewed toward short-acting and perman...

    Authors: Syed Khurram Azmat, Moazzam Ali, Muhammad Ishaque, Ghulam Mustafa, Waqas Hameed, Omar Farooq Khan, Ghazunfer Abbas, Marleen Temmerman and Erik Munroe

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12:25

    Content type: Research

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  27. Menarche, the onset of menstruation is a fundamental part of a girl’s transition from childhood to adolescence. Studies show that girls in many countries experience menarche with insufficient information and s...

    Authors: Marni Sommer, Carla Sutherland and Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12:24

    Content type: Commentary

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  28. Severe obstetric complications have potential negative impact on the family and household of the survivors, with potential negative effects during (and in the aftermath of) the traumatic obstetric events. The ...

    Authors: Scovia N Mbalinda, Annettee Nakimuli, Sarah Nakubulwa, Othman Kakaire, Michael O Osinde, Nelson Kakande and Dan K Kaye

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12:23

    Content type: Research

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  29. The editors of Reproductive Health would like to extend a sincere thank you to all our valued reviewers listed below who contributed to the journal in Volume 11 (2014). The journal has grown 63% in submissions an...

    Authors: José M Belizán and Sunni Mumford

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12:8

    Content type: Reviewer acknowledgement

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  30. In Papua New Guinea induced abortion is restricted under the Criminal Code Law. Unsafe abortions are known to be widely practiced and sepsis due to unsafe abortion is a leading cause of maternal mortality.

    Authors: Lisa M Vallely, Primrose Homiehombo, Angela Kelly-Hanku and Andrea Whittaker

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12:22

    Content type: Research

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  31. Despite the change in legal status of abortion in South Africa in 1996, barriers to access remain. Stigma associated with abortion provision and care, privacy concerns, and negative provider attitudes often di...

    Authors: Jane Harries, Caitlin Gerdts, Mariette Momberg and Diana Greene Foster

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12:21

    Content type: Research

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  32. Antenatal Care (ANC) is one of the crucial factors in ensuring healthy outcomes in women and newborns. Nutrition education and counselling is an integral part of ANC that influences maternal and child health o...

    Authors: Suparna Ghosh-Jerath, Niveditha Devasenapathy, Archna Singh, Anuraj Shankar and Sanjay Zodpey

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12:20

    Content type: Research

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  33. Pakistan observes a very high i.e. 37 percent modern contraceptive method related discontinuation rates within 12 months of their initiation. And almost 10 percent of these episodes of discontinuation happened...

    Authors: Syed Khurram Azmat, Waqas Hameed, Moazzam Ali, Muhammad Ishaque, Ghulam Mustafa, Omar Farooq Khan, Ghazunfer Abbas and Erik Munroe

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12:9

    Content type: Study protocol

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  34. Unsafe abortion has been recognized as an important public health problem in the world. It accounts for 14% of all maternal deaths in sub-Saharan African countries. In Ethiopia, 32% of all maternal deaths are ...

    Authors: Ayele Geleto and Jote Markos

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12:19

    Content type: Research

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  35. There is limited understanding of health care providers’ attitudes towards HIV-infected individuals’ reproductive choices, as well as knowledge about safer conception. Our study objective was to explore provid...

    Authors: Paul Kawale, Deborah Mindry, Ann Phoya, Perry Jansen and Risa M Hoffman

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12:17

    Content type: Research

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  36. Young people aged 10–24 years represent one-third of the Ghanaian population. Many are sexually active and are at considerable risk of negative health outcomes due to inadequate sexual and reproductive health ...

    Authors: Abubakar A Manu, Chuks Jonathan Mba, Gloria Quansah Asare, Kwasi Odoi-Agyarko and Rexford Kofi Oduro Asante

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12:16

    Content type: Research

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  37. Zimbabwe adopted voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) as an additional HIV prevention strategy in 2009. A number of studies have been conducted to understand the determinants of VMMC uptake but few studi...

    Authors: Antony Chikutsa, Alfred C Ncube and Shepard Mutsau

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12:15

    Content type: Research

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  38. Findings on the demographic and sexual health characteristics associated with the experience of a crisis pregnancy are important to inform the public health policy of a country, including Ireland. Studies from...

    Authors: Ashling Bourke, Caroline Kelleher, Daniel Boduszek and Karen Morgan

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12:14

    Content type: Research

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  39. Adolescent sexual and reproductive health gained particular traction in Mozambique following the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development leading to the inception of Programa Geração Biz (PG...

    Authors: Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli, Susannah Gibbs, Rita Badiani, Fernandes Quinhas and Joar Svanemyr

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12:12

    Content type: Review

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  40. A recent survey of 79 countries showed that fertility knowledge was lower in Japan than in any other developed country. Given the fertility decline in Japan and the importance of fertility knowledge, we conduc...

    Authors: Eri Maeda, Hiroki Sugimori, Fumiaki Nakamura, Yasuki Kobayashi, Joseph Green, Machi Suka, Masako Okamoto, Jacky Boivin and Hidekazu Saito

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12:10

    Content type: Research

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  41. In February 2014, an international congress on Promoting Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH) took place in Cuenca, Ecuador. Its objective was to share evidence on effective ASRH intervention proje...

    Authors: Kathya Córdova Pozo, Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli, Peter Decat, Erica Nelson, Sara De Meyer, Lina Jaruseviciene, Bernardo Vega, Zoyla Segura, Nancy Auquilla, Arnold Hagens, Dirk Van Braeckel and Kristien Michielsen

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2015 12:11

    Content type: Commentary

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