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  1. Unintended pregnancies have been shown to be associated with high costs for the healthcare system, among other adverse impacts, but could still account for up to 51 % of pregnancies in the US. Improvements in ...

    Authors: Amy Law, Dominic Pilon, Richard Lynen, François Laliberté, Laurence Gozalo, Patrick Lefebvre and Mei Sheng Duh
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:96
  2. Despite recent achievements in health targets, Ethiopia still faces challenges in health service delivery. Between 2012 and 2015, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Doctors with Africa CUAMM, implemented a...

    Authors: Calistus Wilunda, Shiro Tanaka, Giovanni Putoto, Ademe Tsegaye and Koji Kawakami
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:95
  3. Lack of data in marginalized populations on knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) hampers efforts to improve modern contraceptive practice. A mixed methods study to better understand family planning KAP amo...

    Authors: Patricia Salisbury, Layla Hall, Sibylla Kulkus, Moo Kho Paw, Nay Win Tun, Aung Myat Min, Kesinee Chotivanich, Somjet Srikanok, Pranee Ontuwong, Supachai Sirinonthachai, François Nosten, Shawn Somerset and Rose McGready
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:94
  4. The majority of women in sub-Saharan Africa now deliver in a facility, however, little is known about the quality of services for maternal and newborn basic and emergency care, nor how this is associated with ...

    Authors: Nadia Diamond-Smith, May Sudhinaraset and Dominic Montagu
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:92
  5. Health research capacities have been improved in Africa but still remain weak as compared to other regions of the World. To strengthen these research capacities, international collaboration and networking for ...

    Authors: Jean-Paul Dossou, Bouchra Assarag, Alexandre Delamou, Karen Van der Veken, Loubna Belaid, Moctar Ouédraogo, Sonia Khalfallah, Hayet Aouras, Mohamed Diadhiou, Raïmi Fassassi and Thérèse Delvaux
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:91
  6. Tobacco smoking is a public health issue and has been implicated in adverse reproductive outcomes including semen quality. Available data however provides conflicting findings. The objective of this study was ...

    Authors: H. Asare-Anane, S. B. Bannison, Emmanuel K. Ofori, R. O. Ateko, A. T. Bawah, S. D. Amanquah, S. Y. Oppong, B. B. N. Gandau and J. B. Ziem
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:90
  7. The present study validates a symphysis-fundal height chart (SFH-chart) for pregnant women with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2), gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and mild gestational hyperglycemia (MGH) atte...

    Authors: Neusa Aparecida de Sousa Basso, Glilciane Morceli, Roberto Costa, Adriano Dias, Marilza Vieira Cunha Rudge and Iracema Mattos Paranhos Calderon
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:89
  8. As efforts to address unmet need for family planning and contraception (FP/C) accelerate, voluntary use, informed choice and quality must remain at the fore. Active involvement of affected populations has been...

    Authors: Petrus S. Steyn, Joanna Paula Cordero, Peter Gichangi, Jennifer A. Smit, Theresa Nkole, James Kiarie and Marleen Temmerman
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:88
  9. About one quarter of women in Bangladesh are denied menstrual regulation (MR) due to advanced gestation [J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care 41(3):161-163, 2015, Issues Brief (Alan Guttmacher Inst) (3):1-8, 2012]. ...

    Authors: Altaf Hossain, Heidi Moseson, Sarah Raifman, Caitlin Gerdts, Kamal Kanti Biswas and Diana Greene Foster
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:86
  10. Pakistan has a high burden of maternal and newborn mortality, which would be largely preventable through appropriate antenatal and delivery care. While the influence of socio-economic status on institutional d...

    Authors: Sohail Agha and Emma Williams
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:84
  11. Women with a history of pre-eclampsia have a higher risk of developing pre-eclampsia in subsequent pregnancies. However, the role of the inter-pregnancy interval on this association is unclear.

    Authors: Gabriela Cormick, Ana Pilar Betrán, Agustín Ciapponi, David R. Hall and G. Justus Hofmeyr
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:83
  12. Disrespect and abuse (D&A) during facility-based childbirth is a topic of growing concern and attention globally. Several recent studies have sought to quantify the prevalence of D&A, however little evidence e...

    Authors: Hannah L. Ratcliffe, David Sando, Mary Mwanyika-Sando, Guerino Chalamilla, Ana Langer and Kathleen P. McDonald
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:80
  13. There is emerging evidence that disrespect and abuse (D&A) during facility-based childbirth is prevalent in countries throughout the world and a barrier to achieving good maternal health outcomes. However, muc...

    Authors: Hannah L. Ratcliffe, David Sando, Goodluck Willey Lyatuu, Faida Emil, Mary Mwanyika-Sando, Guerino Chalamilla, Ana Langer and Kathleen P. McDonald
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:79
  14. Although there is increasing evidence for a relationship between symptomatic Zika virus (ZIKV) maternal infection, and microcephaly, a firm causal relation has yet to be established by epidemiologic studies. S...

    Authors: Pierre Buekens, Jackeline Alger, Fernando Althabe, Eduardo Bergel, Amanda M. Berrueta, Carolina Bustillo, Maria-Luisa Cafferata, Emily Harville, Karla Rosales, Dawn M. Wesson and Concepcion Zuniga
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:82
  15. The importance of involving men in reproductive, maternal and child health programs is increasingly recognised globally. In the Pacific region, most maternal and child health services do not actively engage ex...

    Authors: Jessica Davis, Joseph Vyankandondera, Stanley Luchters, David Simon and Wendy Holmes
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:81
  16. The long acting and permanent contraceptive methods (LAPCMs) has not used unlike that of short-acting methods in Ethiopia. Ethiopia is the second most populous country in Sub Saharan Africa with a high total f...

    Authors: Yonatan Moges Mesfin and Kelemu Tilahun Kibret
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:78
  17. Having a health worker with midwifery skills present at delivery is one of the key interventions to reduce maternal and newborn mortality. We sought to estimate the frequencies of (a) skilled birth attendant c...

    Authors: Gary Joseph, Inácio Crochemore Mohnsam da Silva, Fernando C. Wehrmeister, Aluísio J. D. Barros and Cesar G. Victora
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:77
  18. The official WHO estimates of preterm birth are an essential global resource for assessing the burden of preterm birth and developing public health programmes and policies. This protocol describes the methods ...

    Authors: Joshua P. Vogel, Saifon Chawanpaiboon, Kanokwaroon Watananirun, Pisake Lumbiganon, Max Petzold, Ann-Beth Moller, Jadsada Thinkhamrop, Malinee Laopaiboon, Armando H. Seuc, Daniel Hogan, Ozge Tunçalp, Emma Allanson, Ana Pilar Betrán, Mercedes Bonet, Olufemi T. Oladapo and A. Metin Gülmezoglu
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:76
  19. Literature shows that choice for unsafe abortion is often driven by poverty. However, factors related to the family formation behaviour of women are also implied as determinants of this decision. This study as...

    Authors: Carukshi Arambepola, Lalini C. Rajapaksa, Deepika Attygalle and Loshan Moonasinghe
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:75
  20. Unintended pregnancy is an important reproductive health problem in both developed and developing countries and is most prominent in low-middle income countries. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the to...

    Authors: Sarita Dhakal, Jin Sung Song, Dong Eun Shin, Tae Ho Lee, Ae Young So and Eun Woo Nam
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:74
  21. The aim of this study was to elucidate recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL)-associated psychosocial effects and sexual functions of Chinese men whose partners experience a history of RPL.

    Authors: Yi-xiang Zhang, Xue-qi Zhang, Qing-rong Wang, Ye-qing Yuan, Jiang-gen Yang, Xiao-wei Zhang and Qing Li
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:73
  22. Traditional approaches to improving adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) have focused on changing individual behavior, with little emphasis on addressing the factors that contribute to this behavio...

    Authors: Kate F. Plourde, Suzanne Fischer, Joy Cunningham, Kristin Brady and Donna R. McCarraher
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:72
  23. It is widely agreed that the practices of clinicians should be based on the best available research evidence, but too often this evidence is not reliably disseminated to people who can make use of it. This “kn...

    Authors: Steven J. Hoffman, G. Emmanuel Guindon, John N. Lavis, Harkanwal Randhawa, Francisco Becerra-Posada, Boungnong Boupha, Guang Shi and Botagoz S. Turdaliyeva
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:70
  24. While it is estimated that for every maternal death, 20–30 women suffer morbidity, these estimates are not based on standardized methods and measures. Lack of an agreed-upon definition, identification criteria...

    Authors: Lale Say, Maria Barreix, Doris Chou, Özge Tunçalp, Sara Cottler, Affette McCaw-Binns, Gathari Ndirangu Gichuhi, Frank Taulo and Michelle Hindin
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:69
  25. Pre-eclampsia is a complication of pregnancy responsible for high rates of morbidity and mortality, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. When undetected or poorly managed, it may progress to eclampsia which fur...

    Authors: David O Akeju, Marianne Vidler, Olufemi T Oladapo, Diane Sawchuck, Rahat Qureshi, Peter von Dadelszen, Olalekan O Adetoro and Olukayode A Dada
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13(Suppl 1):57

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 13 Supplement 1

  26. Globally, pre-eclampsia and eclampsia are major contributors to maternal and perinatal mortality; of which the vast majority of deaths occur in less developed countries. In addition, a disproportionate number ...

    Authors: Asif Raza Khowaja, Rahat Najam Qureshi, Diane Sawchuck, Olufemi T. Oladapo, Olalekan O. Adetoro, Elizabeth A. Orenuga, Mrutyunjaya Bellad, Ashalata Mallapur, Umesh Charantimath, Esperança Sevene, Khátia Munguambe, Helena Edith Boene, Marianne Vidler, Zulfiqar A. Bhutta and Peter von Dadelszen
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13(Suppl 1):56

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 13 Supplement 1

  27. Karnataka State continues to have the highest rates of maternal mortality in south India at 144/100,000 live births, but lower than the national estimates of 190–220/100,000 live births. Various barriers exist...

    Authors: Marianne Vidler, Umesh Ramadurg, Umesh Charantimath, Geetanjali Katageri, Chandrashekhar Karadiguddi, Diane Sawchuck, Rahat Qureshi, Shafik Dharamsi, Anjali Joshi, Peter von Dadelszen, Richard Derman, Mrutyunjaya Bellad, Shivaprasad Goudar and Ashalata Mallapur
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13(Suppl 1):37

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 13 Supplement 1

  28. Maternal mortality is of global public health concern and >99 % of maternal deaths occur in less developed countries. The common causes of direct maternal death are hemorrhage, sepsis and pre-eclampsia/eclamps...

    Authors: Asif Raza Khowaja, Rahat Najam Qureshi, Sana Sheikh, Shujaat Zaidi, Rehana Salam, Diane Sawchuck, Marianne Vidler, Peter von Dadelszen and Zulfiqar Bhutta
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13(Suppl 1):36

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 13 Supplement 1

  29. Maternal deaths have been attributed in large part to delays in recognition of illness, timely transport to facility, and timely treatment once there. As community perceptions of pregnancy and their complicati...

    Authors: Marianne Vidler, Umesh Charantimath, Geetanjali Katageri, Umesh Ramadurg, Chandrashekhar Karadiguddi, Diane Sawchuck, Rahat Qureshi, Shafik Dharamsi, Peter von Dadelszen, Richard Derman, Shivaprasad Goudar, Ashalata Mallapur and Mrutyunjaya Bellad
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13(Suppl 1):35

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 13 Supplement 1

  30. Pakistan has alarmingly high numbers of maternal mortality along with suboptimal care-seeking behaviour. It is essential to identify the barriers and facilitators that women and families encounter, when decidi...

    Authors: Rahat Najam Qureshi, Sana Sheikh, Asif Raza Khowaja, Zahra Hoodbhoy, Shujaat Zaidi, Diane Sawchuck, Marianne Vidler, Zulfiqar A. Bhutta and Peter von Dadeslzen
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13(Suppl 1):34

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 13 Supplement 1

  31. Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest maternal mortality ratio at 500 deaths per 100,000 live births. In Mozambique maternal mortality is estimated at 249-480 per 100,000 live births and eclampsia is the third le...

    Authors: Helena Boene, Marianne Vidler, Charfudin Sacoor, Abel Nhama, Ariel Nhacolo, Cassimo Bique, Pedro Alonso, Diane Sawchuck, Rahat Qureshi, Eusébio Macete, Clara Menéndez, Peter von Dadelszen, Esperança Sevene and Khátia Munguambe
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13(Suppl 1):33

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 13 Supplement 1

  32. In Nigeria, women too often suffer the consequences of serious obstetric complications that may lead to death. Delay in seeking care (phase I delay) is a recognized contributor to adverse pregnancy outcomes. T...

    Authors: David O. Akeju, Olufemi T. Oladapo, Marianne Vidler, Adepoju A. Akinmade, Diane Sawchuck, Rahat Qureshi, Muftaut Solarin, Olalekan O. Adetoro and Peter von Dadelszen
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13(Suppl 1):32

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 13 Supplement 1

  33. In countries, such as Mozambique, where maternal mortality remains high, the greatest contribution of mortality comes from the poor and vulnerable communities, who frequently reside in remote and rural areas w...

    Authors: Khátia Munguambe, Helena Boene, Marianne Vidler, Cassimo Bique, Diane Sawchuck, Tabassum Firoz, Prestige Tatenda Makanga, Rahat Qureshi, Eusébio Macete, Clara Menéndez, Peter von Dadelszen and Esperança Sevene
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13(Suppl 1):31

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 13 Supplement 1

  34. Antenatal corticosteroids are commonly used to reduce neonatal mortality, but most research to date has been in high-resource settings and few studies have evaluated its impact on stillbirth. In the Antenatal ...

    Authors: Robert L. Goldenberg, Vanessa R. Thorsten, Fernando Althabe, Sarah Saleem, Ana Garces, Waldemar A. Carlo, Omrana Pasha, Elwyn Chomba, Shivaprasad Goudar, Fabian Esamai, Nancy F. Krebs, Richard J. Derman, Edward A. Liechty, Archana Patel, Patricia L. Hibberd, Pierre M. Buekens…
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:68
  35. Manifest socio-economic differences are a trigger for internal migration in many sub-Saharan settings including Kenya. An interplay of the social, political and economic factors often lead to internal migratio...

    Authors: Rhoune Ochako, Ian Askew, Jerry Okal, John Oucho and Marleen Temmerman
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:67
  36. Antenatal corticosteroids (ACS) for women at high risk of preterm birth is an effective intervention to reduce neonatal mortality among preterm babies delivered in hospital settings, but has not been widely us...

    Authors: Mabel Berrueta, Jennifer Hemingway-Foday, Vanessa R. Thorsten, Robert L. Goldenberg, Waldemar A. Carlo, Ana Garces, Archana Patel, Sarah Saleem, Omrana Pasha, Elwyn Chomba, Patricia L. Hibberd, Nancy F. Krebs, Shivaprasad Goudar, Richard J. Derman, Fabian Esamai, Edward A Liechty…
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:66
  37. Possible severe bacterial infections (pSBI) continue to be a leading cause of global neonatal mortality annually. With the recent publications of simplified antibiotic regimens for treatment of pSBI where refe...

    Authors: Patricia L. Hibberd, Nellie I. Hansen, Marie E. Wang, Shivaprasad S. Goudar, Omrana Pasha, Fabian Esamai, Elwyn Chomba, Ana Garces, Fernando Althabe, Richard J. Derman, Robert L. Goldenberg, Edward A. Liechty, Waldemar A. Carlo, K. Michael Hambidge, Nancy F. Krebs, Pierre Buekens…
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:65
  38. The Antenatal Corticosteroid Trial (ACT) assessed the feasibility, effectiveness, and safety of a multifaceted intervention to increase the use of antenatal corticosteroids (ACS) in mothers at risk of preterm ...

    Authors: Karen Klein, Elizabeth M. McClure, Daniela Colaci, Vanessa Thorsten, Patricia L. Hibberd, Fabian Esamai, Ana Garces, Archana Patel, Sarah Saleem, Omrana Pasha, Elwyn Chomba, Waldemar A. Carlo, Nancy F. Krebs, Shivaprasad Goudar, Richard J. Derman, Edward A Liechty…
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:64
  39. The Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health Research undertook a cluster-randomized trial to assess the impact of a multi-faceted intervention to identify women at high-risk of preterm birth at all le...

    Authors: Ana Garces, Elizabeth M. McClure, Lester Figueroa, Sayury Pineda, K. Michael Hambidge, Nancy F. Krebs, Vanessa R. Thorsten, Dennis D. Wallace, Fernando Althabe and Robert L. Goldenberg
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:63
  40. The Antenatal Corticosteroid Trial assessed the feasibility, effectiveness, and safety of a multifaceted intervention to increase the use of antenatal corticosteroids (ACS) in mothers at risk of preterm birth ...

    Authors: Fernando Althabe, Vanessa Thorsten, Karen Klein, Elizabeth M. McClure, Patricia L. Hibberd, Robert L. Goldenberg, Waldemar A. Carlo, Ana Garces, Archana Patel, Omrana Pasha, Elwyn Chomba, Nancy F. Krebs, Shivaprasad Goudar, Richard J. Derman, Fabian Esamai, Edward A. Liechty…
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:62
  41. The Global Network’s Antenatal Corticosteroids Trial (ACT), was a multi-country, cluster-randomized trial to improve appropriate use of antenatal corticosteroids (ACS) in low-resource settings in low-middle in...

    Authors: Elizabeth M. McClure, Robert L. Goldenberg, Alan H. Jobe, Menachem Miodovnik, Marion Koso-Thomas, Pierre Buekens, Jose Belizan and Fernando Althabe
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:61
  42. Psychological factor alters fertility hormones and contributes to male infertility. Anxiety and depression are common manifestations of psychological distress. Cytochrome P-4501A1 (CYP1A1) metabolizes xenobiot...

    Authors: Aditi Singh, Bidhan Chandra Koner, Prakash Chandra Ray, Sudha Prasad, Elvia Jamatia, Mirza Masroor and Vijay Kumar Singh
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:60
  43. Inappropriate feminine hygiene practices are related to vulvovaginitis. We investigated the prevalence of personal hygiene habits among Lebanese women as well as their awareness of adequate practices.

    Authors: Elie Attieh, Samer Maalouf, Dina Roumieh, Pamela Abdayem, Georges AbiTayeh and Assaad Kesrouani
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:59
  44. Ectopic pregnancies, miscarriages and hydatidiform moles are the major types of pathological pregnancies in the early gestations of pregnancy and constitute an important public health problem. The trends and i...

    Authors: Xue-Lian Li, Dan-Feng Du, Shang-Jie Chen, Sai-Hua Zheng, Arier C Lee and Qi Chen
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:58
  45. Socio-economic development in Vietnam has resulted in increased internal migration particularly among young women seeking employment opportunities in cities. Vietnamese female migrants who enter new environmen...

    Authors: Lan Thi Hoang Vu, Ngan Thi Kim Nguyen, Hanh Thi Duc Tran and Nazeem Muhajarine
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:55
  46. Abortion services were legalized in India in 1972, however, the access to safe abortion services is restricted, especially in rural areas. In 2002, medical abortion using mifepristone- misoprostol was approved...

    Authors: Kirti Iyengar and Sharad D. Iyengar
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:54

    The Erratum to this article has been published in Reproductive Health 2016 13:85

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