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  1. Research

    Improving health worker performance of abortion services: an assessment of post-training support to providers in India, Nepal and Nigeria

    Health worker performance has been the focus of numerous interventions and evaluation studies in low- and middle-income countries. Few have examined changes in individual provider performance with an intervent...

    Janie Benson, Joan Healy, Sally Dijkerman and Kathryn Andersen

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:154

    Published on: 21 November 2017

  2. Research

    Evaluating implementation of the World Health Organization’s Strategic Approach to strengthening sexual and reproductive health policies and programs to address unintended pregnancy and unsafe abortion

    We conducted a process evaluation to assess how the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Strategic Approach to strengthening sexual and reproductive health policies and programs (“the SA”) was used in 15 countries t...

    Shusmita Rashid, Julia E. Moore, Caitlyn Timmings, Joshua P. Vogel, Bela Ganatra, Dina N. Khan, Radha Sayal, A. Metin Gülmezoglu and Sharon E. Straus

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:153

    Published on: 21 November 2017

  3. Study protocol

    Community based intervention to prevent domestic violence against women in the reproductive age in Northwestern Ethiopia: a protocol for quasi-experimental study

    Violence against women is a well understood devastating global pandemic, and human right violation. One in three women experienced intimate partner violence worldwide. In Ethiopia, the level of domestic violen...

    Agumasie Semahegn, Kwasi Torpey, Abubakar Manu, Nega Assefa and Augustine Ankomah

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:155

    Published on: 21 November 2017

  4. Research

    It does matter where you come from: mothers’ experiences of childbirth in midwife obstetric units, Tshwane, South Africa

    Health professionals are striving to improve respectful care for women, but they fall short in the domains of effective communication, respectful and dignified care and emotional support during labour. This st...

    Sarie J. Oosthuizen, Anne-Marie Bergh, Robert C. Pattinson and Jackie Grimbeek

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:151

    Published on: 16 November 2017

  5. Research

    Assessing quality of maternity care in Hungary: expert validation and testing of the mother-centered prenatal care (MCPC) survey instrument

    Instruments to assess quality of maternity care in Central and Eastern European (CEE) region are scarce, despite reports of poor doctor-patient communication, non-evidence-based care, and informal cash payment...

    Nicholas Rubashkin, Imre Szebik, Petra Baji, Zsuzsa Szántó, Éva Susánszky and Saraswathi Vedam

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:152

    Published on: 16 November 2017

  6. Research

    Discordance in self-report and observation data on mistreatment of women by providers during childbirth in Uttar Pradesh, India

    The study aims to assess the discordance between self-reported and observed measures of mistreatment of women during childbirth in public health facilities in Uttar Pradesh, India, as well as correlates of the...

    Arnab Dey, Holly Baker Shakya, Dharmendra Chandurkar, Sanjiv Kumar, Arup Kumar Das, John Anthony, Mrunal Shetye, Suneeta Krishnan, Jay G. Silverman and Anita Raj

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:149

    Published on: 15 November 2017

  7. Commentary

    Obstetric care navigation: a new approach to promote respectful maternity care and overcome barriers to safe motherhood

    Disrespectful and abusive maternity care is a common and pervasive problem that disproportionately impacts marginalized women. By making mothers less likely to agree to facility-based delivery, it contributes ...

    Kirsten Austad, Anita Chary, Boris Martinez, Michel Juarez, Yolanda Juarez Martin, Enma Coyote Ixen and Peter Rohloff

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:148

    Published on: 13 November 2017

  8. Research

    Obstetric fistulae in southern Mozambique: incidence, obstetric characteristics and treatment

    Obstetric fistula is one of the most devastating consequences of unmet needs in obstetric services. Systematic reviews suggest that the pooled incidence of fistulae in community-based studies is 0.09 per 1000 ...

    Sibone Mocumbi, Claudia Hanson, Ulf Högberg, Helena Boene, Peter von Dadelszen, Anna Bergström, Khátia Munguambe and Esperança Sevene

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:147

    Published on: 10 November 2017

  9. Research

    PRENACEL – a mHealth messaging system to complement antenatal care: a cluster randomized trial

    The aim of this study was to determine whether PRENACEL (a bi-directional, mobile-phone based, short text message service (SMS)) increases the coverage of recommended antenatal care (ANC) practices.

    Lívia Oliveira-Ciabati, Carolina Sales Vieira, Ana Carolina Arruda Franzon, Domingos Alves, Fabiani Spessoto Zaratini, Giordana Campos Braga, Jazmin Andrea Cifuentes Sanchez, Lívia Pimenta Bonifácio, Magna Santos Andrade, Mariana Fernandes, Silvana Maria Quintana, Suzi Volpato Fabio, Vicky Nogueira Pileggi, Elisabeth Meloni Vieira and João Paulo Souza

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:146

    Published on: 7 November 2017

  10. Correction

    Correction to: Design and initial implementation of the WHO FP umbrella project- to strengthen contraceptive services in the sub Saharan Africa

    After publication of the original article [1], it came to the authors’ attention that the Acknowledgements section was not completed correctly. The Acknowledgements of the article should have been as follows.

    Rita Kabra, Moazzam Ali and James Kiarie

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:145

    Published on: 6 November 2017

    The original article was published in Reproductive Health 2017 14:74

  11. Research

    Prevalence of adhesions and associated postoperative complications after cesarean section in Ghana: a prospective cohort study

    The global increase in Cesarean section rate is associated with short- and long-term complications, including adhesions with potential serious maternal and fetal consequences. This study investigated the preva...

    Mercy A. Nuamah, Joyce L. Browne, Alexander V. Öry, Nelson Damale, Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch and Marcus J. Rijken

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:143

    Published on: 2 November 2017

  12. Research

    Management of pregnancy at and beyond 41 completed weeks of gestation in low-risk women: a secondary analysis of two WHO multi-country surveys on maternal and newborn health

    The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends induction of labour (IOL) for women who have reached 41 completed weeks of pregnancy without spontaneous onset of labour. Many women with prolonged pregnancy and/...

    Kyaw Swa Mya, Malinee Laopaiboon, Joshua P. Vogel, Jose Guilherme Cecatti, João Paulo Souza, Ahmet Metin Gulmezoglu, Eduardo Ortiz-Panozo, Suneeta Mittal and Pisake Lumbiganon

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:141

    Published on: 30 October 2017

  13. Review

    Barriers or gaps in implementation of misoprostol use for post-abortion care and post-partum hemorrhage prevention in developing countries: a systematic review

    Around 303,000 maternal deaths occur every year; most of these are preventable (World Health Organization), ICD-10: International classification of diseases and related health problems, 10th revision. Volume 2...

    Amir Ali Barket Ali Samnani, Narjis Rizvi, Tazeen Saeed Ali and Farina Abrejo

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:139

    Published on: 27 October 2017

  14. Study protocol

    Study protocol: incentives for increased access to comprehensive family planning for urban youth using a benefits card in Uganda. A quasi-experimental study

    The use of contraception is one of the most cost-effective public health interventions and has the potential to prevent about 30% of maternal and 10% of child deaths in developing countries. Voucher-based init...

    Afra Nuwasiima, Elly Nuwamanya, Patricia Navvuga, Janet U. Babigumira, Francis T. Asiimwe, Solomon J. Lubinga and Joseph B. Babigumira

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:140

    Published on: 27 October 2017

  15. Review

    Prevalence of prenatal exposure to substances of abuse: questionnaire versus biomarkers

    Alcohol and drugs of abuse consumption in young adults, including women of childbearing age, has experienced significant increase over the past two decades. The use of questionnaires as the only measure to inv...

    Antonella Chiandetti, Gimena Hernandez, María Mercadal-Hally, Airam Alvarez, Vicente Andreu-Fernandez, Elisabet Navarro-Tapia, Adriana Bastons-Compta and Oscar Garcia-Algar

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:137

    Published on: 25 October 2017

  16. Research

    Persisting demand and supply gap for maternal and newborn care in eastern Uganda: a mixed-method cross-sectional study

    The slow progress in reducing maternal and newborn death in low and middle-income countries is attributed to both demand and supply-side factors. This study assessed the changes in maternal and newborn service...

    Rornald Muhumuza Kananura, Suzanne Namusoke Kiwanuka, Elizabeth Ekirapa-Kiracho and Peter Waiswa

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:136

    Published on: 24 October 2017

  17. Research

    ‘I felt the world crash down on me’: Women’s experiences being denied legal abortion in Colombia

    In 2006, Colombia’s constitutional court overturned a complete ban on abortion, liberalizing the procedure. Despite a relatively liberal new law, women still struggle to access safe and legal abortion services...

    Teresa DePiñeres, Sarah Raifman, Margoth Mora, Cristina Villarreal, Diana Greene Foster and Caitlin Gerdts

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:133

    Published on: 23 October 2017

  18. Research

    Perceptions of and barriers to family planning services in the poorest regions of Chiapas, Mexico: a qualitative study of men, women, and adolescents

    In the poorest regions of Chiapas, Mexico, 50.2% of women in need of contraceptives do not use any modern method. A qualitative study was needed to design effective and culturally appropriate interventions.

    Emily Dansereau, Alexandra Schaefer, Bernardo Hernández, Jennifer Nelson, Erin Palmisano, Diego Ríos-Zertuche, Alex Woldeab, Maria Paola Zúñiga, Emma Margarita Iriarte, Ali H. Mokdad and Charbel El Bcheraoui

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:129

    Published on: 17 October 2017

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