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World Health & Population

Iryna Balabukha, Ambika Krishnakumar, Lutchmie Narine
The purpose of this paper was to develop a valid and reliable measure of financial strain for use with college-attending young adults in Ukraine. The newly developed measure represents an alternative approach to currently used objective measures of poverty and economic hardship. Objective measures are not adequate or applicable for use with Ukrainian young adults who are mainly dependent on their families for economic support. Financial strain was conceptualized as the financial adjustments that young adults have to make to meet their basic housing, food and clothing needs...
2017: World Health & Population
Shomikho Raha, Helene Grandvoinnet
Public health consultations are a fundamental part of public health policy design and implementation. However, one cannot assume that these consultations will automatically be inclusive, that their inputs will indeed influence policy makers, and that this will lead to progress towards UHC. Assessing how public consultations can be more inclusive and influential for stronger results needs to be part of the consultation design. This commentary offers some suggestions on how to do so.
2017: World Health & Population
Weerasak Putthasri, Nanoot Mathurapote, Orapan Srisookwattana
The World Health Organization handbook on Strategizing National Health in the 21st Century has emphasized the importance of the process of population consultation on needs and expectations. According to Thailand National Health Act 2007, three innovative social tools for participatory healthy public policy process were proposed, i.e., health assembly, health impact assessment and health system statute (charter). In practice, population consultation process is required in the process of the tools implementation...
2017: World Health & Population
Mohammed Lamine Yansané
Dr. Yansané is the senior policy advisor to the Minister of Health in Guinea and the former Head of the Minister's Office and former Secretary General, Health. He has been instrumental in advocating for and co-organizing the États Généraux de la Santé in Guinea in 2014. His perspective is clearly one of a policy and decision-maker who has a particular interest in bringing population views, needs and expertise into the policy-making process in the hope that it will lead to improved buy-in of the policy and better implementation...
2017: World Health & Population
Benoit Mathivet
Tunisia embarked on a process of population consultation in 2013, the first phase of which is often presented as an example, including in the paper in this issue by Rohrer, Rajan and Schmets (2017). The present commentary aims to provide an update on the development and challenges encountered in recent years and also explore their causes and possible ways to move ahead.
2017: World Health & Population
Katja Rohrer, Dheepa Rajan, Gerard Schmets
BACKGROUND: We seek to highlight why population consultations need to be promoted more strongly as a powerful means to move health reforms towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC). However, despite this increasing recognition that the "population" is the key factor of successful health planning and high-quality service delivery, there has been very little systematic reflection and only limited (international) attention brought to the idea of specifically consulting the population to improve the quality and soundness of health policies and strategies and to strengthen the national health planning process and implementation...
2017: World Health & Population
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2017: World Health & Population
Shahram Khademvatan, Maryam Izadi-Mazidi, Jasem Saki, Niloufar Khajeddin
AIM: There is evidence to suggest that the protozoan Toxoplasma gondii affects the mental health of people who are infected with it. The aim of the present study was to examine the relationship between T. gondii and mental health. METHODS: A total of 200 students (87 men and 113 women) of Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences (Ahvaz, Iran) were tested for the presence of anti-Toxoplasma antibodies and completed the General Health Questionnaire (see Appendix 1, available at: http://www...
2016: World Health & Population
E Scott Sills, Luca P Fernandez, Christopher A Jones
OBJECTIVE: Although hysteroscopic sterilization (HS) (Essure ®) has been available in the US since 2002, there is disagreement regarding its efficacy, and there has been no study of the economic impact of HS failure. Our investigation examined the economic consequences of contraceptive failure with Essure in the US. METHODS: Contraceptive failure rates (CFR) of 5.7%, 7.7% and 9.6% were applied to the US cohort of HS patients (n = 600,000). Direct economic impact of productivity losses resulting from unplanned conceptions after HS was calculated by factoring Essure failure rate, the exposed population, US female labour force participation, unemployment rate, time away from work owing to vaginal delivery or pregnancy termination and weekly wages...
2016: World Health & Population
Suzanne Ehlers, Jonathan Rucks, Dilly Severin
Dyer et al.'s (2016) analysis offers key insights into religious conservatives' perceptions of family planning. It also provides the basis for a messaging platform which could help grow support for sexual and reproductive health programming in a highly politicized environment. However, Dyer et al. have put forth a potentially harmful premise in their exclusive focus on "healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies" (HTSP), while ignoring the benefits of making "contraceptives" central to messaging efforts to increase the support of religious conservatives...
2016: World Health & Population
Wendy V Norman, Danielle Mazza
Dyer et al., in their article "International Family Planning: How Political and Religious Conservatives Respond and How to Shape Messaging for Successful Advocacy" (2016), have found that American religious and political conservatives respond favorably to the concepts underlying Family Planning, yet unfavorably to the term itself. We cite Canadian and Australian perspectives to argue that the Dyer finding that the term "Family Planning" is synonymous with abortion (or so nearly so to make it "unfundable" without a term change) is not a consideration in at least two countries, and may not be relevant outside the American context...
2016: World Health & Population
Douglas Huber, Raymond Martin, Mona Bormet
Advocating for international family planning while avoiding miscommunications with politically and religiously conservative policy makers and the public requires care and clarity with language. We find that terms such as "international family planning" are well received when the meaning is clearly explained, such as "enabling couples to determine the number and timing of pregnancies, including the voluntary use of methods for preventing pregnancy - not including abortion - harmonious with their beliefs and values"...
2016: World Health & Population
Jenny Eaton Dyer, Brian L Heuser, Shannon Franklin
As a global health organization committed to advocacy and research, Hope Through Healing Hands directed two national polling projects. The 2016 National Survey of Registered Voters Tracking was a longitudinal study to compare and contrast the results from a 2013 national polling project with the same sampling and questionnaire. The primary finding here was that in 2016, conservatives show a statistically significant shift indicating greater, more positive, beliefs in the correlation of contraceptives and women in developing nations and saving lives, although the rest of the populace (moderates and liberals) remained unchanged...
2016: World Health & Population
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2016: World Health & Population
Marie-Pascale Pomey, Paule Lebel
The issue on "The Patient Experience in Ontario 2020: What is Possible?" taught us how Ontario is trying to shift to a consistent culture of patient engagement at all levels of its healthcare system, from clinical to organizational and political. In this commentary, the authors share some of the avenues that have been taken in Quebec to structure patient engagement in a comprehensive way within and across stakeholder and patient populations. The model selected in Quebec is based on partnership of care and services, which includes not only patient involvement, but also interprofessional collaboration among professionals (Pomey et al...
2016: World Health & Population
Samir K Sinha
In trying to cope with the needs of the growing number of people living with dementia (PLWD), jurisdictions around the world have been implementing a variety of strategies, policies and programs to enable better access to the supports they and those who care for them require. Despite considerable efforts that have been undertaken, PLWD and their caregivers still face considerable challenges in pursuing care pathways and community-based supports that can help them avoid premature institutionalization. Morton-Chang et al...
2016: World Health & Population
Henk Nies
In their paper, Morton-Chang et al. (2016) discuss how aging societies are struggling and trying to cope with the rapidly increasing numbers of persons living with dementia (PLWD). In that sense, the Canadian case is not unique. On the contrary, it is very similar to other developing countries. Therefore, it is worthwhile to reflect from another country's perspective on this unprecedented societal development. In this paper, I will consider the challenge of dealing with increasing numbers of PLWD from the European and, in particular, Dutch perspectives...
2016: World Health & Population
Nisha Sutherland, Elaine Wiersma
To guide action towards a community-based dementia care strategy, Morton-Chang et al. provide the following three key strategic pillars: putting people with dementia first, supporting informal caregivers and enabling local communities to support people with dementia. While, in principle we agree with these pillars, the ways in which we interpret and implement them differ. We propose three values that should underlie any discussion of dementia policy, strategy and change and that place people with dementia at the heart of these discussions: that of the rights of people with dementia, of diversity and equity, and inclusion...
2016: World Health & Population
Nancy Rushford, David Harvey
In their article "Toward a Community-Based Dementia Care Strategy: How Do We Get There from Here?" Morton-Chang et al. draw attention to the urgent need for a community-based dementia care strategy in Canada. Drawing from national and international experience, including an illustrative case study of policy in Ontario, they identify three key strategic pillars to guide strategic action: 1. Engage persons living with dementia (PLWD) to any extent possible in decisions around their own care. 2. Acknowledge and support informal caregivers in their pivotal roles supporting PLWD and consequently the formal care...
2016: World Health & Population
Claire Godard-Sebillotte, Isabelle Vedel, Howard Bergman
Morton-Chang et al. highlighted in their article the key strategic pillars of a community-based dementia care strategy: put "people first," support informal caregiving and enable "ground up" innovation and change. In our commentary, we draw upon our experience as authors of the Quebec Alzheimer Plan and evaluators of its implementation by the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS). To us, a sustainable dementia care strategy entails a patient-centred approach, grounded in primary care, caring for persons with dementia at every stage of the disease...
2016: World Health & Population
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