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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718712/comparison-of-domains-of-self-reported-physical-activity-between-kenyan-adult-urban-slum-dwellers-and-national-estimates
#1
Hilde E Groot, Stella K Muthuri
BACKGROUND: Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) - largely the result of modifiable behavioral risks such as physical inactivity that gradually develop into physiological risks - are a main cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. In Kenya, a nationally representative STEPwise survey of risk factors for NCDs established that 10.8% of Kenyans accumulated low levels of total physical activity. OBJECTIVES: The goal of our analyses was to compare domains of self-reported physical activity in two Nairobi slums to national estimates...
2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715934/-first-1000-days-health-interventions-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-alignment-of-south-african-policies-with-high-quality-evidence
#2
René English, Nazia Peer, Simone Honikman, Aviva Tugendhaft, Karen J Hofman
BACKGROUND: In South Africa (SA), despite adoption of international strategies and approaches, maternal, neonatal and child (MNC) morbidity and mortality rates have not sufficiently declined. OBJECTIVES: To conduct an umbrella review (UR) that identifies interventions in low- and middle-income countries, with a high-quality evidence base, that improve MNC morbidity and mortality outcomes within the first 1000 days of life; and to assess the incorporation of the evidence into local strategies, guidelines and documents...
2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715931/understanding-and-acting-on-the-developmental-origins-of-health-and-disease-in-africa-would-improve-health-across-generations
#3
Shane A Norris, Abdallah Daar, Dorairajan Balasubramanian, Peter Byass, Elizabeth Kimani-Murage, Andrew Macnab, Christoff Pauw, Atul Singhal, Chittaranjan Yajnik, James Akazili, Naomi Levitt, Jihene Maatoug, Nolwazi Mkhwanazi, Sophie E Moore, Moffat Nyirenda, Juliet R C Pulliam, Tamsen Rochat, Rihlat Said-Mohamed, Soraya Seedat, Eugene Sobngwi, Mark Tomlinson, Elona Toska, Cari van Schalkwyk
Data from many high- and low- or middle-income countries have linked exposures during key developmental periods (in particular pregnancy and infancy) to later health and disease. Africa faces substantial challenges with persisting infectious disease and now burgeoning non-communicable disease.This paper opens the debate to the value of strengthening the developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD) research focus in Africa to tackle critical public health challenges across the life-course. We argue that the application of DOHaD science in Africa to advance life-course prevention programmes can aid the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, and assist in improving health across generations...
2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685669/understanding-how-domestic-health-policy-is-integrated-into-foreign-policy-in-south-africa-a-case-for-accelerating-access-to-antiretroviral-medicines
#4
Simon Moeketsi Modisenyane, Stephen James Heinrich Hendricks, Harvey Fineberg
BACKGROUND: South Africa, as an emerging middle-income country, is becoming increasingly influential in global health diplomacy (GHD). However, little empirical research has been conducted to inform arguments for the integration of domestic health into foreign policy by state and non-state actors. This study seeks to address this knowledge gap. It takes the form of an empirical case study which analyses how South Africa integrates domestic health into its foreign policy, using the lens of access to antiretroviral (ARV) medicines...
2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681668/towards-an-understanding-of-the-multilevel-factors-associated-with-maternal-health-care-utilization-in-uttar-pradesh-india
#5
Sanjeev Sridharan, Arnab Dey, Aparna Seth, Dharmendra Chandurkar, Kultar Singh, Katherine Hay, Rachael Gibson
BACKGROUND: This paper explores the multilevel factors associated with maternal health utilization in India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh. 3 key utilization practices: registration of pregnancy, receipt of antenatal care, and delivery at home are examined for district and individual level predictors. The data is based on 5666 household surveys conducted as part of a baseline evaluation of the Uttar Pradesh Technical Support Unit (UPTSU.) program. OBJECTIVES: This intervention aims to assist the Government of Uttar Pradesh in increasing the efficiency, effectiveness, and equity of service delivery across a continuum of reproductive, maternal, new-born, child, and adolescent health (RMNCH+A) outcomes...
2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678682/the-sexual-lives-of-people-with-disabilities-within-low-and-middle-income-countries-a-scoping-study-of-studies-published-in-english
#6
Mark T Carew, Stine Hellum Braathen, Leslie Swartz, Xanthe Hunt, Poul Rohleder
BACKGROUND: Although approximately 80% of the global population of people with disabilities reside in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), very little is known about their sexual lives due to a lack of empirical data. We aimed to provide a scoping review of English-language research conducted on disability and sexuality in LMICs. OBJECTIVE: Our research questions concerned what topics in disability and sexuality have (and have not) been investigated, where this research has been carried out, and how this research has been conducted...
2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678680/management-of-noma-practice-competence-and-knowledge-among-healthcare-workers-in-a-rural-district-of-zambia
#7
Mathilda Ahlgren, Tjede Funk, Clemence Marimo, Charlotte Ndiaye, Tobias Alfvén
BACKGROUND: Noma is an infectious but opportunistic disease that often results in severe facial disfigurements and mortality if untreated. As noma progresses quickly, early detection and treatment are important to prevent its development. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to investigate primary healthcare workers' knowledge and management of noma in a rural part of Zambia. METHODS: A cross-sectional self-completed survey was conducted among 35 healthcare workers from two district hospitals and 15 rural health centres in Serenje District, Zambia...
2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678650/cultural-practices-gender-inequality-and-inconsistent-condom-use-increase-vulnerability-to-hiv-infection-narratives-from-married-and-cohabiting-women-in-rural-communities-in-mpumalanga-province-south-africa
#8
Sphiwe Madiba, Nomsa Ngwenya
BACKGROUND: Women in sub-Saharan Africa bear the brunt of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic, and older married women and those in cohabiting relationships are regarded as the largest HIV risk group. Although preventing HIV infection in married or stable relationships is an international HIV prevention priority, little is known about the influence of sociocultural contexts on safe-sex practice by women, particularly older women in rural communities in South Africa. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to examine how older women in a rural patriarchal society negotiate safer sex within marital and long-term cohabitation relationships, and their perceptions and experiences of barriers that influence condom use...
January 2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649938/epidemiology-and-survival-of-cervical-cancer-in-the-french-west-indies-data-from-the-martinique-cancer-registry-2002-2011
#9
K Melan, E Janky, J Macni, S Ulric-Gervaise, M-J Dorival, J Veronique-Baudin, C Joachim
BACKGROUND: The Caribbean ranks seventh among world regions most affected by cervical cancer. Social health inequalities, such as differences in access to screening services, engender disparities in incidence and mortality between low- and middle-income countries and industrialized countries. The French National Cancer Plan 2014-2019 focuses on reducing inequalities in cervical cancer. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe the geographical distribution and overall survival of cervical cancer, based on data from a population-based cancer registry in Martinique (French West-Indies)...
2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649932/a-web-of-gaps-a-discussion-of-research-strands-concerning-global-south-families-with-a-disabled-child
#10
Xanthe Hunt, Brian Watermeyer
BACKGROUND: In low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), limited access to a range of supports means that families often carry primary responsibility for the care of a disabled child. The impact of this responsibility is poorly understood. OBJECTIVE: To present a selective review, critique, and comparison of the prominent areas of research aimed at understanding families with disabled children in the Global South. DESIGN: We compare and critically discuss prominent bodies of literature concerning the family-disability-poverty nexus in LMICs...
2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649930/expanding-the-scope-beyond-mortality-burden-and-missed-opportunities-in-maternal-morbidity-in-indonesia
#11
Vitri Widyaningsih, Khotijah, Balgis
BACKGROUND: Indonesia still faces challenges in maternal health. Specifically, the lack of information on community-level maternal morbidity. The relatively high maternal healthcare non-utilization in Indonesia intensifies this problem. OBJECTIVE: To describe the burden of community-level maternal morbidity in Indonesia. Additionally, to evaluate the extent and determinants of missed opportunities in women with maternal morbidity. METHODS: We used three cross-sectional surveys (Indonesian Demographic and Health Survey, IDHS 2002, 2007 and 2012)...
2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641057/child-anthropometry-data-quality-from-demographic-and-health-surveys-multiple-indicator-cluster-surveys-and-national-nutrition-surveys-in-the-west-central-africa-region-are-we-comparing-apples-and-oranges
#12
Daniel J Corsi, Jessica M Perkins, S V Subramanian
BACKGROUND: There has been limited work comparing survey characteristics and assessing the quality of child anthropometric data from population-based surveys. OBJECTIVE: To investigate survey characteristics and indicators of quality of anthropometric data in children aged 0-59 months from 23 countries in the West Central Africa region. METHODS: Using established methodologies and criteria to examine child age, sex, height, and weight, we conducted a comprehensive assessment and scoring of the quality of anthropometric data collected in 100 national surveys...
2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641056/the-odd-couple-using-biomedical-and-intersectional-approaches-to-address-health-inequities
#13
Olena Hankivsky, Lesley Doyal, Gillian Einstein, Ursula Kelly, Janet Shim, Lynn Weber, Robin Repta
BACKGROUND: Better understanding and addressing health inequities is a growing global priority. OBJECTIVE: In this paper, we contribute to the literature examining complex relationships between biological and social dimensions in the field of health inequalities. Specifically, we explore the potential of intersectionality to advance current approaches to socio-biological entwinements. DESIGN: We provide a brief overview of current approaches to combining both biological and social factors in a single study, and then investigate the contributions of an intersectional framework to such work...
January 2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640664/%C3%A2-somos-iguales-using-a-structural-violence-framework-to-understand-gender-and-health-inequities-from-an-intersectional-perspective-in-the-peruvian-amazon
#14
Geordan D Shannon, Angelica Motta, Carlos F Cáceres, Jolene Skordis-Worrall, Diana Bowie, Audrey Prost
BACKGROUND: In the Peruvian Amazon, historical events of colonization and political marginalization intersect with identities of ethnicity, class and geography in the construction of gender and health inequities. Gender-based inequalities can manifest in poor health outcomes via discriminatory practices, healthcare system imbalances, inequities in health research, and differential exposures and vulnerabilities to diseases. Structural violence is a comprehensive framework to explain the mechanisms by which social forces such as poverty, racism and gender inequity become embodied as individual experiences and health outcomes, and thus may be a useful tool in structuring an intersectional analysis of gender and health inequities in Amazonian Peru...
January 2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640661/attrition-from-antiretroviral-treatment-services-among-pregnant-and-non-pregnant-patients-following-adoption-of-option-b-in-haiti
#15
Jean Wysler Domercant, Nancy Puttkammer, Paul Young, Krista Yuhas, Kesner François, Reynold Grand'Pierre, David Lowrance, Michelle Adler
BACKGROUND: Access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) has expanded in Haiti because of the adoption of Option B+ and the revision of treatment guidelines. Retention in care and treatment varies greatly and few studies have examined retention rates, particularly among women enrolled in Option B+. OBJECTIVE: To assess attrition among pregnant and non-pregnant patients initiating ART following adoption of Option B+ in Haiti. METHODS: Longitudinal data of adult patients initiated on ART from October 2012 through August 2014 at 73 health facilities across Haiti were analyzed using a survival analysis framework to determine levels of attrition...
2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621223/a-generation-at-risk-a-cross-sectional-study-on-hiv-aids-knowledge-exposure-to-mass-media-and-stigmatizing-behaviors-among-young-women-aged-15-24-years-in-ghana
#16
Charity Konadu Asamoah, Benedict Oppong Asamoah, Anette Agardh
HIV/AIDS stigmatizing behaviors are a huge barrier to early detection and treatment of individuals with the AIDS virus. HIV/AIDS stigma and related consequences are debilitating, especially for vulnerable populations. This study sought to assess whether young women's HIV/AIDS knowledge levels and exposure to mass media (television and radio) have an influence on their stigmatizing behaviors and role as agents of stigma towards individuals living with HIV and AIDS. The data used for this study originated from the Ghana Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2011...
2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621206/baseline-population-health-conditions-ahead-of-a-health-system-strengthening-program-in-rural-madagascar
#17
Ann C Miller, Ranto H Ramananjato, Andres Garchitorena, Victor R Rabeza, Djordje Gikic, Amber Cripps, Laura Cordier, Hery-Tiana Rahaniraka Razanadrakato, Marius Randriamanambintsoa, Lara Hall, Megan Murray, Felicite Safara Razanavololo, Michael L Rich, Matthew H Bonds
BACKGROUND: A model health district was initiated through a program of health system strengthening (HSS) in Ifanadiana District of southeastern Madagascar in 2014. We report population health indicators prior to initiation of the program. METHODS: A representative household survey based on the Demographic Health Survey was conducted using a two-stage cluster sampling design in two strata - the initial program catchment area and the future catchment area. Chi-squared and t-tests were used to compare data by stratum, using appropriate sampling weights...
2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621201/effectiveness-of-antenatal-care-services-in-reducing-neonatal-mortality-in-kenya-analysis-of-national-survey-data
#18
Malachi Arunda, Anders Emmelin, Benedict Oppong Asamoah
BACKGROUND: Although global neonatal mortality declined by about 40 percent from 1990 to 2013, it still accounted for about 2.6 million deaths globally and constituted 42 percent of global under-five deaths. Most of these deaths occur in developing countries. Antenatal care (ANC) is a globally recommended strategy used to prevent neonatal deaths. In Kenya, over 90 percent of pregnant women attend at least one ANC visit during pregnancy. However, Kenya is currently among the 10 countries that contribute the most neonatal deaths globally...
2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617216/the-effect-of-performance-based-financing-on-maternal-healthcare-use-in-burundi-a-two-wave-pooled-cross-sectional-analysis
#19
Martin Rudasingwa, Robert Soeters, Olivier Basenya
BACKGROUND: Several developing countries, especially in Africa, have implemented performance-based financing (PBF) schemes with the aim of improving healthcare provision. PBF was first implemented in Burundi in 2006 as a pilot programme in three provinces and was rolled out nationwide in 2010. OBJECTIVE: To enrich existing studies on Burundi in three ways. Firstly, by evaluating the effect of PBF on maternal care at primary and hospital levels; secondly, on the possession of maternity logbooks for maternal care records; and thirdly, how the amount of subsidies influences healthcare outputs...
2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617198/thinking-about-the-environment-and-theorising-change-how-could-life-history-strategy-theory-inform-mhealth-interventions-in-low-and-middle-income-countries
#20
Barak Morgan, Xanthe Hunt, Mark Tomlinson
BACKGROUND: There is a growing body of literature outlining the promise of mobile information and communication technologies to improve healthcare in resource-constrained contexts. METHODS: We reviewed the literature related to mobile information and communication technologies which aim to improve healthcare in resource-constrained contexts, in order to glean general observations regarding the state of mHealth in high-income countries (HIC) and low- and middle-income countries (LMIC)...
2017: Global Health Action
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