Publications

Using mixed methods that combined participant observation and semi-structured in-depth interviews, this study looked at changing practices and shifting meanings of female genital cutting among the Maasai people in Tanzania.

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Facility-based maternal mortality remains an important public health problem in Mozambique. A num-
ber of factors associated with health system functioning can be described behind the occurrence of
these deaths. This paper aimed to evaluate the magnitude of the health facility-based maternal mortal-
ity, its geographical distribution and to assess the health facility factors implicated in the occurrence of
these deaths. A secondary analysis was done on data from the survey on maternal health needs per-
formed by the Ministry of Health of Mozambique in 2008. During the study period 2.198 maternal
deaths occurred out of 312.537 deliveries. According to the applied model the availability of Maternal
and Child Health (MCH) nurses performing Emergency Obstetric Care functions was related to the
reduction of facility-based maternal mortality by 40%. No significant effects were observed for the avail-
ability of medical doctors, surgical technicians and critical delivery room equipment.

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Background: The contraceptive prevalence rate in Mozambique was estimated as 11.3% in the last Demographic and Health Survey. The impact of family planning (FP) on women's health and on the reduction of maternal mortality is well known.

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Background: Female sex workers (FSWs) are extremely vulnerable to adverse sexual and reproductive health (SRH) outcomes. To mitigate these risks, they require access to services covering not only HIV prevention but also contraception, cervical cancer screening and sexual violence. To develop context-specific intervention packages to improve uptake, we identified gaps in service utilization in four different cities

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Background: Around 1.5 million annual neonatal deaths occur in the first week of life, and infections represent one of the major causes in developing countries. Neonatal sepsis is often strictly connected to infection of the maternal genital tract during labour.

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Dr. Syed Khurram Azmat successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled: “Models to accelerate modern family planning/contraceptive services access and uptake among married women in rural Pakistan” on Monday, January 9th 2017 at 12:00 on the UZ hospital campus, Ghent University, Belgium.

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Objective: To assess the practice of post-abortion family planning (PAFP) counselling among Chinese abortion service providers, and identify the influencing factors.

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Objective: To assess the practice of post-abortion family planning (PAFP) counselling among Chinese abortion service providers, and identify the influencing factors.

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The 2016 WHO guidelines on antenatal care1 were published earlier this month and are widely welcomed because they are not only academically robust, but also relevant to end-users and patients. The guidelines cover antenatal care for normal pregnancies and have adopted a woman-centred, holistic approach to care. They cover nutritional interventions, maternal and fetal assessment, preventive measures, interventions for common physiological pregnancy symptoms, and health systems interventions to improve the use and quality of antenatal care.

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