Publications

To increase vaccination coverage, it is essential to understand the vaccine decision-making process. High population coverage is required to obtain herd immunity and to protect vulnerable groups in terms of age (e.g. the very young) or health (e.g. immunodeficiency).

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If health is a human right and if human rights are ‘rights held by individuals simply because they are part of the human species’, then all people, wherever they live, should be entitled to the same collective efforts that can protect or improve their health

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Background Humanitarian crises and migration make girls and women more vulnerable to poor sexual and reproductive health (SRH) outcomes. Nevertheless, there is still a dearth of information on SRH outcomes and access to SRH services among refugee girls and young women in Africa. We conducted a mixed-methods study to assess SRH experiences, knowledge and access to services of refugee girls in the Nakivale settlement, Uganda.MethodsA cross-sectional survey among 260 adolescent girls 13-19years old was conducted between March and May 2018.

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Dr. Saverio Bellizzi successfully defended his PhD entitled 'The effect of health facility based childbirth on early neonatal mortality in low- and middle-income countries' on March 13th 2019, at Ghent University.

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The Chinese Family Planning (FP) programme mainly focuses on married couples, and young unmarried women have limited access. This cross-sectional study aims to identify risk factors related to repeat abortions in Chinese adolescents receiving abortions.

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Objective: Premarital sexual practices and contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) among unmarried women in China remain unclear. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to estimate CPR and analyse contraceptive methods used by unmarried women between 1982 and 2017.

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Background: The prevalence of bacterial vaginosis (BV) and vaginal microbiota types varies dramatically between different populations around the world. Understanding what underpins these differences is important, as highdiversity microbiotas associated with BV are implicated in adverse pregnancy outcomes and enhanced susceptibility to and transmission of sexually transmitted infections.

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On January 7th 2019 Dr. Yves Lafort succesfully defended his PhD entitled: "How to ensure access to adequate HIV and sexual and reproductive health services for female sex workers? : lessons learned from a ‘diagonal’ service delivery model tested in Africa and India" - Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Wim Delva and Prof. Dr. Matthew Chersisch

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