Monthly Archives: September 2017
Major health disparities occur in at risk groups of women who do not have access to reliable and affordable contraception. In this World Contraception Day blog, Dr. Alicia Christy and Dr. Carolyn Sufrin highlight these at risk groups and discuss the barriers that need to be eliminated in order to reduce unintended pregnancies and improve health.
As a teenager, Dr. Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli experienced shame and was often denied access when he tried to purchase condoms. Forty years later, adolescents around the world still face barriers to contraceptive access. In this blog, Dr. Chandra-Mouli discusses those barriers and how they can be overcome.
A lack of safe drinking water and sanitation are primary causes of diarrhea: highly prevalent in developing countries, it lead to a staggering 9.2% of child deaths in 2013. In an article recently published in Infectious Diseases of Poverty researchers set out an ambitious longitudinal study that will explore the effectiveness of a WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) project in Idiofa, Bandundu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. The study will gather much needed evidence on ways to improve sanitation and decrease health risks.
Governance of health systems is critical to their operation and performance, but the everyday realities and practice of governance in LMICs is rarely considered in academic inquiry – yet, influences their capacity to promote equity. A new thematic series from the International Journal for Equity in Health provides an empirical and embedded research perspective on governance and equity in health systems. Here to discuss this and highlight the importance of the series is the Guest Editor, Lucy Gilson.
In 2015, 193 UN Member States adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which have the potential to significantly benefit maternal and child health. A review published today in Public Health Reviews analyses literature on the impact of paid parental leave on maternal and infant health. Here to tell us why this particular policy can help meet SDGs’ commitments are authors of the paper Dr. Jody Heymann and Aleta Sprague.
The group of women veterans is growing and they require different areas of attention than their male counterparts. In this post, Alison B. Hamilton and Elizabeth M. Yano discuss their study, published in Translational Behavioral Medicine, on improving the quality of care for women veterans and the important role of stakeholders in the process.
Recently published research in Injury Epidemiology finds that people who sustained physical injury or were exposed to the dust cloud during the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001 may be at an increased risk of heart and lung disease. Here to tell us more are two authors of the study, Howard Alper and Robert Brackbill.