In the 1970s, policy-makers in both India and China, convinced that reducing population growth was critical for ending poverty, instituted coercive population policies. Yet fertility had already been declining in both countries before the population policies were instituted.Read More Download PDF
A look at abortion from the perspective of a doctor who has performed abortions, a physician who also has a PhD in embryology, and someone who had the privilege of working all over the world in various aspects of human reproduction and sexuality.Read More Download PDF
This comment in the Lancet explores the role of policy and research in using the prevention of postpartum hemorrhage and suggest a joint meeting by WHO and FIGO to revisit the 2009 statement by WHO which does not recommend the use of misoprostol at the community level.Read More Download PDF
Objective: Guide policy-makers in prioritizing safe motherhood interventions.
Methods: Three models (LOW, MED, HIGH) were constructed based on 34 sub-Saharan African countries to assess the relative cost-effectiveness of available safe motherhood interventions. Cost and effectiveness data were compiled and inserted into the WHO Mother Baby Package Costing Spreadsheet. For each model we assessed the [...]
A review of the interventions targeted at maternal mortality reduction demonstrates that most developing countries face tremendous challenges in the implementation of these interventions, including the availability of unreliable data and the shortage in human and financial resources, as well as limited political commitment.Read More Download PDF
The Objective of this research is to safety, acceptability, feasibility, and effectiveness of community-based education and distribution of misoprostol for prevention of postpartum hemorrhage at home birth in Afghanistan.Read More Download PDF
The health, social, and economic consequences of unsafe abortion: Papers presented at an IUSSP Seminar, Mexico, 2010
Unsafe abortion continues to be an important factor affecting women's reproductive lives and survival in the developing world, where 98% of all unsafe abortions occur. It has not declined in recent years, continuing at an annual rate of 16 per 1000 women of reproductive age in the developing world according to updated information for 2008. [...]Read More Download PDF
The human contribution to climate change is driven primarily by high per capita consumption in the North. The poorest 1 billion people living on a dollar or two a day contribute only 3 per cent of the world's total carbon footprint, yet the loss of healthy life-years resulting from global warming could be as much [...]Read More Download PDF
In Zambia, most of the maternal deaths due to PPH occur in places where there are few skilled birth attendants or a lack of skills or resources to manage bleeding and shock. This brief summarizes VSI's Zambia program that trained providers on the distribution of misoprostol tablets to women in order to prevent PPH.
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In Ethiopia the unmet need for family planning is one of the highest in the world; 34% of women who desire to control their fertility lack access to a modern form of contraception.Read More Download PDF