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The onset of menstruation, or menarche, during puberty signals girls’ transition into young adulthood and is associated with a range of physical, emotional and social changes. Although the physiological changes during menarche are experienced by all girls, the processes are understood in terms of...
Addressing invisibility, inferiority, and powerlessness to achieve gains in maternal health for ultra-poor women
Can Community Midwives establish financially sustainable practices in the private sector? Lessons from the Integrated Afghan Refugee Assistance Program Midwifery Training Project, BaluchistanDownload
Afghan refugees have been migrating to Pakistan to escape the recurring conflict in their home country since 1979. Most refugees are women and children, who need high quality maternal and child health services. However the host country itself has a fragile maternal and child care system,...
A study protocol aimed at addressing a key concern of the Malawian Ministry of Health (MOH), namely the persistence of a high maternal mortality ratio (MMR) of 675/100,000 live births despite a facility birth rate of 73%. This implementation research aims to provide a detailed understanding of...
Influence of gender roles and rising food prices on poor, pregnant women's eating and food provisioning practices in Dhaka, BangladeshDownload
Background Maternal malnutrition in Bangladesh is a persistent health issue and is the product of a number of complex factors, including adherence to food 'taboos’ and a patriarchal gender order that limits women’s mobility and decision-making. The recent global food price crisis is also...