Archive | Social Determinants and Human Rights

How well do we know the “users” of health interventions? The example of (non-)enrolment in voluntary community-based health insurance schemes in Mali.

For health interventions to be successful, not only the health system needs to be considered, but also the patients understood. However, often in health research these are reduced to their socio-economic status. The present empirical study, focusing on the reasons for (non-) enrolment in voluntary health insurance schemes in rural Mali, expands the analysis of […]

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Protecting the Health of International Labor Migrants through Intersectoral Action from a Source Country Perspective: The Philippines

This source-country perspective study examines how intersectoral action can be harnessed to protect the health of international labor migrants. With nearly 10% of its citizens living overseas, the Philippines, with its decades-long history of institutionalized labor migration, has established structures and processes that ensure migrants’ rights and welfare. While best practices exist, there is enough […]

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Community Perception on Health Care Delivery System

Measuring community perception of Healthcare Delivery Systems: A Tool Developmental Process.

This study is to develop a tool to measure users’ satisfaction on the healthcare delivery service. The tool (questionnaire) to measure patient satisfaction, was adopted based on Health-seeking behaviour models by Susanna et al. (2003), with regard to this study context. Items was derived from the literature (published and grey), findings from the FGD (focus […]

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Sickle Cell Disease and Intervention preparedness among the Messiria people, Western Sudan.

Introduction: An exploratory study of the knowledge and practices of the Messiria people about Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). Methodology: Ethnographic tools and structured 401 household surveys. Results: The cited prevalence of SCD is 28% with mortality of 20%. About 90% marry their patrilateral parallel cousin resulting in 48% bearing affected children. The communal treatment burden […]

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Breast cancer screening for everyone.

Breast cancer being the most prevalent cancer in women, a screening program has been developed in the canton of Geneva since 1999. The University Hospital’s CAMSCO service (Consultation ambulatoire mobile de soins Communautaires) is devoted to people living in precarious conditions without health insurance, mainly undocumented migrants and women working in the domestic’s fields, some […]

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HIV Treatment vs Prevention Debate must Reconcile the Post-MDG Development Agenda Focus on Social Determinants and Human Rights

With recent scientific advances in HIV, an old debate based on treatment-prevention dichotomy is re-emerging. One side appeals that resources must now divert from conventional prevention strategies towards early treatment as it can prevent new infections. The other side, argues among other reasons that treatment can realistically reach only a small subsection of those in […]

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Childbearing, Unintended Pregnancy and Contraceptive Use among South Asian Married Female Adolescents

This study examined the childbearing status, unintended pregnancy and contraceptive use among married female adolescents of four South Asian countries using the nationally representative survey data. Findings show that, the initiation of childbearing ranges from 57% in Pakistan to 67% in Nepal. The incidence of unintended pregnancy was more frequent in Nepalese adolescents. The use […]

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The Effect of Unintended Pregnancy on Maternal Health Care Service Utilisation in South Asia.

This study examines the effect of unintended pregnancy on maternal health care services utilization among women of four South Asian countries using nationally representative survey data conducted between 2005 and 2011. The prevalence of unintended pregnancy ranges from 25% in India to 32% in Bangladesh. Overall, the Indian women sought more skilled services for maternity […]

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