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Global Health: Science and Practice (GHSP) Journal - Issue 3, November 2013

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Global Health: Science and Practice (GHSP), a new no fee, open-access journal, was developed for global health professionals, particularly program implementers, to validate their experiences and program results by peer reviewers and to share them with the greater global health community.
  • Should PEPFAR focus on a broader range of priority health needs?
  • How will routine immunization programs ultimately be successful?
  • Can community health workers safely and effectively provide injectables in Africa?
  • Should pregnancy tests be offered to reduce denial of family planning services?
  • What is causing obesity in rural Tanzania?

The editors of the Global Health: Science and Practice (GHSP) Journal invite you to read about these and many others issues in GHSP Issue 3. We know you will find something interesting, useful, and relevant to your work. Visit the GHSP website to read and comment on the articles and subscribe to receive alerts when new articles and issues are published.

View highlighted articles by topic below or the entire current issue online.

EDITORIALS

Fulfilling the PEPFAR mandate: A more equitable use of PEPFAR resources across global health

As PEPFAR moves beyond its “emergency stage,” it should now help support a more sustainable development mode, including an equitable platform for meeting a broad range of priority health needs, while continuing to pursue the goal of an AIDS-free generation.

Victor K Barbiero

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COMMENTARIES

Routine immunization: an essential but wobbly platform

Despite their vital role, routine immunization programs are taken for granted. Coverage levels are poor in some countries and have stagnated in others, while addition of new vaccines is an additional stressor. We need to strengthen: (1) policy processes, (2) monitoring and evaluation, (3) human resources, (4) regular delivery and supply systems, (5) local political commitment and ownership, (6) involvement of civil society and communities, and (7) sustainable financing. Rebalancing immunization direction and investment is needed.

Robert Steinglass

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ORIGINAL ARTICLES

“A cup of tea with our CBD agent …”: community provision of injectable contraceptives in Kenya is safe and feasible

Community health workers can safely provide the injectable DMPA when appropriately trained and supervised. We also found a fivefold increase in contraceptive uptake—a finding that builds on evidence from other countries for supportive policy change.

Alice Auma Olawo, Issak Bashir, Marsden Solomon, John Stanback, Baker Maggwa Ndugga, Isaac Malonza

Child malnutrition in Haiti: Progress despite disasters

Despite a devastating earthquake and a major cholera outbreak in Haiti in 2010, surveys in 2006 and 2012 document marked reductions in child undernutrition. Intensive relief efforts in nutrition as well as synergies and improvements in various sectors before and after the earthquake were likely contributing factors.

Mohamed Ag Ayoya, Rebecca Heidkamp, Ismael Ngnie–Teta, Joseline Marhone Pierre, Rebecca J Stoltzfus

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INNOVATIONS

Dedicated inserter facilitates immediate postpartum IUD insertion

A specially designed inserter aims at facilitating IUD insertion within 10 minutes to 48 hours after delivery during the postpartum period when demand for and health benefits of contraception are high.

Paul D Blumenthal, Maxine Eber, Jyoti Vajpayee

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GHSP is supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development and published by the Knowledge for Health project at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs in collaboration with the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.

Learn more about GHSP on its website: www.ghspjournal.org.

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