IHP news 521: SR/Mat/neonatal & child health

By on May 10, 2019

Thomson Reuters Foundation – Resurgent ‘family values’ cause nations to break women’s rights vows – U.N. official


U.N. Women is collecting information from nations around the world to publish next year on the 25th anniversary of a historic women’s rights declaration signed in Beijing. The United Nations’ agency on women is finding resistance to women’s rights, such as renewed support for “traditional family values,” as it tallies up global progress on gender equality, organizers said on Monday….”

KFF – KFF Poll: Public Opinion and Knowledge on Reproductive Health Policy


The poll of US public opinion on reproductive health care contained, among others this info:

The poll also gauges awareness and attitudes towards restrictions on U.S. funding for foreign non-governmental organizations that provide abortions or counsel or refer for abortions, using their own funds, known as the Mexico City Policy. While the majority of the public does not support such restrictions, views diverge along partisan lines, with most Democrats and independents opposing them and most Republicans supporting the actions by the Trump administration.”

Journal of Development Economics -Regression discontinuity analysis of Gavi’s impact on vaccination rates

S Dykstra, A Glassman et al; https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0304387819305309

For the wonks among you, I guess.  “Since 2001, … Gavi has accounted for over half of vaccines purchased in the 75 eligible countries with an initial GNI below $1,000 per capita. Regression discontinuity estimates suggest most aid for cheap, existing vaccines like hepatitis B and DPT was inframarginal: for instance, hepatitis B doses sufficient to vaccinate roughly 75% of infants raised vaccination rates by single-digit margins. These results are driven by middle-income countries near the eligibility threshold, and do not preclude larger gains for the poorest countries, global externalities via vaccine markets, or impacts on newer vaccines such as pneumococcal or rotavirus for which income eligibility rules were relaxed….”

Global Health Action – What are the public health implications of the life course perspective?

J Aagaard-Hansen et al; https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/16549716.2019.1603491

During the past decades innovative research has shown that exposure to harmful events during pregnancy and early infancy (‘the first 1000 days’) has an impact on health at subsequent stages of the life course and even across generations. Recently it has been shown that even the pre-conception period is of outmost importance, and other scholars have made the case that the 1000 days should be extended to a period of 8000 days post-conception. The present contribution aims to bridge further the gap between research evidence and public health policy by applying a holistic ‘full-cycle’ perspective. Thus, a conceptual framework is suggested for guiding public health prioritization, including the variables of ‘impact on the next generation’, ‘plasticity’ and ‘available interventions with documented impact’. This framework could guide decision makers in selecting at which stages of the life course to invest (and not), and furthermore it points to some pertinent research priorities.”

BMJ Global Health – Gender-related differences in care-seeking behaviour for newborns: a systematic review of the evidence in South Asia

S A Ismail et al; https://gh.bmj.com/content/4/3/e001309

Data indicate substantial excess mortality among female neonates in South Asia compared with males. We reviewed evidence on sex and gender differences in care-seeking behaviour for neonates as a driver for this.”

Some of the results: “…Low quality evidence across several South Asian countries suggests that care-seeking rates for female neonates are lower than males, especially in households with older female children. Parents are more likely to pay more, and seek care from providers perceived as higher quality, for males than females. Evidence on drivers of these care-seeking behaviours is limited. Care-seeking rates are suboptimal, ranging from 20% to 76% across male and female neonates….”

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