WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION BULLETIN – Costing universal health coverage

Costing universal health coverageby Joseph Wong, Kimberly Skead WHO Bulletin 2019;12():849-50   DOI: 10.2471/BLT.19.229799  (Open access) The sustainable development goals (SDGs) are audacious and clear. SDG 1 aims to eliminate poverty in all its forms everywhere, meaning that no one is to be left behind. SDG 3 focuses on health and well-being and targets to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030. However, health – and development interventions in general – must reach everyone if … Continued


Reproductive health and the politics of abortion in Ethiopia, Zambia and Tanzania Organized by Astrid Blystad, Karen Marie Moland, Haldis Haukanes, Getnet TadeleInternational Journal for Equity in Heath From the Introduction The papers in this thematic collection spring out of a comparative and transnational research endeavor on competing normative processes and discourses on abortion and fertility control. The project investigated how international initiatives and national policies articulate with local moralities and practices related to fertility control … Continued


Obstetric violence criminalised in Mexico: a comparative analysis of hospital complaints filed with the Medical Arbitration Commission by Omar Calvo Aguilar, Marta Torres Falcón, Rosario Valdez Santiago BMJ SRH 2020;46(1)   (Not open access) Introduction – Disrespect and abuse during childbirth have been reported by numerous countries around the world. One of their principal manifestations is the performance of invasive or surgical procedures without the informed consent of women. Non-dignified treatment is the second most … Continued

CONTRACEPTION – three articles on medical abortions

Feasibility of a hospital outpatient day procedure for medication abortion at 13–18 weeks gestation: findings from Nepal  by Jennifer Blum, Chandra Karki, Anand Tamang, Tara Shichet, Achala Shresthra. Heera Tuladhar, Aruna Karki, Jyotsna Sharma, Dina F Abbas, Monica Dragoman, Beverly Winikoff Contraception 2019(Dec);100(6):451-56    DOI: 10.1016/j.contraception.2019.08.007 Abstract Objectives: To evaluate the safety, acceptability and feasibility of a one-day outpatient medical abortion service at gestations 13–18 weeks. Study design: Open-label prospective study in which participants received mifepristone 200 mg … Continued


From stigma to pride: health professionals and abortion policies in the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires by Sandra Salomé Fernández Vázquez, Josefina Brown   Full Text Abstract Abortion stigma is experienced not only by women but also by providers and health professionals in a wide range of legal contexts. This paper analyses interviews with providers who work in the public health system in the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires, Argentina. A court ruling in 2012, … Continued

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