Global health

Section edited by Timothy Mackey

This section aims to publish studies looking at the health of populations in a global context which transcends the perspectives and concerns of individual nations.

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  1. Research article

    Perceptions of community-based field workers on the effect of a longitudinal biomedical research project on their sustainable livelihoods

    Researchers involved in biomedical community-based projects rarely seek the perspectives of community fieldworkers, who are the ‘foot soldiers’ in such projects. Understanding the effect of biomedical research...

    Christabelle S. Moyo, Joseph Francis and Pascal O. Bessong

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:267

    Published on: 17 March 2017

  2. Study protocol

    The impact of integrated prevention and treatment on child malnutrition and health: the PROMIS project, a randomized control trial in Burkina Faso and Mali

    Evidence suggests that both preventive and curative nutrition interventions are needed to tackle child acute malnutrition (AM) in developing countries. In addition to reducing the incidence of AM, providing pr...

    Lieven Huybregts, Elodie Becquey, Amanda Zongrone, Agnes Le Port, Regina Khassanova, Lazare Coulibaly, Jef L. Leroy, Rahul Rawat and Marie T. Ruel

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:237

    Published on: 9 March 2017

  3. Research article

    Screening, prevalence, and risk factors for cervical lesions among HIV positive and HIV negative women in Swaziland

    Cervical Cancer (CC) is the number one cancer among women in sub-Saharan Africa. Although CC is preventable, most women in developing countries do not have access to screening.

    Pauline E. Jolly, Simangele Mthethwa-Hleta, Luz A. Padilla, Jessica Pettis, ShaCoria Winston, Tomi F. Akinyemiju, Hannah J. Turner, Amarachi Ejiawoko, Raina Brooks, Lena Preko and Peter O. Preko

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:218

    Published on: 21 February 2017

  4. Research article

    Exploring stakeholders’ perceptions of a task-shifting strategy for hypertension control in Ghana: a qualitative study

    The purpose of this study was to explore stakeholders' perception of an on-going evidence-based task-shifting strategy for hypertension (TASSH) in 32 community health centers and district hospitals in Ghana.

    Juliet Iwelunmor, Joyce Gyamfi, Jacob Plange-Rhule, Sarah Blackstone, Nana Kofi Quakyi, Michael Ntim, Ferdinand Zizi, Kwasi Yeboah-Awudzi, Alexis Nang-Belfubah and Gbenga Ogedegbe

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:216

    Published on: 21 February 2017

  5. Research article

    Vertical HIV transmission in perinatally-exposed infants in South-Rift region of Kenya: a retrospective cross sectional study

    Despite proven efficacy of the prevention mother-to-child transmission of HIV strategy, its adoption in Africa has remained slow. In Kenya, its effectiveness remain unknown. The aim of this study was to assess...

    Everline Ashiono, Dunstan Achwoka, Jamlick Mutugi, Joel Rakwar, Andrew Wafula and Otto Nzapfurundi Chabikuli

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:207

    Published on: 17 February 2017

  6. Research article

    Factors associated with child hunger among food insecure households in Bangladesh

    Hunger is associated with food insecurity at the household level and is considered as a global public health problem with long term adverse consequences on children’s health. This study aims to determine the f...

    Md Ahshanul Haque, Fahmida Dil Farzana, Sabiha Sultana, Mohammad Jyoti Raihan, Ahmed Shafiqur Rahman, Jillian L. Waid, Nuzhat Choudhury and Tahmeed Ahmed

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:205

    Published on: 16 February 2017

  7. Research article

    Community unit performance: factors associated with childhood diarrhea and appropriate treatment in Nyanza Province, Kenya

    The government of Kenya launched its community health strategy in 2006 to improve certain aspects of its community health program. Under the strategy, community units (CUs) were established as level one of the...

    Yoshito Kawakatsu, Junichi Tanaka, Kazuya Ogawa, Kenneth Ogendo and Sumihisa Honda

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:202

    Published on: 16 February 2017

  8. Research article

    Health literacy in a community with low levels of education: findings from Chakaria, a rural area of Bangladesh

    Health literacy (HL) helps individuals to make effective use of available health services. In low-income countries such as Bangladesh, the less than optimum use of services could be due to low levels of HL. Ba...

    Susmita Das, Mohammad Nahid Mia, Syed Manzoor Ahmed Hanifi, Shahidul Hoque and Abbas Bhuiya

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:203

    Published on: 16 February 2017

  9. Research article

    Determinants of repeated abortion among women of reproductive age attending health facilities in Northern Ethiopia: a case–control study

    Every year, an estimated 19–20 million unsafe abortions take place, almost all in developing countries, leading to 68,000 deaths and millions more injured many permanently. Many women throughout the world, exp...

    Mussie Alemayehu, Henock Yebyo, Araya Abrha Medhanyie, Alemayehu Bayray, Misganaw Fantahun and Gelila Kidane Goba

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:188

    Published on: 13 February 2017

  10. Research article

    The management of the faeces passed by under five children: an exploratory, cross-sectional research in an urban community in Southwest Nigeria

    Safe management of faeces (SMoF) and environmental contamination by faecal pathogens have been extensively researched although the SMoF in under-five children has been perennially neglected perhaps due to the ...

    Olufemi Oludare Aluko, Olusegun Temitope Afolabi, Emmanuel Abiodun Olaoye, Adeyinka Daniel Adebayo, Seun Oladele Oyetola and Oluwaseun Olamide Abegunde

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:178

    Published on: 8 February 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:243

  11. Research article

    Participatory science and innovation for improved sanitation and hygiene: process and outcome evaluation of project SHINE, a school-based intervention in Rural Tanzania

    Diarrheal disease is a major cause of mortality and morbidity in low and middle income countries with children being disproportionately affected. Project SHINE (Sanitation & Hygiene INnovation in Education) is...

    Erin Hetherington, Matthijs Eggers, Joyce Wamoyi, Jennifer Hatfield, Mange Manyama, Susan Kutz and Sheri Bastien

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:172

    Published on: 7 February 2017

  12. Research article

    Rubella in Sub-Saharan Africa and sensorineural hearing loss: a case control study

    Rubella infection can affect several organs and cause birth defects that are responsible for congenital rubella syndrome (CRS). Congenital hearing loss is the most common symptom of this syndrome, occurring in...

    Cristina Caroça, Vera Vicente, Paula Campelo, Maria Chasqueira, Helena Caria, Susana Silva, Paulo Paixão and João Paço

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:146

    Published on: 1 February 2017

  13. Research article

    Delaying first birth: an analysis of household survey data from rural Southern Tanzania

    Currently, family planning metrics derived from nationally-representative household surveys such as the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) categorise women into those desiring to space or limit (permanently ...

    Yovitha Sedekia, Rose Nathan, Kathryn Church, Silas Temu, Claudia Hanson, Joanna Schellenberg and Tanya Marchant

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:134

    Published on: 31 January 2017

  14. Research article

    Examination of youth sexual and reproductive health transitions in Nigeria and Kenya using longitudinal data

    The adolescent (ages 15–19) and young adult (ages 20–24) years are a crucial time as many sexual and reproductive health (SRH) transitions take place in these years. The study of youth SRH transitions in sub-S...

    Ilene S. Speizer, David Guilkey, Lisa M. Calhoun, Meghan Corroon and Rick O’Hara

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:142

    Published on: 31 January 2017

  15. Research article

    Development of a theory and evidence-based program to promote community treatment of fevers in children under five in a rural district in Southern Ghana: An intervention mapping approach

    This paper describes the development and implementation of a program to promote prompt and appropriate care seeking for fever in children under the age of five. Designed as a multicomponent program, the interv...

    Mercy Abbey, L. Kay Bartholomew, Margaret A. Chinbuah, Margaret Gyapong, John O. Gyapong and Bart van den Borne

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:120

    Published on: 25 January 2017

  16. Study protocol

    Effects of community health volunteers on infectious diseases of children under five in Volta Region, Ghana: study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial

    In many low- and middle-income countries, community health volunteers (CHVs) are employed as a key element of the public health system in rural areas with poor accessibility. However, few studies have assessed...

    Yeonji Ma, Heunghee Kim, Yinseo Cho, Jaeeun Lee, Joseph Kwami Degley, Abdul-Ghaffa Adam, Gyuhong Lee, Hoonsang Lee and Seungman Cha

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:95

    Published on: 19 January 2017

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