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

    Situation and determinants of the infant and young child feeding (IYCF) indicators in Madagascar: analysis of the 2009 Demographic and Health Survey

    Studies evaluating child feeding in Madagascar are scarce despite its importance in child growth during the first two years of life. This study assessed the associations between the WHO infant and young child ...

    Hasina Rakotomanana, Gail E. Gates, Deana Hildebrand and Barbara J. Stoecker

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:812

    Published on: 16 October 2017

  2. Research article

    Using contraceptives to delay first birth: a qualitative study of individual, community and health provider perceptions in southern Tanzania

    Young adolescents and unmarried women in low and middle income countries face challenges in accessing family planning services. One factor likely to limit contraceptive use is the attitude and opinion of local...

    Yovitha Sedekia, Caroline Jones, Rose Nathan, Joanna Schellenberg and Tanya Marchant

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:768

    Published on: 3 October 2017

  3. Research article

    “But the moment they find out that you are MSM…”: a qualitative investigation of HIV prevention experiences among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Ghana’s health care system

    The prevalence of HIV in Ghana is 1.3%, compared to 17% among men who have sex with men (MSM). There is limited empirical data on the current health care climate and its impact on HIV prevention services for G...

    Sameer Kushwaha, Yasmin Lalani, Geoffrey Maina, Adedotun Ogunbajo, Leo Wilton, Thomas Agyarko-Poku, Yaw Adu-Sarkodie, Francis Boakye, Nanhua Zhang and LaRon E. Nelson

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:770

    Published on: 3 October 2017

  4. Study protocol

    Using automated voice messages linked to telephone counselling to increase post-menstrual regulation contraceptive uptake and continuation in Bangladesh: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

    Adoption of modern contraceptive methods after menstrual regulation (MR) is thought to reduce subsequent unwanted pregnancy and abortion. Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) are highly effective at r...

    Kate Reiss, Kathryn Andersen, Sharmani Barnard, Thoai D. Ngo, Kamal Biswas, Christopher Smith, James Carpenter, Kathryn Church, Sadid Nuremowla and Erin Pearson

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:769

    Published on: 3 October 2017

  5. Research article

    Prevalence of disability and associated factors in Dabat Health and Demographic Surveillance System site, northwest Ethiopia

    Despite the high burden of disability in Ethiopia, little is known about it, particularly in the study area. Hence, this study aimed to investigate the prevalence and factors associated with disability at Daba...

    Mulugeta Bayisa Chala, Solomon Mekonnen, Gashaw Andargie, Yigzaw Kebede, Mezgebu Yitayal, Kassahun Alemu, Tadesse Awoke, Mamo Wubeshet, Temesgen Azmeraw, Melkamu Birku, Amare Tariku, Abebaw Gebeyehu, Alemayehu Shimeka and Zemichael Gizaw

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:762

    Published on: 2 October 2017

  6. Research article

    Prevalence and determinants of disability among adults in Malaysia: results from the National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS) 2015

    Reliable national data on disability which is internationally comparable is needed in Malaysia. This study aims to examine the prevalence of disability among adults in Malaysia and its determinants, particular...

    Noor Ani Ahmad, Noraida Mohamad Kasim, Nur Azna Mahmud, Yusniza Mohd Yusof, Salimah Othman, Ying Ying Chan, Mohamad Aznuddin Abd Razak, Muslimah Yusof, Maisarah Omar, Fazly Azry Abdul Aziz, Rasidah Jamaluddin, Norazizah Ibrahim Wong and Tahir Aris

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:756

    Published on: 29 September 2017

  7. Research article

    Lay health workers perceptions of an anemia control intervention in Karnataka, India: a qualitative study

    Lay health workers (LHWs) are increasingly used to complement health services internationally. Their perceptions of the interventions they implement and their experiences in delivering community based interven...

    Arun S. Shet, Abha Rao, Paul Jebaraj, Maya Mascarenhas, Merrick Zwarenstein, Maria Rosaria Galanti and Salla Atkins

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:720

    Published on: 18 September 2017

  8. Research article

    Body mass index and type 2 diabetes in Thai adults: defining risk thresholds and population impacts

    Body mass index (BMI) cut-off values (>25 and >30) that predict diabetes risk have been well validated in Caucasian populations but less so in Asian populations. We aimed to determine the BMI threshold associated...

    Keren Papier, Catherine D’Este, Chris Bain, Cathy Banwell, Sam-ang Seubsman, Adrian Sleigh and Susan Jordan

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:707

    Published on: 15 September 2017

  9. Research article

    Piloting a low-cost hardware intervention to reduce improper disposal of solid waste in communal toilets in low-income settlements in Dhaka, Bangladesh

    Bangladesh faces daunting challenges in addressing the sanitation needs of its urban poor. Maintaining the cleanliness and functionality of communal toilets is dependent upon periodic emptying of fecal sludge,...

    Farzana Yeasmin, Stephen P. Luby, Ronald E. Saxton, Fosiul A. Nizame, Mahbub-Ul Alam, Notan Chandra Dutta, Abdullah-Al Masud, Dalia Yeasmin, Anita Layden, Habibur Rahman, Rachel Abbott, Leanne Unicomb and Peter J. Winch

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:682

    Published on: 29 August 2017

  10. Research article

    Controversial Ebola vaccine trials in Ghana: a thematic analysis of critiques and rebuttals in digital news

    Communication is of paramount importance in responding to health crises. We studied the media messages put forth by different stakeholders in two Ebola vaccine trials that became controversial in Ghana. These ...

    Per Egil Kummervold, William S. Schulz, Elizabeth Smout, Luis Fernandez-Luque and Heidi J. Larson

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:642

    Published on: 7 August 2017

  11. Research article

    Determinants of childhood stunting in the Democratic Republic of Congo: further analysis of Demographic and Health Survey 2013–14

    Prevalence of child stunting in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is among the highest in the world. There is a need to systematically investigate how stunting operates at different levels of determinatio...

    Hallgeir Kismul, Pawan Acharya, Mala Ali Mapatano and Anne Hatløy

    BMC Public Health 2017 18:74

    Published on: 1 August 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:736

  12. Research article

    Determinants of contraceptive use and future contraceptive intentions of women attending child welfare clinics in urban Ghana

    Family planning is an integral component of maternal and child health services in Ghana. Although knowledge on contraception is universal and most women attend maternal and child health services, contraceptive...

    Caroline Wuni, Cornelius A. Turpin and Edward T. Dassah

    BMC Public Health 2017 18:79

    Published on: 1 August 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:736

  13. Research article

    Associations between national viral hepatitis policies/programmes and country-level socioeconomic factors: a sub-analysis of data from the 2013 WHO viral hepatitis policy report

    As more countries worldwide develop national viral hepatitis strategies, it is important to ask whether context-specific factors affect their decision-making. This study aimed to determine whether country-leve...

    Jeffrey V Lazarus, Ida Sperle, Kelly Safreed-Harmon, Charles Gore, Beatriz Cebolla and Alexander Spina

    BMC Public Health 2017 18:16

    Published on: 26 July 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:736

  14. Research article

    Hypertension prevalence and influence of basal metabolic rate on blood pressure among adult students in Bangladesh

    Hypertension is a global health issue and is currently increasing at rapid pace in South Asian countries including Bangladesh. Although, some studies on hypertension have been conducted in Bangladesh, there is...

    Nurshad Ali, Shakil Mahmood, M. Manirujjaman, Rasheda Perveen, Abdullah Al Nahid, Shamim Ahmed, Farida Adib Khanum and Mustafizur Rahman

    BMC Public Health 2017 18:58

    Published on: 25 July 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:736

  15. Research article

    Anthropometric indices for non-pregnant women of childbearing age differ widely among four low-middle income populations

    Maternal stature and body mass indices (BMI) of non-pregnant women (NPW) of child bearing age are relevant to maternal and offspring health. The objective was to compare anthropometric indices of NPW in four r...

    K Michael Hambidge, Nancy F Krebs, Ana Garcés, Jamie E Westcott, Lester Figueroa, Shivaprasad S Goudar, Sangappa Dhaded, Omrana Pasha, Sumera Aziz Ali, Antoinette Tshefu, Adrien Lokangaka, Vanessa R Thorsten, Abhik Das, Kristen Stolka, Elizabeth M McClure, Rebecca L Lander…

    BMC Public Health 2017 18:45

    Published on: 24 July 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:736

  16. Research article

    Association of adult tobacco use with household food access insecurity: results from Nepal demographic and health survey, 2011

    Food insecurity is a very common problem in developing countries particularly among the poorer households. Very few studies have tested the association between adult smoking and food insecurity.

    Chandrashekhar T. Sreeramareddy and N. Ramakrishnareddy

    BMC Public Health 2017 18:48

    Published on: 24 July 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:736

  17. Study protocol

    The REFANI-S study protocol: a non-randomised cluster controlled trial to assess the role of an unconditional cash transfer, a non-food item kit, and free piped water in reducing the risk of acute malnutrition among children aged 6–59 months living in camps for internally displaced persons in the Afgooye corridor, Somalia

    The prevalence of acute malnutrition is often high in emergency-affected populations and is associated with elevated mortality risk and long-term health consequences. Increasingly, cash transfer programmes (CT...

    Mohamed Jelle, Carlos S. Grijalva-Eternod, Hassan Haghparast-Bidgoli, Sarah King, Cassy L. Cox, Jolene Skordis-Worrall, Joanna Morrison, Timothy Colbourn, Edward Fottrell and Andrew J. Seal

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:632

    Published on: 6 July 2017

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