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

    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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Research article

    Determinants of complete immunization among senegalese children aged 12–23 months: evidence from the demographic and health survey

    The expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) is one of the most cost-effective interventions to reduce childhood mortality and morbidity. However, determinants of childhood immunization have not been well stud...

    Mouhamed Abdou Salam Mbengue, Moussa Sarr, Adama Faye, Ousseynou Badiane, Fatou Bintou Niang Camara, Souleymane Mboup and Tandakha Ndiaye Dieye

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:630

    Published on: 6 July 2017

  7. 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

  8. Research article

    Fertility intentions and contraceptive practices among clinic-users living with HIV in Kenya: a mixed methods study

    Preventing unwanted pregnancies in Women Living with HIV (WLHIV) is a recognised HIV-prevention strategy. This study explores the fertility intentions and contraceptive practices of WLHIV using services in Kenya.

    Susannah H. Mayhew, Manuela Colombini, James Kelly Kimani, Keith Tomlin, Charlotte E. Warren and Richard Mutemwa

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:626

    Published on: 5 July 2017

  9. Research article

    Dietary diversity is related to socioeconomic status among adult Saharawi refugees living in Algeria

    There is limited knowledge about dietary quality among the adult population in low- and middle income countries (LMICs). This study aims to describe dietary quality among the adult Saharawi refugee population ...

    Marianne Sandsmark Morseth, Navnit Kaur Grewal, Ida Sophie Kaasa, Anne Hatloy, Ingrid Barikmo and Sigrun Henjum

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:621

    Published on: 3 July 2017

  10. Research article

    Beneficiaries’ perceptions and reported use of unconditional cash transfers intended to prevent acute malnutrition in children in poor rural communities in Burkina Faso: qualitative results from the MAM’Out randomized controlled trial

    Acute malnutrition is a public health issue worldwide, and particularly in the Eastern region of Burkina Faso. Following a needs assessment, unconditional seasonal, multiannual cash transfers were implemented ...

    Audrey Tonguet-Papucci, Freddy Houngbe, Palamanga Lompo, Wambi Maurice Evariste Yameogo, Jean-François Huneau, Myriam Ait Aissa and Patrick Kolsteren

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:527

    Published on: 30 May 2017

  11. Research article

    Advantages and limitations for users of double pit pour-flush latrines: a qualitative study in rural Bangladesh

    In rural Bangladesh, India and elsewhere, pour-flush pit latrines are the most common sanitation system. When a single pit latrine becomes full, users must empty it themselves and risk exposure to fresh feces,...

    Faruqe Hussain, Thomas Clasen, Shahinoor Akter, Victoria Bawel, Stephen P. Luby, Elli Leontsini, Leanne Unicomb, Milan Kanti Barua, Brittany Thomas and Peter J. Winch

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:515

    Published on: 25 May 2017

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