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

    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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Research article

    Predictors of adherence to micronutrient supplementation before and during pregnancy in Vietnam

    Poor adherence to micronutrient supplementation often limits the effectiveness of public health programs. While predictors of adherence to micronutrient supplementation during pregnancy are well documented, in...

    Ines Gonzalez-Casanova, Phuong Hong Nguyen, Melissa Fox Young, Kimberly B. Harding, Greg Reinhart, Hieu Nguyen, Meredith Nechitillo, Truong V Truong, Hoa Pham, Son Nguyen, Lynnette M. Neufeld, Reynaldo Martorell and Usha Ramakrishnan

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:452

    Published on: 16 May 2017

  7. Research article

    Processes and challenges of community mobilisation for latrine promotion under Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan in rural Odisha, India

    Despite efforts to eradicate it, open defecation remains widely practiced in India, especially in rural areas. Between 2013 and 2014, 50 villages in one district of Odisha, India, received a sanitation program...

    Parimita Routray, Belen Torondel, Marion W. Jenkins, Thomas Clasen and Wolf-Peter Schmidt

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:453

    Published on: 16 May 2017

  8. Study protocol

    Low-smoke chulha in Indian slums: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

    Biomass fuel is used as a primary cooking source by more than half of the world’s population, contributing to a high burden of disease. Although cleaner fuels are available, some households continue using soli...

    Megha Thakur, Esther A. Boudewijns, Giridhara R. Babu, Bjorn Winkens, Luc P. de Witte, Jeroen Gruiskens, Preeti Sushama, Cristian T. Ghergu and Onno C. P. van Schayck

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:454

    Published on: 16 May 2017

  9. Research article

    Progression of the epidemiological transition in a rural South African setting: findings from population surveillance in Agincourt, 1993–2013

    Virtually all low- and middle-income countries are undergoing an epidemiological transition whose progression is more varied than experienced in high-income countries. Observed changes in mortality and disease...

    Chodziwadziwa W. Kabudula, Brian Houle, Mark A. Collinson, Kathleen Kahn, Francesc Xavier Gómez-Olivé, Samuel J. Clark and Stephen Tollman

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:424

    Published on: 10 May 2017

  10. Research article

    The epidemiology of drowning in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review

    According to the World Health Organization, drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths worldwide, accounting for 370,000 annual deaths and 7% of all injury-related deaths. Low- an...

    Matthew D. Tyler, David B. Richards, Casper Reske-Nielsen, Omeed Saghafi, Erica A. Morse, Robert Carey and Gabrielle A. Jacquet

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:413

    Published on: 8 May 2017

  11. Study protocol

    A community-based cluster randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of different bundles of nutrition-specific interventions in improving mean length-for-age z score among children at 24 months of age in rural Bangladesh: study protocol

    Prevalence of stunting among under-five children in Bangladesh is 36%, varying with geographic and socio-economic characteristics. Previously, research groups statistically modelled the effect of 10 individual...

    Sk Masum Billah, Tarana E. Ferdous, Mohd Anisul Karim, Michael J. Dibley, Shahreen Raihana, Md Moinuddin, Nuzhat Choudhury, Tahmeed Ahmed, D. M. Emdadul Hoque, Purnima Menon and Shams El Arifeen

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:375

    Published on: 2 May 2017

  12. Research article

    Prevalence of intimate partner violence and its association with symptoms of depression; a cross-sectional study based on a female population sample in Sweden

    Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is the most common type of violence targeting women. IPV includes acts of physical aggression, sexual coercion, psychological abuse and controlling behaviors and these forms of ...

    Solveig Lövestad, Jesper Löve, Marjan Vaez and Gunilla Krantz

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:335

    Published on: 20 April 2017

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