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Health policies, systems and management in low and middle-income countries

Section edited by Ariadne Kapetanaki

This section aims to publish studies looking at the impact of health policies, practices and interventions on communities in low and middle-income countries.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Improper use of antibiotics leads to the emergence of resistant microorganisms as well as drug toxicity, increased healthcare costs, morbidity and mortality. Globally, an estimated 25–68% of hospitalized patie...

    Authors: Antoinette A. A. Bediako-Bowan, Enid Owusu, Appiah-Korang Labi, Noah Obeng-Nkrumah, Gifty Sunkwa-Mills, Stephanie Bjerrum, Japheth Awuletey Opintan, Cynthia Bannerman, Kåre Mølbak, Jørgen Anders Lindholm Kurtzhals and Mercy Jemima Newman

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:797

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    Ghana is among African countries not likely to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) three (3) target of reducing maternal mortality to 70 per 100,000 live births by the year 2030 if maternal and chil...

    Authors: Robert Kaba Alhassan, Edward Nketiah-Amponsah, Martin Amogre Ayanore, Agani Afaya, Solomon Mohammed Salia, Japiong Milipaak, Evelyn Korkor Ansah and Seth Owusu-Agyei

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:791

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  3. Content type: Research article

    No studies have examined distribution, retention and use of maternal and child health (MCH) home-based records (HBRs) in the poorest women in low income countries. Our primary objective was to compare distribu...

    Authors: Sayed Ataullah Saeedzai, Iftekhar Sadaat, Zelaikha Anwari, Shafiqullah Hemat, Shakir Hadad, Keiko Osaki, Megumi Asaba, Yohei Ishiguro, Rasuli Mudassir, Jane Machlin Burke, Ariel Higgins-Steele, Khaksar Yousufi and Karen Margaret Edmond

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:766

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Ethiopia had an increasing trend of morbidity and mortality due to road traffic injury. Road traffic injured patient’s recovery rate is affected by many different factors. Those factors might affect the durati...

    Authors: Kissanet Tesfay, Mulubirhan Assefa, Dawit Zenebe, Mekonnen Gebremicael, Getahun Kebede and Hayelom Gebrekirstos

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:749

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Women in India are often asked to make informal payments for maternal health care services that the government has mandated to be free. This paper is a descriptive case study of a social accountability project...

    Authors: Marta Schaaf and Jashodhara Dasgupta

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:732

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  6. Content type: Research article

    With Universal Health Coverage and Integrated People-centred Health Care, streamlined health-systems and respectful care are necessary. South Africa has made great strides in prevention of mother-to-child tran...

    Authors: Elizabeth Spooner, Kerusha Govender, Tarylee Reddy, Gita Ramjee, Noxolo Mbadi, Swaran Singh and Anna Coutsoudis

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:731

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Pastoralists rely on traditional healers (THs) for general health problems. However, some studies indicate that such practices result in delays in the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis (TB) cases. This s...

    Authors: Bezawit Temesgen Sima, Tefera Belachew, Gunnar Bjune and Fekadu Abebe

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:721

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  8. Content type: Research article

    In Ghana, limited evidence exists about the geographical accessibility to health facilities providing tuberculosis (TB) diagnostic services to facilitate early diagnosis and treatment. Therefore, we aimed to a...

    Authors: Desmond Kuupiel, Kwame M. Adu, Felix Apiribu, Vitalis Bawontuo, Duncan A. Adogboba, Kwasi T. Ali and Tivani P. Mashamba-Thompson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:718

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Ghana has reached an advanced stage of nutrition transition, contributing to an increase in nutrition-related non-communicable diseases, particularly amongst urban women. Community involvement is an important ...

    Authors: Rebecca Pradeilles, Colette Marr, Amos Laar, Michelle Holdsworth, Francis Zotor, Akua Tandoh, Senam Klomegah, Nathaniel Coleman, Kristin Bash, Mark Green and Paula L. Griffiths

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:646

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  10. Content type: Study protocol

    Child health, nutrition, and responsive stimulation interventions have been developed to improve child survival, growth and development outcomes in low- and middle-income countries. Nevertheless, research on i...

    Authors: Christopher R. Sudfeld, Lilia Bliznashka, Geofrey Ashery, Aisha K. Yousafzai and Honorati Masanja

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:641

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  11. Content type: Research article

    With Bangladesh’s adoption of the third Sustainable Development Goal to reduce maternal mortality, the impetus for Bangladesh to continue to improve uptake of maternal healthcare is strong.

    Authors: Bridget L. Ryan, Rohin J. Krishnan, Amanda Terry and Amardeep Thind

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:583

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  12. Content type: Research article

    In China, the most populous developing country in the world, dementia represents a serious challenge. We performed a large-scale systematic review and meta-regression analysis to elucidate the prevalence of de...

    Authors: Yangjun Zhu, Hao Liu, Xi-Li Lu, Bo Zhang, Wanwen Weng, Jun Yang, Jun Zhang and Meng-Jie Dong

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:578

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  13. Content type: Research article

    The most recent World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines on Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and infant feeding promotes exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) in resource limited settings for the prevention of mot...

    Authors: Simangaliso Nyoni, Linda Sweet, Jacinta Clark and Paul Ward

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:570

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  14. Content type: Research article

    The prevalence of stroke in Uganda is increasing. In stroke rehabilitation, information and communication technology has been shown to have potential in improving service delivery in high-income countries but ...

    Authors: Minna Teriö, Gunilla Eriksson, Julius T. Kamwesiga and Susanne Guidetti

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:562

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  15. Content type: Research article

    In the past decade, the rate of cesarean delivery increased dramatically in rural China under the fee-for-service (FFS) system. In September 2011, the New Cooperative Medical Scheme (NCMS) agency in Yong’an co...

    Authors: Zhaolin Meng, Kun Zou, Ning Ding, Min Zhu, Yuanyi Cai and Huazhang Wu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:557

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  16. Content type: Research article

    In 2012, South Africa adopted the Contraception and Fertility Planning guidelines to incorporate safer conception services into care for HIV-affected couples trying to conceive. These guidelines lacked clear i...

    Authors: Mariya C. Patwa, Jean Bassett, Leah Holmes, Lillian Mutunga, Mutsa Mudavanhu, Thembisile Makhomboti, Annelies Van Rie and Sheree R. Schwartz

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:532

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Electronic clinical decision algorithms (eCDAs) that guide clinicians during patient management are being deployed in resource-limited settings to improve the quality of care and rational use of medicines (esp...

    Authors: Cécile Bessat, Noël Adannou Zonon and Valérie D’Acremont

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:449

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) outcomes are adversely impacted by delay in diagnosis and treatment.

    Authors: Stellah G. Mpagama, Peter M. Mbelele, Anna M. Chongolo, Isaack A. Lekule, Johnson J. Lyimo, Gibson S. Kibiki and Scott K. Heysell

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:395

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  19. Content type: Research article

    In remote rural Tanzania, the rate of linkage into HIV care was estimated at 28% in 2014. This study explored facilitators and barriers to linkage to HIV care at individual/patient, health care provider, healt...

    Authors: Erica S. Sanga, Ferdinand C. Mukumbang, Adiel K. Mushi, Wondwossen Lerebo and Christina Zarowsky

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:383

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  20. Content type: Research article

    The Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) in Sierra Leone partially rolled out the implementation of Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) in 2003. After the Ebola virus disease outbreak in 20...

    Authors: Charles Njuguna, Amara Jambai, Alexander Chimbaru, Anders Nordstrom, Roland Conteh, Anderson Latt, Shikanga O-tipo, Robert Musoke, Jane Githuku, Zablon Yoti, Ali Yahaya, Ambrose Talisuna, Soatiana Rajatonirina and Ibrahima Socé Fall

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:364

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  21. Content type: Research article

    While there has been progress in controlling the HIV epidemic, HIV still remains a disease of global concern. Some of the progress has been attributed to increased public awareness and uptake of public health ...

    Authors: Lydia Kapiriri, Na-Mee Lee, Lauren Jean Wallace and Brendan Kwesiga

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:359

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  22. Content type: Research article

    The vital registration system is universally recognized as the main source of mortality data which is essential for policy formulation, proper interventions and resource allocation to address priority health c...

    Authors: Myitzu Tin Oung, Kerry Richter, Pramote Prasartkul, Yadanar Aung, Kyaw Thu Soe, Thuzar Chit Tin and Viroj Tangcharoensathien

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:356

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Rapid urbanization has led to expansion of peri-urban fringes, where intensive, industry-style livestock rearing has led to emerging vulnerabilities at the human-animal-environment interface. This study was un...

    Authors: Abhimanyu Singh Chauhan, Mathew Sunil George, Johanna Lindahl, Delia Grace and Manish Kakkar

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:301

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  24. Content type: Research article

    It is estimated that nearly five billion people worldwide do not have access to safe surgery. This access gap disproportionately affects low-and middle-income countries (LMICs). One of the barriers to healthca...

    Authors: Carlos Varela, Sven Young, Nyengo Mkandawire, Reinou S. Groen, Leonard Banza and Asgaut Viste

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:264

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Responsive caregiving, or interactions in which caregivers give appropriate responses to a child’s signals, is linked to improved psychosocial, cognitive and physical outcomes in children. However, much remain...

    Authors: Elissa Scherer, Ashley Hagaman, Esther Chung, Atif Rahman, Karen O’Donnell and Joanna Maselko

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:252

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Most data on mortality and prognostic factors of universal healthcare waiting lists come from North America, Australasia, and Europe, with little information from South America. We aimed to determine the relat...

    Authors: Diego A. Martinez, Haoxiang Zhang, Magdalena Bastias, Felipe Feijoo, Jeremiah Hinson, Rodrigo Martinez, Jocelyn Dunstan, Scott Levin and Diana Prieto

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:233

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Although public policy in Brazil supports access to essential medicines, the health system cannot meet all demand. Increasingly, the population has used legal demands to seek access to medicines, an approach t...

    Authors: Virginia Oliveira Chagas, Mércia Pandolfo Provin and Rita Goreti Amaral

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:212

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Information on pathways of women seeking diagnostic services due to breast- related symptoms can help highlight challenges related to the healthcare system in improving early diagnosis of breast cancer.

    Authors: Kirstin Grosse Frie, Bakarou Kamaté, Cheick Bougadari Traoré, Bourama Coulibaly, Brahima Mallé and Eva Johanna Kantelhardt

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:204

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  29. Content type: Research article

    The Philippines has a high burden of TB and HIV, yet the WHO estimates that only 13% of Filipino TB patients know their HIV status. This is partly attributable to the lack of trained HIV counselors and medical...

    Authors: Tyrone Reden L. Sy, Retna Siwi Padmawati, Emmanuel S. Baja and Riris Andono Ahmad

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:185

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Although over the counter (OTC) drugs are believed to be relatively safe, their inappropriate use could have serious implications. The aim of the study was to assess the practice of self-medication, prevalence...

    Authors: Sirak Tesfamariam, Indermeet Singh Anand, Ghide Kaleab, Samson Berhane, Biruck Woldai, Eyasu Habte and Mulugeta Russom

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:159

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  31. Content type: Research article

    As Mozambique faces a double burden of diseases, with a rise of Non Communicable Diseases (NCD) superimposed to uncontrolled communicable diseases (CD), routine disease surveillance system does not include NCD...

    Authors: A. O. Mocumbi, D. C. Langa, S. Chicumbe, A. E. Schumacher and W. K. Al-Delaimy

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:147

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  32. Content type: Research article

    This article addresses the enjoyment of the human rights to water and sanitation (HRTWS), in particular access to toilets, in a public school in Bahia, Brazil.

    Authors: Édila Dalmaso Coswosk, Priscila Neves-Silva, Celina Maria Modena and Léo Heller

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:137

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Policy making in healthcare requires reliable and local data. Different sources of coverage data for health interventions can be utilized to populate the Lives Saved Tool (LiST), a commonly used policy-plannin...

    Authors: Ingrid K. Friberg, Mahima Venkateswaran, Buthaina Ghanem and J. Frederik Frøen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:124

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Engagement with community adolescent treatment supporters (CATS) improves adherence, psychosocial well-being, linkage and retention in care among adolescents living with HIV. However, there is an urgent need f...

    Authors: Nicola Willis, Amos Milanzi, Mather Mawodzeke, Chengetai Dziwa, Alice Armstrong, Innocent Yekeye, Phangisile Mtshali and Victoria James

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:117

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Mortality indicators are essential for monitoring population health. Although Malaysia has a functional death registration system, the quality of information on causes of death still needs improvement, since a...

    Authors: Azahadi Omar, Shubash Shander Ganapathy, Mohamad Fuad Mohamad Anuar, Yi Yi Khoo, Chandrika Jeevananthan, S. Maria Awaluddin, Jane Ling Miaw Yn and Chalapati Rao

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:110

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  36. Content type: Research article

    The Shared Decision Making (SDM) model allows the patient to be part of their own disease treatment and control. The translation to Spanish of a questionnaire that measures the patient perception of SDM will a...

    Authors: Geovanny Efraín Alvarado-Villa, Jorge Daniel Moncayo-Rizzo and Jorge Andrés Gallardo-Rumbea

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:106

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Medanta - The Medicity, a multi-super specialty corporate hospital in Gurugram, Haryana launched a “TB-Free Haryana” Campaign; mobile van equipped with a digital CXR machine to screen patients with presumptive...

    Authors: Bornali Datta, Ashish Kumar Prakash, David Ford, Praveen K. Tanwar, Pinky Goyal, Poulomi Chatterjee, Smita Vipin, Anand Jaiswal, Naresh Trehan and Kavita Ayyagiri

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:99

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  38. Content type: Research article

    The importance of viewing health from a broader perspective than the mere presence or absence of disease is critical at primary healthcare level. However, there is scanty evidence-based stratification of popul...

    Authors: Espoir Bwenge Malembaka, Hermès Karemere, Ghislain Bisimwa Balaluka, Anne-Sophie Lambert, Fiston Muneza, Hedwig Deconinck and Jean Macq

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:93

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  39. Content type: Research article

    In 2014, the Ethiopian government passed a new smoking legislation that banned smoking in public and workplaces including health care facilities. However, data’s on level of non-compliance and associated facto...

    Authors: Tamiru Tadesse and Belay Zawdie

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:91

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Following the Syrian crisis, a substantial influx of Syrian refugees into Lebanon posed new challenges to optimal vaccination coverage for all children residing in the country. In 2016, the district-based immu...

    Authors: Ziad Mansour, Randa Hamadeh, Alissar Rady, M. Carolina Danovaro-Holliday, Kamal Fahmy, Racha Said, Lina Brandt, Ramy Warrak and Walid Ammar

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:58

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Uganda is a low income country that continues to experience disease outbreaks caused by emerging and re-emerging diseases such as cholera, meningococcal meningitis, typhoid and viral haemorrhagic fevers. The I...

    Authors: Ben Masiira, Lydia Nakiire, Christine Kihembo, Edson Katushabe, Nasan Natseri, Immaculate Nabukenya, Innocent Komakech, Issa Makumbi, Okot Charles, Francis Adatu, Miriam Nanyunja, Solomon Fisseha Woldetsadik, Ibrahima Socé Fall, Patrick Tusiime, Alemu Wondimagegnehu and Peter Nsubuga

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:46

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Since 2000, a series of national policies have been released to tackle mental health problems in China; however, their promotion and implementation at local level are under-evaluated. This study will evaluate ...

    Authors: Wei Zhou, Yu Yu, Xinyi Zhao, Shuiyuan Xiao and Lizhang Chen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:24

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  43. Content type: Research article

    The post-disaster mental health crisis intervention (MHCI) system in China remains immature and unsystematic. We aim to report the perceptions of a large sample of MHCI workers and government administrators an...

    Authors: Yingjun Xi, Runsen Chen, Amy L. Gillespie, Yuyang He, Chihua Jia, Kuo Shi, Yiming Yao, Xin Ma, Wei Liu and Emily Ying Yang Chan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:11

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