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

Section edited by Ariadne Kapetanaki, Christopher Barton

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

    The Bolsa Família Program was created in Brazil in 2003, by the joint of different social programs aimed at poor or very poor families with focus on income transfer to promote immediate poverty relief, conditiona...

    Authors: Ana Paula Bortoletto Martins and Carlos Augusto Monteiro

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:827

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    Isoniazid preventive therapy is a key public health intervention for the prevention of tuberculosis disease among people living with HIV. Despite the confirmed efficacy of isoniazid preventive therapy and glob...

    Authors: Gebrehiwot Teklay, Tsigemariam Teklu, Befikadu Legesse, Kiros Tedla and Eveline Klinkenberg

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:840

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    Social mobilisation during new vaccine introductions encourages acceptance, uptake and adherence to multi-dose schedules. Effective communication is considered especially important for human papillomavirus (HP...

    Authors: Severin Kabakama, Katherine E. Gallagher, Natasha Howard, Sandra Mounier-Jack, Helen E. D. Burchett, Ulla K. Griffiths, Marta Feletto, D. Scott LaMontagne and Deborah Watson-Jones

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:834

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Provision of HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health services in Zambia is largely characterized by discrete service provision with weak client referral and linkage. The literature reveals gaps in th...

    Authors: Paul C. Hewett, Mutinta Nalubamba, Fiammetta Bozzani, Jean Digitale, Lung Vu, Eileen Yam and Mary Nambao

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:785

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Rotavirus is the most common etiology of diarrhea-associated hospitalizations and clinic visits in Vietnamese children < 5 years old. To estimate the economic burden of rotavirus-associated formal healthcare e...

    Authors: Arthorn Riewpaiboon, Sunheang Shin, Thi Phuong Mai Le, Dinh Thiem Vu, Thi Hien Anh Nguyen, Neal Alexander and Duc Anh Dang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:777

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Hepatitis B and C are silent killers not yet recognized as major public health challenges in many developing countries with huge disease burden. In Ethiopia, Hepatitis B is endemic with an average prevalence o...

    Authors: Fassil Shiferaw, Mekitew Letebo and Abate Bane

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:769

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2016 16:1065

  7. Content type: Research article

    Despite recognition of the importance of timely presentation to HIV care, research on pathways to care is lacking. The adverse impact of depression upon adherence to antiretroviral therapy is established. Ther...

    Authors: Rosie Mayston, Anisha Lazarus, Vikram Patel, Melanie Abas, Priya Korgaonkar, Ramesh Paranjape, Savio Rodrigues and Martin Prince

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:765

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Evidence supports that television food advertisements influence children’s food preferences and their consumption. However, few studies have examined the extent and nature of food marketing to children in low ...

    Authors: Sofía Rincón-Gallardo Patiño, Lizbeth Tolentino-Mayo, Eric Alejandro Flores Monterrubio, Jennifer L Harris, Stefanie Vandevijvere, Juan A Rivera and Simón Barquera

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:733

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Integrated Infectious Diseases Capacity Building Evaluation (IDCAP) teams designed and implemented two health worker in-service training approaches: 1) an off-site classroom-based integrated management of infe...

    Authors: Martin Kayitale Mbonye, Sarah M. Burnett, Sarah Naikoba, Allan Ronald, Robert Colebunders, Jean-Pierre Van Geertruyden and Marcia R. Weaver

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:714

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  10. Content type: Research article

    In November 2012, the 62nd session of the Regional Committee for Africa adopted a comprehensive 10-year regional strategy for health disaster risk management (DRM). This was intended to operationalize the Worl...

    Authors: Olushayo Olu, Abdulmumini Usman, Lucien Manga, Stella Anyangwe, Kalula Kalambay, Ngoy Nsenga, Solomon Woldetsadik, Craig Hampton, Francois Nguessan and Angela Benson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:691

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  11. Content type: Research article

    There is a need to identify rational criteria and set priorities for vaccines. In Thailand, many licensed vaccines are being considering for introduction into the Expanded Program on Immunization; thus, the go...

    Authors: Siriporn Pooripussarakul, Arthorn Riewpaiboon, David Bishai, Charung Muangchana and Sripen Tantivess

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:684

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Thailand is 18th out of the 22 countries with the highest tuberculosis (TB) burden. It will be a challenge for Thailand to achieve the UN Millennium Development target for TB, as well as the new WHO targets fo...

    Authors: Jiraporn Choowong, Per Tillgren and Maja Söderbäck

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:653

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Due to lack of culturally relevant assessment tools, little is known about children’s developmental profiles in low income settings such as Ethiopia. The objective of this study was to adapt and standardize th...

    Authors: Teklu Gemechu Abessa, Berhanu Nigussie Worku, Mekitie Wondafrash Kibebew, Jan Valy, Johan Lemmens, Herbert Thijs, Wondwosen Kasahun Yimer, Patrick Kolsteren and Marita Granitzer

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:652

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Diabetes mellitus (DM) appears to be a global epidemic and an increasingly major non-communicable disease threatening both affluent and non-affluent society. The study aimed to determine the knowledge of diabe...

    Authors: Yaa Obirikorang, Christian Obirikorang, Enoch Odame Anto, Emmanuel Acheampong, Emmanuella Nsenbah Batu, Agyemang Duah Stella, Omerige Constance and Peter Kojo Brenya

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:637

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  15. Content type: Research article

    In the context of an operational research project in Tete, Mozambique, use of, and barriers to, HIV and sexual and reproductive health (HIV/SRH) commodities and services for female sex workers (FSWs) were asse...

    Authors: Yves Lafort, Faustino Lessitala, Balthazar Candrinho, Letitia Greener, Ross Greener, Mags Beksinska, Jenni A. Smit, Matthew Chersich and Wim Delva

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:608

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  16. Content type: Research article

    The reasons of deaths in developing countries are shifting from communicable diseases towards non-communicable diseases (NCDs). At the same time the number of health care interventions using mobile phones (mHe...

    Authors: Victor Stephani, Daniel Opoku and Wilm Quentin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:572

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  17. Content type: Research article

    No known studies have tested the effectiveness of child abuse prevention programmes for adolescents in low- or middle-income countries. ‘Parenting for Lifelong Health’ (

    Authors: Lucie Cluver, Franziska Meinck, Alexa Yakubovich, Jenny Doubt, Alice Redfern, Catherine Ward, Nasteha Salah, Sachin De Stone, Tshiamo Petersen, Phelisa Mpimpilashe, Rocio Herrero Romero, Lulu Ncobo, Jamie Lachman, Sibongile Tsoanyane, Yulia Shenderovich, Heidi Loening…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:567

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Recognizing the close relationship between poverty and health, national program managers, policy-makers and donors are increasingly including economic interventions as part of their core strategies to improve ...

    Authors: Mishal S. Khan, Bernie Y. Guan, Jananie Audimulam, Francisco Cervero Liceras, Richard J. Coker and Joanne Yoong

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:528

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Adolescents in South Africa are at high risk of acquiring HIV. The HIV vaccination of adolescents could reduce HIV incidence and mortality. The potential impact and cost-effectiveness of a national school-base...

    Authors: Nishila Moodley, Glenda Gray and Melanie Bertram

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:330

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Out of pocket payments are the predominant method of financing healthcare in many developing countries, which can result in impoverishment and financial catastrophe for those affected. In 2010, WHO estimated t...

    Authors: Shifa Salman Habib, Shagufta Perveen and Hussain Maqbool Ahmed Khuwaja

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:281

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  21. Content type: Research article

    The political influence of the food industry, referred to as corporate political activity (CPA), represents a potential barrier to the development and implementation of effective public health policies for non...

    Authors: Melissa Mialon, Boyd Swinburn, Steven Allender and Gary Sacks

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:283

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Since 2007, integrated care of acute malnutrition has been promoted in Niger, a country affected by high burden of disease. This policy change aimed at strengthening capacity and ownership to manage the condit...

    Authors: Hedwig Deconinck, Mahaman Hallarou, Bart Criel, Philippe Donnen and Jean Macq

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:249

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  23. Content type: Research article

    A major challenge to outbreak control lies in early detection of viral haemorrhagic fevers (VHFs) in local community contexts during the critical initial stages of an epidemic, when risk of spreading is its hi...

    Authors: Daniel H. de Vries, Jude T. Rwemisisi, Laban K. Musinguzi, Turinawe E. Benoni, Denis Muhangi, Marije de Groot, David Kaawa-Mafigiri and Robert Pool

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:161

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Access to healthcare is an essential element of health development and a fundamental human right. While access to and acceptability of healthcare are complex concepts that interact with different socio-ecologi...

    Authors: Bereket Yakob and Busisiwe Purity Ncama

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:155

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Globally, vaccine preventable diseases are responsible for nearly 20 % of deaths annually among children <5 years old. Worldwide, many children dropout from the vaccination program, are vaccinated late, or inc...

    Authors: Adam Haji, S. Lowther, Z. Ngan’ga, Z. Gura, C. Tabu, H. Sandhu and Wences Arvelo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:152

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  26. Content type: Research article

    In India, Village Health Sanitation and Nutrition Committees (VHSNCs) are participatory community health forums, but there is little information about their composition, functioning and effectiveness. Our stud...

    Authors: Aradhana Srivastava, Rajkumar Gope, Nirmala Nair, Shibanand Rath, Suchitra Rath, Rajesh Sinha, Prabas Sahoo, Pavitra Mohan Biswal, Vijay Singh, Vikash Nath, HPS Sachdev, Jolene Skordis-Worrall, Hassan Haghparast-Bidgoli, Anthony Costello, Audrey Prost and Sanghita Bhattacharyya

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:59

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  27. Content type: Research article

    KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa has the largest population of children under the age of five and experiences the highest number of child births per annum in the country. Its population has also been rav...

    Authors: Shelley-Ann McGee, Lumbwe Chola, Aviva Tugendhaft, Victoria Mubaiwa, Neil Moran, Neil McKerrow, Leonard Kamugisha and Karen Hofman

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:49

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  28. Content type: Research article

    The ‘Communicate to vaccinate’ (COMMVAC) project builds research evidence for improving communication with parents and communities about childhood vaccinations in low- and middle-income countries. Understandin...

    Authors: Heather Ames, Diangha Mabel Njang, Claire Glenton, Atle Fretheim, Jessica Kaufman, Sophie Hill, Afiong Oku, Julie Cliff, Yuri Cartier, Xavier Bosch-Capblanch, Gabriel Rada, Artur Muloliwa, Angela Oyo-Ita and Simon Lewin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:1264

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Syndromic surveillance systems (SSSs) collect non-specific syndromes in early stages of disease outbreaks. This makes an SSS a promising tool for the early detection of epidemics. An Integrated Surveillance Sy...

    Authors: Yan Ding, Rainer Sauerborn, Biao Xu, Nie Shaofa, Weirong Yan, Vinod K. Diwan and Hengjin Dong

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:1127

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  30. Content type: Study protocol

    Cash-based transfer programmes are an emerging strategy in the prevention of wasting in children, especially targeted at vulnerable households during periods of food insecurity or during emergencies. However, ...

    Authors: Bridget Fenn, Ghulam Murtaza Sangrasi, Chloe Puett, Lani Trenouth and Silke Pietzsch

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:1044

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Current health economic evaluation guidelines mainly concentrate on immediate health gains and cost savings for the individual involved in the intervention. However, it has been argued that these guidelines ar...

    Authors: Ingeborg M van der Putten, Silvia MAA Evers, Rohan Deogaonkar, Mark Jit and Raymond CW Hutubessy

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:356

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  32. Content type: Erratum

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:823

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    The original article was published in BMC Public Health 2014 14:547