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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

    The incidence of breast cancer in Asia is increasing because of urbanization and lifestyle changes. In the developing countries in Asia, women present at late stages, and mortality is high. Mammographic screen...

    Authors: Marianne Lee, Shivaani Mariapun, Nadia Rajaram, Soo-Hwang Teo and Cheng-Har Yip

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:127

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Screening is the main preventive method for cervical cancer in developing countries, but each type of screening has advantages and disadvantages. To investigate the most suitable method for low-income areas in...

    Authors: Yu Xie, Xiaodong Tan, Haiyan Shao, Qing Liu, Jiyu Tou, Yuling Zhang, Qiong Luo and Qunying Xiang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:118

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Dental care is extremely costly and beyond most people means in developing countries. The primary aim of this study was to determine the impact of out-of-pocket payments for dental care on household finances i...

    Authors: Eduardo Bernabé, Mohd Masood and Marko Vujicic

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:109

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Onchocerciasis is a severe parasitic infestation which causes disabling skin and subcutaneous tissue changes. Current global estimates suggest that it accounts for 1135.7 disability adjusted life years (DALYs)...

    Authors: Tsi Njim and Leopold Ndemnge Aminde

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:103

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  5. Content type: Research article

    In 2009, after many delays and changes, India introduced a single pictorial health warning label (HWL) on smokeless tobacco (SLT) packing—a symbolic image of a scorpion covering 40% of the front surface. In 20...

    Authors: Shannon Gravely, Geoffrey T. Fong, Pete Driezen, Steve Xu, Anne C. K. Quah, Genevieve Sansone, Prakash C. Gupta and Mangesh S. Pednekar

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1246

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Afghanistan has made great strides in the coverage of health services across the country but coverage of key indicators remains low nationally and whether the poorest households are accessing these services is...

    Authors: Christine Kim, Khwaja Mir Ahad Saeed, Ahmad Shah Salehi and Wu Zeng

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1226

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The physical inactivity pandemic and related non-communicable diseases have made it imperative for medical doctors (MDs) to effectively provide lifestyle counseling as part of prevention and treatment plans fo...

    Authors: Maria C. Arciniegas Calle, Felipe Lobelo, Mario A. Jiménez, Diana C. Páez, Sebastian Cortés, Andrés de Lima and John Duperly

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1224

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Accelerated population ageing brings about unprecedented challenges to the health system in China. This study aimed to measure the prevalence and the income-related inequality of depressive symptoms, and also ...

    Authors: Yongjian Xu, Jinjuan Yang, Jianmin Gao, Zhongliang Zhou, Tao Zhang, Jianping Ren, Yanli Li, Yuyan Qian, Sha Lai and Gang Chen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1214

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Social capital is often believed to be one of the key prerequisites for successful implementation of community-based health programs. In less-developed countries, local leaders are positioned as major players ...

    Authors: Jinho Kim, Ji-Hye Kim, Vanphanom Sychareun and Minah Kang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1189

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  10. Content type: Research article

    This paper discusses the establishment of a clinical trial of an Ebola vaccine candidate in Kambia District, Northern Sierra Leone during the epidemic, and analyses the role of social science research in ensur...

    Authors: Luisa Enria, Shelley Lees, Elizabeth Smout, Thomas Mooney, Angus F. Tengbeh, Bailah Leigh, Brian Greenwood, Deborah Watson-Jones and Heidi Larson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1140

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  11. Content type: Debate

    Hepatitis C affects over 185 million people around the world. This silent disease is responsible for up to 700,000 deaths per year. Despite the scientific revolution in diagnosis and treatment, hepatitis C con...

    Authors: Fabio Mesquita, Melina Erica Santos, Adele Benzaken, Renato Girade Corrêa, Elisa Cattapan, Leandro Soares Sereno and Marcelo Contardo Moscoso Naveira

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1132

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Although linkages have been found between agricultural interventions and nutritional health, and the development of clean fuels and improved solid fuel stoves in reducing household air pollution and adverse he...

    Authors: Santosh Gaihre, Janet Kyle, Sean Semple, Jo Smith, Madhu Subedi and Debbi Marais

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1093

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  13. Content type: Research article

    A negative attitude toward disability is one of the potential barriers for people with disability (PWD) to achieve social equality. Although numerous studies have investigated attitudes toward disability, few ...

    Authors: Qiaolan Zheng, Qi Tian, Chun Hao, Jing Gu, Jianting Tao, Zuoyi Liang, Xinlin Chen, Jiqian Fang, Jianhua Ruan, Qiuxiang Ai and Yuantao Hao

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1024

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Recent malaria control and elimination attempts show remarkable success in several parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Vector control via larval source management represents a new and to date underrepresented approac...

    Authors: Peter Dambach, Issouf Traoré, Achim Kaiser, Ali Sié, Rainer Sauerborn and Norbert Becker

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1023

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Violence against children (VAC) remains a global problem. The health sector has an opportunity and responsibility to be part of the multi-sector collaboration to prevent and respond to VAC. This review aimed t...

    Authors: Andrea L. Wirtz, Carmen Alvarez, Alessandra C. Guedes, Luisa Brumana, Cecilie Modvar and Nancy Glass

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1006

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Although there are a growing number of initiatives aimed at supporting guideline implementation in resource-constrained settings, few studies assess progress on achieving next steps and goals after the initial...

    Authors: Julia E. Moore, Sami Uka, Joshua P. Vogel, Caitlyn Timmings, Shusmita Rashid, A. Metin Gülmezoglu and Sharon E. Straus

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:987

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  17. Content type: Research article

    The Community Directed Intervention (CDI) strategy has been used to conduct various health interventions in Africa, including control of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). Although the CDI approach has shown ...

    Authors: Gladys O. Odhiambo, Rosemary M. Musuva, Maurice R. Odiere and Pauline N. Mwinzi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:986

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Although many studies have investigated the relationship between the introduction of the New Cooperative Medical Scheme (NCMS) in rural China in 2003 and increased use of medical services, the effect on health...

    Authors: Qicheng Jiang, Zhen Jiang, Zhang Xin and Nicola Cherry

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:980

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  19. Content type: Research article

    We aimed to investigate the management of hypertension in Shanghai, China and to examine whether there was any difference of hypertension management among people enrolled in different health insurances.

    Authors: Xinji Zhang, Yuan Zhang, Xiang Xiao, Xiuqiang Ma and Jia He

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:959

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  20. Content type: Research article

    The health service of China has encountered significant challenges due to inequalities in socio-economic determinants of health. HIV patients are known to suffer from social stigma, and may receive inadequate ...

    Authors: Jing Li, Sawitri Assanangkornchai, Lin Lu, Le Cai, Jing You, Edward B. McNeil and Virasakdi Chongsuvivatwong

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:955

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  21. Content type: Debate

    Public health has multicultural origins. By the close of the nineteenth century, Schools of Public Health (SPHs) began to emerge in western countries in response to major contemporary public health challenges....

    Authors: Fauziah Rabbani, Leah Shipton, Franklin White, Iman Nuwayhid, Leslie London, Abdul Ghaffar, Bui Thi Thu Ha, Göran Tomson, Rajiv Rimal, Anwar Islam, Amirhossein Takian, Samuel Wong, Shehla Zaidi, Kausar Khan, Rozina Karmaliani, Imran Naeem Abbasi…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:941

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  22. Content type: Correspondence

    The scale-up of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in Malawi was based on a public health approach adapted to its resource-poor setting, with principles and practices borrowed from the successful tuberculosis contro...

    Authors: Anthony D. Harries, Nathan Ford, Andreas Jahn, Erik J. Schouten, Edwin Libamba, Frank Chimbwandira and Dermot Maher

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:938

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Periodic assessment is one of the recommendations for improving health-care waste management worldwide. This study aimed at translating and adapting the Health-Care Waste Management - Rapid Assessment Tool (HC...

    Authors: Eliana Napoleão Cozendey-Silva, Cintia Ribeiro da Silva, Ariane Leites Larentis, Julio Cesar Wasserman, Brani Rozemberg and Liliane Reis Teixeira

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:928

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Auxiliary Midwives (AMWs) are community health volunteers supporting the work of midwives, especially maternal and child health services in hard to-reach areas in Myanmar. This paper assessed the contributions...

    Authors: Sangay Wangmo, Rapeepong Suphanchaimat, Wai Mar Mar Htun, Tin Tun Aung, Chiraporn Khitdee, Walaiporn Patcharanarumol, Pe Thet Htoon and Viroj Tangcharoensathien

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:914

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2016 16:1074

  25. Content type: Debate

    Whilst multi-lateral funding for HIV/AIDS dramatically increased from 2004 to 2008, it has largely plateaued in the last 8 years. Across sub-Saharan Africa, up to 20 % of total spending on health is used for H...

    Authors: Tom Kakaire, Walter Schlech, Alex Coutinho, Richard Brough and Rosalind Parkes-Ratanshi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:896

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Rational medicine use is essential to optimize quality of healthcare delivery and resource utilization. We aim to conduct a systematic review of changes in prescribing patterns in the WHO African region and co...

    Authors: Richard Ofori-Asenso, Petra Brhlikova and Allyson M. Pollock

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:724

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  27. Content type: Research article

    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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  28. Content type: Research article

    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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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

  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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