Publications

On Monday, 23th of April 2018 Sonia S. MENON succesfully defended her PhD thesis entitled: "Cervical cancer prevention in HIV-infected women within a high bacterial vaginosis setting in Kenya"

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A mixed-methods implementation study on impact of a ‘diagonal’ intervention on uptake of sexual and reproductive health services by female sex workers in Mozambique:
Female sex workers (FSWs) have high risks for adverse sexual and reproductive health (SRH) outcomes, yet low access to services. Within an implementation research project enhancing uptake of SRH services by FSWs, the researchers piloted a ‘diagonal’ intervention, which combined strengthening of FSW-targeted services (vertical) with making public health facilities more FSW-friendly (horizontal), and tested its effect.

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The objective of the study was to completely and quantifiably determine the effect of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) on pregnancy outcomes in a Chinese cohort. Data were collected at a tertiary medical centre located in Shanghai, China, from September 2011 to May 2017.

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For the last decades, the international community has emphasised the importance of a multisectoral approach to tackle female genital mutilation (FGM/C).

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Background:
Age disparities in sexual relationships have been proposed as a key risk factor for HIV transmission in Sub-Saharan Africa, but evidence remains inconclusive. The SIHR study, a cluster randomised trial of a cash transfer programme in Malawi, found that young women in the intervention groups were less likely to have had a sexual partner aged 25 or older, and less likely to test positive for HIV and HSV-2 at follow-up compared to control groups. We examined the hypotheses that girls in the intervention groups had smaller age differences than control groups and that large age differences were associated with relationship-level HIV transmission risk factors: inconsistent condom use, sex frequency, and relationship duration.

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BACKGROUND:
Despite declining trends maternal mortality remains an important public health issue in Mozambique. The delays to reach an appropriate health facility and receive care faced by woman with pregnancy related complications play an important role in the occurrence of these deaths. This study aims to examine the contribution of the delays in relation to the causes of maternal death in facilities in Mozambique.

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In light of this year's International Women's Day on March 8, we want to draw attention to the risk of neglecting older women in the discourse on women's rights and in the recent campaigns around sexual victimisation.

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Dr. Roxanne Beauclair successfully defended her PhD at Ghent University on March 2nd 2018. Thesis title: Age Differences in Sexual Relationships and HIV Transmission: Statistical Analyses of Bio-Behavioural Survey Data from Southern Africa.

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Measures of sexual wellbeing and positive aspects of sexuality in the World Health Organization definition for sexual health are rarely studied and remain poorly understood, especially among adolescents in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Background: Decision-making about if and how to terminate a pregnancy is a dilemma for young women experiencing an unwanted pregnancy. Those women are subject to sociocultural and economic barriers that limit their autonomy and make them vulnerable to pressures that influence or force decisions about abortion.

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