Publications

Background: Female sex workers (FSWs) are extremely vulnerable to adverse sexual and reproductive health (SRH) outcomes. To mitigate these risks, they require access to services covering not only HIV prevention but also contraception, cervical cancer screening and sexual violence. To develop context-specific intervention packages to improve uptake, we identified gaps in service utilization in four different cities

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Background: Around 1.5 million annual neonatal deaths occur in the first week of life, and infections represent one of the major causes in developing countries. Neonatal sepsis is often strictly connected to infection of the maternal genital tract during labour.

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Dr. Syed Khurram Azmat successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled: “Models to accelerate modern family planning/contraceptive services access and uptake among married women in rural Pakistan” on Monday, January 9th 2017 at 12:00 on the UZ hospital campus, Ghent University, Belgium.

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Objective: To assess the practice of post-abortion family planning (PAFP) counselling among Chinese abortion service providers, and identify the influencing factors.

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Objective: To assess the practice of post-abortion family planning (PAFP) counselling among Chinese abortion service providers, and identify the influencing factors.

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The 2016 WHO guidelines on antenatal care1 were published earlier this month and are widely welcomed because they are not only academically robust, but also relevant to end-users and patients. The guidelines cover antenatal care for normal pregnancies and have adopted a woman-centred, holistic approach to care. They cover nutritional interventions, maternal and fetal assessment, preventive measures, interventions for common physiological pregnancy symptoms, and health systems interventions to improve the use and quality of antenatal care.

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Background: Many studies investigate HPV vaccine acceptability, applying health behavior theories to identify determinants; few include real uptake, the final variable of interest. This study investigated the utility of the Health Belief Model (HBM) in predicting HPV vaccine uptake in Kenya, focusing on the importance of promotion, probing willingness to vaccinate as precursor of uptake and exploring the added value of personal characteristics.

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In his letter, W. Tjalma expresses concerns regarding cervical screening in Belgium before the age of 25 [1]. Having authored the European Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Cervical Cancer Screening and/or acted as advisor for the development of Belgian recommendations for cervical cancer prevention, we confirm that screening of women before the age of 25 years is generally not cost-effective and potentially harmful [2]. Although not recommended, the reality is that a relatively large proportion of younger women in Belgium do have Pap smears taken [3]. In the period 2002–2006, the proportion of women with a Pap smear within the previous 3 years, was 17% and 51%, in age groups 15–19 and 20–24, respectively [4].

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