Publications

November 13th Mr. Marc Arbyn defended his thesis: entitled: “Evidence regarding Human Papillomavirus Testing in Secondary Prevention of Cervical Cancer” in Ghent
Venue: auditorium C - UZ Campus Gent – De Pintelaan 185 – 9000 GENT Promotors/supervisors: Prof. dr. Marleen Temmerman, Prof. Dr. John-Paul Bogers & Prof. dr. Steven Weyers.

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On Wednesday September 20th Michael Urban defended his PhD thesis: Fetal alcohol syndrome in South Africa: prevalence, risk factors and prevention

Supervisors: prof. Marleen Temmerman, and Prof. Matthew Chersich, department uro-gynaecology

Full text can be downloaded below.

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For over 1·8 billion young people, access to contraceptives is key for health, rights, population and development, empowerment and equity, and for the planetary health of the future world. Adolescents make up at least a third of the population in most low-income and middle-income countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia,1 where approximately 2·5 million births occur annually to girls under the age of 16 years.

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Genital herpes can be caused by two very similar viruses, herpes simplex virus (HSV)-1 or HSV-2. These two HSV
types cannot be distinguished clinically, but genotyping is recommended in the first-episodes of genital herpes to
guide counselling and management. Quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) is the preferred diagnostic
method for HSV typing.

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Female genital cutting (FGC) is a major issue at the interplay of faith and health in development. The practice is in part faith-inspired, and has clear negative health impacts. The prevalence of FGC remains especially high in Egypt. This article reflects on some of the factors that lead to the perpetuation of the practice by analysing data from the 2014 Survey of Young People in Egypt.

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Determinants of male modern contraceptive use. An analysis of Demographic and Health Survey data of sexually active men in Kenya.

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Using mixed methods that combined participant observation and semi-structured in-depth interviews, this study looked at changing practices and shifting meanings of female genital cutting among the Maasai people in Tanzania.

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Facility-based maternal mortality remains an important public health problem in Mozambique. A num-
ber of factors associated with health system functioning can be described behind the occurrence of
these deaths. This paper aimed to evaluate the magnitude of the health facility-based maternal mortal-
ity, its geographical distribution and to assess the health facility factors implicated in the occurrence of
these deaths. A secondary analysis was done on data from the survey on maternal health needs per-
formed by the Ministry of Health of Mozambique in 2008. During the study period 2.198 maternal
deaths occurred out of 312.537 deliveries. According to the applied model the availability of Maternal
and Child Health (MCH) nurses performing Emergency Obstetric Care functions was related to the
reduction of facility-based maternal mortality by 40%. No significant effects were observed for the avail-
ability of medical doctors, surgical technicians and critical delivery room equipment.

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