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Critical Issues in Reproductive Health

Kulczycki, Andrzej (Ed.)

2014, IX, 351 p. 19 illus.

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  • Examines and reflects on a wide range of contemporary and emerging concerns
  • Applies novel and varied methodological approaches to study multiple aspects of reproductive health status and care
  • Offers broad regional coverage and in-depth analysis

In this book, leading academics and practitioners in the field of reproductive health address topics such as contraception, abortion, sexually transmitted infections, maternal and prenatal health, sexuality and reproductive rights by examining a number of critical issues in these areas. The authors describe new research, identify gaps and priorities in policy and practice, and illustrate innovative solutions.

The book further addresses such current imperatives as understanding the social meanings of emergency contraception, measuring gender-based violence, improving reproductive health governance, strengthening health systems and services, and redressing institutional barriers.

The book also assesses how reproductive health programs can be reconfigured to new challenges such as those posed by climate change, vulnerable youth in fragile states, and risks from new infertility treatments.

Using a rich and varied set of cases, a broad public health and social science perspective, and novel methodological approaches, this book questions common assumptions, illustrates effective solutions and sets out research, policy, and programmatic agendas for the present and future.

This is a comprehensive volume which provides a valuable resource to researchers, educators, practitioners, policymakers and students, as well as anyone studying or advocating for reproductive health.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Africa - Biomarkers - Climate change - Contraceptive provision - Egypt - Emergency contraception - Fertility regulation - Gender-based violence - Health systems and services - Improving reproductive health governance - Injectable contraception - Intra-Uterine device (IUD) - Kenya - Latin America - Liberal abortion policies - Liberia - Low-cost contraception implants - Maternal and perinatal health - Midwifery - Navrongo experiement - Northen Ghana - Nursing - Population dynamics - Pronatalist countries - Reproductive health - Risks from new infertility treatments - Sexuality and reproductive rights - Sexually transmitted infections - Spousal physical violence - Vulnerable youth in fragile states

Related subjects » Gynecology - Population Studies - Public Health - Wellbeing & Quality-of-Life

Table of contents 


Ch. 1)  Introduction and Overview: Andrzej Kulczycki.- Part One.  Expanding the Research Base: Ch. 2). The Vocabulary of Reproductive Health: Alaka Basu.- Ch. 3).  Prevalence, Attitudes, Risk factors, and Selected Health-related Outcomes Associated with Spousal Physical Violence during Pregnancy in Egypt: Andrzej Kulczycki.- Ch. 4). Addressing Men's Concerns about Reproductive Health Services and Fertility Regulation in a Rural Sahelian Setting of Northern Ghana: The “Zurugelu Approach.”: Philip Adongo, James F. Phillips, and Colin Baynes.- Ch. 5). Social Class and Sexual Stigma: Local Interpretations of Emergency Contraception in Egypt: Lisa L. Wynn, Hosam Moustafa, and Ahmed Ragab.- Ch. 6). Using New Data and Improved Study Designs to Examine Infertility-service Seeking and Adverse Maternal and Perinatal Outcomes in the South-Central United States: Suzanne Dhall and Andrzej Kulczycki.- Part Two.  Advancing Policy: Ch. 7). The Evolution of Consensus on Population and Development:  Prospects for Resurgent Policy and Program Action: Andrew B Kantner.- Ch. 8). How Problematic will Liberal Abortion Policies be for Pronatalist Countries?: Dennis Hodgson.- Ch. 9). Climate Change: What do Population and Reproductive Health have to Do with It? : Karen Hardee.- Ch. 10). Reproductive Health Aid: A Delicate Balancing Act: Hendrik P. van Dalen and Maja Micevska.- Ch. 11). Looking Back and Looking Ahead to Where Are We Going:  A Round-table Symposium on the Past, Present, and Future of Reproductive Health: a). Look Over Your Shoulder and Prepare for More: It’s About Sex After All: Dan Pellegrom.- b). The Exceptionality of Family Planning and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Marleen Temmerman and Neil Datta.- c). Championing MDG5: Invest in Women, It Pays: Jill Sheffield.- d). A Driver Without Wheels: The Continued Relative Neglect of the Reproductive Health Agenda: Stan Bernstein.- e). Adapting to Change to Achieve Universal Access to Reproductive Health: Elizabeth Lule.- Part Three. Strengthening Service and Program Capacity: Ch. 12). Fostering Change in Medical Care Settings: A Holistic Programming Approach to “Revitalizing” IUD Use in Kenya: Roy Jacobstein.- Ch. 13). Radical Common Sense: Community Provision of Injectable Contraception in Africa: John Stanback and Reid Miller.- Ch. 14). Global Introduction of a Low-cost Contraceptive Implant: Kate H. Rademacher, Heather L. Vahdat, Laneta Dorfligner, Derek Owen, and Markus J. Steiner.- Ch. 15). An Integrated Approach to Targeted, Evidence-based Livelihood and Sexual and Reproductive Health Programs for Vulnerable Young People in Fragile States: The Case of Liberia: Adam Weiner and Andrzej Kulczycki.- About the Contributors.- Index.

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