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BMC Health Services Research

Health systems and services in low and middle income settings

Section edited by Dina Balabanova, Hengjin Dong, David Hotchkiss and Kaspar Wyss 

This section aims to publish research on health systems and services with a focus on research relevant to low and middle income settings as defined by The World Bank.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Maternal morbidity and mortality is most prevalent in resource-poor settings such as sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia. In sub-Saharan Africa, Ghana is one of the countries still facing particular challenge...

    Authors: Minerva Kyei-Onanjiri, Mary Carolan-Olah, John Koku Awoonor-Williams and Terence V. McCann

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:184

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    The burden of cervical cancer and shortage of screening services in Tanzania confers an urgent need for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination. However, the sustainability and impact of another new vaccine cam...

    Authors: Katherine E. Gallagher, Tusajigwe Erio, Kathy Baisley, Shelley Lees and Deborah Watson-Jones

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:173

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    Since 2003 Tanzania has upgraded its approximately 7000 drug stores to Accredited Drug Dispensing Outlets (ADDOs), involving dispenser training, introduction of record keeping and enhanced regulation. Prior to...

    Authors: Rebecca Thomson, Boniface Johanes, Charles Festo, Admirabilis Kalolella, Mark Taylor, Sarah Tougher, Yazoume Ye, Andrea Mann, Ruilin Ren, Katia Bruxvoort, Barbara Willey, Fred Arnold, Kara Hanson and Catherine Goodman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:169

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Substance use is a potentially modifiable risk factor for suicidal behaviour. Little is known about the epidemiology of substance use among self-harm patients in South Africa. This study set out to collect epi...

    Authors: Elsie Breet, Jason Bantjes and Ian Lewis

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:157

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    Research has shown that community mobilization is a useful strategy in promoting maternal care of HIV negative women in resource poor settings; however, similar evidence for women living with HIV is missing. T...

    Authors: Choolwe Muzyamba, Wim Groot, Sonila Tomini and Milena Pavlova

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:155

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  6. Content type: Research article

    The first month of life is the period with the highest risk of dying. Despite knowledge of effective interventions, newborn mortality is high and utilization of health care services remains low in Ethiopia. In...

    Authors: Onarheim Kristine Husøy, Sisay Mitike Molla, Gizaw Muluken, Moland Karen Marie, Norheim Ole Frithof and Miljeteig Ingrid

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:153

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Delays in receiving adequate care for children suffering from pneumonia can be life threatening and have been described associated with parents’ limited education and their difficulties in recognizing the seve...

    Authors: Mónica J. Pajuelo, Cynthia Anticona Huaynate, Malena Correa, Holger Mayta Malpartida, Cesar Ramal Asayag, Juan R. Seminario, Robert H. Gilman, Laura Murphy, Richard A. Oberhelman and Valerie A. Paz-Soldan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:149

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Inadequate antenatal care (ANC) can lead to missed diagnosis of danger signs or delayed referral to emergency obstetrical care, contributing to maternal mortality. In developing countries, ANC quality is often...

    Authors: Anatole Manzi, Laetitia Nyirazinyoye, Joseph Ntaganira, Hema Magge, Evariste Bigirimana, Leoncie Mukanzabikeshimana, Lisa R. Hirschhorn and Bethany Hedt-Gauthier

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:136

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Understanding the knowledge, attitudes and practices of physicians towards antibiotic resistance is key to developing interventions aimed at behavior change. The survey aimed to investigate physicians’ knowled...

    Authors: Appiah-Korang Labi, Noah Obeng-Nkrumah, Stephanie Bjerrum, Nii Armah Adu Aryee, Yaw Adjei Ofori-Adjei, Alfred E. Yawson and Mercy J. Newman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:126

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Effective implementation of rapid point of care tests (POCTs) for antenatal syphilis screening especially in settings where antenatal care attendance is high, can significantly increase screening coverage and ...

    Authors: Edward Tieru Dassah, Yaw Adu-Sarkodie and Philippe Mayaud

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:130

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Throughput might be partially responsible for sub-optimum organisational and medical outcomes. The present study examined throughput and the challenges to ensuring optimum throughput in hospitals, and determin...

    Authors: Mandreker Bahall

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:129

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Length measurements are important in growth, monitoring and promotion (GMP) for the surveillance of a child’s weight-for-length and length-for-age. These two indices provide an indication of a child’s risk of ...

    Authors: Matilda E. Laar, Grace S. Marquis, Anna Lartey and Katherine Gray-Donald

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:118

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Adolescents’ sexual and reproductive healthcare (SRH) needs have been prioritized globally, and they have the rights to access and utilize SRH services for their needs. However, adolescents under-utilize SRH s...

    Authors: Kim Jonas, Rik Crutzen, Anja Krumeich, Nicolette Roman, Bart van den Borne and Priscilla Reddy

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:109

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Maternal mortality rates vary significantly from region to region. Interventions such as early and planned antenatal care attendance and facility delivery with skilled health workers can potentially reduce mat...

    Authors: Stephen M. Kibusi, Bruno Fokas Sunguya, Eunice Kimunai and Courtney S. Hines

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:112

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Poor quality of health services and socio-cultural dynamics may severely limit utilization of health services. Facility health committees were established in several states in northern Nigeria to reduce these ...

    Authors: Olugbenga Oguntunde, Isa M. Surajo, Dauda Sulaiman Dauda, Abdulsamad Salihu, Salma Anas-Kolo and Irit Sinai

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:104

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  16. Content type: Research article

    One of the most successful modes of record-keeping and data collection is the use of health management information systems, where patient information and management plans are uniformly entered into a database ...

    Authors: Lily Kpobi, Leslie Swartz and Angela L. Ofori-Atta

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:98

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Availability and accessibility of sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents are very crucial for prevention and control of sexual and reproductive health problems. These services also play vital ...

    Authors: Amelia Ngozi ODO, Efiong Sunday SAMUEL, Evelyn N. NWAGU, Petra Obioma NNAMANI and Chiemezie S. ATAMA

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:92

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Malawi, Uganda, and Zimbabwe have recently adopted a universal ‘test-and-treat’ approach to the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (Option B+). Amongst a largely asymptomatic population of women...

    Authors: Fabian Cataldo, Janet Seeley, Misheck J. Nkhata, Zivai Mupambireyi, Edward Tumwesige and Diana M. Gibb

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:76

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Ghana introduced a National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in 2003 applying fee-for-service method for paying NHIS-credentialed health care providers. The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) later intro...

    Authors: Francis-Xavier Andoh-Adjei, Renske van der Wal, Eric Nsiah-Boateng, Felix Ankomah Asante, Koos van der Velden and Ernst Spaan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:52

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Engagement with HIV medical care is critical to successful HIV treatment and prevention efforts. However, in Ukraine, delays in the timely initiation of HIV treatment hamper viral suppression. By January 01, 2...

    Authors: Tetiana Kiriazova, Oleksandr Postnov, Trista Bingham, Janet Myers, Timothy Flanigan, Charles Vitek and Oleksandr Neduzhko

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:58

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