eBook Critical Issues in Reproductive Health, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 9400767226
  • ISBN-13: 9789400767225
  • DDC: 612.6
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 351 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released August 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014
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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.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Abbreviations.
Introduction and Overview.
1: Expanding the Research Base.
2: The Vocabulary of Reproductive Health.
3: Prevalence, Attitudes, Risk Factors, and Selected Health-Related Outcomes Associated with Spousal Physical Violence During Pregnancy in Egypt.
4: Addressing Men’s Concerns about Reproductive Health Services and Fertility Regulation in a Rural Sahelian Setting of Northern Ghana: The “Zurugelu Approach”.
5: Social Class and Sexual Stigma: Local Interpretations of Emergency Contraception in Egypt.
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.
7: Advancing Policy.
8: The Evolution of Consensus on Population and Development: Prospects for Resurgent Policy and Program Action.
9: How Problematic will Liberal Abortion Policies be for Pronatalist Countries?.
10: Climate Change Science, Policy and Programming: Where are Population and Reproductive Health?.
11: Reproductive Health Aid: A Delicate Balancing Act.
12: Looking Back and Looking Ahead to where are We Going: A Round-Table Symposium on the Past, Present, and Future of Reproductive Health.
13: Strengthening Service and Program Capacity.
14: Fostering Change in Medical Settings: A Holistic Programming Approach to “Revitalizing” IUD Use in Kenya.
15: Radical Common Sense: Community Provision of Injectable Contraception in Africa.
16: Global Introduction of a Low-Cost Contraceptive Implant.
17: 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.
About the Authors.