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    [First reflection workshop of the research network "Gender, Reproductive Health and Population Policies (GRHPP), Maghreb region, Amsterdam, July 3-7, 1995. General report] Premier atelier de reflexion du reseau de recherche "Gender, Reproductive Health and Population Policies" (GRHPP), region Maghreb, Amsterdam, du 3 au 7 juillet 1995. Rapport general.

    Reysoo F

    Amsterdam, Netherlands, University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Political and Social-Cultural Sciences, Medical Anthropology Unit, 1996. 12 p.

    This paper reports upon the first workshop of the research network on gender, reproductive health, and population policies in the Maghreb, held in Amsterdam during July 3-7, 1995. The report is comprised of papers by various authors on gender, reproductive health, and population policies in the Maghreb; population policies in Morocco; population policies in Tunisia; population-related debates, including the new concepts introduced by the International Conference on Population and Development; the Rutgers Foundation’s activities with regard to reproduction and sexuality in Holland; the evolution from family planning to an integrated reproductive health approach; discourse on Norplant’s effectiveness; the research network on gender, reproductive health, and population policies in Latin America; identifying relevant research themes in the Maghreb; Internet-based research; a research project; and the decision to submit a project of concerted efforts designed to identify and strengthen research capacity in the countries of the Maghreb. The workshop’s activities are noted in the annex.
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    Improving quality of care in family planning and reproductive health programmes.


    A project funded by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and entitled "Improving Quality of Care in Family Planning and Reproductive Health Programmes," identified modest cost approaches to improving quality of care (QOC). After official clearances were received in April, a rapid assessment study began in May / June at the Shamirpet primary health center in Andhra Pradesh, India; in the Eheliyagoda and Kuruwita divisions in Ratnapura, Sri Lanka; and in the Duytien district in Namha province, Viet Nam. ICOMP collaborated with two government agencies, the Family Health Bureau (FHB) in Sri Lanka and the Center for Population Studies and Information (CPSI) in Viet Nam; the collaborating agency in India was the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI). The study covered prenatal care, immunizations, reproductive health, and family planning. Assessment tools, developed and provided by ICOMP, included guidelines for interviews and group discussions involving contraceptive users and nonusers, men, various kinds of providers and managers, and checklists for observation of services and facilities. A five-day workshop was organized in Kuala Lumpur in July for the three country teams. Based on the results of the rapid assessment study, an action plan was developed by each team, and the baseline research tools were discussed and modified. The Indian team began interventions in October 1995; the Sri Lankan and Vietnamese teams concentrated on completing the action plans and planning for the various interventions during the last quarter.
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    The World Health Organization's future research agenda and efforts to incorporate women's perspectives.

    Mehta S

    In: Issues in essential obstetric care. Report of a technical meeting of the Inter-Agency Group for Safe Motherhood, May 31 - June 2, 1995, edited by Diana M. Measham with Virginia D. Kallianes. New York, New York, Population Council, 1996 Mar. 62-4. (Partnership for Safe Motherhood)

    The World Health Organization's (WHO) Steering Committee on Research in Safe Motherhood recently met in Geneva. Highlights and main recommendations of the committee are presented. The committee set a course for WHO to follow under its continuing technical guidance. In setting that course, the committee considered the lessons learned from research supported by WHO and other agencies/organizations, as well as the strategy developed by WHO to help countries achieve safe motherhood. It also recognized that incorporating women's perspectives is essential to the research process. Much progress has been made in improving the understanding of the problem of maternal mortality, but much more remains to be accomplished. It has proved difficult to conduct health services research under prevailing conditions in many countries. Constraints from WHO's perspective were also significant. The Steering Committee recommended that research focus upon efforts to maximize or improve the impact of various components of the Mother-Baby Package.
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