Global Health: Science and Practice Journal Releases New Issue
The Global Health: Science and Practice Journal released its December 2014 issue. As always the journal featured important contributions to many different fields in global health, adding the "practice" perspective to scientific research. Highlights from this month include articles covering a range of global health topics, including Ebola, routine immunization, supply chains, HIV prevention programs scale-up, and maternal health:
- Using behavior change communication to lead a comprehensive family planning program: the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative. The Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) specifically addressed people’s “ideation” about family planning—their beliefs, ideas, and feelings—and showed that exposure to the program’s communication messages was associated with improved ideation among women. Furthermore, more positive ideation was associated with greater contraceptive use.
- Strengthening government management capacity to scale up HIV prevention programs through the use of Technical Support Units: lessons from Karnataka state, India. This article describes a model used in Karnataka state, India, to strengthen the government’s management capacity to scale up its HIV prevention program.
- Maternal mental health in Amhara region, Ethiopia: a cross-sectional survey. Results from a cross-sectional survey in Amhara region, Ethiopia, find that 20% to 33% of surveyed women, who were up to two years postpartum, had poor mental health. In addition, about 15% reported having had suicidal thoughts within the last 30 days.
- Getting closer to people: family planning provision by drug shops in Uganda. A number of studies have previously shown that community health workers can administer injectable contraceptives safely and effectively. Akol and colleagues show that the same is true of drug shop operators in Uganda and that such provision can contribute a marked share of family planning services.
Read the full text of these articles as well as other articles from past issues free of charge.
Global Health: Science and Practice is also accepting submissions for future issues. Read the Instructions for Authors and submit your manuscripts for consideration. All articles published in GHSP are indexed by PubMed®, PubMed® Central, and Medline®. Unlike other journals, there are no fees to submit or publish your articles in GHSP. In addition, GHSP focuses on publishing articles with practical, program-implementation experiences with details on how activities were actually conducted—the kind of implementation detail that most other journals tend to shy away from.