Ensuring the rights of women worldwide to reproductive health care

November 30, 2010

New Rochelle, NY, November 30, 2010--Access to quality reproductive healthcare for women around the globe is a fundamental aspect of a woman's human rights, freedom, equity, and right to control her own body. A Special Section on Global Women's Reproductive Health in the current issue of Journal of Women's Health, a peer-reviewed publication published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., explores the compelling medical, socioeconomic, and gender-based factors that impact global women's health issues. The Special Focus articles are available free online.

"In 2010, no woman should die or suffer the morbidity associated with lack of access to contraception, safe abortion, or delivery with a skilled attendant," state the Guest Co-Editors, Stacie Geller, PhD, University of Illinois, Chicago, and Suellen Miller, PhD, CMN, University of California, San Francisco.

Amy Stenson, MD, David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Chisina Kapungu, PhD, University of Illinois, Drs. Geller and Miller describe the challenges in performing reproductive health research in economically disadvantaged and low-resource settings. The sensitive areas explored in reproductive health research can be particularly challenging in light of the different cultural, social, and ethical standards around the world. The authors focus on the importance of global collaboration and community partnerships, staff training and logistical planning, and informed consent in the article entitled, "Navigating the Challenges of Global Reproductive Health Research."

In "Women Front and Center: The Opportunities of Involving Women in Participatory Health Research Worldwide," authors Martha Decker, DrPH and Anke Hemmerling, MD, PhD, University of California, San Francisco, and Fatimata Lankoande, LSW, World University Service of Canada (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso), highlight the need to involve women as active participants in health research. They describe a more inclusive approach to health research that requires relationship building with communities and the sharing of power with research subjects resulting in improved data accuracy and greater study relevance.

Donna Baptiste, EdD, Chisina Kapungu, PhD, and Manorama Khare, PhD, University of Illinois, Chicago, Yvonne Lewis, MPH, Ministry of Health, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies, and Linda Barlow-Mosha, MD, Makerete University & Johns Hopkins University Care Ltd., provide a framework for combining the focus on outcomes in global healthcare research with an emphasis on improving women's right to freedom, equity, and equality of opportunities.
-end-
Journal of Women's Health, published monthly, is a core multidisciplinary journal dedicated to the diseases and conditions that hold greater risk for or are more prevalent among women, as well as diseases that present differently in women. The Journal covers the latest advances and clinical applications of new diagnostic procedures and therapeutic protocols for the prevention and management of women's healthcare issues. Journal of Women's Health is the Official Journal of the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA).

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. is a privately held, fully integrated media company known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in many promising areas of science and biomedical research, including Breastfeeding Medicine; Population Health Management; Thyroid; and Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders. Its biotechnology trade magazine, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN), was the first in its field and is today the industry's most widely read publication worldwide. A complete list of the firm's 60 journals, books, and newsmagazines is available at our website.

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News

Related Reproductive Health Articles from Brightsurf:

Immune functions traded in for reproductive success
Researchers at the MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg, Germany, and the University of Washington in Seattle, USA, for the first time, investigate the phenomenon of sexual parasitism in deep-sea anglerfish.

COVID-19 affects adolescent and young adults sexual and reproductive health
Social distancing and limited access to contraceptive and abortion care during the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents and young adults according to a new study.

Centring sexual and reproductive health and justice in the global COVID-19 response
The Lancet commentary 'Centring sexual and reproductive health and justice in the global COVID-19 response' highlights the detrimental impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic response on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

ACR releases reproductive health guideline for patients with rheumatic diseases
Today, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) published the 2020 Guideline for the Management of Reproductive Health in Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases.

Research reverses the reproductive clock in mice
Researchers have lifted fertility rates in older female mice with small doses of a metabolic compound that reverses the ageing process in eggs, offering hope for some women struggling to conceive.

Women with PCOS experience poor health and quality of life beyond reproductive years
Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) experience poor health and quality of life into their late forties, according to new research published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

What we're learning about the reproductive microbiome
Most research has focused on the oral, skin, and gut microbiomes, but bacteria, viruses, and fungi living within our reproductive systems may also affect sperm quality, fertilization, embryo implantation, and other aspects of conception and reproduction.

One-third of reproductive age women have health conditions that may complicate pregnancy
One in three women of reproductive age have at least one chronic condition that could compromise their health or lead to adverse outcomes during pregnancy, according to University of Utah Health scientists.

The reproductive function of the clitoris
A recent review published in Clinical Anatomy highlights evidence that the female clitoris is important for reproduction.

Leading experts in high-risk pregnancies issue report on reproductive health services
The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM), hosted a two-day workshop entitled 'Reproductive Services for Women at High Risk for Maternal Mortality.' The workshop was held in conjunction with SMFM's 39th Annual Pregnancy Meeting in February 2019 and was co-sponsored by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Fellowship in Family Planning, and Society of Family Planning.

Read More: Reproductive Health News and Reproductive Health Current Events
Brightsurf.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.