Reproductive Health in Developing Countries: Expanding Dimensions, Building Solutions

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Sexually transmitted diseases, unintended pregnancies, infertility, and other reproductive problems are a growing concern around the world, especially in developing countries. Reproductive Health in Developing Countries describes the magnitude of these problems and what is known about the effectiveness of interventions in the following areas:

  • Infection-free sex. Immediate priorities for combating sexually transmitted and reproductive tract diseases are identified.
  • Intended pregnancies and births. The panel reports on the state of family planning and ways to provide services.
  • Healthy pregnancy and delivery. The book explores the myths and substantive socio-economic problems that underlie maternal deaths.
  • Healthy sexuality. Such issues as sexual violence and the practice of female genital mutilation are discussed in terms of the cultural contexts in which they occur.

Addressing the design and delivery of reproductive health services, this volume presents lessons learned from past programs and offers principles for deciding how to spend limited available funds.
Reproductive Health in Developing Countries will be of special interest to policymakers, health care professionals, and researchers working on reproductive issues in the developing world.

 

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Contents

Summary
1
1 Introduction
13
2 Healthy Sexuality
20
3 InfectionFree Sex and Reproduction
40
4 Intended Births
85
5 Healthy Pregnancy and Childbearing
116
6 Program Design and Implementation
146
7 Costs Financing and Setting Priorities
178
References
196
APPENDIX A WHO Recommendations for Treatment of STDAssociated Syndromes
235
APPENDIX B Examples of Programs to Promote Safe Pregnancy and Delivery
257
The MotherBaby Package
279
APPENDIX D Biographical Sketches
297
Index
303
Selected Publications Committee on Population
313
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