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Module Reading List 2015-16

Maternal, Reproductive and Child Health Module, 2017/18, Semester 2
Maryam Ba-Break
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

This is a module with a wide range and includes reproductive and sexual health, socio-cultural contexts, maternal health and child health. The list below should be seen as a start to essential readings.

A. General reading

– Fajans, P. et al. 2006. Helping public sector health systems innovate: the strategic approach to strengthening reproductive health policies and programs . American Journal of Public Health . 96 , pp.435-440.

– Hindin, M. et al. Setting research priorities for adolescent sexual and reproductive health in low- and middle-income countries. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 2012

Lancet. (2005) Vol 365(9464) (9465) – issue on neonatal health

– Low N, Broutet N, Adu-Sarkodie Y et al (2006) Global control of sexually transmitted infections. Lancet.. 368(9551):2001-16.

– Price, N.L. and Hawkins, K. 2007. A conceptual framework for the social analysis of reproductive health . Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition . 25 (1), pp.24-36.

– The Lancet. Special series: Maternal and child under-nutrition series. Lancet.. February 2008.

– The Lancet. Special series: sexual and reproductive health series. Lancet.. Vol 368 November 4, 2006.

– Walley J and Wright J. Public health : an action guide to improving health. (2nd Edition) Oxford University Press (14 January 2010)

– WHO (2001) Transforming health systems: gender and rights in reproductive health manual. 2001 http://www.who.int/reproductive-health/publications/transforming_healthsystems_gender/index.html

– WHO (2005) The world health report 2005 : make every mother and child count.. Geneva: WHO

– WHO (2006) Reproductive health strategy. http://www.who.int/reproductive-health/strategy.htm

– WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research. 2011. Universal access to reproductive health: Accelerated actions to enhance progress on Millennium Development Goal 5 through advancing Target 5B. Geneva: WHO.

– WHO. 2004. Reproductive health strategy.

– WHO. 2010. Packages of interventions for family planning, safe abortion care, maternal, newborn and child health . Geneva: WHO.

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Policy issues

– Girard, F. 2014. Taking ICPD beyond 2015: negotiating sexual and reproductive health rights in the next development agenda. Global public health. , 9(6), pp.607-619.

– Health and Development Information Team. 2008. Universal access to sexual and reproductive health services. Eldis Health Key Issues Guide.

– Open Working Group of General Assembly on Sustainable Development Goals. 2014. Open Working Group proposal for Sustainable Development Goals. - Available online: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/1579SDGs%20Proposal.pdf

– Shiffman, J. and Smith, S. 2007. Generation of political priority for global health initiatives: a framework and case study of maternal mortality . The Lancet . 370 (9595), pp.1370-1379.

– Shiffman,J., Smith,S. (2007) Generation of political priority for global health initiatives: a framework and case study of maternal mortality. Lancet.. 370(9595): 1370-1379.

– UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. 2014. The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014. Geneva: UN. - Available online: http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/reports.shtml

Socio-cultural context

– Bosmans, M. et al. 2006. Where have all the condoms gone in adolescent programmes in the Democratic Republic of Congo . Reproductive Health Matters . 14 (28), pp.80-88.

– Chacham, A. et al. 2007. Sexual and reproductive health needs of sex workers: two feminist projects in Brazil . Reproductive Health Matters. 15 (29), pp.108-118.

– Gyimah, S.O. et al. 2006. Challenges to the reproductive-health needs of African women: on religion and maternal health utilization in Ghana . Social Science & Medicine . 62 , pp. 2930-2944.

– Wellings, K. et al. 2006. Sexual and reproductive health 2: sexual behaviour in context: a global perspective. Lancet. 368 (9548), pp.1706-1728.

– Whelan, D. 1999. Gender and HIV/AIDS . UNAIDS Best Practice Collection. Geneva: UNAIDS.

– WHO (2005) WHO Multi-country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence against Women. http://www.who.int/gender/violence/en/

– WHO. 2010. Social determinants of sexual and reproductive health. Informing future research and programme implementation. Geneva: World Health Organization.

Safe motherhood

– Berer, M. 2007. Maternal mortality and morbidity: is pregnancy getting safer for women? Reproductive Health Matters. 15 (30). 6-16.

– Countdown Working Group on Health Policy and Health Systems. 2008. Assessment of the health system and policy environment as a critical complement to tracking interventions coverage for maternal, newborn, and child health. Lancet. 371 (April 12). pp.1284-1293. 

– McCarthy, J. and Maine, D. 1992. A framework for analysing the determinants of maternal mortality. Studies in Family Planning. 23 (1). pp.23-33.

– Suthar, A.et al. Integrating antiretroviral therapy into antenatal care and maternal and child health settings: a systematic review and meta-analysis Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 2012

– WHO. 2005. The world health report 2005: make every mother and child count. Geneva: WHO.

– WHO. 2012. Optimizing health worker roles to improve access to key maternal and newborn health interventions through task shifting. Geneva: WHO.

– WHO. 2013. Compilation of WHO recommendations on maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health. Geneva: WHO.

– WHO. 2014.  A policy guide for implementing essential interventions for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH): a multisectoral policy compendium for RMNCH. Geneva: WHO.

Unsafe abortion

– Sedgh, G. et al. 2012. Induced abortion: incidence and trends worldwide from 1995 to 2008 . The Lancet. 379 (9816), pp.625-632.

– Warriner, I.K. and Shah, I.H. (Eds). 2006. Preventing unsafe abortion and its consequences priorities for research and action . New York: Guttmacher Institute. Available from:

– WHO. 2012. Safe abortion: technical and policy guidance for health systems . Geneva: WHO.

Service delivery of family planning

– Cleland J, et al. 2006. Family planning: the unfinished agenda . The Lancet . 368 (9549), pp.1810-1827.

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Center for Communication Programs, WHO. 2011. Family planning: a global handbook for providers . Geneva: WHO.

– PATH, UNFPA. 2008. Reducing unmet need for family planning – evidence based strategies and approaches. New York: UNFPA.

– Sweat, M. et al.Effects of condom social marketing on condom use in developing countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis, 1990–2010 Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 2012

– WHO. 2012. from evidence to policy. Expanding access to family planning - strengthening health system response: no opportunities missed . Policy brief. Geneva: WHO.

STI/HIV programmes

– Department of Reproductive Health and Research. 2006. Global strategy for the prevention and control of sexually transmitted infections: 2006 - 2015. Breaking the chain of transmission. Geneva: WHO.

– Dick, B. et al. 2006. Preventing HIV/AIDS in young people. A systematic review of the evidence from developing countries. World Health Organization technical report series. 938: 1-13.

– Low, N. et al. 2006. Global control of sexually transmitted infections . The Lancet . 368 (9551), pp.2001-16.

– WHO. 2012. Global incidence and prevalence of selected curable sexually transmitted infections . 2008. Geneva: WHO.

Useful journals

Culture, Health & Sexuality

International Journal of STD & AIDS

Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health

Reproductive Health Matters

Useful websites

Popline bibliographic database


UNFPA: Sexual and Reproductive Health

WHO reproductive health library online [electronic resource]. Published Oxford : Update Software.

This list was last updated on 12/01/2016