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Module Reading List 2018-19

Maternal, Reproductive and Child Health Module, 2019/20, Semester 2
Maryam Ba-Break
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

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

General reading

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

- The Lancet. Special series: sexual and reproductive health. Lancet. 2006, 368(9547).

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

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

- Walley, J. and Wright, J. Public health : an action guide to improving health. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.

- 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, 2013, 91, pp.10-18.


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Reading by topic

Policy issues

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

- Galati, A.J. Onwards to 2030: sexual and reproductive health and rights in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals. Guttmacher Policy Review, 2015, 18(4), pp. 77-84. - Available online:

- Health and Development Information Team. Universal access to sexual and reproductive health services. Eldis Health Key Issues Guide, 2008. - Available online:

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

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

Socio-cultural context and sexualities

- WHO. Social determinants of sexual and reproductive health. Informing future research and programme implementation. Geneva: WHO, 2010.

- WHO, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, South African Medical Research Council. Global and regional estimates of violence against women - Prevalence and health effects of intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence. Geneva, WHO, 2013. - Available online:

- Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Report - the state of human rights for LGBT people in Africa. Washington DC, Human Rights Campaign Foundation, 2014. Available at:

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

Safe motherhood

- The Lancet. Special series: maternal health. Lancet. 2016, 388(1056,1057).

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

- Berer, M. Maternal mortality and morbidity: is pregnancy getting safer for women? Reproductive Health Matters. 2007, 15(30), pp6-16.

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

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

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

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

Unsafe abortion

- Sedgh, G. et al. Abortion incidence between 1990 and 2014: global, regional, and subregional levels and trends. The Lancet. 2016, 388(10041), pp.258-167.

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

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

- IPAS. Enhancing the quality of abortion care: successful initiatives to improve clinical skills and facility services. Chapel Hill, IPAS, 2017. Available from: 

Family planning

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

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

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

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

- Sweat, M.D. 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, 90, pp.613-622.

STI/HIV programmes

- UNAIDS. 90-90-90. An ambitious treatment target to help end the AIDS epidemic. Geneva, UNAIDS, 2017. Available from:

- WHO. Global health sector strategy on sexually transmitted infections: 2016-2021 Geneva: WHO, 2016.

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

- Dick, B. et al. Preventing HIV/AIDS in young people. A systematic review of the evidence from developing countries. World Health Organization technical report series. 2006, 938, pp1-13.

Child health

- The Lancet. Special series: neonatal survival. Lancet. 2005, 365(9464, 9465).

- The Lancet. Special series: maternal and child under-nutrition. Lancet, 2008, 371(9068).

- WHO. Strengthening action to improve feeding of infants and young children 6-23 months of age in nutrition and child health programmes. Geneva, WHO, 2008. [online] available from:

- WHO. Global nutrition policy review: What does it take to scale up nutrition action? Geneva, WHO, 2013. [online] available from:

- WHO. Essential nutrition actions: improving maternal, new-born, infant and young child health and nutrition. Geneva, WHO, 2013. [online] available from:

Useful journals

- Culture, Health & Sexuality

- International Journal of STD & AIDS

- Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health

- Reproductive Health Matters

Useful websites

- Popline bibliographic database

- Guttmacher Institute

- UNFPA: Sexual and Reproductive Health

- WHO reproductive health library online

This list was last updated on 23/01/2019