Field Notes

A qualitative study exploring effects of the 2003 coalition-led invasion of Iraq on the quality of medical care provided to patients at a local Iraqi Kurdish hospital.

L Karim, MM Sadat, D Larkin, E Yones, S Resool, CM Wiskin College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom Media reports have suggested that the Kurdistan region is the only state to have economically and politically benefited from the Iraq War. However, the literature regarding the impact of the war on medical

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Chasing out traditional birth attendants in Ghana – implications for maternal and newborn health

John Kuumuori Ganle1 1 Population, Health and Gender Studies Group, Department of Geography and Rural Development, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. This paper reflects on a growing shift away from the training and use of traditional birth attendants (TBAS) to provide maternity care services in Ghana and calls for greater collaboration

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Community reintegration of patients with neurological disorders post discharge from the Kachere Rehabilitation Centre, Malawi

Leslie B. Glickman1, PT, PhD, George Chimatiro2, PT, MSc, Laurie Neely1, DPT, Nicole White3, E. Shannon Walters4, Megan Warres1 1University of Maryland, School of Medicine, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science (PTRS), Baltimore MD. 2Kachere Rehabilitation Centre, Blantyre, Malawi. 3School of Social Work, University of Maryland, Baltimore MD. 4School of Nursing, University of Maryland,

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The Health Needs of the Fa’afafine in American Samoa And Transgender Research Methodology

Robert Carney, MPH Rutgers University – School of Public Health Since the early years of anthropological ethnography, the Samoan third gender community, fa’afafine, has been the subject of research about theories and etiologies of gender and gender behavior. Few studies have assessed their current health needs. Without this data, solutions to health problems in the

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Post-conflict Healthcare Reconstruction: Yemen and the Window of Opportunity for Primary Care

Max Cooper, MRCGP PhD DTMH; Bilal Ahmed Mohamud BSc Hons; and Benjamin Whiston, BA Hons, MSc Division of Primary Care and Public Health, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Falmer, Sussex, England Primary care, a key component of healthcare systems, is defined by the World Health Organization as “first-contact, accessible, continued, comprehensive and coordinated” care. It

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Maasai Culture and its Effect on Sexual Health: a field study on the disparities of knowledge within the community

There are several HIV/AIDS prevention programs currently active in Kenya, ranging from those of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to government efforts, and including the USAIDs, International Medical Corps and Avert Kenya. But even though such programs exist, rural villages do not benefit from them as much as major cities due to unequal funding, lack of resources and underdeveloped infrastructure. By acquiring a deeper understanding of the underlying causes of sexually transmitted infections within this population, it may be possible to formulate and implement a culturally sensitive

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On the Path to Mental Health in the Andes: Reflections from a Psychiatry Elective in Urban and Rural Peru

Arrival in Peru and Overview of Comisión de Salud Mental de Ayacucho (COSMA) I arrived in Ayacucho, Peru on a Monday morning in January 2012 shortly after completing a three-week general medicine elective in a small clinic in southern Ecuador. I was set to begin a six-week psychiatry elective, observing and participating in patient encounters

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