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Latest items for CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"The Ministry, together with the Ministry of Education, organizes regular talks in schools on reproductive health and has devised protocols (guidelines) such as a consolidated national guide to reproductive health services, a consolidated national guide on safe births in hospital and a system for referrals between primary health care facilities, hospitals and ancillary services departments" (51). "The Ministry of Health offers prenatal care, care for women whose pregnancies are at risk, and postnatal care. It provides education and information about breastfeeding, child nutrition, hygiene and vaccinations. Its centres deliver free services to expectant mothers, even if they have no health insurance, for general tests, laboratory tests and sonograms. However, admission ...more
Feb. 2, 2018, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"Skilled health care for women was widely available, including skilled attendance at childbirth, prenatal care, and essential obstetric and postnatal care" (8).
Jan. 31, 2018, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the adoption of Decree No. 2016-311 of 2 March 2016, introducing free health care for children under five years and for pregnant women in the State party. However, it is gravely concerned about […] The extremely high rate of maternal mortality and draws the link to the rising incidence of unsafe abortion which accounts for almost one third of all maternal deaths [...] Additional factors causing maternal mortality and morbidity, including female genital mutilation, early marriage, early pregnancies, inadequate health care infrastructure and medical personnel, unequal distribution of health and family planning services and impeded access to contraception," (10).
Jan. 30, 2018, 6:23 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"Women had access to contraception and skilled medical care, including essential prenatal, obstetric, and postpartum care. Indigenous persons in isolated communities had more difficulty accessing such services than the population in general" (15).
Jan. 25, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"Skilled health-care personnel attended approximately 99 percent of births. Officials estimated that more than 90 percent of mothers and babies could access prenatal and postnatal care" (37).
Jan. 20, 2018, 10:59 a.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee commends the State party for reversing the practice that requires a husband’s consent before a caesarean is performed on his wife" (Pg 10).
Jan. 8, 2018, 12:11 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"The edict has led to an angry backlash with claims that girls will avoid going to clinics even when they have sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancies" (para 3).
Jan. 8, 2018, 11:54 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"Eighty-one percent of women age 15-49 who had a live birth in the 5 years preceding the survey received antenatal care from a skilled provider for their most recent birth. Three-fifths of women (59%) had four or more antenatal care visits" (121). "The 2015-16 MDHS reveals that four in five women age 15-49 (81%) received at least one ANC visit with skilled providers during the pregnancy for their most recent birth" (122). "Women are less likely to get ANC from a skilled provider for higher order births. Only 60% of women with a sixth or higher order birth received ANC from a skilled provider, compared with 89% of women giving ...more
Dec. 26, 2017, 10:52 p.m.
Countries: Panama
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"Couples and individuals generally have the right to decide the number, spacing, and timing of their children; manage their reproductive health; and have access to the information and means to do so, free from discrimination, coercion, or violence. Access to information on contraception and skilled attendance at delivery and in postpartum care were widely available except in provincial-level indigenous regions, where it was limited, according to the American Red Cross and the Ombudsman’s Office"(17)."Access to health care was a significant problem in the indigenous comarcas as reflected in high rates of maternal and infant mortality and malnutrition"(24)
Dec. 20, 2017, 8:15 p.m.
Countries: Mongolia
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"Mongolia was struck by harsh conditions this winter, raising risks for pastoral and nomadic communities. An estimated 165,000 people were affected, according to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Mongolia. The situation has caused particular concern for women and girls, who are experiencing limited access to sexual and reproductive health supplies and care and increased vulnerability to gender-based violence" (para 1).
Dec. 14, 2017, 10:24 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5, CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"Tribal leader Abdul Wali Wali said, “Many time-worn cultural traditions are common in Zabul province; for example, the payment of high dowries, child marriages, not taking women in labour to hospital to give birth and other similar problems" (para 3).
Nov. 30, 2017, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"Fearing for their family’s safety and Elena’s ability to access maternity care, Elena and her husband decided they had no choice but to flee" (para 2). "the clinic decided to schedule a Caesarean section for this delivery – a procedure she likely wouldn’t have had access to in Makiivka" (para 7). Elena had fled her hometown in Eastern Ukraine and arrived in Kramatorsk where she went to the hospital (BCT-CODER COMMENT). "In the areas of Donetsk and Luhansk controlled by non-government forces, 100 health facilities have been destroyed or damaged by the fighting, up to 70 per cent of health workers are no longer at their posts and 50 per ...more
Nov. 30, 2017, 12:32 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"A good example, described later, is the Philippines’ Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, a national CCT [cash transfer program] scheme conditional on investments in child education and health and regular prenatal and postnatal checkups for women"(52)."The program [Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program] was designed, in part, to address poor women’s lack of income, low use of health care—especially obstetric and maternal care—as well as the insufficient allocation of resources to the health and education of children"(54)
Nov. 29, 2017, 4:11 p.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"Indeed, while sub-Saharan African countries consistently rank lower than South Asian countries in Human Development Index (HDI) indicators, women- and child-specific nutrition indicators—such as infants born with low birth weights and the percentage of undernourished children below 5 years of age—are generally better in the sub-Saharan Africa region. Sri Lanka is the major exception to this pattern"(18). Low birth weight in children could be a manifestion of poor care/insufficient calories for women while pregnant (ENB-Coder Comment)
Nov. 29, 2017, 1:38 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"In 2008, maternal undernutrition (where a mother has a body mass index of less than 18.5 kg per square meter) affected more than one-fifth of women in south central and southeastern Asia, and more than two-fifths of women in India and Bangladesh"(12)
Nov. 29, 2017, 10:09 a.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"In 2008, maternal undernutrition (where a mother has a body mass index of less than 18.5 kg per square meter) affected more than one-fifth of women in south central and southeastern Asia, and more than two-fifths of women in India and Bangladesh"(12)
Nov. 10, 2017, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"The 2015 White Paper on Human Rights in North Korea, published by the Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU), a South Korean government-affiliated think tank, and the 2014 UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) report stated that officials had in some cases prohibited live births in prison and ordered forced abortions as recently as 2013. The KINU white paper found that, in some cases of live birth, the prison guards killed the infant or left the baby to die, and reported cases of guards sexually abusing or exploiting female prisoners"(2-3)."UNICEF reported that the deteriorating health system, lack of medicine, and emergency referrals affected the high rate of maternal mortality. The World ...more
Nov. 7, 2017, 10:19 p.m.
Countries: North Korea, United States, Vietnam
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"Where women do make use of maternal healthcare services, the quality of care can vary dramatically, the authors add, with some receiving too little care, too late. That, they say, can be down to delays in recognising or accessing care, as well as poorly-equipped facilities, with too few staff and a lack of evidence-based care.The situation, they add, can arise not only in low income countries, such as those in sub-Saharan Africa, but also in high- and middle-income countries due to social inequalities: black women were more likely to die in childbirth in New York in 2010 than women in North Korea or Vietnam"(para 14-15)more
Nov. 7, 2017, 10:19 p.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"'You have countries like Brazil and parts of Latin America where about 40% of deliveries are by caesarean section, they are a very common procedure,' said [Wendy] Graham. 'Now there is no way that 40% of women need a caesarean section'"(para 17)
Nov. 7, 2017, 10:19 p.m.
Countries: Guinea
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"A woman is examined by a midwife at a health clinic near Doko, Siguiri, Guinea. The country has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world"(para 18). This is the caption beneath a photography (ENB-Coder Comment)
Nov. 7, 2017, 10:19 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"By contrast, around a quarter of babies in England and Wales are delivered by caesarean section"(para 18)
Nov. 3, 2017, 10:47 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"The police arrested her [Khadija's] husband only once, in 2014, after he broke her nose while she was pregnant. A doctor issued a medical certificate indicating that she needed 21 days of rest for her injuries. Khadija showed the medical certificate to the prosecutor, who gave her an order to present to the police. She did, and the police arrested her husband. But before the case could proceed, Khadija dropped her complaint as she was seven months pregnant and worried what would happen to her if he was tried. The prosecutors did not pursue charges"(8)
Oct. 31, 2017, 2:11 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"'The basic aim [of the new maternity bill which increases maternity leave from 12 to 26 weeks for women working in the formal sector] is to ensure proper care of the newborn, the future citizen of India, from the time of birth,' he [Prime Minister Narendra Modi] said. 'The newborn should get the complete love and attention of the mother. That is how these children will become true assets of the country when they grow up. Mothers too will remain healthy'"(para 5)."But most Indian women will never reap the benefits [of the maternity leave bill], according to the International Labour Organisation. 'India’s informal economy is huge, it employs over 435 ...more
Oct. 26, 2017, 11:20 a.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1, CRPLB-PRACTICE-1, MMR-PRACTICE-1

"Maternity wards in the region are below acceptable standards, resulting in preventable maternal deaths and injuries. Corruption is also omnipresent in the health system: without a bribe a pregnant woman can hardly get adequate help. Even a bribe cannot guarantee quality care: women often encounter incompetent and negligent doctors"(para 5)."In one hospital in Ingushetia, several cases of alleged criminal negligence, including instances in which women lost their babies and reproductive organs and one woman died, have been reported, most recently in September 2015. Investigations have so far led nowhere. In Dagestan, three women reportedly died in a hospital in the town of Kizilyurt in the last couple of months, relatives ...more
Oct. 11, 2017, 4:10 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"Nine years ago, Maymuun Abdullahi Nur’s mother died giving birth to her eighth child, during a delivery attended only by an untrained traditional birth attendant. Just 13 at the time, Maymuun was struck with a conviction that the postpartum haemhorrage that killed her mother could have been stopped... was not the first time Maymuun had seen this kind of preventable tragedy occur in her village in Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region" (para 1-2). "only 22 per cent of the need for skilled birth attendants is met nationally, and at one in 22" (para 9). "'There are many factors in maternal deaths in Somalia, but the key factor is the lack of ...more
Oct. 11, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"Some parents are still getting illegal tests to find out the sex of their unborn child, in order to decide whether to get an abortion. 'A test showed that there was no Y-chromosomal DNA in my blood, so my husband and I decided to have the abortion,' said Xiao Zhu (pseudonym), a resident of Yongjia county, East China's Zhejiang Province.Pregnant Xiao Zhu sent a sample of her blood to a Hong Kong-based medical organization to find out the sex of her fetus. The absence of Y-chromosomal DNA showed that there was a high possibility it was a girl.The day after receiving the test result, Xiao Zhu had an abortion.Xiao Zhu ...more
Oct. 3, 2017, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"Two women said that when they or female relatives became pregnant, they went to local midwives rather than doctors because of the restrictions. One of the women said she suffered complications as a result of poor postpartum care" (para 57). ISIS has banned male doctors from examining female patients (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
Sept. 26, 2017, 10:30 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1, CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"In India's caste system, the Dalits are traditionally regarded as the lowest of the low. Seen as 'unclean,' they are considered untouchable by the higher castes.The country's 2011 census, the latest available, states that just over 16 percent of India's population are Dalits -- making up roughly 200 million people"(para 1-2)."'I am a TB (Tuberculosis) patient and because I am Dalit, the doctor will not even come close to me. But when an upper caste patient comes to the clinic, the doctor goes close to the patient and sees them properly without any hesitation'"(para 9). This statement was made by Kavita, age 25 (ENB-Coder Comment)
Sept. 22, 2017, 4:25 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"In the refugee camps, it is not difficult to find girls who married early. A few blocks from Omaima’s house in Zaatari, 17-year-old Nariman, who declined to give her full name, told Al-Monitor how she married her cousin at the age of 15. Now she is seven months pregnant. Her first pregnancy ended with a miscarriage. When asked if she thinks it had anything to do with her body not being ready to give birth yet, she said, 'I don’t know,' and added that she likes being married"(para 10)
Sept. 22, 2017, 9:01 a.m.
Countries: France
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"The French Union of Gynecologists and Obstetricians called for her resignation after she claimed that 3/4 of French mothers received episiotomies without their consent. The union said those figures are inaccurate" (para 27).