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Latest items for CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

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).
Sept. 20, 2017, 10:50 a.m.
Countries: China, Mexico, Nepal
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"Since 2012, Jungle Mamas has been collaborating with One Heart World-Wide, a world-renouned organization that has worked to reduce maternal and neonatal health in Nepal, Tibet, and Mexico.Through this collaboration, Jungle Mamas has worked to successfully implement One Heart’s Network of Safety; a proven effective, sustainable, and replicable model that works with all stakeholders—families, communities, local and national governments—in the active engagement of reducing maternal and newborn death. The Network of Safety 'raises awareness, teaches good practices, and distributes essential supplies to ensure that mothers and infants survive delivery and the first months of life'"(para 8-9)
Sept. 20, 2017, 10:46 a.m.
Countries: Ecuador
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"Since 2006, the Jungle Mamas program has been working in collaboration with the Achuar Nation of Ecuador to develop a model of addressing maternal, infant, and community health in a way that is culturally appropriate, empowering, and sustainable"(para 1)."Ecuador’s Achuar population, nearing approximately 7,000 between the provinces of Pastaza and Morona-Santiago, resides in some of the most remote and hard to access primary rainforest in the country. Due large in part to both geographic and socio-economic limitations, access to healthcare both at the community and urban levels has been significantly limited for the Achuar people.Our model of working with the Achuar is one that addresses all of these limitations by ...more
Sept. 19, 2017, 10:05 p.m.
Countries: Venezuela
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"With inflation spiraling out of control, food and medicine supplies dwindling and violent crimes on the rise, women as young as 27 are seeking out surgeons to avoid unwanted pregnancies. A study by PLAFAM, the biggest family planning clinic in the country, estimates that about 23 percent more Venezuelan women are being sterilized today as compared to four years ago, said the clinic’s director, Enrique Abache. 'The financial crisis is one of the main causes for this,' he explained"(para 2-3)."'It wasn’t a hard decision to make,' said a recently sterilized mother of two, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the personal nature of the topic. 'It was the ...more
Aug. 30, 2017, 2:41 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"Dr. Beatrice Burger is a doctor at Bangladesh’s only clinic dealing with fistula – a complication during birth that causes reproductive organs, rectum, and bladder to split" (1). This is a quote from the narrator at 11:05 (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
Aug. 16, 2017, 2:24 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"Likewise, the US is counting cases of microcephaly and other Zika-related birth defects in aborted fetuses — if officials learn about the cases and are able to test for presence of the virus. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention started reporting on babies born in the US with birth defects linked to Zika infection, as well as pregnancies affected where the fetus wasn’t carried to term. That second category, called pregnancy losses, includes miscarriages, stillbirths, and terminations where the fetus is seen to have birth defects and tests positive for the virus"(para 29-30)
Aug. 16, 2017, 2:23 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"A recent report from the WHO’s regional office for the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization — known as PAHO — acknowledged that fact. Of nearly 5,300 pregnant Colombian women suspected or confirmed to have been infected with Zika and whose pregnancies had concluded by the last week in April, 316 did not give birth. The report noted 68 percent of those pregnancies ended in abortions, while most of the rest ended in stillbirth"(para 9)."The researchers found statistically significant rises in requests [for abortion inducing pills] from women in countries where Zika was spreading locally, access to abortion was legally restricted, and the government had issued some type of warning ...more
Aug. 16, 2017, 2:23 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1, ABO-PRACTICE-1, ABO-DATA-1

"'The researchers found statistically significant rises in requests [for abortion inducing pills] from women in countries where Zika was spreading locally, access to abortion was legally restricted, and the government had issued some type of warning to women, such as declaring a health emergency or advising women to delay pregnancy.The requests [for abortion inducing drugs] to WoW [the nonprofit, Women of Web] from Colombia and El Salvador rose nearly 39 percent and early 36 percent, respectively"(para 24-25)
Aug. 16, 2017, 2:20 p.m.
Countries: Venezuela
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1, ABO-PRACTICE-1, ABO-LAW-1, ABO-DATA-1, NGOFW-DATA-1

"'Here Zika is a major problem and the health authorities do not help with it. … I have no resources at this time and want to ask for your help because fear overwhelms me. What if the baby is born sick?' an email from Venezuela asked"(para 23). This email was sent to Women of Web, an online nonprofit that sends abortion inducing drugs to women in countries where safe abortions are not generally available (ENB-Coder Comment)
Aug. 16, 2017, 2:20 p.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"If this is an indication of the desperation women in affected countries feel, the steep rise in cases of microcephaly and other devastating birth defects observed in Brazil may not be repeated in countries whose [Zika] outbreaks started later, experts acknowledge"(para 5)."'I need to do an abortion because of the great risk of infection with Zika here. … Please help me. My economic situation is extremely difficult!' one anonymous email from Brazil wrote [to Women on Web]"(para 22)
Aug. 11, 2017, 10:32 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"Even today, postnatal women keep in dirt, inhumane cowshed in Bajura, Humla and Mugu. They are so far behind from the popular activities of government such as regular pregnancy check-up, safe delivery, nutrition"(para 1)."'Today, it was 12 days of my child delivery. I am living in this shed since child delivery. I am here because myself and my baby is not allow to touch by family members at home. I am not living in this cowshed during menstruation and childbirth, but also all women members from my family are living here. My maternal house is in Humla, all women live in cowshed like this. I have already delivered five babies. ...more
Aug. 8, 2017, 5:49 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: CIWM-PRACTICE-1, CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"Leading nutritionists employed by the Ministry of Food at the time [of World War II] were also keen to use the opportunity to improve the nutrition of pregnant women and children, who often had poorer nutrition if from poorer backgrounds. So the nutritional needs of pregnant women, babies, and children were prioritised"(68)
Aug. 8, 2017, 5:48 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1, CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"Disease has been reduced and nutrition has improved. Barquera et al. (2006) reported less disease amongst preschoolers, increases in the proportion of pregnant women attending health centres, reduction in morbidity among adults, and reduction in anaemia in undertwos"(62)
July 13, 2017, 7:13 p.m.
Countries: Peru
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

¨AYACUCHO, Peru – In Vilcashuamán, a Peruvian town perched thousands of metres high in the Andes, there is a surprise waiting at the health centre: A notice for expectant mothers declares, ´You decide your birthing position.´Until recently, indigenous women giving birth in a health facility were forced to abandon their traditional labour preferences, including their tradition of giving birth in an upright position. Many women chose to deliver at home instead, where they would be unable to access help if complications arose.But today, attitudes are changing. With UNFPA’s support, the health ministry and a women’s advocacy group have devised a way to make childbirth both safe and culturally sensitive.´I was ...more
July 13, 2017, 5:58 p.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

``I.V. v Bolivia concerns the involuntary sterilization in 2000 of an immigrant woman from Peru in a public hospital in Bolivia during a caesarean section``(para 1). ¨The Court’s unequivocal articulation of the right of women to make decisions concerning reproductive health, without being subjected to discrimination based on stereotypes or power relations, is important in this first case by an international or regional tribunal addressing this in the context of sterilization. It could also apply to other reproductive health care contexts, such as the case for abortion¨(para 5)
July 10, 2017, 9:14 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"The preterm birthrate — babies born before 37 weeks of gestation — increased to 9.84 percent from 9.63 percent in 2015. This is the second year in a row of increases in preterm birth after a decline of 8 percent from 2007 to 2014. The highest rate of preterm birth was among non-Hispanic blacks, at 13.75 percent, and lowest among Asians, at 8.63 percent" (p 12-13)
July 10, 2017, 9:14 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"In 2016, 31.9 percent of births were by cesarean section, compared with 32 percent in 2015" (p 14)