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Women’s reproductive health knowledge, attitudes and practices in relation to the Zika virus outbreak in northeast Brazil

Objectives: To assess knowledge, pregnancy attitudes and contraceptive practices in relation to the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil.

Methods: We interviewed 526 women 18 to 49 years old in primary health services in a Northeastern capital of Brazil, in 2016. They provided information about their knowledge of Zika transmission and health consequences, their receipt of counseling related to sexual and perinatal transmission of Zika, their pregnancy intentions and reassessment of contraceptive options in the context of the Zika virus outbreak.

Barriers and facilitators to health information exchange in low- and middle-income country settings: a systematic review

The exchange and use of health information can help healthcare professionals and policymakers make informed decisions on ways of improving patient and population health. Many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) have however failed to embrace the approaches and technologies to facilitate health information exchange (HIE). We sought to understand the barriers and facilitators to the implementation and adoption of HIE in LMICs.

Evidence-informed country-level policymaking (31) Cochrane Collaboration: Creating a culture of evidence-based health

The Brazilian Cochrane Center has been producing high quality systematic reviews for the Brazilian Ministry of Health ever since the late 1990s. These reviews have helped government officials decide what medicines or what devices to buy for the national health system and have helped to save millions of dollars of public money...

What’s in a name? Whether Zika or Ebola, the name provokes anxiety and fuels rumours.

'With no clear confirmation that the Zika virus causes microcephaly and a general lack of trust in the government against the background of Brazil undergoing severe economic and political crises, there is deep mistrust in official communications, and rumours of all kinds and origins are emerging across Brazil, on street corners as well as spreading rapidly through social media. In January, the Minister of Health (well known for his controversial comments) said Brazil was losing the fight against the mosquito.

Community health workers in low, middle, and high income countries: an overview of their history, recent evolution, and current effectiveness.

Over the past half-century, community health workers (CHWs) have been a growing force for extending health care and improving the health of populations. Following their introduction in the 1970s, many large-scale CHW programs declined during the 1980s, but CHW programs throughout the world more recently have seen marked growth.

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