Skip to content. | Skip to navigation


GHSP Journal, Volume 3, Issue 4 | December 2016

by Portal Web Editor last modified Jan 27, 2016 10:09 PM
Contributors: GHSP
Global Health: Science and Practice (GHSP), a no-fee, peer-reviewed, open-access journal, is targeted to global health professionals, particularly program implementers, to validate their experiences and program results by peer reviewers and to share them with the greater global health community.

Read the December 2015 issue of GHSP to find answers to these questions and more. View a list of all articles by article type below or online.

Visit the GHSP website to read and comment on the articles, and subscribe to receive alerts when new articles and issues are published.



Behavior Change Fast and Slow: Changing Multiple Key Behaviors a Long-Term Proposition?

An intensive radio campaign in rural areas of Burkina Faso addressed multiple key behaviors to reduce child mortality, using a randomized cluster design. After 20 months, despite innovative approaches and high reported listenership, only modest reported change in behavior was found, mainly related to care seeking rather than habitual behavior such as hand washing. Various methodologic difficulties may have obscured a true greater impact. Analysis of the intervention after its full 35-month duration may reveal more impact, including on actual child mortality. Improving a number of key behaviors is essential to child survival efforts, and much of it may require strong and sustained efforts.

GHSP Journal

Pre-eclampsia as Underlying Cause for Perinatal Deaths: Time for Action

Pre-eclampsia is a major underlying cause of late fetal and early neonatal death, accounting for somewhere between 1 in 10 and 1 in 4 perinatal deaths; it warrants greater efforts from the maternal-newborn community.

Stephen Hodgins

Reduced Effectiveness of Contraceptive Implants for Women Taking the Antiretroviral Efavirenz (EFV): Still Good Enough and for How Long?

EFV clearly reduces effectiveness of implants. However, the reduced effectiveness still appears better compared with short-acting methods overall, at least for the initial period of implant use, and may be acceptable to many women. We need better data on effectiveness, especially over the long term and on whether ENG implants (Implanon) might be more effective than LNG implants (Jadelle). Communicating the risk of pregnancy to clients under these circumstances is very challenging. In the longer term, providing an alternative to EFV, such as dolutegravir, might solve this problem.

James D Shelton


The Levonorgestrel Intrauterine System: Reasons to Expand Access to the Public Sector of Africa

The levonorgestrel intrauterine system has: (1) excellent effectiveness, (2) high satisfaction levels, (3) non-contraceptive benefits, and (4) potential to help reinvigorate interest in intrauterine contraception. The time is ripe for ministries and donor agencies to work together to make the product widely available across Africa.

David Hubacher

The Levonorgestrel Intrauterine System: A Pragmatic View of an Excellent Contraceptive

The levonorgestrel intrauterine system (LNG IUS) has major advantages and could be a "game-changer" in improving contraceptive choice and use. It faces important challenges, however, including: (1) high commodity cost; (2) often-strong provider resistance to IUDs and difficult programmatic requirements; (3) need for demand creation, including assessing if markedly reduced menstrual bleeding is attractive to clients; and (4) the many requirements for introducing any new contraceptive. A good next step would be a well-focused and multifaceted "learning introduction" to assess the LNG IUS's potential in several low-income countries, with rapid scale-up ifresults are promising.

Roy Jacobstein, James D Shelton


The Saturation+ Approach to Behavior Change: Case Study of a Child Survival Radio Campaign in Burkina Faso

This randomized radio campaign focused on the 3 principles of the Saturation+ approach to behavior change: (1) saturation (high exposure to messages), (2) science (basing design on data and modeling), and (3) creative storytelling. Locally developed short spots and longer dramas targeted multiple child survival-related behaviors and were delivered entirely by local radio stations. Innovative partnerships with radio stations provided free airtime in return for training, equipment, and investment in solar power.

Joanna Murray, Pieter Remes, Rita Ilboudo, Mireille Belem, Souleymane Salouka, Will Snell, Cathryn Wood, Matthew Lavoie, Laurent Deboise, Roy Head

Behavior Change After 20 Months of a Radio Campaign Addressing Key Lifesaving Family Behaviors for Child Survival: Midline Results From a Cluster Randomized Trial in Rural Burkina Faso

The radio campaign reached a high proportion of mothers, but the impact on self-reported behaviors at midline was mixed. Some reported episodic behaviors such as care seeking for diarrhea and obtaining treatment for fast/difficult breathing improved more in intervention than control areas, but there was little or no difference between areas in reported habitual behaviors, such as exclusive breastfeeding, complementary feeding, hand washing with soap, and use of bed nets.

Sophie Sarrassat, Nicolas Meda, Moctar Ouedraogo, Henri Some, Robert Bambara, Roy Head, Joanna Murray, Pieter Remes, Simon Cousens

Barriers to Accessing Emergency Medical Services in Accra, Ghana: Development of a Survey Instrument and Initial Application in Ghana

Most respondents thought the number of ambulances insufficient and said they would rather use a taxi—perceived to be faster—in a medical emergency. Nevertheless, people generally had favorable attitudes of existing public ambulance services, although few knew of the toll-free emergency number and many thought it appropriate to use ambulances to transport corpses. Targeted public education, along with improved capacity of ambulance agencies to handle increased caseload, could improve use.

Nee-Kofi Mould-Millman, Sarah D Rominski, Joshua Bogus, Adit A Ginde, Ahmed N Zakariah, Christiana A Boatemaah, Arthur H Yancey, Samuel Kaba Akoriyea, Thomas B Campbell

Monitoring and Evaluating the Transition of Large-Scale Programs in Global Health

Monitoring and evaluating large-scale global health program transitions can strengthen accountability, facilitate stakeholder engagement, and promote learning about the transition process and how best to manage it. We propose a conceptual framework with 4 main domains relevant to transitions—leadership, financing, programming, and service delivery—along with guiding questions and illustrative indicators to guide users through key aspects of monitoring and evaluating transition. We argue that monitoring and evaluating transitions can bring conceptual clarity to the transition process, provide a mechanism for accountability, facilitate engagement with local stakeholders, and inform the management of transition through learning.

James Bao, Daniela C Rodriguez, Ligia Paina, Sachiko Ozawa, Sara Bennett

Sexual Satisfaction, Performance, and Partner Response Following Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision in Zambia: The Spear and Shield Project

Most men and their partners reported increased or the same levels of sexual pleasure and improved or no change in penile hygiene post-VMMC. While half of men reported increased or no change in sexual functioning (orgasm, erections), one-third reported a decrease. Early resumption of sexual intercourse prior to complete healing was most closely associated with adverse outcomes, including decreased sexual functioning, satisfaction, and desire.

Robert Zulu, Deborah Jones, Ndashi Chitalu, Ryan Cook, Stephen Weiss

Reducing Motor Vehicle-Related Injuries at an Arizona Indian Reservation: Ten Years of Application of Evidence-Based Strategies

Motor vehicle crashes decreased and seat belt use, including car seat use, increased in an American Indian and Alaska Native community through a multidisciplinary approach using strong partnerships among public healthand law enforcement agencies; community outreach; mass media campaigns; and enactment and high-visibility enforcement of key laws, such as lowering the legal blood alcohol concentration limit for drivers and mandating use of occupant restraints.

Stephen R Piontkowski, Jon S Peabody, Christine Reede, Jose´ Velascosoltero, Gordon Tsatoke Jr, Timothy Shelhamer, Kenny R Hicks

Family Planning Supply Environment in Kinshasa, DRC: Survey Findings and Their Value in Advancing Family Planning Programming

A series of facility-based surveys that mapped all sites providing family planning services and that assessed readiness to provide services, using mobile phones, was feasible in a low-resource setting, contributing to mobilization of partners and increased donor support. Between 2012 and 2013, readiness to provide services increased from 44% of sites to 63%. Three factors most associated with productivity: type of facility (clinics more than hospitals or health centers), more years in operation, and number of methods available.

Patrick Kayembe, Saleh Babazadeh, Nelly Dikamba, Pierre Akilimali, Julie Hernandez, Arsene Binanga, Jane T Bertrand


Introduction of Mobile Health Tools to Support Ebola Surveillance and Contact Tracing in Guinea

An informatics system consisting of a mobile health application and business intelligence software was used for collecting and analyzing Ebola contact tracing data. This system offered potential to improve data access and quality to support evidence-based decision making for the Ebola response in Guinea. Implementation challenges included software limitations, technical literacy of users, coordination among partners, government capacity for data utilization, and data privacy concerns.

Jilian A Sacks, Elizabeth Zehe, Cindil Redick, Alhoussaine Bah, Kai Cowger, Mamady Camara, Aboubacar Diallo, Abdel Nasser Iro Gigo, Ranu S Dhillon, Anne Liu

Nurse Mentors to Advance Quality Improvement in Primary Health Centers: Lessons From a Pilot Program in Northern Karnataka, India

Trained nurse mentors catalyzed quality improvements in facility-based maternal and newborn care by: (1) encouraging use of self-assessment checklists and team-based problem solving, (2) introducing case sheets to ensure adherence to clinical guidelines, and (3) strengthening clinical skills through on-site demonstrations and bedside teaching. Inadequate leadership and staffing were challenges in some facilities. Some social norms, such as client resistance to referral and to staying 48 hours after delivery, also impact quality and mandate community mobilization efforts.

Elizabeth A Fischer, Krishnamurthy Jayana, Troy Cunningham, Maryann Washington, Prem Mony, Janet Bradley, Stephen Moses

Back to Top