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Sexual and Reproductive Health Programs in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies: A Systematic Review

VanMaldeghem, Kelley (2016)
Master's Thesis (38 pages)
Committee Chair / Thesis Adviser: Evans, Dabney
Committee Members:
Research Fields: Public health
Partnering Agencies: Does not apply (no collaborating organization)
Keywords: Sexual Health; Reproductive Health; Systematic Review; Complex Humanitarian Emergency
Program: Rollins School of Public Health, Hubert Department of Global Health
Permanent url: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/rkj58

Abstract

The shift in focus over the last two decades to the sexual and reproductive health of women refugees in complex humanitarian emergencies (CHEs) has revealed extraordinarily large gaps of unmet needs in this population. This merits a review and evaluation of previous and present sexual and reproductive programs occurring in CHEs to identify what approaches have been effective in fulfilling unmet needs and what future actions are needed to address remaining needs. This systematic review of the literature examines both published and unpublished (grey) literature to conduct a detailed evaluation of sexual and reproductive programs and interventions that have occurred in CHE settings. A total of 20 articles are identified within the systematic review, evaluating programs that focus on the key areas of maternal health, family planning, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) & sexual transmitted infections (STIs), and gender-based violence (GBV). A discussion of the programs focuses on successes of the interventions, along with gaps that are still existing within the identified key areas. This systematic review concludes with recommendations for future sexual and reproductive programs and interventions.

Table of Contents

Introductory Pages…………………………………………………………………………………i
Distribution Agreement…………………………………………………………………....i
Thesis Committee Approval Form………………………………………………………..ii
Abstract Title Page……………………………………………………………………….iii
Abstract…………………………………………………………………………………...iv
Thesis Title Page………………………………………………………………………..…v
Acknowledgements……………………………………………………………………….vi
Acronyms………………………………………………………………………………...vii
Chapter 1: Introduction……………………………………………………………………………1
Definition of Terms………………………………………………………………………..1
Background and Significance …………………………………………………………….2
Purpose Statement…………………………………………………………………………5
Chapter 2: Methods………………………………………………………………………………..6
Chapter 3: Results………………………………………………………………………………..10
Chapter 4: Discussion……………………………………………………………………………19
Limitations……………………………………………………………………………….19
Recommendations………………………………………………………………………..21
References………………………………………………………………………………………..26
Tables and Figures………………………………………………………………………………….
Table 1: Search Terms Used in Databases………………………………………………...6
Figure 1: Flow diagram illustrating literature review process…………………………….9

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