New Journal Articles Focus on PrEP, Maternal and Child Nutrition, and HPV Vaccine

July 27th, 2021 | News


JSI staff continue to excel by contributing to global learning in their areas of expertise. Three new peer-reviewed journal articles by JSI staff highlight new learnings on issues ranging from vaccinations to nutrition and PrEP implementation.

Engaging family members in maternal, infant and young child nutrition activities in low- and middle-income countries: A systematic scoping review

The benefits of involving non-maternal family members in maternal and child nutrition are poorly documented. This review, by staff who work on JSI’s Advancing Nutrition project, identifies a range of social and behavioral interventions aimed at engaging fathers, grandmothers, and other family members in maternal and child nutrition, with the most frequently used approaches being community mobilization and facility-based groups.

Initial implementation of PrEP in Zambia: health policy development and service delivery scale-up

Daily pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention is highly effective but not yet widely deployed in sub-Saharan Africa. In this study, researchers examine how Zambia developed PrEP policies and then implemented national PrEP service delivery. The article highlights how health policy development led to rapid national implementation and service delivery scale-up. The key elements of Zambia’s success will be useful for other countries considering a PrEP program.

HPV vaccination coverage in three districts in Zimbabwe following national introduction of 0,12 month schedule among 10 to 14 year old girls

Zimbabwe has one of the highest incidence rates of cervical cancer in the world: 61.7 per 100,000 women. To counteract this, the government of Zimbabwe introduced a bivalent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to all 10–14 year old girls using a pulsed-campaign approach. In this article, researchers conducted a population-based, two-stage cluster survey of households with girls eligible to determine two-dose HPV vaccination coverage in three districts of Zimbabwe. The researchers concluded that high uptake and completion of 2-dose HPV vaccination can be achieved with an annual dosing schedule.

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