An Epidemiologic approach to reproductive health
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An Epidemiologic approach to reproductive health

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    This manual has been prepared for clinicians, researchers, public health professionals, and other personnel who wish to conduct epidemiologic studies of reproductive health issues. It is intended to be used in a two-week workshop that includes an introduction to epidemiologic methods, the unique applications of these methods to reproductive health research, and the development of research proposals. The manual is not intended to replace the many excellent resources and texts presently available on these subjects. Course participants use the teaching materials to develop research proposals about reproductive health problems that are of interest to them or to the organizations they represent. Representatives from funding agencies attend the final session of the workshop to observe presentations of the research proposals prepared during the workshop and to make recommendations about further development of the projects and possible funding. The evolution of this workshop and manual has been extensive. Many organizations and individuals have contributed to this project over a long period of time. In November 1980 while working in Asia, Drs. Linda Atkinson and Oscar (Bud) Harkavy, Program Officers at the Ford Foundation, and Dr. Roger Rochat from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) discussed the need to support capacity-building in epidemiologic research in developing countries, particularly in the area of contraceptive safety (broadly defined to include the health consequences of not contracepting as well as maternal mortality). Discussions with health personnel at The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) (Jim Shelton, Tony Boni), the Ford Foundation (Lincoln Chen, Tony Measham), the Population Council (Jarrett Clinton), and the International Development Research Council (Marjorie Koblinsky) provided the impetus to increase the number and quality of contraceptive safety studies being implemented internationally. Training in epidemiology, research methodology, and proposal development were used to accomplish this objective. As a result, five contraceptive safety workshops were developed for presentation in Southeast Asia. These first workshops were a collaborative effort by the Division of Reproductive Health at CDC, the Population Council, and the Ford Foundation.
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    Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A., Family Health International, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, U.S.A., World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland ; editors, Phyllis A. Wingo ... [et al.].


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