This report examines critical issues in maternal and newborn health, underscoring the need to establish a comprehensive continuum of care for mothers, newborns and children. The report looks at variables that impact maternal and newborn health worldwide, including nutrition, poverty, disease, gender discrimination, and harmful cultural practices such as child marriage and female genital mutilation. The report outlines the latest paradigms in health programming and policies for mothers and newborns, and explores policies, programs and partnerships aimed at improving maternal and neonatal health. Africa and Asia are a key focus for this report, which complements the previous year's issue on child survival.

The State of the World’s Children 2009: Maternal and Newborn Health

The 19th annual World Report summarizes human rights conditions in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide. It reflects extensive investigative work undertaken in 2008 by Human Rights Watch staff, usually in close partnership with human rights activists in the country in question.

World Report 2009

This how-to guide provides comprehensive information on the clinical, legal, and operational aspects of developing and administering a community-based sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) program. SANE programs provide a multidisciplinary, victim-centered response to sexual assault victims and enhance the collection of forensic medical evidence to improve prosecution of sex offenders. The Sexual Assault Resource Service in Minneapolis, Minnesota, developed the guide using expertise and lessons learned from existing SANE programs throughout the country.
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Development and Operation Guide

This bulletin from the Office for Victims of Crime describes the SANE program, designed to improve sexual assault medical evidentiary exams, and its value to victims and their communities. Information and resources to encourage individuals and agencies to explore starting a SANE program are provided.
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner [SANE] Programs: Improving the Community Response to Sexual Assault Victims

This report presents findings from a survey of publicly operated forensic crime labs that perform DNA testing.
Survey of DNA Crime Laboratories

This report documents the impact of rural life on the behavioral health of women, providing a comprehensive review of the current literature covering a broad array of interrelated behavioral health care needs and concluding with a discussion of the most pressing priorities for future research, policy decisions, and treatment implications. The report discusses the following; depression and anxiety, substance abuse, maternal health, HIV / AIDS, violence, homicide and suicide, gay rural women, elderly rural women, disabled rural women as well commonly cited barriers to treatment.
The Behavioral Health Care Needs of Rural Women

This introductory Toolkit is intended to provide healthcare professionals with strategies and tools to begin to address sexual violence prevention in their practice and community given the context of each family’s unique views and history.  An extended CD ROM version is available for purchase online.
 
Preventing Sexual Violence: An Educational Toolkit on for Health Care Professionals (Web Version)

Through this report, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) shares its experience in
providing medical care, counselling and other forms of support to thousands
of victims of sexual violence in many countries around the world. The report is partly born out of outrage about the inexcusable acts that these people have been subjected to and the damage inflicted upon their lives. It demonstrates why it is imperative to make immediate care available, and truly accessible, for those who have been sexually assaulted. MSF hopes that this report will inform and inspire health officials, aid workers and others who should be involved in providing such support.

Shattered Lives: Immediate Medical Care Vital for Sexual Violence Victims
 

This Violence Against Women Online Resources commissioned document reviews critical issues for mental health practitioners working with rape survivors.
 
Mental Health Services for Rape Survivors: Current Issues in Therapeutic Practice

The manual provides a standardized set of recommendations to estimate the direct and indirect economic costs of interpersonal and self-directed violence. It is intended primarily for economists, public health experts and researchers interested in conducting studies of this nature.
 
Manual for Estimating the Economic Costs of Injuries Due to Interpersonal and Self-Directed Violence

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