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Obstetrics and Gynecology in Low-Resource Settings

Obstetrics and Gynecology in Low-Resource Settings

A Practical Guide

Edited by Nawal M. Nour

ISBN 9780674731240

Publication date: 11/28/2016

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Responding to the growing need for tried-and-trusted solutions to the reproductive health care issues confronting millions of women worldwide, Obstetrics and Gynecology in Low-Resource Settings provides practical guidelines for ensuring the delivery of quality OB/GYN care to women in resource-poor countries. Including contributions from leading clinicians and researchers in the field, this welcome overview fills an important gap in existing medical literature on women’s health care and will be an invaluable resource for doctors, clinicians, and medical students at all stages of their careers who work in the global health arena.

The reproductive health risks that all women face are greatly exacerbated when health care facilities are inadequate, equipment and medications are in short supply, and well-trained medical staff are few and far away. Often in these settings, the sole doctor or medical professional on hand has expertise in some areas of women’s reproductive care but needs a refresher course in others.

This informative guide features hands-on, step-by-step instruction for the most pertinent OB/GYN conditions—both acute and chronic—that health care workers in the field confront. The authors examine a wide range of topics, including: strategies to reduce maternal mortality and stillbirths; infectious and sexually transmitted diseases, including malaria and HIV; cervical cancer; contraception; prenatal, delivery, and newborn care; and complications arising from gender-based violence and female genital cutting. Published in a convenient format with a durable binding, this reference will be an essential companion to health care providers throughout the world.


  • Under Nawal Nour’s guidance and gentle tutelage, this book lays out current knowledge about the ranking threats—from obstetric fistula and genital cutting to obstructed labor and stillbirths, cervical cancer, HIV, and malaria in pregnancy—to the health and well-being of hundreds of millions of women. Nor are gender-based violence and access to contraception scanted, as so often in medical texts. Obstetrics and Gynecology in Low-Resource Settings: A Practical Guide will prove indispensable to students, trainees, and clinicians seeking to span such divides in order to improve and save lives. It’s a go-to reference for all those who care about the role of gender equity in the broader struggle for global health equity. And that should mean all of us.

    —Paul E. Farmer, Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and cofounder of Partners In Health


  • Nawal M. Nour is Director of the African Women’s Health Center and Director of the Division of Global Obstetrics and Gynecological Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School.

Book Details

  • 376 pages
  • 7 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press