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Seminar on "Reproductive Health Issues in Central and Eastern Europe, and Countries of the Former Soviet Union"

18-20 October 2004, Bucharest, Romania

Organized by the IUSSP Committee on Reproductive Health, in collaboration with the East European Institute of Reproductive Health (EEIRH), Targu-Mures, Romania

Scientific Organiser for this seminar:
Gigi Santow GSantow@bigpond.net.au
Leo Morris lmorris@cdc.gov

Call for papers

This seminar will examine the impact of the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989 and the subsequent transition to a market economy in the formerly socialist countries of Central and Eastern Europe on reproductive health in the region. The Reproductive Health Committee invites submissions of single-country and comparative studies that examine the effects of institutional change-most obviously the upheavals following 1989-on service provision and recourse to services as well as change in individual behaviour that address one or more of the following themes and questions:

HIV/AIDS and STIs: What has been the pattern of change? What are the links between HIV and STI infection? Who are infected? How has this changed? Which STIs are most prevalent? What is being done? What do people know about HIV/AIDS and STIs, about transmission routes, and methods of prevention? Are condoms being used?

Contraception and induced abortion: How have rates of induced abortion evolved? What has happened to contraceptive use? What contraceptive methods are known? Which are preferred? Which are available? Are condoms being used? Who still resorts primarily to abortion? Who are the users and non-users of contraception? How is modern contraception, including emergency contraception, reducing the reliance on induced abortion?

Maternal health: What have been the trends in maternal mortality? Is there a link with induced abortion? What is obstetric morbidity and gynaecological morbidity more generally?

Special populations: Which countries have the most perilous reproductive-health environment? Which are in a comparatively advantageous position? What are the special needs of young people? Rural women? Minority women (for example, those of Roma background)? Internally displaced women? Refugees? What are the special needs of men?

Service provision: What is being done well? What is being done poorly or not at all? Is lack of money the only problem? Do screening programmes exist, for example, for cervical cancer? How well do they work? Are there safe motherhood initiatives? Are there prenatal, intra-natal and post-partum services? Are they used? Are there local or cultural barriers to the seeking of reproductive-health services?

Interventions: What IEC (information, education, communication) programmes are in place? Are they effective? Could they be improved? Who should they target? What are the local and cultural barriers to their efficacy?

Research: Do we have the right survey data? How can we improve data collection? What can be done to improve official data (censuses and vital registration)? How can we improve measurement? How can we best monitor and evaluate old and new health programmes?

Policy Issues: How can evidence based data/information be linked to policy formulation and programme improvement? What recommendations can be made on methodological and measurement issues that warrant further discussion and study?
Complete papers or one to three-page abstracts in English and a brief (less than one page) curriculum vitae should be submitted to Leo Morris (lmorris@cdc.gov) and Gigi Santow (GSantow@bigpond.net.au) no later than July 23, 2004.
Final decisions regarding acceptance will be made by August 10, 2004. Completed papers for accepted abstracts should be sent no later than September 13, 2004.
Please note that acceptance of a paper will not automatically entail IUSSP funding to cover the travel costs of attending the seminar. The Committee is currently seeking funding for the meeting and hopes to be able to offer travel awards to some seminar participants, however, priority will be given to scholars from low-income countries. It would be useful to the organizers if you could let them know in advance whether you would be able to obtain some financial support from your institution or another source that would cover your travel and per diem costs.

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