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Mercer, Mary Anne

Works: 17 works in 36 publications in 3 languages and 539 library holdings
Genres: Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Editor, Compiler, Thesis advisor
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Publications about Mary Anne Mercer
Publications by Mary Anne Mercer
Most widely held works by Mary Anne Mercer
Sickness and wealth : the corporate assault on global health ( Book )
10 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 359 libraries worldwide
New developments in tropical medicine II ( Book )
2 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 30 libraries worldwide
El negocio de la salud : los intereses de las multinacionales y la privatización de un bien público ( Book )
5 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in Spanish and held by 25 libraries worldwide
Lessons & legacies : the final report of a grants program for HIV/AIDS prevention in Africa by Mary Anne Mercer( Book )
3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 16 libraries worldwide
Tradition & transition : NGOS respond to AIDS in Africa ( Book )
2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 9 libraries worldwide
The role of social medicine in filling the gap in human resources in health : the Cuba - Timor-Leste Health Program by Casey Lucas Hastings( file )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
Objectives: The developing world is faced with a high burden of infectious disease and insufficient physicians to address these problems. The alternative model of medical training that characterizes Cuban social medicine has been credited with the major successes of Cuba's health system, but the possibility of applying this model to other developing countries has not been well studied. In Timor-Leste, physicians newly trained in Cuba in social medicine are returning to practice in the individual patient-focused health care system of Timor-Leste. Although the 1,000 newly graduated physicians expected to enter the Timorese national health system in the coming few years will help fill the current gap in human resources in health, the different approach to health problems afforded by their social medicine training may also present novel challenges. Methods: The study design employed mixed methods, administering a quantitative questionnaire and performing qualitative semi-structured interviews with all 18 members of the first class of Timorese graduates of the Latin America School of Medicine in Cuba as well as with key informants in the Timorese medical community. Results: Recent graduates demonstrated a social medicine directed approach to conceptualizing and addressing health issues, including strong public health skills with an emphasis on societal-level determinants of health. In addition, all respondents referred to a humanistic motivation to practice medicine, a service-oriented work ethos and a desire to work from within the community. Conclusions: The integration of social medicine-trained physicians into the Timorese medical system may produce physicians who put a greater focus on societal-level, public health interventions and who share a humanistic ideology to practice medicine. That approach is relevant for the health problems of Timor-Leste and may in addition provide some resistance to brain drain. Key Words: social medicine, human resources, brain drain, Cuba, medical training
New developments in tropical medicine by Thomas W Simpson( Book )
3 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Le mani sulla salute : la salute da bene pubblico a privilegio per pochi by Meredith Fort( Book )
1 edition published in 2007 in Italian and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Social class determinants of child growth in the Peruvian Sierra by Mary Anne Mercer( Archival Material )
1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Evaluating caller experience with a telephone health hotline in Malawi by Katherine Reynolds( file )
1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Introduction: One application of mobile technology for health (mHealth) is health hotlines, which have been implemented in high-, middle-, and low-income countries to increase timely access to health information. The purpose of this study is to describe the characteristics, experiences, and overall satisfaction level of recent callers to Chipatala Cha Pa Foni, a toll-free hotline in Malawi that residents can call for health advice. Methods: Primary data were collected through a cross-sectional phone survey of recent hotline users who left a callback number. The 30-item survey included mostly Likert scale questions and asked participants about their experience in general and about specific aspects of their most recent call experience. Results: Interviews were completed with 239 of the 421 users who left a callback number (57% response rate). Forty-six percent of respondents were male and nearly 80% of all participants reported living at least a one hour walk from the nearest health facility. Ninety-six percent of respondents stated their questions were "answered completely" by hotline workers, 98% reported trusting the information given by hotline workers "very much," and 96% were "very comfortable" talking to the hotline workers. Ninety-nine percent of respondents reported being "very satisfied" with the hotline and 96% said they were "very likely" to use the service again in the future. However, nearly one-third of respondents (31%) stated that they had trouble reaching the hotline at some point. Discussion: Callers reported very positive experiences with dimensions of the Chipatala Cha Pa Foni hotline service, and 99% of the callers were "very satisfied" with the service overall. Some respondents experienced their call not being answered for a long time or at all, however, or being disconnected while talking to a hotline worker. Continued attention to the technology for a smooth call experience is needed. Further research employing qualitative methods would further illuminate caller experience with the hotline and indicate any additional areas that may warrant focused attention
Knowledge, attitudes and practices related to sexual and reproductive health among adolescents from two secondary schools in Chota, Cajamarca, Peru by Gabriela Ines Boyle( file )
1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Adolescent pregnancy rates are increasing in Peru. Although the Ministry of Health collects data about adolescent pregnancies, little is known about the knowledge and practices of youth in rural areas to inform design of educational interventions. In 2014, 315 students in two secondary schools in the city of Chota, Cajamarca Peru completed a cross-sectional self-administered anonymous survey related to reproductive health knowledge, attitudes and practices. Of these students, approximately 25% report having already initiated sexual activity, with much higher rates among boys than girls, and in specific schools. Bivariate statistics revealed that teachers are the most frequently cited source of sexual health information, and regression models showed that students who speak to teachers have significantly higher knowledge in reproductive health but report little difference in sexual behavior. Results provide evidence for a comprehensive approach to sexual health for adolescents in Chota, taking into account the low knowledge levels and the reality that some adolescents are already engaging in potentially risky sexual behavior
Does mobile phone ownership predict better utilization of maternal and newborn health services? : a cross-sectional study in Timor-Leste by Juan Nie( file )
1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Increasingly popular mobile health (mHealth) programs have been proposed to promote better utilization of maternal, newborn and child health services. However, women who lack access to a mobile phone are often left out of programs and research. In this study, we aimed to explore whether household mobile phone ownership is an independent predictor of utilization of maternal and newborn health services in Timor-Leste. 581 women aged 15-49 years with a child under the age of two years from the districts of Manufahi and Ainaro in Timor-Leste participated in the study from March to April 2012. Participants were interviewed via a structured survey of knowledge, practices, and coverage of maternal and child health, with added questions related to ownership and utilization of mobile phones. Mobile phone ownership was the exposure variable, and five composite variables were at least four antenatal care visits, skilled birth attendance, health facility delivery, postnatal checkup, and neonatal checkup. Logistic regression models were applied to assess for associations. 364 (67%) women reported having at least one mobile phone in the family. The results of bivariate analysis showed that women who had a mobile phone were more likely to utilize maternal and newborn health services. The results of multivariate logistic regression demonstrated a significant association between mobile phone ownership and an increased rate of four antenatal visits [adjusted Odds Ratio (aOR): 1.60; 95% CI: 1.01-2.55; P=0.046], but not for skilled birth attendance, health facility delivery, and postnatal care or neonatal care within 2 days after delivery. Women with a mobile phone were more likely to utilize maternal and newborn health services than women without a mobile phone. Mobile phone ownership in this population is highly associated with socioeconomic status. It is an independent predictor only for completing four antenatal care visits but not for other positive maternal health behaviors. Researchers in mHealth programs need to consider the population with limited or no access to a mobile phone
Factors associated with pregnant women's participation in a mHealth intervention in Timor-Leste by Lisa Vander Vliet( file )
1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Background: Mobile health (mHealth) programs have become increasingly popular as a method of harnessing the power of technology to improve health, yet there remains a deficit of rigorous analyses to determine the uptake and effectiveness of these initiatives. This study aims to contribute to a better understanding of the potential impact of mHealth for improving maternal and newborn health as part of an evaluation of a mobile phone project called Liga Inan in Timor-Leste. We analyze demographic and service utilization factors that are associated with women's participation or non-participation in the project to explore what barriers might prevent women from enrolling in such programs. We also analyze the extent to which women's enrollment is associated with utilization of maternal health services. Methods: A total of 315 women ages 15-49 who had a child under two years old were surveyed in Manufahi municipality of Timor-Leste in 2015. The survey included knowledge, practices, and health services coverage information, including questions on antenatal and postpartum care, birthing practices, and postpartum care, as well as information about mobile phone ownership and usage. Bi-variate and multi-variate logistic regression models were used to examine the association of enrollment of eligible women in the mHealth program with key demographic variables and maternal health service utilization. Findings: Women who were wealthiest (Odds Ratio [OR]: 2.2, 95% Confidence Interval [CI]: 1.1-4.3), had less than 5 children (OR: .37, CI: .16-.81), and could read (OR: 2.5, CI: 1.2-5.2) were significantly more likely to enroll in the program. There was no association between program enrollment and woman's age, the distance from nearest health facility, phone ownership, or phone reception in the home. Controlling for wealth, literacy, and parity, enrollment was positively associated with attendance at four antenatal care visits (OR: 3.7, CI: 1.8-7.3), having a skilled birth attendant present at delivery (OR: 3.1, CI: 1.7-5.7), and giving birth in a health facility (OR: 2.0, CI: 1.0-3.9). No significant association was found between enrollment and receiving postpartum or postnatal care within two days of the birth. Conclusion: Our study found that women who were poorest, were unable to read, or had many children encountered barriers making them less likely to participate in an mHealth program in Timor-Leste. Other mHealth programs may need to take extra steps to reach out to such women so that they too can benefit from the critical health services being promoted. By contrast, certain groups expected to participate at lower rates overcame barriers to participation, including women who were older, lived far from a health facility, did not own their own phone, and did not have reception in their home. Finally, we found that enrollment in this mHealth program was associated with substantial benefits to participants, including an increased likelihood of attending at least four antenatal care visits, utilizing a skilled birth attendant, and giving birth in a health facility. Barriers to women's enrollment in mHealth programs should be addressed to maximize the benefit to all women
Maternal health behavior change : women's experiences as participants of an mHealth program in Timor-Leste by Jessica Dyer( file )
1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Background: Global maternal and neonatal mortality rates are unacceptably high. Programs that harness mobile technology represent a promising method to cost-effectively address profound maternal and neonatal health needs. The ways in which mHealth programs influence an individual's decision-making regarding their health are underexplored. This study examines the influence of Liga Inan (LI), an mHealth program in Timor-Leste, on preventive maternal, neonatal, and child health (MNCH) behavior through the lens of women participating in the intervention. Methods: Qualitative data on participation in an mHealth program and self-reported maternal health behavior were collected through in-depth, semi-structured interviews (27) with participants of LI. The Social Ecological Framework, Health Belief Model, and techniques used by LI to target behavioral determinants guided qualitative analysis. Findings: This research demonstrates that LI influences important determinants of behavior among participants through the use of behavior change techniques at the individual, social, and health system levels, likely promoting healthier choices among participants during and immediately after pregnancy. Conclusion: mHealth can be an effective tool to influence key individual, social, and health system determinants of behavior and promote healthier choices among program participants while strengthening established health systems
Understanding cultural obstacles to HIV/AIDS prevention in Africa by Sally J Scott( Article )
1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 0 libraries worldwide
Underdevelopment and public health : immunization campaigns and political agendas : retrospective from Ecuador and El Salvador by Stephen Gloyd( Article )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 0 libraries worldwide
A guide for including HIV/AIDS prevention in PVO Child Survival projects : recommendations for child survival project managers by PVO Child Survival Support Program( Book )
1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 0 libraries worldwide
NPIN 20175: This monograph is the report of a task force meeting convened to provide advice to private voluntary organizations (PVOs) that wish to include HIV/AIDS prevention activities in their child survival projects. Discussions regarding the relationships between child survival and HIV/AIDS prevention are summarized. Four key questions asked by field staff about including HIV/AIDS prevention activities were: how are interventions that respond to HIV/AIDS similar to and different from those used for child survival, how should staff decide to include or not include an intervention for HIV/AIDS prevention in a child survival project, how should staff determine the basic strategies and the community groups to include in these interventions, and which indicators provide the most useful measures of progress and success. The four questions are answered in detail followed by a general summary and conclusions
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