August 3rd, 2018

  1. A facility-based study of women' satisfaction and perceived quality of reproductive and maternal health services in the Kenya output-based approach voucher program.
  2. Developing a Digital Marketplace for Family Planning: Pilot Randomized Encouragement Trial.
  3. Impact of a Comprehensive Adolescent-Focused Case Finding Intervention on Uptake of HIV Testing and Linkage to Care among Adolescents in Western Kenya.
  4. Depression during pregnancy and preterm delivery: a prospective cohort study among women attending antenatal clinic at Pumwani Maternity Hospital.
  5. Physical, Social, and Political Inequities Constraining Girls' Menstrual Management at Schools in Informal Settlements of Nairobi, Kenya.


July 27th, 2018

  1. Methods used in prevalence studies of disrespect and abuse during facility based childbirth: lessons learned.
  2. Cycle of violence among young Kenyan women: The link between childhood violence and adult physical intimate partner violence in a population-based survey.
  3. How empowered are girls/young women in their sexual relationships? Relationship power, HIV risk, and partner violence in Kenya.
  4. Wealthy, urban, educated. Who is represented in population surveys of women's menstrual hygiene management?
  5. You Will Know That Despite Being HIV Positive You Are Not Alone: Qualitative Study to Inform Content of a Text Messaging Intervention to Improve Prevention of Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission.


July 20th, 2018

This week’s FIVE PICKS comes with a bonus read – and a new podcast series to listen to. In addition to titles and links to research articles from Kenya for the two weeks ending July 20th 2018, we feature Leaders in Learning, is a 7-part podcast series by USAID Learning Lab.

You  can download open-access articles and request those from subscription journals via email to:

Enjoy reading and listening.

Five Picks:

  1. "Childbirth is not a Sickness; A Woman Should Struggle to Give Birth": Exploring Continuing Popularity of Home Births in Western Kenya.
  2. A model for predicting utilization of mHealth interventions in low-resource settings: case of maternal and newborn care in Kenya.
  3. Measuring family planning quality and its link with contraceptive use in public facilities in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.
  4. Pregnancy outcomes and infant growth among babies with in-utero exposure to tenofovir-based preexposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention.
  5. Effect of nutrition education and psychosocial factors on child feeding practices: findings of a field experiment with biofortified foods and different women categories.


Bonus: Health Systems Strengthening research


Bonus: New Podcast Series!

For your weekend, here are great new resource on trends in knowledge management.

USAID recently released 7 episodes in a new podcast series on organizational learning and knowledge management in the international development sector. 

The Leaders in Learning podcast is based on interviews that Stacey Young and Piers Bocock of USAID conducted with a variety of thought leaders in organizational learning and knowledge management in the international development sector.

Podcast episode topics include:

Launched by USAID Learning Lab,  Leaders in Learning is a 7-part podcast series hosted by Stacey Young, Senior Learning Advisor and Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting Team Lead in USAID’s Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning; and Piers Bocock, Chief of Party for the USAID LEARN contract

Thought leaders interviewed include: Kerry Albright, UNICEF; Rob Cartridge, Practical Action; Chris Collison, Knowledgeable; Alison Evans, Independent Commission for Aid Impact; Duncan Green, OXFAM; Gwen Hines, DFID; Clive Martlew, DFID; Karen Mokate, Inter-American Development Bank; Tony Pryor, USAID’s Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning; Thom Sinclair, The World Bank.

USAID LEARN contract


July 6th, 2018

  1. Satisfaction with Delivery Services Offered under the Free Maternal Healthcare Policy in Kenyan Public Health Facilities.
  2. Caregivers' nutritional knowledge and attitudes mediate seasonal shifts in children's diets
  3. 3Providing support to pregnant women and new mothers through moderated WhatsApp groups: a feasibility study.
  4. Effectiveness of SMS Technology on Timely Community Health Worker Follow-Up for Childhood Malnutrition: A Retrospective Cohort Study in sub-Saharan Africa.
  5. Community Involvement in Health Systems Strengthening to Improve Global Health Outcomes: A Review of Guidelines and Potential Roles.


June 14th, 2018

  1. Strengthening intrapartum and immediate newborn care to reduce morbidity and mortality of preterm infants born in health facilities in Migori County, Kenya and Busoga Region, Uganda: a study protocol for a randomized controlled trial.
  2. Optimising the benefits of community health workers' unique position between communities and the health sector: A comparative analysis of factors shaping relationships in four countries.
  3. Nutritional status and association of demographic characteristics with malnutrition among children less than 24 months in Kwale County, Kenya.
  4. Standardizing the measurement of maternal morbidity: Pilot study results.
  5. Accelerating Kenya's progress to 2030: understanding the determinants of under-five mortality from 1990 to 2015.


May 25, 2018

  1. "Childbirth is not a Sickness; A Woman Should Struggle to Give Birth": Exploring Continuing Popularity of Home Births in Western Kenya.
  2. How do gender relations affect the working lives of close to community health service providers? Empirical research, a review and conceptual framework.
  3. Depression and its psychosocial risk factors in pregnant Kenyan adolescents: a cross-sectional study in a community health Centre of Nairobi.
  4. Determinants of successful vitamin A supplementation coverage among children aged 6-59 months in thirteen sub-Saharan African countries.
  5. Reaching Urban Female Adolescents at Key Points of Sexual and Reproductive Health Transitions: Evidence from a Longitudinal Study from Kenya.

And here’s a bonus good read from portal: Stories + Data = Change: The Evidence on Storytelling for Global Health

A summary of an event that discusses how to balance stories and data, two powerful tools, and even combine them to strengthen programs and foster collaboration among practitioners.


May 17, 2018

  1. Adolescent Pregnancy and Challenges in Kenyan Context: Perspectives from Multiple Community Stakeholders.
  2. Collaborative task-sharing to enhance the Point-Of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) access among expectant women in Kenya: The role of midwife sonographers.
  3. Predictors of person-centered maternity care: the role of socioeconomic status, empowerment, and facility type.
  4. Safety of a condom uterine balloon tamponade (ESM-UBT) device for uncontrolled primary postpartum hemorrhage among facilities in Kenya and Sierra Leone.
  5. Evaluation of the effectiveness of a latrine intervention in the reduction of childhood diarrhoeal health in Nyando District, Kisumu County, Kenya.

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