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Volume 21 Supplement 1

Social accountability and sexual and reproductive health - Implications for Research and Practice


This International Journal for Equity in health article collection brings together research, discussions and implementation experience in social accountability applied to sexual and reproductive health. The collection aims to explore the implications, the challenges and successes of implementing and researching complex and context-driven interventions, such as social accountability. This supplement was developed with the financial support of the UNDP-UNFPA-UNICEF-WHO-World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP), a cosponsored programme executed by the World Health Organization (WHO). Information about the source of funding for individual studies and for publication charges can be found in the individual articles. The articles have undergone the journal's standard peer review process for supplements. The Supplement Editors declare that they have no competing interests. The named authors alone are responsible for the views expressed in this article, and they do not necessarily represent the views, decisions or policies of the institutions with which they are affiliated.

Edited by Petrus S Steyn, Victoria Boydell, Sana Contractor, Joanna Paula Cordero and Ana Lorena Ruano.

New Content Item

Maasai tribe young mothers gather for a forum organized by AMREF, and geared at family planning and other sexual reproductive health options. During the discussions, the community health worker demonstrates condom usage, and other options for contraceptives.

Photo credit: Jonathan Torgovnik/Getty Images/Images of Empowerment

Photo licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0

  1. This paper presents the protocol of a study that aims at exploring how different multi-level governance arrangements impact on sexual and reproductive health of adolescents living in informal settlements. The ...

    Authors: Sara Van Belle
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2022 21(Suppl 1):40
  2. An increasing number of evaluations of social accountability (SA) interventions have been published in the past decade, however, reporting gaps make it difficult to summarize findings. We developed the Social Acc...

    Authors: Joan Marie Kraft, Ligia Paina, Victoria Boydell, Shatha Elnakib, Andreas Sihotang, Angela Bailey and Courtney Tolmie
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2022 21(Suppl 1):121
  3. In recent years, researchers and evaluators have made efforts to identify and use appropriate and innovative research designs that account for the complexity in studying social accountability. The relationship...

    Authors: Joanna Paula Cordero, Vernon Mochache, Victoria Boydell, Mary Awelana Addah, Heather McMullen, Alice Monyo, Sigilbert Mrema, Dela Nai, Donat Shamba and Petrus S. Steyn
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2022 21(Suppl 1):153
  4. Like many places in Nigeria, Niger, a predominantly rural and poor state in the north of the country, has high fertility, low contraceptive prevalence, and high maternal mortality. This paper presents a descri...

    Authors: Rachel Sullivan Robinson and Tariah Adams
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2022 21(Suppl 1):46

    The Correction to this article has been published in International Journal for Equity in Health 2022 21:65

  5. Health care services express social and structural inequalities, especially for Dalits and women, due to the indignity and discrimination experienced in health care facilities. Jagrutha Mahila Sanghatane (JMS)...

    Authors: Sathyasree Goswami and Edward Premdas Pinto
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2022 21(Suppl 1):166
  6. Social accountability is often put forward as a strategy to promote health rights, but we lack a programmatic evidence base on if, when, and how social accountability strategies can be used to promote access t...

    Authors: Marta Schaaf, Grady Arnott, Kudzai Meda Chilufya, Renu Khanna, Ram Chandra Khanal, Tanvi Monga, Charles Otema and Christina Wegs
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2022 21(Suppl 1):19
  7. Recognition of the value of “social accountability” to improve health systems performance and to address health inequities, has increased over the last decades, with different schools of thought engaging in ro...

    Authors: Erica Nelson, Peter Waiswa, Vera Schattan Coelho and Eric Sarriot
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2022 21(Suppl 1):41

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