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Women’s Maternal health and human rights.

Women’s Maternal health and human rights.

Maternal health services include preconception and family planning services, prenatal, maternity and postnatal care. The Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 5 targets to reduce by three-quarters by 2015, the maternal mortality ratio. The government of Uganda is unlikely to meet this MDG due to the existing challenges. In Uganda, all pregnant women face some level of maternal risk. According to WHO, 40% of pregnant women will experience delivery complications; 15% need obstetric care to save their life. However, poor access to quality maternal and neonatal care, have continued to expose Ugandan mothers and infants to a high risk of maternal morbidity and mortality. Other high risk related causes include;

• Physical and psychological violence against pregnant mothers
• A system of "cost sharing," whereby hospitals charge for treatments leads most pregnant mothers resort to cheaper, traditional birth attendants rather than attend a hospital.
• Early pregnancy in adolescents and short pregnancy intervals coupled with an overall low use of contraceptives due to a lot of myths that surround the usage of them.
• Inadequate skills to handle maternity and postnatal care, lack of basic equipment, supplies and drugs in most health units.
• Prevalence of HIV/AIDS among pregnant women has also been a factor in poor maternal outcomes. For example in Mityana district 58% of pregnant women give birth outside health facilities. The practice does not allow early detection of HIV and exposes the women to quick progression of HIV to AIDS without any treatment.
• Malaria is one of the leading causes of morbidity in pregnant women but prevention and prophylaxis services are not accessed by women who give birth outside the health facilities.

Speakers: Christine Suubi
Areas of Interest / Categories: ISHHR 2011, ISHHR 2012

ISHHR 2012

War and Trafficking: Migrant, trafficked and bonded workers and the business of organ harvesting.

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Group intervention with children

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The rise of juvenile crime in Georgia

Violence among the adolescents and adolescent delinquency often results in criminal charges and 14-18 year olds end up in the penitentiary facility. By the year 2005 only 26 adolescents were serving sentence in special juvenile facilities; however from 2006 onwards their number has increased drastically. At times the numbers of inmates reached 200, while today 162 juveniles are serving sentence. The rise of juvenile crime has become a debate issue for various groups of the Georgian society – education experts, psychologists, politicians are looking for the reasons of the situation at hand. We attempted a study of the demographic, social and academic profiles of adolescent inmates (the study of the Ministry of Education and Science, 2009), also taking into account our 5-year practice of working with juvenile convicts, which was aimed at supporting their resocialization and future reintegration into the society. In this work we will present a psychosocial portrait of an adolescent in the penitentiary system and consider the particular stress-factors that affect the juveniles and are determined by the specific features of the Georgian criminal subculture. We will also present 5 psychotypes of the adolescents in conflict with the law that were determined by the Freiburg personality test and will try to describe the self perception of the convicts while in confinement and after their sentence is served.

Research on trauma brought on by the disappearance of a child

Research on trauma brought on by the disappearance of a child is rare. The aim of our study was to increase understanding of uncertainty's role in the lives of those it affects, to present a narrative structure of the parents' testimonies, and to discern the origin of hope still felt by the parents. Sampling and Methods: Close reading and qualitative analysis of 29 testimonies given by parents whose sons disappeared during the Croatian War for Independence. Gender differences, categories, and frequencies of adjectives used were determined.

Stress factors in post-soviet period 1989-2011

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Case studies from GCRT of victims of war and other types of violence

During our work in GCRT for years we attained significant experience in psycho-traumatology. In contemporary concept of psycho-traumatology a human is referred to as a bio-psycho-social being. In trauma, its psychological and physical integrity are infringed. Person: soul and body is one whole, so it's very important to treat a person at every level through holistic and multidisciplinary approach. Our goal is to present cases of our beneficiaries, who were victims of war and other types of violence and developed different kind of psycho-traumatic disorders. We would like to share our experience of treating and rehabilitating body and psyche as one whole. Several cases (rehabilitation process and results) are discussed. In each presented case psycho-traumatic disorders have been diagnosed and confirmed clinically.

Justice and reparation: Acompanamiento a los afectados directos y sus faliliares

En esta coyuntura histórica de la realización de los Juicios a los responsables del Terrorismo de Estado de la última dictadura militar argentina, nos proponemos contribuir desde nuestro rol profesional en el acompañamiento a los afectados directos y sus familiares hoy constituidos en testigos y querellantes de estas causas. Desde una perspectiva psicosocial, la magnitud de los traumatismos producidos por la dictadura así como la impunidad posterior, ocasionaron daños profundos que persisten a lo largo del tiempo y a través de las generaciones. La realización de estos juicios, además de la oportunidad concreta de acceder a la condena de los responsables, permite la reelaboración personal y colectiva de lo ocurrido, así como habilita nuevos modelos de inscripción de la memoria histórica. Este escenario plantea nuevos desafíos que requieren complejos y particulares modos de intervención clínica y psicosocial. Se abordarán el dispositivo de acompañamiento psico-jurídico a testigos y querellantes como una de las intervenciones que desarrollamos en el ámbito de los derechos humanos y la salud mental, considerando el papel del testigo y del testimonio, sus aspectos reparatorios y de encuentro con lo traumático.