Cara Safon

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Breastfeeding has been shown to improve maternal and child health. In Nicaragua, the primary risk of death and disability-adjusted life years among children under 5 years of age is suboptimal breastfeeding. Although the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health promotes exclusive breastfeeding from within the first half hour through the first 6 months of life, less(More)
In 2011, the Health Resources and Services Administration launched the Systems Linkage and Access to Care for Populations at High Risk of HIV Infection Initiative. Six state Departments of Health were funded to develop and implement HIV testing, linkage-to-care, and retention-in-care interventions over a four-year period. We conducted qualitative interviews(More)
Breastfeeding has been shown to benefit infants and mothers. Women who have caesarean deliveries (C-sections) are expected to be less likely to initiate and continue breastfeeding than those who have vaginal deliveries. Given the high rate of C-sections in Nicaragua, the importance of breastfeeding, and the centrality of culture in choices about(More)
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