Neelofar Sami

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OBJECTIVE To explore the experiences of social consequences among women suffering from secondary infertility. METHODS Descriptive case series of 400 women with secondary infertility attending tertiary care hospitals in Karachi, Pakistan. RESULTS More than two thirds (67.7%) of women stated that their inability to give live births or give birth to sons(More)
BACKGROUND Improved complementary feeding is cited as a critical factor for reducing stunting. Consumption of meats has been advocated, but its efficacy in low-resource settings has not been tested. OBJECTIVE The objective was to test the hypothesis that daily intake of 30 to 45 g meat from 6 to 18 mo of age would result in greater linear growth velocity(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine population-based neonatal mortality rates in low- and middle-income countries and to examine gestational age, birth weight, and timing of death to assess the potentially preventable neonatal deaths. METHODS A prospective observational study was conducted in communities in five low-income countries (Kenya, Zambia, Guatemala, India,(More)
OBJECTIVE To implement a vital statistics registry system to register pregnant women and document birth outcomes in the Global Network for Women's and Children's Health Research sites in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. METHODS The Global Network sites began a prospective population-based pregnancy registry to identify all pregnant women and record(More)
BACKGROUND Early growth faltering is common but is difficult to reverse after the first 2 years of life. OBJECTIVE To describe feeding practices and growth in infants and young children in diverse low-income settings prior to undertaking a complementary feeding trial. METHODS This cross-sectional study was conducted through the Global Network for(More)
Pakistan presently has one of the largest cohorts of young people in its history, with around 36 million people between the ages of 15 and 24 years. One of the main reasons for high population growth in Pakistan is almost stagnant contraceptive prevalence rate of 30% nationally and 17.4% amongst youth. The study was conducted to explore the perceptions(More)
This study was aimed at identifying practices during the menstrual, partum and postpartum periods posing possible risk factors contributing towards secondary infertility in women of a selected population in Karachi, Pakistan. A matched case-control study was conducted from April 2003 to March 2004. Four hundred cases were selected from five infertility(More)
Background Integrated management of childhood illnesses (IMCI) strategy has been proven to improve health outcomes in children under 5 years of age. Pakistan, despite being in the late implementation phase of the strategy, continues to report high under-five mortality due to pneumonia, diarrhea, measles, and malnutrition - the main targets of the strategy.(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess knowledge regarding availability, affordability, appropriate use and efficacy for five non-permanent contraceptive methods. METHODS Married Muslim women and men (500 each) were randomly selected from two low socioeconomic settlements in Karachi, Pakistan. Interviews to assess their knowledge on a range of contraceptive and abortion(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore the perceptions and experiences of couples with secondary infertility regarding adoption practices; to estimate the prevalence of adoption among couples with secondary infertility, and to study the adopted child preference pattern. METHODS To fulfill the objectives of the study both qualitative and quantitative study designs were(More)