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Title: Health research in a turbulent region: the reproductive health working group
Authors: DeJong, Jocelyn 
Zurayk, Huda 
Myntti, Cynthia 
Tekçe, Belgin 
Giacaman, Rita 
Bashour, Hyam 
Ghérissi, Atf 
Gaballah, Noha 
Keywords: Reproductive health - Arab countries;Reproductive health - Turkey;Women - Services for - Arab countries;Women - Services for - Turkey;Women - Health and hygiene - Arab countries;Women - Health and hygiene - Turkey;Interdisciplinary research,;Public health;Ethnographic methods;Research networks;Multidisciplinary teams;Social sciences
Issue Date: 2017
Abstract: The Reproductive Health Working Group (RHWG) was established in 1988 in Cairo to advance research in the Arab countries and Turkey on the health of women, broadly defined. The paper considers the ways in which the group contributed to global health conversations through three examples of interdisciplinary research that, in privileging local contexts, modified or even challenged prevailing approaches to health and often raised entirely new issues for consideration. The three examples cited in the paper are: (i) the network’s early research on reproductive morbidity; (ii) a broad set of ongoing studies on childbirth/maternal health; and (iii) emerging research on health and conflict. The paper discusses how the RHWG has strengthened research capability in the region, and explores the reasons for the longevity of this research network. DOI: 10.1080/09688080.2017.1379864
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