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PLOS Blog Highlights Articles Published In PLOS Medicine

The PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog highlights several new articles published this week in PLOS Medicine. One article examines “the most recent and comprehensive estimates on how much death and disability is attributable to depression, both worldwide and in individual countries and regions,” and another “evaluate[s] the cost-effectiveness and budget impact of antenatal syphilis screening for 43 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and estimate[s] the impact of universal screening on averted stillbirths, neonatal deaths, congenital syphilis, and disability-adjusted life years (DALYs),” according to the blog. A “Policy Forum” piece “compare[s] measles outbreak responses from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Malawi, and argue[s] that outbreak response strategies should be tailored to local measles epidemiology,” and an essay “argues that applying human rights frameworks and approaches to maternal health offers strategies and tools to address the root causes of maternal morbidity and mortality within and beyond health systems, in addition to addressing other violations of women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights” (11/5).