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Positive practices in disability inclusion : "we all have a role" : the valuable contributions of persons with disabilities in community outreach

WOMEN'S REFUGEE COMMISSION
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
September 2014

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The Women's Refugee Commission identified and documented positive practices for disability inclusion in community center and outreach programming, in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners in Lebanon. This article discusses the inclusion of people with disabilities in the Refugee Outreach Volunteer (ROV) network. ROVs are refugees who volunteer to provide insight into protection priorities, identify community-based solutions and refer refugees in need of urgent support

Positive practices in disability inclusion : "socialize, not stigmatize" : including children with disabilities in child-friendly spaces

WOMEN'S REFUGEE COMMISSION
International Medical Corps (IMC)
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
September 2014

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The Women's Refugee Commission identified and documented positive practices for disability inclusion in community center and outreach programming, in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners in Lebanon. Child-friendly spaces are being established at community centers, in order to provide access to a safe environment where children can access psychological support, and health and education initiatives. This article discusses how International Medical Corps is approaching the inclusion of children with disabilities in these child friendly spaces

 

 

Positive practices in disability inclusion : "it starts with building trust" : from outreach to the community center

WOMEN'S REFUGEE COMMISSION
INTERSOS
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
September 2014

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The Women's Refugee Commission identified and documented positive practices for disability inclusion in community center and outreach programming, in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners in Lebanon. This article discusses how INTERSOS have been using the expanding network of Refugee Outreach Volunteers (ROVs) and community centers to promote inclusion and access for people with disabilities and their families

Positive practices in disability inclusion : "taking a team approach" : overcoming barriers, starting with attitudes

WOMEN'S REFUGEE COMMISSION
Caritas Lebanon Migrants Center
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
September 2014

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The Women's Refugee Commission identified and documented positive practices for disability inclusion in community center and outreach programming, in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners in Lebanon. This article discusses how a Caritas-supported Community Center has promoted the inclusion of people with disabilities through their approaches to encourage and facilitate participation in program activities

 

 

"I washed and fed my mother before going to school" : understanding the psychosocial well-being of children providing chronic care for adults affected by HIV/AIDS in Western Kenya

SKOVDAL, Morten
OGUTU, Vincent O
August 2009

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This paper presents three case studies of young people each of whom is a primary caregiver for a relative living with HIV. They are drawn from a study in Western Kenya of how well children cope with the challenges of chronic care and the psycho-social impact it has on them

Child health : generating the will

WORLD VISION
2009

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This edition of Global Future explores the nature of political will and what is required to reduce rates of under-five mortality and realise Millennium Development Goals (MDG) four (to reduce under-five mortality) and five (to improve maternal health). Authors from around the world lay out the "why, who, what and how" of the actions needed to realise these MDGs and get more countries on track quickly. At the time of publication only 16 of the 68 countries with the highest rates of child death were on track to reach MDG four

Helping a forgotten minority : disability and HIV/AIDS in Zambia

DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (DFID)
June 2007

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This article and case study demonstrate work being done in Zambia to ensure that the needs of people with disabilities are met by HIV and AIDS services, so that they have full access to the treatment, care and support available. Provisions include sign language training for HIV and AIDS counsellors, making mobility aids and hearing aids available to those who need them, as well as improving food security and encouraging a sustainable livelihoods approach. This would be of interest to anyone looking at mainstreaming disability in the provision of HIV and AIDS services

Telmed-Udec : un nuevo horizonte de integración de las TIC en la Salud Chilena

VILLALOBOS Alarcón, Eva
CAREAGA Butter, Marcelo
OPAZO Verdugo, Javier
et al
September 2005

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Describes two initiatives in telemedicine developed in Chile: the Virtual Learning Communities (Comunidades Virtuales de Aprendizaje -CVA) and the Virtual Observatory, as examples of exchange of knowledge among health professionals in Chile, especially in the areas of obstetrics and child care

ICTs and the fight against HIV/AIDS in India : the SAATHII experience

RAMAKRISHNAN, L
January 2005

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This article explores the work of SAATHII - Solidarity and Action Against the HIV Infection in India - a non-profit organisation launched in 2000 to facilitate dialogue among the diverse sectors involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS in India. The author reports on the organisation's use of various ICTs to provide information in a range of ways to activists, volunteers, NGO programme personnel, funders and policy makers, and also examines the lessons learned so far

Primer estudio de teledermatología en México : una nueva herramienta de salud pública

LEPE, Verónica
MONCADA, Benjamín
CASTANEDO Cázares, Juan Pablo
et al
2004

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This article analyses the effectiveness and reliability of asynchronous (ie when information is filmed, stored, and presented to the specialist at a later time) teledermatology for adequate diagnosis of skin diseases. Fifty patients with dermatologic disorders were seen in a poor tropical rural zone, first by non-dermatologists in conventional consultation and then by dermatologists - using evaluation of filmed lesions later on - to obtain a diagnosis (gold standard). The results show that there was a high concordance of diagnosis between the two groups of dermatologists when kappa analysis was performed

Electronic immunisation registry and tracking system in Bangladesh

AHMED, M
2004

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This report summarises the 2001 development of a new computerised information system to register, schedule and track the immunisation of children, which was introduced by the Department of Public Health in Rajshahi City Corporation, Bangladesh. While no direct funding was provided for it, the assumed cost was not more than US $5000. The author concludes that system has been working well for the past three years. He also notes that the utilisation of ICTs in poor countries should be targeted at those intermediaries (such as health workers) who play a key role in the lives of the poor through high-contact service delivery. Empowering those workers and helping improve the effectiveness of their service delivery will do more for the poor than any number of e-government portals

ICTs application for better health in Nepal

Pradhan, M R
2003

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This article explores the strengths and weaknesses of the Internet to augment traditional health services and supply new ones. In doing so, it presents concrete cases in the developing world, with reference to Nepal, where the Internet is being used for health-related activities ranging from patient/doctor consultation through database services, to the management of epidemics

Tygerberg Children's Hospital and Rotary Telemedicine Project

2003

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The Tygerberg Children's Hospital and Rotary Telemedicine Project in South Africa uses computers and email to link specialists from Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town to doctors in more remote community or district hospitals, in an effort to improve health care in rural areas. This article provides an exploration of the project's success

Peru : linking health care providers through telecommunication

MARTINEZ, A
VILLARROEL, V
2003

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The Technical University of Madrid and Engineering Without Frontiers are developing low-cost telecommunication systems and information services for rural primary health care personnel in isolated areas of developing countries. In September 2001, the Enlace Hispano Americano de Salud (EHAS) program was introduced in Alto Amazonas, in the Peruvian rain forest. EHAS has deployed telecommunication systems in 40 establishments in the southern part of the province. This brief article provides details of the project and its results

South Africa HIV/AIDS communication strategies

COULSON, Nancy
October 2002

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An analysis and critique of three HIV/AIDS initiatives in South Africa (Soul City, loveLife and, Beyond Awareness), with responses from the three initiatives. A related online dialogue is available at http://www.comminit.com/majordomo/southafrica/msg00000.html

Using ICT to Fight HIV/AIDS

BLOOME, A
July 2002

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Technology can play a complementary and useful role in helping combat HIV/AIDS. This report on the AIDSWEB project in secondary schools in Africa explains how they are using information and communications technology (ICT) to promote HIV/AIDS education and prevention activities. The use of ICT complements other IEC campaigns designed to reach youth. The same technology resources holds great promise for reaching youth, who typically embrace the use of the technology for entertainment, learning and communication when given access to these resources. Evidence shows that women almost any level of skill in ICTs increases their self-esteem and has spillover effects into other activities that work toward poverty alleviation.This decreases their susceptibility to economic situations which put them at greater risk of catching HIV/AIDS hence the importance of teaching girls and young women how to use the Internet

Simple ICTs reduce maternal mortality in rural Uganda : a telemedicine case study

MUSOKE, Maria
July 2002

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This case study is on a pilot project carried out in Eastern Uganda. The Rural Extended Services and Care for Ultimate Emergency Relief (RESCUER) project (use of a VHF radio and mobile walkie talkies) helped empower a network of Traditional Birth Attendants to partner with the public health service centers to deliver health care to pregnant women. This resulted in increased and more timely patient referrals as well as the delivery of health care to a larger number of pregnant women

Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe : building the ICT capacity of women's NGOs

2002

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The article describes an innovative project called Women Connect!, in which the Pacific Institute for Women's Health worked with women's non-governmental organisations in Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe to optimise their use of new ICTs. The project aimed at bringing about greater empowerment of women through the effective use of communication strategies in media and technology, through collaboration, communications, training and information sharing, and to help women's organisations strengthen their ability to achieve their own objectives, especially in the areas of women's health and well-being. The project focused on strategies to enhance NGOs rather than focusing on the mechanics of connection

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