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Improving communication [whole issue]

HEALTHLINK WORLDWIDE
2002

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This issue of Disability Dialogue focuses on increasing the awareness of, and improving approaches to people with communication disabilities. It includes articles on approaches to communication; listening and learning; involving the community; working for integration; sharing skills; and helping adults after a stroke

Children with hydrocephalus and spina bifida in East Africa : can family and community resources improve the odds?

MILES, M
2002

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Hydrocephalus and spina bifida are life threatening conditions that often result in severe dsabilities. Risks are much reduced by immediate surgery and careful managment, but neither has been available for most of the sub-Saharan African population. This paper traces the growth of solutions and some socio-cultural resources that historically have supported family and community care for children with severe disabilities, mainly in Tanzania, and nearby countries. Some community-based rehabilitation (CBR) work with children with spina bifida and hydrocephalus is described, and challenges to the CBR approach are noted from the increased survival of people with disabilities requiring complex care. More appropriate information, recognition of indigenous knowledge, enlistment of community resources and financial assistance are needed to enhance the lives of East Africans with hydrocephalus, spina bifida and other severely disabling conditions

Southern Africa malaria control

SOUTHERN AFRICA MALARIA CONTROL (SAMC)

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Awareness of the burden of malaria needs to be raised particularly among national and international partners and communities. Innovative entry points and gate keepers into communities need to be identified and used, including schools, religious organisations, agricultural extension workers and returning migrants. This website dedicated to malaria control has a section called 'Advocacy, Community Mobilisation and Information, Education and Communication'. The main areas covered are current strategies, advocacy, IEC school based malaria control, ways forward and constraints. The premise is that advocacy, IEC and community based malaria control are essential parts of effective malaria control programmes

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