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Gender Equality Glossary


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This online tool provides concepts and definitions with gender perspective structured according to the thematic areas of UN Women. It includes gender concepts as well as international conferences, agendas, initiatives and partnerships related to gender equality.

Overcoming the barriers for participation by the disabled : an appraisal and global view of community-based rehabilitation in community development

June 2009

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"The number of people with disability worldwide, and particularly in the developing countries, is increasing due to wars, conflicts, vehicular accidents, chronic diseases, mental impairment, birth defects and malnutrition. Many of these people face participation-restriction in activities of life. This paper appraises the emergence and the global view of community-based rehabilitation (CBR). The review and remodelling of CBR in developing countries and its inclusion in community development will enhance the reintegration of the disabled individuals into the society"
African Journal of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, Vol 1, No 1

Monitoring child disability in developing countries : results from the multiple indicator cluster surveys


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Using the ten question screen for children with disability in the multiple indicator cluster survey (MICS) in 20 countries, this report aims "to raise awareness and thereby both prevent new cases of child disability when that is possible and ensure protection and inclusion for children with disabilities. The findings presented in this publication provide decision-makers with basic information from a number of diverse countries that can be used to determine priorities related to child disability, including the prevention of childhood disabilities, the early detection of disorders leading to disability, and the timely provision of medical-rehabilitation services and comprehensive support to families with children with disabilities"

Glossary of sexual and reproductive health terms


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An issue as sensitive as sexual and reproductive health needs a careful and conscientious language. This glossary seeks to provide guidance in the choice of words we use and what we mean by them. It enables users to search hundreds of terms for up-to-date definitions

Beyond community based rehabilitation : consciousness and meaning

January 2007

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"This article seeks to explore CBR through different perspectives. Based on existing literature and research on CBR, the paradoxes between CBR as ideal and CBR in usual practice, are identified...This paper looks at limitations of the past perspectives on CBR, and also points out the need for 'consciousness' studies on CBR. To understand the discrepancies of CBR, people need to look "beyond" CBR as it is commonly understood"
Asia Pacific Disability Rehabilitation Journal, Vol 18, No 1

Glossary of Microfinance Terms|Glossaire bilingue des termes de la microfinance

January 2007

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The glossary provides the English and French equivalents for more than 1,500 terms related to microfinance, with some definitions in French . The main areas covered are technical accounting / management, finance and audit terms tailored to microfinance institutions, as well as the impact of microfinance services. It would be useful for microfinance practitioners

The definition and measurement of disability : the work of the Washington Group (continued)

MONT, Daniel
November 2006

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This presentation presents three methods of disability data collection: one method that highlights cognitive testing undertaken in 15 countries to ensure validity and to better understand how questions operate; another method which field tested the Washington Group questions versus extended questions in two countries to ensure internal consistency; and a SINTEF study in Zambia. It concludes with specific recommendations about disability data collection. It would be useful for people interested in the definition and measurement of disability

UNESCO guidelines on language and content in HIV- and AIDS-related materials

January 2006

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This document contains guidelines on the use of language and content in HIV- and AIDS-related documents and contexts. As stigma and discrimination are often attached to the disease, the use of culturally-sensitive and appropriate terminology and ethical considerations in the production of materials are vital. Contains seven tables addressing commonly used terminology; stigmatising terms and expressions; culturally sensitive language; precision and differentiation of certain terms; cultural issues and practices; audio and visual content. Table 5 presents some specific examples. Each problematic term or approach is briefly discussed and provided with an alternative/preferred substitute. These guidelines are an essential tool for anyone working in the field of HIV and AIDS

CBR as part of community development : a poverty reduction strategy


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Contents: 1. Community-based Rehabilitation Africa Network (CAN) 2. CBR as part of community development and poverty reduction 3. CBR as part of social, cultural and political developement 4. CBR and economic empowerment of persons with disabilities 5. Community-based rehabilitation as part of inclusive education and development 6. CBR as part of community health development 7. HIV and AIDS, and disability 8. International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and CBR 9. CBR research as part of community development 10. Information sharing and community-based rehabilitation 11. The Malawi directory of disability organisations

What is e-health (5) : a research agenda for eHealth through stakeholder consultation and policy context review

et al
November 2005

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This article reports a study that explored the concerns of professional and lay stakeholders regarding future developments of eHealth in the UK and reviewed relevant policy to produce recommendations for eHealth research. It concludes that the scope of eHealth research (grouped under four headings: using, processing, sharing, controlling information) derived empirically from this study corresponds with 'textbook' descriptions of informatics. Stakeholders would like eHealth research to include outcomes such as improved health or quality of life, but such research may be long term while changes in information technology are rapid. Longer-term research questions need to be concerned with human behavior and our use of information, rather than particular technologies A parallel literature review was carried out by others and has been reported elsewhere

What is e-health (3) : a systematic review of published definitions

OH, Hans
RIZO, Carlos
ENKIN, Murray
JADAD, Alejandro
February 2005

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While recognising the impossibility of finding a universally acceptable, universally applicable formal definition of e-health, the authors of this article believe that a clearer understanding of the term could be achieved by reviewing the range of proposed meanings. In this paper, they systematically search the literature for definitions which have been published to date, in order to determine the contexts or settings in which the term 'e-health' has been used

What is e-health (4) : a scoping exercise to map the field

PAGLIARI, Claudia 
SLOAN, David 
et al
February 2005

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Lack of consensus on the meaning of e-health has led to uncertainty among academics, policymakers, providers and consumers. This project was commissioned in light of the rising profile of the topic on the international policy agenda and the emerging UK National Programme for Information Technology (now called Connecting for Health) and related developments in the UK National Health Service. It examined multiple databases of abstracts to identify published definitions of the concept

Engaging culture in development

January 2005

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Considers the definition of culture as it has been referred to in social development discussions, how development projects are affected by culture and how culture is and can best be engaged in development projects. Draws on the Exchange 'Findings' paper on this topic

Anti-retroviral therapy (ART) information kit


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This infopack includes five inserts, which provide background information on antiretroviral therapy (what it is, challenges to implementing safe and effective antiretroviral programmes); antiretroviral therapy (ART) in Ethiopia, including details of where ART is available and eligibility for treatment; general health indicators for Ethiopia, including demography and health service statistics; a statement on the impact of HIV and AIDS in Ethiopia, from societal to community and individual level; and a glossary of words related to HIV and AIDS treatment

China AIDS Survey

SETTLE, Edmund

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China AIDS Survey aims to provide historical and analytical resources for relevant HIV/AIDS stakeholders, including educational and advocacy groups, government and civil society actors, and policy / media organizations, a diverse database dedicated to the AIDS crisis in China. China AIDS Survey consists of concise overviews of the main issues concerning HIV/AIDS in China; annotated chronologies charting the course of the AIDS epidemic in China over a span of 20 years; a glossary of over 200 AIDS-related terms and phrases in Chinese (characters and pinyin) and English; and a collection official statements and other relevant documents on HIV/AIDS in China and as a non-traditional security issue

Primary health care and community based rehabilitation : implications for physical therapy

BURY, Tracy

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[Author's abstract]: The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) is committed to the development of Primary Health Care and Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR). The number of disabled people is increasing steadily with only a minority receiving accessible and appropriate rehabilitation services. The terms primary health care and community-based rehabilitation are open to interpretation, although internationally recognised statements/ definitions exist. The general concepts and principles involved are generally agreed worldwide but the nature of services referred to by the terms varies internationally. There is a need for a stronger orientation towards rehabilitation in primary health care services, balanced with the current emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention. Health care systems vary worldwide; this requires a flexible, responsive and innovative approach to developing services that are reflective of local needs, environments and available resources. Physical therapy provision is insufficient for the needs of most countries, therefore service delivery models need to be developed that result in the skills and knowledge of physical therapists meeting the needs of a higher proportion of those in need. Additionally, physical therapy professional education needs to equip physical therapists with the appropriate knowledge and skills to work in a variety of settings as well as promoting the value of working in these settings. Physical therapists and others should be aware of the implications of the international review of CBR and ready to take appropriate action



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