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Mobile for development : transforming global healthcare through mobile technology

THEVATHASAN, Vanessa
GRADZEWICZ, Agnes
RUETZEL, Sonja
2015

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This paper outlines the need for greater connectivity & accessibility in less developed countries. Following this, the authors present the benefits of various different ‘mHealth’ solutions, presented through case studies. The report concludes by outlining some of the constraints holding back greater ‘mHealth’ innovation, including financing and sustainability issues

eforums on HIV and TB : a toolkit for launching, moderating and managing a high quality eforum

KISTLER, Elizabeth
et al
2009

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This toolkit aims to provide organisations working in health and development with tools to launch, moderate and manage high-quality eForums that provide a safe space for civil society focused information sharing, networking and dialogue. It has the potential to be applied to a range of health and development issues. It is intended for international, regional and national civil society organisations recognising the power of information and the significance of a transparent, broad-based communication mechanism that enhances civil society responses to HIV and TB

Educator development and support

UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION (UNESCO)
March 2008

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Limited attention has been given to helping educators to deal with the new challenges posed by the epidemic. Even less attention has been given to protecting educators from HIV infection and to providing care, treatment and support for educators infected with or affected by HIV and AIDS. There are also very few programmes addressing the needs of other education sector personnel, such as planners, managers and support staff. This booklet looks at educator development and support; educator conduct; and prevention, care, treatment and support of infected and affected eduators

HIV & AIDS and supportive learning environments

UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION (UNESCO)
2008

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This booklet addresses the following issues for learners: - Rights and access to education - Protection - Knowledge, attitudes and skills - Care and support Schools and other educational settings play an important role in educating young people about HIV and AIDS, developing the skills they need to protect themselves from HIV infection, tackling fear, stigma and discrimination and promoting care and support of those who are infected with and affected by HIV and AIDS

Double discrimination : disability and HIV/AIDS

AIDS-FREE WORLD
DISABLED PEOPLES' INTERNATIONAL
2008

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This session brought AIDS and disability rights activists together at the XVII International AIDS Conference. Activists, scholars and audience members held a lively discussion about barriers to prevention, treatment and care, particularly for disabled women. Their discussion highlights historic neglect at all levels and innovative efforts now under way to address the issues. This video has closed captioning for the hearing impaired

A health handbook for women with disabilities

MAXWELL, Jane
WATTS BELSER, Julia
DAVID, Darlena
February 2007

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This book deals with practical advice on health care for women with disabilities. It has been developed in partnership with health care professionals and disabled women in over 42 countries. It covers the key issues of disability in the community; accessible health care; mental health; sexual health; family planning; and child birth. The book is written in a practical and accessible style, suitable for anyone with an interest in disability, social development and women's health issues. In particular, the book offers a valuable insight into 'real-life' personal experiences of disabled women

How to improve the use of medicines by consumers

CHETLEY, Andrew
et al
2007

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This manual focuses on selecting, testing, implementing and evaluating interventions to improve the use of medicines at community level. Two broad strategic areas are identified: communication strategies and strategies to create enabling environments. "What has become clear over the years is that there is no single model or approach that is the solution to all health communication challenges. Different techniques are appropriate in different contexts to deal with different priorities and problems. This manual will help you to build skills and experience to make that selection more effectively"

Advocacy, communication and social mobilization to stop TB : a 10-year framework for action

ASCM SUBGROUP AT COUNTRY LEVEL
2006

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This workplan focuses on how advocacy, communication and social mobilitation can contribute to TB control policies and programmes. In particular, it aims to: provide guidance to national initiatives designed to implement the Global Plan TB 2006-2025; foster advocacy, communication and social mobilization capacity (ACSM); and encourage behavioural and social changes, tailored to specific local context, that will result in increased TB case detection and cure rates. A successful strategy will need to: develop national and sub-national ACSM capacity; build inclusion of patients and communities affected; ensure political commitment and accountability; build country-level ACSM partnerships; learn and build on good ACSM practices. This is key tool for policy makers, at national and local level, health authorities and organisations working with TB and health communication

Good policy and practice in HIV and AIDS and education : booklet 1. Overview

UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION (UNESCO)
2006

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This booklet is the first in a series of publications that addresses the role of education in tackling the spread of HIV, and looks in particular at UNESCO's work in this area. It provides an overview of how HIV and AIDS affect the demand for, supply and quality of education, and what policy and programming responses have been developed and need to be developed. The booklet is intended for policy makers, donors and NGOs but will also be useful to educational institutions and teachers working on HIV and AIDS

Planning behaviour change communication (BCC) interventions : a practical handbook

CHEN, Peter F.
2006

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This handbook begins by clarifing the concepts of behaviour change communication (BCC) interventions in the context of UNFPA programmes. This is followed by a brief presentation of some of the most common theoretical frameworks that serve to help gain an understanding of the processes that can influence health-related behaviours. An important aspect of the handbook is the step-by-step guide on following a process or chain of events to plan, design, execute, monitor and evaluate BCC interventions

Converging ICTs for health in development

SOURCE INTERNATIONAL INFORMATION SUPPORT CENTRE
2006

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This Key list highlights essential information resources on the use of information and communication technologies in the health sector. The range of information and communication technologies is broadening and new advances are finding useful applications in the health sector. However, their deployment in developing countries is often hampered by barriers such as low connectivity and ICT literacy. ‘Older’ media such as radio remain comparatively more accessible and reliable, proving their continuing relevance as strategic tools for health communication. Far from the new technologies replacing the old, there is strong evidence of technological convergence, with, for example, online broadcasting reaching wider audiences and Internet content being repackaged for radio listeners. Technological solutions in developing countries should be responsive to local needs and priorities and consistent with the available enabling environment, infrastructure and capacity. The analysis and case studies highlighted in this list support the idea that combining new and older technologies enhances local ownership and maximises the impact of ICT in the health sector

ICT and health communication

SOURCE INTERNATIONAL INFORMATION SUPPORT CENTRE
2005

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This Key list highlights essential information resources on information and communication technologies and health communication. Promoting good health, preventing illness and communicating about health issues are important aspects of effective health care. Increasingly, health communication is moving from a simple one-way delivery of messages to a more interactive dialogue that engages people in the issues, helps them find acceptable and appropriate solutions to health problems and encourages people and communities to play a vital role in protecting their own health. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have been seen as new and powerful tools in efforts to improve health communication. This list highlights resources that describe effective approaches and specific media, the example of HIV/AIDS communication that is leading the sector, initiatives for resourcing media to do effective communication themselves and case studies of campaigns

ICT and the Millennium Development Goals

SOURCE INTERNATIONAL INFORMATION SUPPORT CENTRE
2005

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This Key list highlights essential information resources on ICTs role in achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have set targets for development, and ICTs have a role to play. For background reading, the sections entitled 'achievements towards the MDGs' and 'ICTs and the MDGs' present mainly policy-level documents that examine the link between ICTs and MDGs. The specific focus of ICTs in health-related MDGs is less well documented; however there are still some key documents, which are presented here, again mainly at policy level

Impact and evaluation of ICTs in health

SOURCE INTERNATIONAL INFORMATION SUPPORT CENTRE
2005

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This Key list highlights essential information resources on impact and evaluation of information and communication technologies in health. Impact data for ICTs in development, and in ICTs in health specifically, is still a major challenge. There is a growing body of documentation about case studies and pilot projects, but a distinct lack of macro analysis that shows impact. Impact is closely related to monitoring and evaluation; the development of evaluation methodologies for ICTs in development and in health is a small field with only a few documents, but the area is receiving increased attention

Strategic thinking on ICT and health

SOURCE INTERNATIONAL INFORMATION SUPPORT CENTRE
2005

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This is a key list of essential information resources on strategic thinking on ICT and health. Strategic thinking about ICTs in health is developing as an extension of strategic thinking about ICTs in development. Donor support for ICTs in development (ICT4D), and increasingly on mainstreaming ICTs within development activity, is documented in a number of key policy documents. Some donors have also developed information platforms for advocating ICT4D internally and externally, these often present strategic thinking as well as case studies. Key analytical documents commissioned by donor organisations also provide valuable policy guidance

Shaping the conflict : factors influencing the representation of conflict around HIV/AIDS policy in the South African press

FINLAY, Alan
December 2004

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This article identifies three major constraints to better HIV and AIDS coverage in the South African media, which are the imperative of news values, economic constraints and lack of commitment to HIV and AIDS stories. The lack of editorial-level policy around HIV and AIDS coverage means that editorial decisions tend to be ad-hoc, reactive, and largely determined on a case by case basis

Improving access to health information : how can we do better? [whole issue]

PAKENHAM-WALSH, NEIL
BUKACHI, FRED
Eds
November 2004

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This special issue of the INASP Newsletter is dedicated to the 'Global Review on Access to Health Information in Developing Countries', a major initiative proposed by representatives of 20 leading health organisations worldwide.The paper points out that much has been achieved over the last 10 years, but that the majority of the world's healthcare providers remain isolated from the information they need. The papers in this issue of the newsletter give a glimpse of the extraordinary diversity of health information activities worldwide. Diversity can bring fragmentation or synergy. There is a need to share experience and expertise, otherwise there will be a duplication of effort and wasting of resources

Effective HIV/AIDS and reproductive health information to people with disabilities

MUNTHALI, Alister
MVULA, Peter
ALI, Sandra
October 2004

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This study explores the sexual and reproductive health needs and experiences of people with disabilities, as well as perceptions about HIV and AIDS and disability. The purpose is to address the accessibility of health communication for people with different impairments. This study would be useful for anyone with an interest in HIV and AIDS and disability

Rethinking conceptual approaches to behaviour change : the importance of context

PARKER, Warren
April 2004

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This concise article critically reviews the concept of behaviour change as it has been applied to individual behaviour in relation to HIV/AIDS. It notes the limits of cognitive approaches to behaviour change when applied within complex contexts and variations of risk to HIV infection. With regard to communication there is a need to move beyond top-down approaches and to incorporate horizontal and participatory approaches. These include recognising and resourcing the role of civil society responses to HIV/AIDS

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