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Theatrescience in Uganda schistosomiasis control initiative festival, Busia 2010

April 2010

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This is a video of clips from the 'Acting Against Worms' (bilharzia) school drama festival in Busia, Eastern Uganda, in April 2010. It was part of an initiative to raise awareness among school children and local communities about bilharzia (or schistosomiasis), a disease that caused by worms that live in fresh water throughout regions of Sub-Saharan Africa

Uganda : acting against worms

MCCALL, Becky
November 2009

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This podcast describes the 'Acting Against Worms' initiative which works with primary schools in the Busia district of East Uganda using educative drama to raise awareness among school children and communities about bilharzia, or schistosomiasis - a disease caused by worms which live in fresh water throughout regions of Sub-Saharan Africa. It comprises various short interviews with people involved in the programme

Enhanced global strategy for further reducing the disease burden due to leprosy (plan period: 2011-2015)

REGIONAL OFFICE FOR SOUTH EAST ASIA, WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)
2009

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This document presents an overview of the concepts, ethics and guiding principles of the Enhanced Global Strategy. This is accompanied by the updated Operational Guidelines that outline practical suggestions for the implementation of leprosy control activities based on current evidence, professional knowledge and best practices. It is expected that these documents will assist leprosy-endemic countries in developing their own country-specific strategies and plans of action in order to sustain and provide high quality services to individuals and communities that need them

Cost-effectiveness of interventions to prevent disability in leprosy : a systematic review

VAN VEEN, N. H
et al
2009

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"Prevention of disability (POD) is one of the key objectives of leprosy programmes. Recently, coverage and access have been identified as the priority issues in POD. Assessing the cost-effectiveness of POD interventions is highly relevant to understanding the barriers and opportunities to achieving universal coverage and access with limited resources. The purpose of this study was to systematically review the quality of existing cost-effectiveness evidence and discuss implications for future research and strategies to prevent disability in leprosy and other disabling conditions"
PLoS One, Vol 4, Issue 2

WHO/ILEP technical guide on community-based rehabilitation and leprosy

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)
INTERANTIONAL FEDERATION OF ANTI-LEPROSY ASSOCIATIONS (ILEP)
2007

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This technical guide provides a reorientation and familiarisation tool for managers of leprosy projects and programmes. The analysis includes an outline of the broad objectives of CBR, the roles and tasks of programme managers, and the responsibilities of community workers. This resource would be useful for anyone with an interest in disability and development

The participation scale : measuring a key concept in public health v4.1

VAN BRAKEL, Wim H.
et al
February 2006

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This is a report of a study, carried out in Nepal, India and Brazil, to develop a scale to measure (social) participation for use in rehabilitation, stigma reduction and social integration programmes. The report concludes that the Participation Scale is reliable and valid to measure client-perceived participation in people affected by leprosy or disability

'Reverse integration' in leprosy : lessons from Mkar, Nigeria

IYOR, Fidelis T
2006

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[Author's abstract] : Integration of leprosy control into general health services (GHS) has gained much wider acceptance. Integration policies and efforts have usually been directed towards taking leprosy services to general health services. 'Reverse integration' means bringing other health care services into existing leprosy services. This paper discusses the process of reverse integration in a missionary hospital in Nigeria with the attendant advantages. These include; accessibility of specialised services; affordability of specialised services; extended application of expert knowledge and skills; reduction in cost of training workers for leprosy work; integration of persons affected by leprosy; comprehensive health care for leprosy patients; additional sources of funds; effective utilisation of personnel and facilities; springboard for other programmes; and interest of government functionaries and philanthropists. Reverse integration will help to showcase the contribution of leprosy programmes to general health services

An annotated bibliography on leprosy

CALCRAFT, JH
2006

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[Author's abstract] : This annotated bibliography, based on a review of the available literature, is divided into two parts. First, a commentary on the key issues raised in the literature reviewed, with a specific focus on the psycho-social-economic issues. The commentary begins with the general literature, before moving to a discussion of leprosy issues in Asia, and finishing with a commentary on a selection of relevant papers from other areas of the world. The contributions gathered under each heading are arranged chronologically

Gendered experiences : marriage and the stigma of leprosy

TRY, Leonie
2006

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Stigma is rife in health and health care and it has implicit impacts which are often overlooked. Due to the continued social construction of the stigma of leprosy, it is clear that a greater understanding is needed of how stigma is experienced. This study considers the experiences of marriage of those who are vulnerable to stigmatisation due to leprosy and more specifically identifies different experiences of leprosy-affected women and men and the possible implications

The effects of the stigma of leprosy on the income generation of leprosy affected people in the Terai area of South East Nepal

CALCRAFT, JH
2006

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[Author's abstract] This study explores the effect of stigma on the income generation of people affected by leprosy in the southeast Terai area of Nepal. Semi-structured interviews were conducted to explore experiences of stigma and the effect on income generation. Results showed a negative effect on income generation - with employment being lost as a direct result of stigma in several cases. The negative physical effects of the disease were for many the main reason for lost income, or employment

Neglected tropical diseases : hidden successes, emerging opportunities

World Health Organization [WHO]
2006

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This report looks at neglected tropical diseases. These diseases particularly affect poor and disadvantaged people with limited access to health services and have a low profile and status in public health priorities. Despite the challenges involved, some progress has been made through interventions around particular diseases in certain countries. This report highlights some of those successes

Global strategy for further reducing the leprosy burden and sustaining leprosy control activities 2006-2010 : operational guidelines

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO) : REGIONAL OFFICE FOR SOUTH-EAST ASIA
2006

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The purpose of these guidelines is to help managers of national health services to implement the new Global Strategy in their own countries. They will help managers to choose which activities can be carried out at the primary health care level and for which aspects of care patients will have to be referred. They suggest a greater emphasis on the assessment of disability at diagnosis, so that those at particular risk can be recognised and managed appropriately. They also cover prevention of disability, rehabilitation, recording and reporting and programme management. The French version of the guidelines is an unofficial translation

Self care : a catalyst for community development

CROSS, Hugh
CHOUDHURY, Ramesh
2005

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[Authors' abstract]: This paper presents salient findings from an evaluation of a programme designed to address the issue of leprosy related stigma in southern Nepal. The programme under the acronym STEP (Stigma Elimination Programme) adopted an approach that was dependent on the empowerment of people affected by leprosy. Empowerment was facilitated, primarily through selfcare group association. The premise was that, as people became increasingly self confident, as an effect of self-care, their focus could be shifted from the pursuit of personal goals to activities that could be undertaken for the benefit of their communities. As the self-care groups evolved, all 10 groups adopted a community development agenda. This paper outlines the projects that the groups planned and initiated and describes the method used to validate their efforts. It also gives results of surveys conducted to assess the impact of the programme on stigma, activity limitation and impairment

Community participation and tropical disease control in resource-poor settings

ESPINO, Fe
KOOPS, Vaughn
MANDERSON, Lenore
2004

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This document outlines the historical evolution of ideas and practices of community participation in the context of tropical diseases. It shows the extent to which community involvement contributes to the control of main tropical diseases, including malaria, tuberculosis, leprosy, dengue fever and schistomasiasis. The review finds that 'community participation' remains a guiding principle in tropical disease control, but its future success is dependent on sustained and continuous collaboration between external agencies, government and communities

Community Eye Health : an international journal to promote eye health worldwide : issues 25-42 1998-2002

INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR EYE HEALTH
2003

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This CD-ROM contains back issues of the Journal of Community Eye Health, a continuing education resource for eye health workers in developing countries. Each issue has an editorial, review articles and updates on a specific theme as well as reports, abstracts, letters and reviews on other themes. The Journal supports the WHO-led Vision 2020 programme through the dissemination of up-to-date information about the priority diseases and strategies identified by Vision 2020. Back issues are also available through the ICEH website

Learning in practice : lessons from the disability and healthcare technology knowledge and reserach programme

HEALTHLINK WORLDWIDE
GIC LIMITED
2002

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Jointly managed by healthlink Worldwide and GIC Ltd, the programme funded 17 projects between September 2000 and March 2003. The purpose of this pack is to colate and share learning from various strands of the programme. It has been compiled from reports of projects by Healthlink Worldwide and GIC staff and from feedback from the projects themselves

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