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Miss landmine Cambodia pageant : provocative art or pejorative ‘project’?


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In 2007, a Norwegian theatre director Morten Traavik arrived in Cambodia to stage a beauty pageant, with funding from the government of Norway, for girls and women who had lost limbs in landmine explosions. This opinion article analyses the project which "continues to raise questions about what it means for a foreign project to offer 'freedom' and 'opportunity' to women with disabilities in Cambodia and stoke debates about the sexualisation of women with disabilities from the global South"

Identity crisis

November 2006

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This article grapples with the attitudes and issues prioritised within the disability movement. It would be useful for anyone with an interest in disability and development issues

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

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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

Lancet Neonatal Survival Series


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The goal of the Lancet Neonatal Survival Series is to provide information that will affect policy globally. The papers also provide a framework for practical action in countries so that these interventions reach families in greatest need. New information is given regarding critical factors related to neonatal deaths, where and why newborns die and assessments of the effectiveness and costs of interventions for newborn care. Practical steps are given to strengthen health care now in countries such as Ethiopia where 135,000 babies die every year, yet only five percent of women have a skilled care attendant during childbirth

Early childhood development

January 2001

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This article delivers details on the Working Group on Early Childhood Development (WGECD) as one of the most recent working groups of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA). It describes its activities and the policy studies project which provides information to African governments about ECD policies that have been developed in Africa. It also takes a look at ECD and HIV/AIDS and the role of WGECD and UNICEF

Gender impacts of health reforms : the current state of policy and implementation


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This article follows another one written in 1997 that raised questions about the gender implications of health reforms in low income countries. This article attempts to update the issues, taking into account the changes in the language and concepts of health reform and moves towards a more intersectoral view of health. It focuses on the following issues: the importance of contextualising health reforms and associated impacts, such as the different economic, political, demographic and epidemiological drivers in different countries; the change in language from first-generation supply side reforms to second-generation reforms emphasising anti-poverty interventions; the continuing problem of the lack of data; marketisation in the health sector and the resulting pluralism of provision; decentralisation and accountability; systems versus advocacy approaches; and policy issues


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