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Turning the ordinary into the extraordinary : the green pendelu and maternal health in Mali

CLEMMONS, Lydia
COULIBALY, Yaya

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This paper introduces the philosophy and elements of the DIORO approach in which indigenous cultural resources in Mali, including songs, singer/storytellers (griots) and traditional clothing, were used in a successful campaign to increase communication between husbands and wives regarding pregnancy and to improve health-seeking behavior during pregnancy. Assisted births in the project area increased from under 20% at the start of the project to 77% in the year after the IEC campaign was implemented

AfroAIDSinfo.org

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This website aims to disseminate information on HIV/AIDS to researchers, the health profession, the public, infected individuals, educators and policy-makers. It has sections dedicated to each of these audiences available in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa. 'Current awareness' pages offer compiled lists of links to 'breaking news' and 'fast facts' relevant to each audience group. Although some information refers specificially to the South African context, the site holds much information relevant to Africa and internationaly

Health Information Network (HIF-NET)

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HIF-net is an email discussion forum where more than 1300 people from around the world share ideas and insights on ways to improve access to relevant, reliable information for healthcare workers and professionals in developing countries. Launched in July 2000 in collaboration with the World Health Organization, it is now supported by the Global Forum for Health Research and is hosted on the "DGroups" platform. To join, email your name, affiliation and professional interests to hif-net@dgroups.org

Demographic and health surveys :Measure DHS

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The purpose of this website is to provide the information to support effective planning, monitoring, and evaluation of population, health, and nutrition programmes. The aim is to further understanding on global populations and health trends. The surveys conducted are designed to provide the following services: data collection and analysis; collaboration and coordination; dissemination and data use; and capacity building. This website would be useful for anyone interested in demography, health and nutrition development

Practical pointers for primary care - abstracted monthly from the journals

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This website is updated each month with abstracts from six medical journals: the New England Journal of Medicine; Annals of Internal Medicine; Archives of Internal Medicine; the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Lancet and the British Medical Journal. Cumulative indexes for the first and second six months of each year since 1999 are also available. It is intended for professional health workers, particularly those working in primary care

UVRI/IAVI HIV vaccine program

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This is the website for a collaboration between the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), based in Entebbe, which is one of the many sites in the development of an HIV vaccine where volunteers can participate in a trial. The site provides information about the initiative, the Uganda guidelines for AIDS vaccine research; a booklet of frequently asked questions about vaccines; and information for potential volunteers about the Ugandan HIV vaccine trial

Global health action

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An international peer-reviewed Open Access journal, which aims to contribute to fuelling a more concrete, hands-on approach to global health challenges
Articles posted online when ready for publication
Free online
Free online subscription for publishing notification service

Malaria journal

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Malaria Journal contains original peer-reviewed papers on all aspects of malaria, including studies of the biology and genetics of the parasites and their vectors; clinical features; case management and treatment; drug development and drug resistance; immunology and vaccine development; epidemiology and transmission dynamics; vector control; health system, policy and planning issues relating to prevention and treatment; economic, sociological and anthropological issues; poverty and gender issues, land use and global environmental change; intersectoral issues; intervention studies and operational research; control policy and planning
Free

BMC international health and human rights

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BMC International Health and Human Rights is an open access journal publishing original peer-reviewed research articles in health care in developing and transitional countries, and all issues relating to health and human rights. Covers a wide range of health-related topics, from a right-based perspective, including HIV and AIDS, malaria, leprosy, child health, mental illness, disease eradication, community based rehabilitation and biotechnology
Free online

VAX

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VAX is the bulletin on AIDS vaccine research and news intended for a broad audience, ranging from policymakers and community leaders to advocates and vaccine trial volunteers. Each issue features a collection of articles written in an easily-accessible style allowing non-technical readers to understand the latest developments in the science and policy of AIDS vaccine research

Global health observatory (GHO)

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)

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The Global Health Observatory (GHO) provides access to WHO's global health-related statistics. The aim of the GHO is to: compile and verify major sources of health data; provide easy access to country data and metadata; present scientifically sound information in user-friendly formats. Specific areas are provided for theme pages, a data repository, reports, country statistics, a map gallery and standards

Global health observatory (GHO) : non-communicable diseases (NCD)

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)

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This area of the global health observatory (GHO) provides access to WHO's global non-communicable disease (NCD) statistics. It presents general NCD information, mortality and morbidity statistics, risk factors, and the health system’s response and capacity to address and respond to NCDs. Links are also provided to related NCD data products. This database is useful to anyone interested in NCD related statistics and data

The WHO global infobase

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)

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"The WHO Global InfoBase is a data warehouse that collects, stores and displays information on chronic diseases and their risk factors for all WHO member states...The Infobase assembles, for the first time in one place, non-communicable disease (NCD) risk factor data collected from WHO Member States. NCD risk factor data are crucial for predicting the future burden of chronic diseases in populations and also for identifying potential interventions to reduce the future burden. The Infobase online dissemination tool provides not only data but also health information to help users understand health enquiries worldwide and improve the health of nations." NCD indicators, mortalities and country profiles are provided, displaying the information with user-friendly tools including graphs, maps and data tables. This database is useful to anyone interested in NCD related statistics and data

World diabetes foundation

WORLD DIABETES FOUNDATION

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The World Diabetes Foundation supports the prevention and treatment of diabetes in developing countries through partnerships. This website presents information about the Foundation, their key focus areas, global projects and stories from the field

World heart federation

WORLD HEART FEDERATION

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The World Heart Federation urges greater action from policy makers, healthcare professionals, patient organizations and individuals to work together to reduce the burden of heart disease and stroke, and ensure people all over the world can have longer and better lives. This website presents information about the federation, activities and members, as well as background information about cardio-vascular health. Details about related congress and events, publications and press are also provided

WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION

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The WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) aims at scaling up services for mental, neurological and substance use disorders for countries especially with low- and middle-income. The programme asserts that with proper care, psychosocial assistance and medication, tens of millions could be treated for depression, schizophrenia, and epilepsy, prevented from suicide and begin to lead normal lives– even where resources are scarce.

Resources available include:

mhGAP Operations Manual (2018)
mhGAP Training Manuals (2017)
mhGAP Intervention Guide 2.0 app (2017)
mhGAP Intervention Guide - Version 2.0 (2016)

Reports of the yearly mhGAP Forum are available

 

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