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Reducing malaria's impact on child health, development and survival

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO). Roll Back Malaria
2002

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A concise publication on reducing the incidence of malaria among children. It provides some useful background facts on childhood mortality and other consequences such as low birth weight, anaemia, epilepsy, and learning difficulties. It then describes the tools to 'roll back malaria': insecticide-treated bednets, intermittent preventative treatment, antimalarial drug combination therapy, improving access to treatment, and strengthening health infrastructure

Improving health outcomes of the poor : report of working group 5 of the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health

COMMISSION ON MACROECONOMICS AND HEALTH. Working Group 5
2002

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Analyses health sector issues in the developing world including: avoidable mortality, prioritisation of interventions, overcoming constraints of scaling up, and cost of scaling up interventions. Specific health issues addressed include maternal and perinatal mortality, childhood illness, malnutrition, malaria, TB, smoking, and hiv/aids. Includes statistics and graphs, diagrams and tables to illustrate points

Las nuevas tecnologías de la información y las comunicaciones en salud

FERNÁNDEZ GUTIERREZ, Floirán
2002

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The impact of the new information and communications technologies on the health sector is described, with emphasis in those areas related to the performance of all the professionals and technicians of this sector. Reference is made, among other things, to health news, telemedicine, Virtual Health University, Virtual Health Library, Health Sciences Subject Headings, Virtual Clinic, health surveillance, telesurgery, health research, and international cooperation in the health field. The novel aspects of these technologies are stressed as well as practical advice to incorporate them in the daily work of academic or health assistance institutions. Due to its nature, this paper serves to improve the knowledge and the cultural level of any reader

Luces y sombras de la información de salud en Internet [whole issue]

APEZTEGUÍA Urroz, Javier
et al
2002

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The SEIS report "Lights and shades of the information of health in Internet" gathers the communications and conclusions of the meeting organised by the Spanish Society of Computer Science of Health (SEIS) in Pamplona on 18 June 2002. The report reviews the quality of the information on health on the Internet from the point of view of the information suppliers, health and consuming or patient professionals. For all of them directives are formulated to provide information with quality, in their case, and to evaluate that to which they accede

Do internet interventions for consumers cause more harm than good? A systematic review

BESSELL, Tracey L
et al
2002

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A systematic review of the effect of consumer use of online health information on decision-making, attitudes, knowledge, satisfaction and health outcomes and ulilisation. Ten comparative case studies are used to evaluate the effectiveness of the Internet: all studies showed some positive effects on health outcomes, although the methodological quality of many studies was poor. The study was not specific to developing country or resource-poor context

Programa de acción : e-Salud. Telemedicina

SECRETARÍA DE SALUD DE MÉXICO
2002

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The document describes the programme e-Salud, one of the components of the National Program of Health 2001-2006 of the Mexican Government. It details its objectives, main strategies, action points and the system of evaluation of the results. The programme aims to improve communication on health in Mexico (among the health system, health personnel and citizens). It also looks to strengthen health institutions, to build the capacity of the population to take responsibility for their health care and healthcare seeking, to extend choice in services, to protect against catastrophic medical expenses and to participate in the definition of the health national agenda, as well as to have mechanisms to respond to suggestions and demands. A diagnosis is made of the situation of health in Mexico, as well as of ICT initiatives in health carried out to extend health service coverage, especially to the poorest and marginalized sectors of the population, to facilitate the exchange of information in health sector, to support the promotion and protection of the health, and to carry out distance training for health personnel

Community involvement in malaria control and prevention [Chapter 8] | Malaria control during mass population movements and natural disasters

2002

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This chapter considers malaria control in displaced populations and in the context of complex emergencies, and places community participation (reflecting both understanding and acceptability of interventions) at the centre of both prevention and control of malaria. It finds that the sociocultural context surrounding displacement situations needs to be considered when designing malaria control interventions, and that treatment-seeking behaviours are complex and poorly understood in the context of complex emergencies. It offers suggestions in assessing needs and gathering information to inform project planning

Quality of Cochrane reviews : assessment of sample from 1998

OLSEN, Ole
et al
October 2001

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Ten Cochrane collaboration affiliates examined in a semi-structured way the quality of reviews first published in 1998. The Cochrane library remains a key source of reliable evidence about the effects of healthcare interventions, and steps continue to be made to improve quality of the reviews which remain on average more systematic and less biased than other reviews published in journals. On the whole however, the reviews were found to be over-generous when assessing the benefits of experimental interventions on health

What is e-heatlh?

EYSENBACH, Gunther
June 2001

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This article aims to provide a broad definition of 'e-health' for the academic environment, acknowledging that it must encompass more than simply 'the internet' and 'medicine'. Ten key issues are identified as being related to e-health, each of which has been or will be addressed within the Journal of Medical Internet Research

Going beyond research : a key issues paper raising discussion points related to dissemination, utilisation and impact of reproductive and sexual health research

ASKEW, Ian
MATTHEWS, Zoe
PARTRIDGE, Rachel
2001

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Focuses on applied or operations or health services research and reviews how this is implemented. Considers utlisation, communication and evaluation of research, in the field of reproductive and sexual health in particular. Reviews a range of methods useful for evaluating the impact of research

Moving beyond research to influence policy

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON. Opportunities and Choices Knowledge Programme
2001

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This two-day workshop examined strategies for communicating, implementing and evaluating reproductive health research findings. The website details the workshop proceedings and provides a "key issues" paper summarizing background information, the main discussion points and areas of consensus

Lives at risk : malaria and pregnancy

MALARIA AND PREGNANCY NETWORK (MPNet)
2001

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This brochure was developed to promote awareness of the impact of malaria on pregnant women and its potential impact on their newborns, and to influence reproductive health professionals, programme managers and policy makers to consider the implementation of interventions to reduce malaria impact. It has been designed to inform and advocate for recognition of the effects of malaria in pregnancy and strategies for mitigating those effects

Reproductive health indicators for global monitoring : report of the second interagency technical meeting

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)
2001

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This document is a report of the second interagency technical meeting on indicators. The meeting reviewed country experiences in strengthening health information systems for monitoring reproductive health and discussed a guideline for district level health managers describing a process of identifying reproductive health indicators according to specific criteria. The meeting also discussed a draft set of indicators for global monitoring

Information, education and communication : lessons learned from the past; perspectives for the future

CLIFT, Elayne
2001

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This document discusses the lessons learned from 25 years of the World Health Organization's experience in information, education and communication (IEC). It provides information on the lessons learned from general health programmes and reproductive health programmes. The lessons reflect a retrospective view of what is now known about planning, implementing , monitoring and evaluating IEC interventions. The focus is on practical steps, what has worked, and special considerations to be taken when applying IEC to reproductive health initiatives

Model chapter for textbooks : IMCI Integrated Management of Childhood Illness

WORLD HEALTH ORGNIZATION (WHO). Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development (CAH)
UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN'S FUND (UNICEF)
2001

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A model chapter on Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) for textbooks covering the basics of IMCI and the management of infants and children up to five years old. It was created to help authors and editors incorporate the content of IMCI into local and international textbooks and reference books. Before incorporating the chapter into local textbooks, writers should first make the content of the model chapter consistent with the nationally adapted IMCI clinical guidelines. In addition to assisting the revision of textbooks, the model chapter may be used to orient key persons to the IMCI strategy and clinical guidelines

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