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Human resources for health dossier


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A dynamic guide to the issue of human resources for health. Increasingly, developing countries are scaling up their efforts to contain HIV/AIDS, expanding access to ARV treatment. And yet, there is not sufficient commitment to provide the necessary medical personnel and health expertise. This online dossier discusses a number of key issues relating to human resources, providing links to full text documents and references. Topics include: strengthening capacity, financial and non-financial incentives, migration, nursing, planning, gender, skills, absenteeism, dual working, HIV/AIDS, public health, Millennium Development Goals

HEARD website


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The HEARD website contains a wealth of resources related to specific HIV/AIDS interventions and prevention methods to be targeted at different groups (eg agricultural workers, the mining industry). The 28 AIDS Briefs offer sector-specific guidelines and responses for those involved in various professional, commercial and industrial endeavours. Check-lists are a standard feature, enabling operatives to plot their progress against requirements unique to their sphere of activity, and suggesting innovative approaches. There are also 11 sector specfic toolkits, seven of which are aimed at government ministries. There is also a quarterly newsletter "Heard All About It" and AIDS Analysis Africa, a bi-monthly publication that serves to analyse the impact of the AIDS epidemic on organizations, business and the economy, with a focus on Africa

Maternal survival toolkit


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This toolkit explores ways of influencing behaviours and encouraging use of health services and health professionals during childbirth and the postpartum period. A number of factors can prevent pregnant women from accessing skilled care, often putting themselves and the child at risk. They include availability of health services and high costs but also, and crucially, local culture, family and community behaviours and traditional practices. The CHANGE Project's approach, and this tool in particular, stress locally appropriate, behaviour-based interventions that integrate what is happening in homes, communities and health facilities. Key topics discussed include: seeking skilled care; seeking skilled care early postpartum; birth preparedness; providing skilled care. For each topic a summary is provided together with a range of useful tools and documents. This tool is aimed at organisations and individuals working in the field of mother and child health, and willing to look at maternal and child survival issues from a behaviour change perspective

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


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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

Corruption in the health sector : literature review


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This is a literature review of resources relating to various aspects of the health sector. It is divided into sections, including: general information; corruption in the health sector; documents from international anti-corruption conferences; pay reform, salaries and informal payments; staff recruitment, posting, ethical training, ethical codes; budgets and financing; and procurement

Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED)


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This website provides information on national health research systems in low and middle income countries. It would be useful for anyone involved in health research at a national or at international level, policy makers, research managers, researchers, health care practitioners, health system managers, civil society and development professionals. Individuals actively involved in health research in their country (either as researcher, policy maker, or user) are encouraged to become active contributors to the site

HIV testing and counselling


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This website provides the latest WHO and UNAIDS guidelines on voluntary counselling and testing programmes, as well as information about diagnostics, policy and advocacy documents, training materials, technical documents, resources about related topics and country and regional resources

Counselling directory

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This website contains information about the types of distress for which counselling may be helpful and a section on what counselling is and how it can help, as well as a directory of UK-based counsellors and therapists

Digital hero book

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The Digital Hero Book Project aims to integrate hero booking into the learning activities of IT-enabled schools in Cape Town, South Africa, and other sites around the world, and put paper-based hero books into the digital arena. Hero Books are a form of memory work, a process of setting up a safe space for an individual to tell a story, whereby a young person becomes the author, illustrator and editor of their own book

The capacity project : planning developing & supporting the workforce

Capacity Project

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This global initiative has been designed to help developing countries build and sustain the health workforce so that they can respond systemically to the challenges of implementing and sustaining quality health programmes. The project seeks to improve the quality, accessibility and use of priority health services through: 1. Improving workforce planning and leadership; 2. Developing better education and training programmes for the workforce, and 3. Strengthening systems to support workforce performance. The Capacity Project works across sectors such as health, education, planning, public service commissions and local government entities in order to address the varied forces that affect the health workforce. The Project also works in multiple priority health areas, including family planning and reproductive health, maternal and child health, HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other infectious diseases

Strengthening pharmaceutical systems

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This is the website for the Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) project that supercedes the Rational Pharmaceutical Management (RPM) project and Rational Pharmaceutical Management Plus programme . RPM’s goal was to improve the efficiency, equity, and quality of pharmaceutical management in developing countries by promoting improvements in the allocation and use of resources. The aim of SPS is to continue and expand existing work and focus good governance in the pharmaceutical sector, pharmaceutical care, pharmacovigilance, laboratory services, health financing, and innovative mechanisms to enhance access to medicines

European portal for action on health equity

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"This portal is a tool to promote health equity amongst different socio-economic groups in the European Union. Here, you can find information on policies and interventions to promote health equity within and between the countries of Europe, via the socio-economic determinants of health. "The information presented is the result of the collaboration of a wide range of health and social actors in the EU, that have come together in the context of a pan-European initiative that aims to stimulate action for greater health equity." DETERMINE is an initiative from 2007-2010 to take forward the work of the World Health Organization's Commission on the Social Determinants of Health

Future health systems : innovations for equity

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This is the website of the Future Health Systems consortium, which aims to ensure real health gains for the poor, through research and partnership that informs and influences the health systems of the future. Research themes include; the policy process, maternal health, primary health care, health markets, chronic illness and health and social protection; and there is a particular focus on Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, India, Nigeria and Uganda

Africa health journal

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Contains news, features (mostly clinical) and literature review service. Broad coverage of medical topics, specially prepared for doctors and senior health personnel in Africa

Essential medicines monitor (formerly: Essential drugs monitor

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Aimed at policy makers, prescribers, health educators, administrators and health development organisations, the Essential Drugs Monitor covers national drug policy and the implementation of essential drugs programmes worldwide. Contains regular features on operational research, supply and rational use of drugs, together with reviews of relevant publications

Eastern Mediterranean health journal [formerly Teaching & learning news]

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The official health journal published by the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office of the WHO. It is a forum for the presentation and promotion of new policies and initiatives in health services, and for the exchange of ideas, concepts, epidemiological data, research findings and other information, with speical reference to the Region. All articles are peer reviewed
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