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East African Network for Monitoring Antimalarial Treatment

February 2006

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The East African Network for Monitoring Antimalarial Treatment (EANMAT) is a local initiative to strengthen the regional information base on parasite chemosensitivity, on which rational treatment policy can be based. The Network was formed in 1997 with three countries: Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Rwanda joined in 2000 and Burundi in 2002. The network has high-level commitment and support from the Ministries of Health in the countries involved. EANMAT brings together representatives of the National Malaria Control Programmes (NMCPs) of the member countries, together with other operational and research expertise. This provides a dynamic assessment of current antimalarial treatment, and the data upon which policy change can be based. The website provides a seachable database of malaria treatment efficacy patterns, a map of sentinel sites where this data is gathered, the network's newsletter (including back issues), which comes out three times a year and includes articles about drug efficacy, recent research, and treatment programmes, and a fieldworkers' guide to in vivo anti-malarial drug efficacy testing

Malaria Foundation International : global networking against malaria

MALARIA FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL
2006

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This site provides a central source of information about malaria for scientists, students, educators, policy makers, travelers, and members of the media. It is a gateway for malaria information with comprehensive lists of links to other sites, and frequently serves as the on-line launching space for new malaria initiatives. The site also describes some of the MFI's other projects such as the SHARED directory, a database of people, organisations and projects addressing malaria around the world

World disasters report 2005 : focus on information in disasters [summary]

INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION ON RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT SOCIETIES (IFRCS)
2005

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This report considers the quality of communication between aid givers and receivers, and what impact this has on vulnerable people. The report examines how information is handled before, during and after disasters. It analyses thematic issues such as consulting with affected people, assessing needs, mapping risks and sharing information. It looks at the role of both local and international media, and the impact of information and communication technology on humanitarian relief. The report calls on agencies to focus less on gathering information for their own needs and more on exchanging information with the people they seek to support

Building information systems in health care : a reference guide for health care decision-makers

PESTIC, Ozren
2004

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This manual aims to introduce the reader to the subject of medical informatics - specifically how to build information systems in various health care settings. Although some parts of the manual present detailed knowledge of specific applications tailored to technical specialists, the overall purpose is to provide those involved in the development of information systems with a framework that will assist in the planning and design process

Greenstone digital library software

UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANISATION (UNESCO)
NEW ZEALAND DIGITAL LIBRARY PROJECT(NZDL)
HUMAN INFO NGO
March 2003

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Greenstone is a suite of software for building and distributing digital library collections. It provides a new way of organising information and publishing it on the Internet or on CD-ROM. This CD-ROM contains the open source software as well as supporting documentation

Resource centre manual : how to set up and manage a resource centre

O'SULLIVAN, Sheila
et al
2003

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Contains practical information on all aspects of setting up and managing a resource centre, from planning, fundraising and finding a suitable location, to collecting and organising materials, developing information services, and monitoring and evaluating the work of the resource centre. It assumes that most readers will use manual systems for organising information, but also explains how computers can be used in resource centres, including e-mail, Internet and databases. It describes how to select database software, and contains a detailed review of three leading database programs. It includes a list of organisations and publications that can provide further information

The digital pulse : the current and future applications of information and communication technologies for developmental health priorities

FEEK, Warren
2003

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Analyses the hopes and realities of using information and communication technologies (ICTs) in health and development programmes. Includes a Top 10 of strategic issues and gaps, and an overview of ICT for development (ICT4D). Sixty case studies document programme experiences of using ICTs in four areas: database and resource centres; social development, education and advocacy; networking and dialogue; and telemedicine and high medical tools. Recommendations include: prioritise local content and the voice of local people; integrate ICTs with other communication technologies and methods; engage with overall ICT trends like internet cafes and mobile phones; pay attention to structural issues like pricing, access and controls; take advantage of the interactive elements of ICTs to create a space for dialogue; evaluate the impact of ICTs on health; acknowledge the improvements to health when there is more equitable access to information and knowledge through the new technologies; incorporate ICTs into ongoing programmes; and support the vital role of intermediaries

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

Nutrition for health and development : a global agenda for combating malnutrition

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION. Nutrition for Health and Development (NHD)
2000

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A progress report by WHO describing the current state of nutrition and its effect on populations across the world. It includes an in-depth discussion on the issues surrounding malnutrition as well as some insight into the 'nutrition transition' that many countries are experiencing due to factors such as globalisation, urbanisation and industrialisation. The document also describes the different programmes and research activities undertaken by WHO in this regard

Managing knowledge in health services

BOOTH, Andrew
WALTON, Graham
2000

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This book examines the role of information management in health care. It is not specifically about developing countries, but parts may be relevant to evolving health care systems and information services in development. Part 1 looks at the context within which health care is delivered and examines the different users who have access to the knowledge base; Part 2 outlines the principles underlying the way health information resources and services are organized and managed; and Part 3 discusses the skills required to use the knowledge base effectively. Within this structure, individual chapters cover issues of particular relevance, such as marketing the information service, training the users, sources of health knowledge and searching the knowledge base

Bridge builders : African experiences with information and communication technology

NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL
Office of International Affairs
1996

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This volume tells sixteen first-person accounts of how information and communication technologies (ICT) have been successfully introduced into institutions for the benefit of scientists and engineers in sub-Saharan Africa. The authors provide case studies that focus on the lessons learned in designing and implementing projects dealing with scientific and technological information (STI) and that examine the impacts these projects have had. The projects demonstrate just how much can be accomplished through leadership, dedication, and determination

Disability Information and Resource Centre (DIRC) Library Catalogue

DISABILITY INFORMATION AND RESOURCE CENTRE (DIRC)
1982

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Includes references for disability-related materials from Australia and other countries including Afghanistan, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, the Philippines and the Western Pacific Islands. Offers a fairly basic search mechanism with a word wheel, which helps identify broad subject areas. Materials include journal articles, books, conference reports and videos. References include the title, author, publisher and subject keywords. None of the resources is available on-line

LASA Knowledgebase

LONDON ADVICE SERVICES ALLIANCE (LASA)

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A free online guide to information technology (IT) for the voluntary sector. Includes guideance on: buying IT equipment, including the latest recommendation for a computer specification; developing databases, using the Internet; and managing IT systems

Creative Exchange : the network for culture and development

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Creative Exchange is a network, resource centre, and professional resource for practitioners and organisations in the culture and development field, and advocates using the arts for social change. The website includes two searchable databases: one of about 500 organisations, and the other of about 100 printed resources (some available online)

AIDS orphans assistance database (AOAD)

ASSOCIATION FRANCOIS XAVIER BAGNOUD (AFXB)
WORLD BANK, Early Childhood Development Team

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The purpose of the AOAD is to facilitate cooperation among organisations and individuals assisting children made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS and their care givers. The AOAD allows users to find, learn about and contact each other. The database also aims to help donors identify potential project partners directly, thus eliminating costly intermediaries. The purposes of the database include helping practitioners in the field to connect and exchange views and insights; helping community-based organisations and local NGOs identify potential sources of support; helping donors identify potential implementing partners; and helping programming agencies identify technical service providers

Photoshare : images from international public health activities

INFORMATION AND KNOWLEDGE FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH (INFO) PROJECT

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Photoshare is part of the Information and Knowledge for Optimal Health Project (the INFO Project), based at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication Programs. It provides an online database of photographs available free of charge for non-profit educational use. New features on the website include practical, illustrated photography and imaging tips; photographer spotlights; and information on how to share photos. Users can also subscribe to the Photoshare email list for news and new photos (see website for details)

M/MC health communication materials database

MEDIA/MATERIALS CLEARINGHOUSE (M/MC)

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Online database of international health education materials collected by Media/Material Clearinghouse. Topics include reproductive health, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS and STDs, development and population. Searchable by type of material, region/country, language, producer and subject area

India Development Information Network (indev) Databases

INDIA DEVELOPMENT INFORMATION NETWORK

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Indev hosts eight databases to assist project managers trying to access development information on India. The databases cover organisations, projects, documents, events, jobs, volunteer opportunities, appeals and consultants. Disability and rehabilitation are both listed as specific sectors for search purposes. The organisations database contains details of, and links to, over 200 organisations working in the field of disability and rehabilitation in India. The documents database contains limited but useful references to disability materials, abstracts and press releases. Straightforward to use with various search options depending on the database selected

Chronic Poverty Research Centre

CHRONIC POVERTY RESEARCH CENTRE (CPRC)

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Website of the Chronic Poverty Research Centre, an international partnership of universities, research institutes and NGOs, which exists to focus attention on Chronic Poverty; stimulate national and international debate; deepen understanding of the causes of Chronic Poverty; and provide research, analysis and policy guidance that will contribute to its reduction. Click on "Methods Toolbox" and then on "Resources" and there is a list of resources on disability and impairment. The list includes many useful papers on disability and poverty

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