This policy guideline is "intended to offer a concise description of the concept of psychosocial support and how it relates to older carers of orphaned and vulnerable children in a time of HIV and AIDS. It offers recommended strategic focus areas which may be used to influence policies which provide support for older carers. Policy makers may find the guidelines helpful in providing ideas to effect changes that will improve the wellbeing of older carers"
"These guidelines were especially developed with the aim of impacting on the wellbeing of older carers living in situations of poverty and in a time of HIV and AIDS. The aim of this set of resource materials is to enable home based caregivers, development facilitators and peer counsellors to have relevant information and guidance on strengthening psychosocial care and support to older carers. The ideas proposed can be used individually or in groups as resource materials...The guideline comes in eight units...Each unit begins with an introductory section which gives community caregivers important background information about the topic being discussed. Each section is accompanied by four types of activities: reflection exercises, case studies, practical application and finally planning exercises and general tips...A range of annexes is appended to this guideline for more detailed reference to issues raised in the unit discussions"
This summary guideline describes a model for supporting older home-based carers developed by HelpAge International in Tanzania, which is being implemented in several districts. The model has four elements: collecting baseline data, training older carers in home-based care and counselling, setting up support groups and linking older carers to services. This resource is useful to people interested in home-based care for supporting older carers of people living with HIV
This report looks at the progress some countries have been able to make towards achieving the millennium development goals relating to health by the target date of 2015, as well as factors that have limited progress in others, as well as global factors that could have an impact on health
The aim of this toolkit is to build the skills required by civil society networks to develop and strengthen their capacity. They can be used by networks to help identify their capacity development needs, plan technical support interventions, and monitor and evaluate the impact of capacity building. The intention of this toolkit is to contribute to a better understanding of what makes for successful, well functioning networks, and to the development of methodologies for analysing and building their capacity
This is document outlines BCH-Africa's strategic vision to help countries in sub-Saharan Africa to meet three of the millennium goals by 2015. These goals are: to help to reduce child mortality; improve maternal health; and combat HIV and AIDS, malaria and other diseases. The strategy sets out four main areas of focus: promoting social ownership of immunisation, to contribute to a rapid reduction in infant and maternal mortality; promoting national partnership and developing community skills to roll back malaria in Africa sustainably; developing individual and community skills to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS and tuberculosis; and using communication approaches that achieve long-lasting social changes to help control HIV, malaria and tuberculosis and resolve other health problems. Accompanying strategic priorities are: integrating health communication interventions; and building human resource capacity in community health promotion with a firm commitment to involving all the main actors and partners to create greater social ownership and sustainability
The Global Forum for Health Research aims at addressing the "10/90 gap": less than ten per cent of research funds are devoted to 90 per cent of the world health needs. This CD-ROM contains the full text of papers and posters presented at Forum 8 in Mexico City in 2004. Forum 8 gathered around 900 participants from 450 institutions in 109 countries. Participants represented governments, multilateral and bilateral aid agencies, international and national foundations and NGOs, women's organizations, research institutions and universities, the private sector and the media. Topics covered include health research, disease prevention, child mortality, maternal health, substance abuse, mental and neurological health
This collection contains abstracts of posters presented at the Mexico Forum 8, which aimed at addressing the "10/90 gap": less than ten per cent of research funds are devoted to 90 per cent of the world health needs. The forum gathered around 900 participants from 450 institutions in 109 countries. Participants represented governments, multilateral and bilateral aid agencies, international and national foundations and NGOs, women's organisations, research institutions and universities, the private sector and the media. Abstracts cover topics including health research, disease prevention, child mortality, maternal health, substance abuse, mental and neurological health
This pack is aimed at medical students travelling to developing countries on their elective but can also be helpful to anyone interested in global health issues. It introduces the actors, issues and processes in international health in an informative and understandable way. Chapters provide brief overviews of challenging issues such as communicable diseases, HIV/AIDS, essential medicines, nutrition and water and conflict and health
A look back at the Alma Ata Declaration and the subsequent development of primary health care (PHC). Reviews current issues in PHC and makes recommendations on ways forward. The last page is a useful list of information sources on PHC
This report argues that real progress in health depends on strengthening health systems, centred on the principles of primary health care. This requires effective use of existing knowledge and technologies and innovation to create new health tools, along with appropriate structures and strategies to apply them. Success will need new forms of cooperation between international health agencies, national health leaders, health workers and communities, and other relevant sectors. Chapter 1 of the report looks at the current state of global health, highlighting the gap between the poor and better-off everywhere. Chapter 2 reflects on the slow progress towards achieving the Millenium Development Goals. Chapter 3 looks at the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and demonstrates why HIV/AIDS control needs to drive the agenda for the global health community. Chapter 4 looks at the steps needed to achieve polio eradication within the next few years, and chapter 5 concentrates on the lessons learned from the SARS outbreak. The theme of chapter 6 is the the overlap between communicable and non-communicable diseases and injuries occurring throughout the developing world, leading to a crisis of priorities for health systems. The concluding chapter returns to the statement that stronger health systems are necessary, and that strengthening health systems should be based on the principles and practices of primary health care
This is the fourth issue of a bulletin produced by the International Poverty and Health Network (IPHN). This issue looks at the role of the private sector in global health and development. It looks at a number of different perspectives through two situations, the role of private health care providers in resource-poor settings and the involvement of transnational pharmaceutical companies in the provision of drugs in such settings
This website is devoted to promoting the principles and practice of social medicine. The aim of this site is to put researchers in touch with some of the diverse international resources available for health activists and those interested in the interactions between health and society. The site contains many links as well as a few documents and presentations. The material is divided into the following pages: an introduction to the Social Medicine portal; materials for students; health activism, social medicine A to Z; learning more about social medicine; community health; and Latin American social medicine. The A to Z section is divided into access to treatment, AIDS, equity, global health, globalisation, Health for All, US healthcare reform, occupational health, race, social determinants of health, smoking and war
Population and Health InfoShare is an electronic library of material submitted by over 100 partner organisations. It features documents in reproductive and child health, HIV/AIDS, population and related areas. The primary objectives of PH InfoShare are to increase access to important population and health information; provide a means for organisations to share and exchange information; and foster greater dissemination of research findings and lessons learned. For users, PH InfoShare affords easy access to population and health material. Users may access documents by visiting the website or by sending requests via e-mail. Additionally, users may subscribe to e-mail updates, specifying the material they want to receive by topic, region, and partner, or can email themselves documents that they have identified through searching the website. The search facility allows users to select a topic, language, region/country and partner organisation from drop-down lists
This major weekly medical journal is now available on the Internet free of charge. This site contains the full text of all articles published in the BMJ from January 1994. You can search all or selected BMJ issues for a word in the abstract or article, for a particular article or by date. Other features include, topical e-mail discussion groups, and 'customised alerts' allowing the contents pages of each issue to be e-mailed to you or even details of just those articles that interest you. Also links to the Medline database.
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