CD-ROMs on health, disablity and development

The following is a list of CD-ROMs relating to international health, disability and development which are available free or at low cost to people in developing countries. CD-ROMs are listed by subject and each entry includes a short abstract and contact details of where to get hold of it. A range of resources are included such as toolkits, manuals, teaching materials, and topic-specfic collections of publications and best practices on issues such as malaria, nutrition, HIV/AIDS, etc. 

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Community health care

Footsteps issues 18-65


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Includes issues 18 - 65 of Footsteps, a newsletter with a Christian emphasis that is aimed at all health and development workers. It aims to share practical ideas and enthusiasm on all aspects of development that impact at community level, including health, sustainable agriculture, agro-forestry, literacy, the environment, and project management. Provides book reviews and resource guides

Disability and Development

International classification of functioning, disability and health (ICF)


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ICF is a classification of health and health related domains that describe body functions and structures, activities and participation. The domains are classified from body, individual and societal perspectives. Since an individual's functioning and disability occurs in a context, ICF also includes a list of environmental factors

Diseases and disease control: HIV/AIDS

AIDS action

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Aimed at all health workers, AIDS Action provides practical information on a wide range of international HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) care and prevention issues. Including case studies and resource lists, and covering a particular theme with each issue.
This newsletter was produced by Healthlink Worldwide between 1987 and 2001. Regional editions of AIDS action are still produced by Healthlink Worldwide's partner organisations:
HAIN (English for Asia-Pacific), Website:
SAFAIDS, Southern Africa Aids Action.
Calandria, Accion en Sida.
ABIA, Brazil.
Quarterly. Note: ceased publication in 2001

AIDS action : Asia-Pacific edition


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This CD-ROM contains issues 24-53 of AIDS Action Asia Pacific (AA-AP). AA-AP was a quarterly newsletter on HIV prevention and care, aimed at health workers, educators and community workers. Each issue of the newsletter has a thematic focus (eg, HIV drugs and diet, Traditional and alternative medicine, HIV and its impact on health workers). The newsletter was produced by Health Action Information Network (HAIN) in the Philippines between 1994 and 2001. It had a print run of 29,000 copies and reached 66 countries in south and south-east Asia and the Pacific region.

Beyond our borders : a guide to twinning for HIV/AIDS organizations


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'A Guide to Twinning' enhances the ability of community-based HIV/AIDS organisations to undertake twinning with organisations in other countries. It provides a step-by-step guide on how to make twinning happen. The guide also: - outlines the benefits of twinning, describes the different forms of twinning and lists several examples of past or current twinning projects; - presents lessons learned from existing twinning projects, including the characteristics of successful twinning and challenges associated with twinning projects; and - describes some of the cultural issues that can arise in international twinning projects, including issues around intercultural understanding and communications, North-South dynamics, and language

HIV/AIDS and human rights : a training manual for NGOs, community groups and people living with HIV/AIDS


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This manual introduces a human rights approach to HIV/AIDS care and prevention and includes the experience of the Asia Pacific Council of AIDS Service Organisations (APCASO) and other NGOs and community-based organisations that are working in the area of HIV/AIDS and human rights. The goals of this manual are to: raise awareness and promote shared understanding of a rights-based approach to HIV/AIDS; build capacity to apply a rights-based approach; and forge strategic alliances to promote mutual learning and further common objectives. It comprises three sections: HIV/AIDS and human rights; Documenting and monitoring; and Advocacy

Publications and resources

July 2004

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This CD-Rom contains over 150 publications by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance. These resources include lessons learned reports and studies, technical support publications, policy reports and briefing papers. The themes covered include general Alliance publications; care and treatment; civil society development; orphans and vulnerable children; prevention; and Alliance Ukraine publications. The publications are available in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and Ukrainian

Publications of the Southern African AIDS Training Programme


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This CD-ROM is a compendium of the publications produced by SAT up to 2004. It includes their counselling guidelines series, directories, accounting guidelines, a guide on integrating gender issues in HIV responses in Southern Africa, and SAT's publications in Portuguese. Titles in English include:
Counselling guidelines on disclosure of HIV status
HIV status and disclosure: choices and consequences
Counsellling guidelines on child sexual abuse
Counselling guidelines on palliative care and bereavement
Counselling guidelines on domestic violence
Counselling guidelines on survival skills for people living with HIV
Basic AIDS counselling guidelines
Malawi directory of support groups for people living with HIV and AIDS 2000
Zambia directory of support groups for people living with HIV and AIDS 2001
Zimbabwe directory of support groups for people living with HIV and AIDS 2000
Zimbabwe directory of counselling services 2000
Accounting guidelines
Community response to AIDS in Manicaland
Mainstreaming gender in the reponse to AIDS in Southern Africa: a guide for the integration of gender issues into the work of AIDS service organisations

Symposium on sharing best practice in orphans and vulnerable children programming : workshop report November 2004


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This CD-ROM documents a symposium dedicated to sharing best practice in orphans and vulnerable children programming. It includes the symposium report, and slides and 2-page summaries of each presentation. In addition, it includes a number of useful publications produced by the by the UK AIDS NGOs Consortium's Working Group on Orphans and Vulnerable Children member organisations and partners. The symposium was organised around five key themes: 1. Strengthen the capacity of families to protect and care for orphans and vulnerable children by prolonging the lives of parents and providing economic, psychosocial and other support; 2. Mobilize and support community-based responses; 3. Ensure access for orphans and vulnerable children to essential services, including education, health care, birth registration and others; 4. Ensure that governments protect the most vulnerable children through improved policy and legislation and by channelling resources to families and communities; 5. Raise awareness at all levels through advocacy and social mobilization to create a supportive environment for children and families affected by HIV/AIDS

The Synergy APDIME program management toolkit : resources for HIV/AIDS program managers


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This electronic resource aims to assist programme designers and managers in HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support programming in developing countries. It includes tools such as worksheets, budget templates, survey instruments, data and software produced by a variety of organisations working on these issues. APDIME stands for the stages in the programming cycle: Assessment, Planning, Design, Implementation monitoring, and Evaluation. Each module is clearly organised in key stages and tools include worksheets, budget templates, survey instruments, data, software and links to related resources

Working positively : a guide for NGOs managing HIV/AIDS in the workplace

December 2003

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With HIV prevalence rates of over 20% in many sub-Saharan African countries, and with infection rates rising rapidly in other parts of the world, NGOs are funding that HIV/AIDS is affecting not only programme work but also staff. If NGOs are to be credible in these communities, they need to be seen to be addressing HIV/AIDS internally in a way that is consistent with their external messages. However, developing a workable comprehensive solution that covers policy, education and prevention, and treatment and care is not easy. This guide looks at the key issues involved in developing a workplace strategy and how different NGOs and commercial organisations are approaching these issues through a series of case studies. It also provides a guide to the key components of a successful strategy and a list of useful reference documents

Diseases and disease control: Parasitic diseases

Malaria during pregnancy resource package : tools to facilitate policy change and implementation


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This CD-ROM contains a variety of tools designed to assist policymakers, public health professionals, and health managers in implementing programmes that will reduce the incidence of malaria during pregnancy and provide effective treatment for pregnant women with malaria. The package includes training materials, a ReproLearn Tutorial, job aids, key article abstracts, safety of sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine FAQ, case studies, a press kit, and a communication strategy

Health personnel and training

Transfer of learning : a guide to strengthening the performance of health care workers

March 2002

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The purpose of this guide is to share strategies and techniques that can be used before, during and after training interventions to ensure support for the transfer of knowledge and skills to improved performance on the job. The strategies and techinques for transferring learning are presented in a matrix that allows the user to navigate easily through the content. The CD-ROM contains forms for completing an action plan, a primary tool for coordinating the transfer of learning. The online version also has interactive features

Health planning and health management

South African health review 2002

Health Systems Trust (HST)

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This is a comprehensive, authoritative and independent review of the South African health system. It is published annually and the theme of this year's edition is the restructuring of the health care system: progress to date. It is made up of 21 chapters grouped into four themes: framework for transformation, human resources, priority programmes and support systems. The review acts as a barometer for assessing the transformation processes and their impact on provision of equitable health care to all in South Africa

Information services and information management

Greenstone digital library software

New Zealand Digital Library Project
University of Waikato

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This website supports open source software for building and distributing digital library collections. Its user interface is available in more than 30 languages and its librarian interface in; English, French, Spanish and Russian. Manuals and self-study tutorials are also available

Health planning and health management: Research methodology

The 10/90 report on health research 2003-2004


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This site contains up-to-date information on progress in helping correct the 10/90 gap in health research. It includes reports from 1999, 2000, 2001/2002 and 2003/2004. The most recent, the fourth since Global Forum for Health Research formed in 1998, covers progress in helping correct the 10/90 gap (that only ten per cent of health research funds are spent on 90 per cent of the world's problems) over the past two years. It focusses on health and health research as sound economic investments; priority setting in health research; progress in measuring the 10/90 gap; research capacity strengthening; information networks in health research; gender; the MDGs and health research; and networks in the priority research areas

Information management and knowledge management

Directory : health and medicine


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The INASP Database lists and profiles organisations working to improve and support networking, accessing, sharing, and publishing of information in developing and transitional countries. It is divided into various sections, one of which is health and medicine. Organisations can be searched for under specific topics: medicine, epidemiology, eye health, HIV/AIDS, mother and child health, neurology, nursing, nutrition, pharmacology, primary health care, surgery, tropical medicine, orgainisations focused on information development in the health sector; or by country, or by entering a query on the entire database.

Medical services

Community Eye Health : an international journal to promote eye health worldwide : issues 25-42 1998-2002


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This CD-ROM contains back issues of the Journal of Community Eye Health, a continuing education resource for eye health workers in developing countries. Each issue has an editorial, review articles and updates on a specific theme as well as reports, abstracts, letters and reviews on other themes. The Journal supports the WHO-led Vision 2020 programme through the dissemination of up-to-date information about the priority diseases and strategies identified by Vision 2020. Back issues are also available through the ICEH website

Vision 2020 : the right to sight. Developing an action plan to prevent blindness at national, provincial and district levels


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VISION 2020 is a joint initiative by the WHO and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, which intends to eliminate avoidable blindness (eg caused by cataract, refractive errors, trachoma, vitamin deficiencies, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma) by the year 2020. The strategy of VISION 2020 is built upon the foundation of community participation. VISION 2020 has the following objectives: implementation of disease control interventions; development of human resources and development of infrastructure. This CD-ROM serves as a toolkit for countries and organisations that want to enforce a VISION 2020 action plan to combat blindness at the national, provincial and/or district level. Relevant background information for planning exercises are provided in the form of reports from expert committees, scientific articles, manuals, guidelines, software packages, websites, and contact addresses. [Abstract courtesy of CAB International]

Mother and child health

EuroGrowth : program for monitoring the growth of children


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This CD-ROM contains EuroGrowth charts that have been created for health professionals to individually track the physical growth of children from birth to five years of age. The user can add, monitor and print individual growth data, calculate growth velocity, measure influence of breastfeeding on growth, modify growth by mid-parental height, correct growth for gestational age of premature infants and calculate z-scores. [Abstract courtesy of CAB International]

Safe motherhood strategies : a review of the evidence


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Includes 19 scientific background papers which review the published and grey literature on a variety of topics around reducing maternal mortality. They were commissioned by the European Commission to inform strategy and policy


Nutrition country profiles 2003


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Worldwide, there is growing interest in food and nutrition monitoring information systems. FAO's Nutrition Country Profiles (NCP) offer a valuable tool for guiding and monitoring progress towards the achievement of food security and nutritional well-being. The NCP provide concise reviews describing the food and nutrition situation in individual countries, with background statistics on food-related factors such as agricultural production and selected economic and demographic indicators. [Abstract courtesy of CAB International]

Sight and life

January 2003

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This is a CD-ROM version of the Sight and Life website, a task force established and financed by Roche to combat nutritional blindness. The CD-ROM (and website) include several books by Sight and Life in PDF format, including their manual and guidebook, as well as various materials on food fortification, a slide set, video, and downloadable Vitamin A intake calculator

Primary health care

Advancing equity in health in Southern Africa : EQUINET publications 1998-2004


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This CD-ROM provides a collection of EQUINET publications from 1998 to 2004 and includes dozens of policy papers, discussion papers, reports, resolutions, toolkits and training materials. EQUINET, the Regional Network on Equity in Health in Southern Africa, is a network of professionals, civil society members, policy makers, officials and other stakeholders and aims to promote equity and social justice in health.

Mexico Forum 8

February 2005

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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

Health communication

Communication for development publications

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION (FAO). Communication for Development Group

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This CD-ROM contains publications from the FAO Communication for Development Group. It covers a wide range of searchable topics related to communication for development in many countries. As a compiled source of knowledge and experience, this CD-ROM can be a useful tool of communication itself. It can help policy makers, planners, educators, extension workers and others effectively use communication to inform and educate people about new ideas and technical innovations in agriculture as well as how to take action and direct their own courses of change

Communication for development roundtable report : focus on HIV/AIDS communication and evaluation


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This CD-ROM is a complete record of presentions from the 2001 Communication for Development Roundtable in Nicaragua in audio and video formats. The question examined at the Roundtable was what role communicators have to play in the future and whether current strategies, experience and knowledge are appropriate to slow the epidemic, and in which conditions they need to be expanded. Special reference was made to the social change, behaviour change, and advocacy models in HIV communications, and the emerging convergence of theories and practice

Making health communication programs work


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This handbook presents key principles and steps in developing and evaluating health communication program for the public, patients, and health professionals. It expands upon and replaces two earlier publications titled Pretesting in Health Communications and Making PSA's Work. Referring primarily to the context of the United States, the guide discusses specific steps in program development and includes examples of their use. Sources of additional information on each subject are included at the end of the chapters



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PILLARS is an approach for producing written information, in local languages, that is useful to local people - not just translating, but enabling community members to record their experiences and ideas. This CD-ROM contains the PILLARS Workbook in PDF format, which guides the process; and, to facilitate the design process, the PILLARS document files in Adobe Acrobat 3.0 (pdf), QuarkXPress 3.3 and PageMaker 6.5 formats for each of the existing English, French, Spanish and Portuguese Guides, together with all the image files required. It also includes a PageMaker template for creating new Guides, and PageMaker files for producing letterheads and a certificate for use by local groups

Writing for change : an interactive guide to effective writing, writing for science, and writing for advocacy


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This training resource is designed primarily for people working in the not-for-profit sector, including researchers, scientists, project managers, team members, campaigners, fundraisers, social activists and writers. Divided into three sections: 'Effective Writing: Core Skills', 'Writing for Science', and 'Writing for Advocacy'. 'Effective Writing: Core Skills' helps to develop the skills needed to write clearly and purposefully, organise ideas and express them well. 'Writing for Science' shows how to produce writing for publication in specialist journals. It teaches how to build on the core skills of effective writing and add further skills that apply to this specialised type of writing. This section gives a better chance of getting published, discusses the ethics of authorship, how to respond to editors and correct proofs. 'Writing for Advocacy' contains a wealth of advice on how to win hearts and minds and how to adapt core writing skills to lobbying or campaigning documents. The section looks at articles, leaflets, newsletters, pamphlets, press releases and posters. Extra features include a resource centre with suggestions for further reading and links to useful websites and resources