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Advancing methods for health priority setting practice through the contribution of systems…

Publication date: Available online 9 December 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine Author(s): Kadia Petricca, Asfaw Bekele, Whitney Berta, Jennifer Gibson, Clare Pain Setting priorities for health services is a complex and value laden process.

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Prof Lateef A Salako, 1935-2017, Malaria Champion

Professor Lateef Akinola Salako was an accomplished leader in malaria and health research in Nigeria whose contributions to the University of Ibadan and the Nigeria Institute for Medical Research (among others) advanced the health of the nation, the region and the world. His scientific research and his over 140 scientific publications spanned five decades. His research not only added to knowledge but also served as a mentoring tool to junior colleagues. Some of his vast areas of interest in malaria ranged from malaria epidemiology, to testing the efficacy of malaria drugs to tackling the problem of malaria in pregnancy. He led a team from three research sites in Nigeria that documented care seeking for children with malaria the acceptability of pre-packaged malaria and pneumonia drugs for children that could be used for community case management.

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Oral Cholera Vaccination in Emergencies: Experiences from Freetown, Republic of Sierra Leone

Dr Denis Marke, CH/EPI Program Manager at the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health shared his experiences from a recent natural disaster at the WHO African Regional Immunization Technical Advisory Group meeting in Johannesburg, 5-8 December 2017. Below find his observations. Heavy rains occurred in the early hours of 14th August 2017 that resulted in flash floods and mudslides that affected three communities (Sugar Loaf, Motomeh, and Kaningo) in the Western Area districts. The mudslides and flash floods blocked water ways and contaminated water sources in several low lying communities of Freetown, the capital city. Both mudslides and flooding destroyed houses, killing many people and displacing thousands of people.

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Using machine learning to combat environmental degredation on a global scale

Leveraging machine learning algorithms to sift through terabytes of high-resolution satellite data, a new report by AidData and the Global Environment Facility has identified the factors that contribute to land degradation on a global scale.

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How does film support aid and development work?

On November 16 Technology Salon NYC met to discuss issues related to the role of film and video in development and humanitarian work. Our lead discussants were Ambika Samarthya from Praekelt.org; Lina Srivastava of CIEL, and Rebekah Stutzman, from Digital Green’s DC office. How does film support aid and development work? Lina proposed that there are three main reasons for using video, film, and/or immersive media (such as virtual reality or augmented reality) in humanitarian and development work: Raising awareness about an issue or a brand and serving as an entry point or a way to frame further actions. Community-led discussion/participatory media, where people take agency and ownership and express themselves through media

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The world’s worst cholera outbreak highlights need for long-term solutions

The world’s worst cholera outbreak highlights need for long-term solutions hrandall Fri, 12/01/2017 – 10:08 Dec 01, 2017 Farasha Bashir Communications Specialist, icddr,b In 2015, civil war broke out in Yemen between the government and the rebel movement, triggering a humanitarian crisis that has resulted in more than 70 per cent of the population needing immediate aid and assistance. Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the Arab peninsula, and constant bombings have devastated infrastructure, including roads and hospitals.   One of the most devastating consequences of this war and instability has been the worst cholera outbreak ever recorded. Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal disease that thrives in disadvantaged and unstable environments; it can kill within hours if left untreated. Malnutrition and poor sanitation have made the country vulnerable to cholera, and more than 800,000 civilians have already been affected.

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The eternal opportunity

The new Secretary of State for International Development has been quick off the mark with positive messages about aid.  And yesterday, she added her name to the role-call of pronouncements about the power of the current generation to eradicate poverty: Thanks to technology, we have opportunities that previous generations did not. We have the power to eradicate poverty. Penny Mordaunt, Secretary of State for International Development, 30 November 2017 This is, of course, not the first time we have told ourselves this. Here are some previous examples: This is the best story in the world today — these projections show us that we are the first generation in human history that can end extreme poverty … This new forecast of poverty falling into the single digits should give us new momentum and help us focus even more clearly on the most effective strategies to end extreme poverty

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The Impact of WIC on Infant Immunizations and Health Care Utilization

Objective To test how prenatal participation in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) impacts health care utilization and immunizations within the first year of an infant’s life.

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The end of HIV: Still a very long way to go, but progress continues

by Steven G. Deeks, Sharon R. Lewin, Linda-Gail Bekker In an Editorial accompanying PLOS Medicine’s Special Issue on Advances in Prevention, Treatment and Cure of HIV/AIDS, Guest Editors Steven Deeks, Sharon Lewin, and Linda-Gail Bekker discuss priorities in the field and the content of the issue.

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Female garment workers’ experiences of violence in their homes and workplaces in Bangladesh:…

Publication date: January 2018 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 196 Author(s): Ruchira Naved, Tabassum Rahman, Samantha Willan, Rachel Jewkes, Andrew Gibbs The ways in which women’s engagement in paid work shapes their experiences of violence in the home and workplace is widely debated, particularly in Bangladesh, but rarely considered together.

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“Do-it-yourself”: Vaccine rejection and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)

Publication date: January 2018 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 196 Author(s): Katie Attwell, Paul R.

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The US President’s Malaria Initiative, <i>Plasmodium falciparum</i> transmission…

by Peter Winskill, Hannah C. Slater, Jamie T. Griffin, Azra C. Ghani, Patrick G. T

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Prevalence and risk factors associated with <i>Leishmania</i> infection in Trang…

by Jipada Manomat, Saovanee Leelayoova, Lertwut Bualert, Peerapan Tan-ariya, Suradej Siripattanapipong, Mathirut Mungthin, Tawee Naaglor, Phunlerd Piyaraj Background Autochthonous cutaneous and visceral leishmaniasis (VL) caused by Leishmania martiniquensis and Leishmania siamensis have been considered emerging infectious diseases in Thailand. The disease burden is significantly underestimated, especially the prevalence of Leishmania infection among HIV-positive patients. Methods A cross-sectional study was conducted to determine the prevalence and risk factors associated with Leishmania infection among patients with HIV/AIDS living in Trang province, southern Thailand, between 2015 and 2016

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An interview with Raya

An interview with Raya hrandall Thu, 11/16/2017 – 12:49 Nov 16, 2017 Hope Randall Digital Communications Officer for DefeatDD Our team has made so many good friends this year at Sesame Workshop India, both of the human and Muppet variety. We celebrated World Water Day with Chamki and Googly, and now we’re gearing up for World Toilet Day with Raya, who is just as passionate as we are about keeping germs at bay.   We sat down to thank her for contributing a Toilet Talk for our campaign to raise awareness about diarrhea prevention and treatment ahead of World Toilet Day and to share with advocates our new state of the field report. And of course, we continued to talk toilets!   Hope: Good to meet you, Raya

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