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8 Jul 2008

The Right to Health

A factsheet aims to shed light on the right to health in international human rights law.
Source: UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR); World Health Organization (WHO)
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2 Jun 2008

Community-directed interventions for major health problems in Africa

Lessons learned from community-directed treatment for onchocerciasis could have implications for other disease control programmes.
Source: The Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR)
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2 May 2008

Associations between Active Trachoma and Community Intervention with Antibiotics, Facial Cleanliness, and Environmental Improvement (A,F,E)

A study in the southern Sudan found the prevalence of active trachoma was less in children who had received antibiotic treatment, had clean faces, had faces washed more frequently, and used latrines.
Source: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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18 Apr 2008

Socio-economic status is inversely related to bed net use in Gabon

Socio-economic factors will be important considerations in programmes to promote the use of insecticide-treated bed nets for prevention of malaria. A study of the use of untreated nets in Gabon has found that poor families are the most likely to use nets, but their nets are in the poorest condition.
Source: Malaria Journal
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18 Mar 2008

Costs and effects of the Tanzanian national voucher scheme for insecticide-treated nets

An evaluation of a national voucher scheme has concluded that it is a cost-effective strategy for delivering subsidized insecticide-treated nets for the prevention of malaria in targeted vulnerable groups.
Source: Malaria Journal
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11 Mar 2008

Epidemiology and psycho-social aspects of onchocercal skin diseases in northeastern Nigeria

Ikem Chris Okoye and colleagues found that the worst consequences of onchocercal skin diseases were social isolation, shame and low self esteem, and the high cost of medication. They call for onchocersiasis programmes to address the anxiety and depression associated with the disease.
Source: BMC Filaria Journal
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3 Mar 2008

Study pinpoints groups at risk from leishmaniasis

A study conducted in Costa Rica affirms that social factors and changes in biodiversity caused by deforestation are critical to the spread of American cutaneous leishmaniasis.
Source: Scidev.net
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1 Mar 2008

‘He will ask why the child gets sick so often’: The gendered dynamics of intra-household bargaining over healthcare for children with fever in the Volta Region of Ghana

The gendered dynamics of intra-household bargaining around treatment seeking for children with fever is investigated through qualitative research
Source: Social Science & Medicine
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28 Feb 2008

Anti-HIV gel fails to prevent infection

A trial of a seaweed-derived microbicide in South Africa found no conclusive evidence that it was effective.
Source: Scidev.net
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13 Feb 2008

Commercialization and Globalization of Health Care

The increasing commercialization of health care as a result of globalization is discussed in a new policy brief from the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD).
Source: UNRISD
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