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In order to provide more comprehensive and meaningful search results on our site, several reports are available for viewing and download directly from this web site. Kindly visit the main sites of the author organisations for more complete and updated information. We acknowledge our gratitude to the many people and sources whose work has been drawn freely upon. We thank them all.

 

Featured Resources: Health Education and Training (HEAT) Programme

HEAT is health education and training programme, created by The UK Open University, and developed in partnership with African health experts, UNICEF, WHO and AMREF in response to the urgent need for education and training for frontline health workers.

Adolescent and Youth Reproductive Health
Antenatal Care
Communicable Diseases
Family Planning
Health Education, Advocacy and Community Mobilisation
Health Management, Ethics and Research
Hygiene and Environmental Health
Immunization
Integrated Management of Newborn and Childhood Illness
Labour and Delivery Care
Non-Communicable Diseases, Emergency Care and Mental Health
Nutrition
Postnatal Care

HEAT was launched in Ethiopia in 2011; the first thousand community health workers are coming to the end of their studies this year, and another 3,000 are joining the programme in 2013.

So what is HEAT, and how does it work?

At its simplest, HEAT is a scalable & sustainable training programme for healthcare workers that provides them with the training and expertise to save lives in their communities. The 13 theoretical training HEAT Modules were written by African authors, in collaboration with OU academics. They cover areas of healthcare including maternal, newborn and child health, family planning, nutrition, and communicable and non-communicable diseases, providing the healthcare workers with the knowledge they need to save lives in their communities. The theoretical training materials are available online (but can easily be downloaded and printed which is how they are being used in Ethiopia): http://www8.open.ac.uk/africa/heat/ (click on 'Resources' to see the materials).

All of the materials are published under an open educational resource licence so they are free to access, download, version and use, as long as the original authorship is acknowledged.

Where the theoretical training is supported and balanced by practical training, delivered by local experts, it can help to provide community health workers the essential practical skills that they need to become effective health carers.

We are currently talking with governments, NGOs and others in Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia, Nepal and elsewhere about using HEAT materials to help improve training programmes for frontline health workers.





Repository on Maternal Child HealthThe 'Repository on Maternal Child Health' is a virtual guide to Child Health and related Maternal Health information relevant to Public Health in India. It is a one-stop access to efficiently search, organize and share latest information.

Topics / Themes: Maternal Health, Newborn and Child Health, Immunization, Nutrition, Diseases, General Information


 

Diarrhoea: Why children are still dying and what can be done

Diarrhoea : Why children are still dying and what can be done

UNICEF/WHO Report Focuses Attention on Diarrheal Disease—the Second Leading Killer of Children Under 5—and Outlines 7-point Plan to Control This Preventable and Treatable Illness

The report highlights the proven diarrheal disease prevention and treatment solutions already available today. Many children in the developing world cannot access urgent medical care for severe illnesses, making prevention methods—including improved hygiene, sanitation, safe drinking water, exclusive breastfeeding, and vaccines preventing rotavirus—critical components of diarrheal disease control. When diarrhea occurs, it can be effectively treated with simple solutions, including oral rehydration therapy/oral rehydration solution, zinc and other micronutrients, and continued feeding.

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Computers for Beginners/Internet

Training and tutorial Internet sites for health workers

The Millennium Development Goals report 2006 [Report]
United Nations, 2006


Health Personnel and Training -  regularly updated

How to evaluate an Internet-based information source [Article]
BIOME, [2005] p 7-19
 



 

PubMed Bookshelf provides free access to over 700 texts in life science and healthcare.'


 

Essential Health Links

This resource provides more than 750 useful websites for health professionals, medical library communities, publishers, and NGOs in developing and emerging countries.

Users should note that the compilers do not have sufficient resources to evaluate the scientific accuracy of each website that is included in Essential Health Links.


 

WHO - The Health Academy's goal is to improve knowledge about attaining and maintaining good health. Through eLearning – which is how WHO defines learning by any electronic technology and media – the Organization has the means to reach out to people with information on disease prevention and health promotion. What is particularly important is the ability to reach school-age children, those aged from 12-18 years.

WHO is in a unique position to provide this information with its access to health expertise and rich information resources including those from its 193 Member States.


 

The Lancet Global Health Portal
The Lancet has a commitment to improving global health, and this area gathers all our global health content in one location. Global health content is free to all users, so if you have an interest in this area, spend some time browsing our content. World Reports and Perspectives articles are ideal for anyone who wants a personal view on a subject, and The Lancet Global Health Series, and Regional Reports and Commissions provide in-depth views for anyone seeking disease-specific or regional information.

Global Health Series
The Lancet Global Health Series are groups of articles on a topic of global health importance. Research into prevalent conditions and wider health policy issues are reported by a range of experts.  Recent Global Health Series include Obesityy, New Decade of Vaccines, and Chronic diseases and development.

Specialty Collections
The Lancet Global and Public Health Specialty Collections contain all public and global health Articles, Reviews, Seminars, and Comments for each specialty, published in all Lancet journals from 2006.  Browse the collections, or create alerts to receive email updates as soon as articles in your specialty are published.


 

Knowledge Management for Health and Development eToolkit

The KM toolkit brings together a wealth of KM resources from the field of international public health and development that are applicable to the field or can be adapted. The toolkit is structured to encompass all the levels of program planning and implementation for a KM strategy from the elevator pitch to monitoring and evaluation, with links to prominent KM resources and websites.

The toolkit is a product of the Knowledge Management Working Group which is comprised of C-Change, Child Fund International, Core Group, FHI 360, Institute for Reproductive Health: Georgetown University, IntraHealth International, the K4Health project, University Research Co, LLC, US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the USAID Policy Institute and WHO Department of Reproductive Health (RHR).


 

The Haiti Relief Toolkit is a one-stop source for technical and practical information that will help health workers, health policy makers, program managers, and others respond to the earthquake relief efforts underway in Haiti. The toolkit covers the vital sectors in emergencies, including health, water and sanitation, food security, and shelter.

(For those who do not have Internet access or whose access is sporadic, K4Health is making the toolkit available on flash drives. To request the toolkit on flash drive, contact K4Health by e-mail at toolkit orders@k4health.org ; by phone at 1-410-659-6300; or by mail at K4Health Project, 111 Market Place, Suite 310, Baltimore, MD 21202, USA)

Over 65 publishers have resources in this toolkit. The resources include manuals, reference tables, checklists, briefs, pamphlets, posters, and teaching and training materials, and tools and job aids. Feel free to adapt them for your local circumstances and languages. If you would like to suggest resources, please use the discussion board link.

To browse the contents of the toolkit, use the navigation tabs above. You can also use the Quick Links on this page to access key information quickly on such topics as Girls and Women, Children and Youth, and People with Disabilities. Under the healthcare tab you can find resources on Cholera, Dental Care, Gender, Health Systems Strengthening, Heat Related Illness, Infectious Diseases, Reproductive Health, Vaccination, Violence Prevention, and more.

Another quick way to find all the resources on a particular topic is to use the search box at the top of any page. For example, if you type in “Cholera” you will see a list of results, including a comprehensive and easy to use Fact Sheet from PAHO/WHO on how to prevent, identify, and treat the disease.

For more detailed information about the Haiti Relief Toolkit, use the About link at top of this page.


 

Baby Massage DVDBaby Massage DVD
Hands to Hearts International’s Baby Massage DVD teaches basic baby massage strokes that not only make your little one happy but build loving bonds crucial to their development. When you purchase our Baby Massage DVD for yourself, or as a gift, you’re contributing to HHI’s work with orphaned and vulnerable children around India.

Benefits of Baby Massage:
* Reduces baby’s fussiness and crying
* Improves baby’s sleep
* Decreases constipation and colic
* Increases bond between parent and child
* Relaxing for baby and parent

Along with your DVD you’ll receive an instructional poster with pictures to guide your baby massage.
Cost: $25 USD, shipping included for a limited time. Order here.

* Filmed in India.  The DVD is available in English, with subtitles in the following 18 languages: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Danish, Finnish, French, Hindi, Japanese, Oriya, Romanian, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Tamil, Telugu, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.

Learn more about Hands to Hearts International at www.handstohearts.org


 

Why is breastfeeding so important?Why Is Breastfeeding So Important?
Why Is Breastfeeding So Important?Download .pdf 17.5 mb.

Breastfeeding provides the perfect nutrition for your baby and provides many health benefits for both mother and baby.
- Initiating breast feeding within the first hour and exclusive breastfeeding can prevent under two mortality.
- Breastfeeding: Exclusive breastfeeding
- Colostrum - Gift of a protective cover from the mother
- We believe all mothers know how to feed their child. But do they?
- Myths and facts about breast milk
- Complimentary feeding
- Role of media in promoting proper young child feeding: Media should focus on and promote measures that are required to be taken urgently to ensure the survival of children


 

Films for women in the community, community workers and health workers
 

Medical Aid Films (MAF -�MedicalAidFilms.org) is a cutting edge film-making charity. We produce training films and animations for grassroots health workers in low income countries. Our films provide information and medical techniques on issues surrounding safe childbirth and infant health, with the aim of saving the lives of vulnerable women and children around the world.

Approximately one woman a minute dies in childbirth. We hope that by using film and animation to train health workers, we can overcome literacy and language barriers that so often impede learning.

 

Warning Signs in Pregnancy

This film is aimed at community health workers, traditional birth attendants and women in the community. Its objective is to educate them about the warning signs in pregnancy that they should be aware of, and the checks they should carry out, so that skilled obstetric care can be sought out as soon ...

Reconnaitre les signaux d'alerte durant la grossesse
Ce film s’adresse aux femmes, aux travailleurs communautaires en sant�, aux sages-femmes traditionnelles et aux communaut�s en g�n�ral.

Il a pour but de leur enseigner les signaux d’alerte lors de la grossesse ainsi que les signes � rechercher, afin que les femmes enceintes qui les pr�sentent re�oivent, au plus t�t, des soins obst�triques dispens�s par du personnel qualifi�.

 

Neonatal Resuscitation - Skilled Health Worker Version

This teaching film is aimed at skilled health workers equipped with a stethoscope and a bag and a mask. It teaches the essential steps to perform Neonatal Resuscitation, based on the Resuscitation Council UK's guidelines. � Medical Aid Films - 2011
 

Understanding your body: How to plan a pregnancy

This film is aimed at teenagers and young adults and presents the various methods available to plan a pregnancy. � Medical Aid Films - 2011
 

Understanding your body: How babies are made

This is a film aimed at early teens and young adults. It describes what puberty is and how babies are made using a mixture of animation and expert advice as well as from vox-pop's from young men and women in Nairobi. � Medical Aid Films - 2011
 

How to use the ultrasound probe

This animation is part of MAF's Basic Obstetric Ultrasound Module. Films of this module are to be used when training midwives and clinical officers in basic obstetric ultrasound. MAF tested this film while training clinical officers and nurses in Mozambique. Very few people living in low resource areas 
 

Cervical cancer screening: visual inspection of the cervix using acetic acid (VIA)

This is an animation showing a method of screening for cervical cancer in resource poor, developing countries. Test such as the pap smear require access to skilled health care and labs for testing samples and HPV (the virus responsible for most cervical cancers) testing kits remain expensive, yet VIA 
 

Ten steps to safe delivery

This follows Neema a village birth attendant while she helps to deliver a baby in a rural setting where there is no access to trained health care workers. The 10 key steps for the audience to learn are then repeated at the end of the film to ensure that they are taking away the correct message.
 

Management of PPH - Low resource setting

This animation is aimed at women and TBAs. It teaches how to prevent and manage PPH in settings where skilled obstetric care can be reached within a reasonable period of time (less than four hours). It includes the use of Misoprostol. � Medical Aid Films - 2011
 

Management of PPH - No resource setting

Primary Post-partum Haemorrhage (PPH) is one of the major causes of maternal death in the developing world. This animation is aimed at women and TBAs. It teaches how to prevent and manage PPH in settings where it would take the woman more than 4 hours to reach skilled obstetric care. It demonstrates
 

Food for Life: What Pregnant Women Need to Eat

Ce que doivent manger les femmes enceintes
Ce film s’adresse aux femmes, aux travailleurs en sant� et aux communaut�s en g�n�ral.
Il leur enseigne les bases de l’alimentation que doit consommer une femme enceinte ainsi que les complications qu’une alimentation saine permet d’�viter. Il pr�sente les quatre groupes d’aliments (les aliments de base, les aliments pour bouger, les aliments pour grandir et les aliments bonne mine) et d�taille leurs bienfaits.

 

Food for life: What and when to feed you child?

Quand et comment nourrir votre enfant - 6 � 24 mois
Ce film s’adresse aux femmes, aux travailleurs en sant� et aux communaut�s en g�n�ral.
Il leur enseigne les bases de l’alimentation d’un enfant entre les �ges de 6 mois et deux ans. Il pr�sente les quatre grandes cat�gories d’aliments (les aliments de base, les aliments pour bouger, les aliments pour grandir et les aliments pour avoir bonne mine) et d�taille leurs bienfaits.

 

Food for life: Breastfeeding

Allaitement maternel - 0 � 6 mois
Ce film s’adresse aux m�res, aux travailleurs en sant� et aux communaut�s en g�n�ral.
Il leur enseigne pourquoi et comment allaiter un nourrisson de la naissance � l’�ge de 6 mois. Il explique les avantages du lait maternel sur le lait artificiel, rappelle qu’il ne faut donner ni eau, ni tisane ni alimentation compl�mentaire aux b�b�s avant l’�ge de 6 mois et d�montre comment allaiter.
 

The Story of MAF

With experts in the field of Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Midwifery and Paediatrics as founders and trustees of MAF our focus lies on improving the conditions for mothers, infants and children in the developing world who have little or no access to essential health care.
 

MAF: How we work

The growth in mobile technologies across the developing world allows us to blend the inspirational skills of media and medical professionals together to produce our medical aid films. These films focus on bringing education and knowledge to the people that need it the most, including health providers
 



Pocket book of hospital care for children: Second edition Pocket book of hospital care for children: Second edition

This is a pocket-sized manual for use by doctors, senior nurses and other senior health workers who are responsible for the care of young children at the first referral level in developing countries. It presents up-to-date clinical guidelines which are based on a review of the available published evidence by subject experts, for both inpatient and outpatient care in small hospitals where basic laboratory facilities and essential drugs and inexpensive medicines are available. It focuses on the inpatient management of the major causes of childhood mortality, such as pneumonia, diarrhoea, severe malnutrition, malaria, meningitis, measles, HIV infection and related conditions. It covers neonatal problems and surgical conditions of children which can be managed in small hospitals. This pocket book is part of a series of documents and tools that support the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI).

Whereas this manual focuses on treatment recommendations, a summary of the technical background and the evidence base underlying these clinical guidelines is presented in the background book Serious childhood problems in countries with limited resources (ISBN 29 4 156269 2).

This pocket book updates and expands the guidelines contained in Management of the child with a serious infection or severe malnutrition (WHO/FCH/CAH/00.1).



Manuals & Books from Maternal & Childhealth Advocacy International

EMNCH Manual (part of our Strengthening Emergency Care programme - SEC)
Emergency Maternal, Neonatal & Child Healthcare Manual. Available in English and Spanish.
Click here to view the downloads for the EMNCH manual in English
Click here to view the downloads for the EMNCH manual in Spanish
If you would like to purchase this manual please contact the office on +44 (0)115 950 6662 

Pocket Book of Obstetric, Neonatal and Paediatric Emergencies including Major Trauma (part of our Strengthening Emergency Care programme - SEC)
In collaboration with the Government of the Gambia and WHO the Gambia. Available in English and Spanish.
Pocket Book of Obstetric, Neonatal and Paediatric Emergencies including Major Trauma (PDF, 6.69MB), Last updated June 2011
Manual de bolsillo de emergencias en obstetricia, pediatr�a y neonatolog�a incluyendo trauma mayor (PDF, 4.5MB), Last updated May 2010

Pictorial Manual for traditional birth attendants (part of our Strengthening Emergency Care programme - SEC)
Pictorial manual for traditional birth attendants (PDF, 4.47MB)

Pictorial Manual for village health workers (part of our Strengthening Emergency Care programme - SEC)
Pictorial manual for village health workers (PDF, 4.28MB)

International Child Health Care - A Practical Manual for Hospitals Worldwide
This manual contains information, guidelines and suggestions about health care in virtually every situation and setting imaginable - peace and war, emergency and chronic, hospital and clinic. The advice is up to date and authoritative. It aims to be realistic, but at the same time does not compromise on standards. The authors believe that the health care professions around the world should be satisfied only with the best care for children.
Southall D, Coulter B, Ronald C, Parkes S, Nicholson S. - Published by British Medical Journal Books November 2001. (BOOK).
Click here to view the downloads for the International Child Health Care manual
Read the BMJ review of this book
How to order this book

MCAI'S Manual on Child Protection for health workers to use in poorly resourced countries
This manual addresses the recognition and diagnosis of child physical and sexual abuse. It provides an evidence-based assessment suitable for doctors and other senior health workers caring for children of all ages presenting with symptoms or signs that might be due to abuse. If you would like a copy of the manual, please email the following address and include in the email evidence of your professional qualifications and your postal address so that we can send it to you as a hard copy: director@mcai.org.uk

Pocket Emergency Paediatric Care
Pocket Emergency Paediatric Care - A Practical Guide to the Diagnosis and Management of Paediatric Emergencies in hospitals and other healthcare facilities worldwide
Southall D and Ahmad S. - British Medical Journal Books. 2003. (BOOK).
How to order this book

Refugee health: an approach to emergency situations
Ronald C, Southall D. - BMJ. 1999:318;200A. (BOOK REVIEW)
Read the BMJ review of this book

Parent held child health record & advice booklet
Created by MCAI with UNICEF in 1998 for use in the refugee and IDP (internally displaced person) camps in Bosnia during the 1990s conflict
Parent held child health record & advice booklet (PDF, 331 KB)
To read more about this please see McMaster P, McMaster H, Southall D P., 'Personal child health record & advice booklet programme in Tuzla, Bosnia Herzegovnia', Royal Society of Medicine. 1996:89:202-204

Step-by-step procedures for emergency healthcare

Pathways of Emergency Care in pregnancy and childbirth, in the newborn and older child - November 2008
These pathways of care can be copied and used free of charge in poorly resourced countries. They are copyrighted to ALSG and MCAI and must not be altered or sold. We kindly request that any use of these by well resourced countries is accompanied by a donation to ALSG and MCAI's Strengthening Emergency Care programme (SEC)   (read more...)

Visio-Acute renal failure in a child (PDF, 32KB)
Visio-Acute upper airway obstruction in a child (PDF, 38KB)
Visio-Anaphylaxis in a child (PDF, 30KB)
Visio-Anaphylaxis in pregnancy (PDF, 31KB)
Visio-Antepartum haemorrhage (PDF, 38KB)
Visio-Basic Life Support in a child (PDF, 33KB)
Visio-Basic Life Support in pregnancy (PDF, 33KB)
Visio-Burns in a child (PDF, 64KB)
Visio-Burns in pregnancy (PDF. 38KB)
Visio-Coma in a child (PDF, 39KB)
Visio-Coma in pregnancy (PDF, 30KB)
Visio-Envenomation (PDF, 37KB)
Visio-Failed intubation (PDF, 29KB)
Visio-Newborn resuscitation (PDF, 32KB)
Visio-Obstructed labour (PDF, 30KB)
Visio-Poisoning in a child (PDF, 34KB)
Visio-Poisoning in pregnancy (PDF, 35KB)
Visio-Postpartum haemorrhage (PDF, 38KB)
Visio-Prolapsed cord (PDF, 29KB)
Visio-Prolonged fitting in a child (PDF, 36KB)
Visio-Prolonged fitting in neonates (PDF, 36KB)
Visio-Severe asthma in a child (PDF, 43KB)
Visio-Severe asthma in pregnancy (PDF, 35KB)
Visio-Severe dehydration in pregnancy (PDF, 38KB)
Visio-Severe DKA in a child (PDF, 41KB)
Visio-Severe DKA in pregnancy (PDF, 45KB)
Visio-Severe hyperkalaemia in a child (PDF, 31KB)
Visio-Severe hypokalaemia in a child (K<2.5mmol/l) (PDF, 33KB)
Visio-Severe hypokalaemia in pregnancy (PDF, 24KB)
Visio-Shock in a child (PDF, 39KB)
Visio-Shock in pregnancy (PDF, 35KB)
Visio-Trauma in a child (PDF, 35KB)
Visio-Trauma in a mother (PDF, 38KB)
Visio-Trauma secondary survey (PDF, 33KB)
Visio-Uterine inversion (PDF, 30KB)


 

Breastfeeding Gateway


 

CDC-- Newly Revised Health Communicator's Social Media Toolkit
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"...The Health Communicator's Social Media Toolkit, originally released in September 2010, is a resource designed to provide partners with guidance and to share CDC's lessons learned in integrating social media into health campaigns.

The second edition is now available with additional information on developing trends in social media, best practices and a campaign example highlighting Vital Signs, a monthly program that focuses on a single, important health topic that provides a "call to action" for different audiences. Updated information includes the following:
  • Expanded Mobile Health section including information on mobile websites, downloadable applications and SMS text messaging.
  • Increased capabilities of Twitter to include Twitter Chats, Twitterviews, and Twitter Town Halls.
  • Enhanced best practices insight for Facebook, Twitter and Blogs.

Table of Contents

Social Media Introduction
Social Media Overview
Getting Your Feet Wet With Social Media
CDC's Top Lessons Learned from Using Social Media
Developing a Social Media Strategy
Social Media Monitoring and Evaluation
Governing Social Media Efforts
Social Media Tools
Buttons and Badges
Image Sharing
Content Syndication
RSS Feeds
Podcasts
Online Video Sharing
Widgets
eCards
Mobile Technologies
Twitter
Blogs
Facebook
Social Media Campaign Example
CDC Vital Signs Campaign
More Social Media Resources
Social Media Communications Strategy Worksheet
Social Media Evaluation Worksheet
References


 

Neonatal Mortality Levels for 193 Countries in 2009 with Trends since 1990: A Systematic Analysis of Progress, Projections, and Priorities
Historically, the main focus of studies of childhood mortality has been the infant and under-five mortality rates. Neonatal mortality (deaths <28 days of age) has received limited attention, although such deaths account for about 41% of all child deaths. To better assess progress, we developed annual estimates for neonatal mortality rates (NMRs) and neonatal deaths for 193 countries for the period 1990–2009 with forecasts into the future.  Download pdf


 

The State of the World's Midwifery Report 2011
Increasing women's access to quality midwifery has become a focus of global efforts to realize the right of every woman to the best possible health care during pregnancy and childbirth. A first step is assessing the situation.

The State of World's Midwifery 2011: Delivering Health, Saving Lives, supported by 30 partners, provides the first comprehensive analysis of midwifery services and issues in countries where the needs are greatest.

The report provides new information and data gathered from 58 countries in all regions of the world. Its analysis confirms that the world lacks some 350,000 skilled midwives -- 112,000 in the neediest 38 countries surveyed -- to fully meet the needs of women around the world. The report explores a range of issues related to building up this key health workforce.


 

Doctoral Midwifery Research Society
The main objective of the DMRS is to provide quality support and guidance to doctoral and post doctoral midwife and childbirth (or related) researchers regionally, nationally and internationally. The DMRS places a strong emphasis on doing and using research for the good of society and for the advancement of knowledge for childbirth practices.


 

Community Health Workers (CHW) CentralCommunity Health Workers (CHW) Central
An online resource for information and dialogue about Community Health Workers (CHW). CHWs play an important role in increasing access to health services in poor and underserved communities around the world. CHW Central supports community health workers and strengthens CHW programs by connectingexperts, practitioners, and supporters in interactive discussion forums and sharing the latest developments in CHW research, practice, and policy.


 

 

Global Health eLearning Center

The Global Health eLearning Center developed by the USAID Bureau of Global Health is a response to repeated requests from field staff for access to technical public health information. We have heard from USAID Population, Health, and Nutrition officers (PHNs) and from Foreign Service Nationals (FSNs) that they want to be current on global health topics, yet find it a challenge to obtain the information because of logistical and time constraints. The Global Health eLearning Center provides Internet-based courses that:
  • Provide useful and timely continuing education for health professionals
  • Offer state-of-the-art technical content on key public health topics
  • Serve as a practical resource for increasing public health knowledge


 

The College of Public Health offers a variety of graduate degrees and certificate programs in an online format to suit the needs of the off-campus student. All online degree and certificate programs are designed by program faculty who work with instructional designers in the College’s office of Educational Technology and Assessment (ETA). Each year ETA supports over 5000 student enrollments in graduate and undergraduate online public health courses. Faculty work with a skilled group of instructional designers and multimedia experts to deliver courses using multimedia technologies such streaming media, web conferencing, blogs, wikis, podcasting and discussion forums.

To learn more about each of our programs, click on the links below:

Degree Programs

Graduate Certificates

For information on these programs contact advisor@health.usf.edu


 

Supercourse is a repository of lectures on global health and prevention designed to improve the teaching of prevention. Supercourse has a network of over 56000 scientists in 174 countries who are sharing for free a library of 4855 lectures in 31 languages. The Supercourse has been produced at the WHO Collaborating Center University of Pittsburgh

What is Nursing Supercourse:

Nursing Supercourse is a global network of nurses. We aim to improve global health and prevention through collaboration. Nursing students are not getting adequate training in global health. We can change that by sharing lectures that are evidence based and up-to-date. Our lectures are driven by the global health trends.


 

Sharing in Health

Sharing In Health (SiH) is a website dedicated to addressing the shortage of primary health care providers in resource-poor settings through open-access training resources, designed for small-group learning and accessed through low-cost computers.

Built by students, for students, it depends on a global community to accomplish our goal of increasing global training capacity. This, we hope, will decrease the health care provider deficit, especially for primary care and public health in low-resourced areas.


Resources
 

Clinical Domains

Skills and Roles


 

Strategising online activism: a toolkit

This toolkit is published by Association for Progressive Communication Women’s Networking Support Programme and Violence is Not Our Culture (VNC). It was inspired by workshops held in Asia and Africa for the partners and members of the VNC campaign. It can also be a resource for human rights activists who are keen to develop their online activism and want to know where and how to to start.

It is intended to provide the following skills to campaigners:

  • An understanding of why and how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can be appropriated by women’s rights and human rights groups in their advocacy skills through their use of online tools, including networking and mobile tools for advocacy and campaigning
  • The ability to develop an advocacy / communication strategy
  • Knowing what social networking is and the various spaces and tools they could use in their online activism
  • An understanding of online privacy and security issues relevant to building their online activism.

Download Toolkit PDF


 

EBW Healthcare series

Adult HIV, Birth Defects, Child Healthcare, Childhood HIV, Childhood TB, Intrapartum Care, Maternal Care, Mother and Baby Friendly Care, Newborn Care, Newborn Care, Perinatal HIV, Primary Maternal Care, Primary Newborn Care, Saving Mothers and BabiesEBW Healthcare publishes an innovative series of distance-learning books for healthcare professionals, developed by the Perinatal Education Trust, Eduhealthcare, the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation and the Desmond Tutu TB Centre, with contributions from numerous experts.

Adult HIV, Birth Defects, Child Healthcare, Childhood HIV, Childhood TB, Intrapartum Care, Maternal Care, Mother and Baby Friendly Care, Newborn Care, Newborn Care, Perinatal HIV, Primary Maternal Care, Primary Newborn Care, Saving Mothers and Babies

The aim is to provide appropriate, affordable and up-to-date learning material for healthcare workers in under-resourced areas, so that they can manage their own continuing education courses which will enable them to learn, practise and deliver skillful, efficient patient care.

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Initiation of Breastfeeding by Breast Crawl Breast Crawl


Initiation of Breastfeeding by Breast Crawl


visit breastcrawl.org for video and complete dossier.



UNICEF, WHO and WABA along with the scientific community strongly recommend initiating breastfeeding within an hour of birth.
 
Evidence shows that early initiation can prevent 22% of all deaths among babies below one month in developing countries.

Every newborn, when placed on the mother’s abdomen, soon after birth, has the ability to find its mother’s breast all on its own and to decide when to take the first breastfeed. This is called the ‘Breast Crawl’.

This method is evidence based and has been field tested by us. A documentary on the ‘Breast Crawl’ has been prepared for training, advocacy and for wider dissemination. The video has created a very high level of sensitivity among all the levels of functionaries and was officially endorsed by senior policy makers as the right approach for initiating breastfeeding. This dossier provides the background and a scientific overview to the documentary.

Initiation of breastfeeding by the Breast Crawl is a critical component of the IYCF (Infant and Young Child Feeding) initiative for the state of Maharashtra, India. IYCF deals with nutrition of children from birth to 3 years of age, and also takes into consideration the nutrition of pregnant and lactating mothers. Two critical components of IYCF are breastfeeding and complementary feeding. Improved IYCF practices promote optimal growth and development, prevent malnutrition and improve child survival. With 40% of the children in the state undernourished, this initiative becomes extremely critical.

UNICEF has facilitated partnerships with all stakeholders including the State Government, State Nutrition Mission, the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), Public Health Department, BPNI (Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India), NGOs, Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and several academic institutions, for this major initiative. These partnerships are aimed at creating a revolution in the state promoting IYCF practices.

We are sure that this documentary and dossier will greatly help similar initiatives worldwide. It is our strong desire that this information helps every mother and baby to experience the miracle of Breast Crawl. If we all could achieve early initiation of breastfeeding, we will be able to prevent 22% of all deaths among babies below 1 month.

This can be achieved by training all health care providers to initiate breastfeeding, by Breast Crawl, to give infants the best start in life.


visit breastcrawl.org for video and complete dossier.


 

Priority medicines for mothers and children 2011  download pdf

Improving maternal and child health is a global priority. An estimated 8.1 million children under the age of five die every year and an estimated 1 000 women – most of them in developing countries – die every day due to complications during pregnancy or childbirth.

Many of these deaths are due to conditions that could be prevented or treated with access to simple, affordable medicines. However, the availability of medicines at public-health facilities is often poor.

This list of Priority Medicines for Mothers and Children was developed by the World Health Organization, UNFPA and UNICEF to help countries and partners select and make available those medicines that will have the biggest impact on reducing maternal, newborn and child morbidity and mortality.


 

Rajmata Jijau Mother-Child Health and Nutrition Mission at Aurangabad, Maharashtra Rajmata Jijau Mother-Child Health and Nutrition Mission at Aurangabad, Maharashtra

Child Development Center - NRC - Nutrition Rehabilitation Center, child tracking web based system

The State Government has decided to establish the Rajmata Jijau Mother-Child Health and Nutrition Mission at Aurangabad to tackle the grave issues of malnutrition and mortality among the children. The mission would, over a period of five years, aim at significantly reducing the incidence of severe malnutrition amongst children in 0 to 6 age group. The mission objectives stress on health and nutrition of pregnant and lactating mothers as well as special attention to children during the first year of the birth. The mission is headed by a senior officer of the rank of secretary to the State Government. The mission would undertake major publicity campaign in all towns and villages of Maharashtra to stress the importance of health and nutrition, with the ultimate aim of progressively taking over the responsibility for mother and child care.


 

Acceptable medical reasons for use of breast-milk substitutes

Acceptable medical reasons for use of breast-milk substitutes

Authors: WHO
Number of pages: 6
Publication date: 2009

Overview

Almost all mothers can breastfeed successfully -- initiating breastfeeding within the first hour of life, breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months and continuing breastfeeding (along with giving appropriate complementary foods) up to two years of age or beyond. Positive effects of breastfeeding on the health of infants and mothers are observed in all settings.

Nevertheless, a small number of health conditions of the infant or the mother may justify recommending that she does not breastfeed temporarily or permanently. Whenever stopping breastfeeding is considered, the benefits of breastfeeding should be weighed against the risks posed by the presence of the specific conditions listed.

This list of acceptable medical reasons for temporary or long-term use of breast-milk substitutes is made available as an independent tool for health professionals working with mothers and newborn infants, as part of the Baby-friendly Hospitals Initiative.

English [pdf 209kb] | Portuguese [pdf 73kb]  | Spanish [pdf 115kb]


 

National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW) is an Apex Technical Institute, funded by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, for promotion of health and family welfare programmes in the country through education, training, research, evaluation, consultancy and specialised services.

National Child Health Resource Centre (NCHRC) was established in 2008 at National Institute of Health & Family Welfare (NIHFW) with the approval from the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India and with financial support from Norway India Partnership Initiative & United Nations Office for Project Services (NIPI - UNOPS).

National Child Health Resource Centre - Publications

National Child Health Resource Centre - Guidelines and Manuals


Useful links on Child Health

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW)
National Rural Health Mission (NRHM)
Reproductive and Child Health (RCH)
National Health Systems Resource Centre (NHSRC)
Solution Exchange - MCH Community
Central Bureau of Health Intelligence (CBHI)
National Family Health Survey (NFHS)
District Level Household and Facility Survey (DLHS)
Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP)
National Neonatology Forum (NNF)
WHO Collaborating Centre for Newborn Care


 

Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN) Project

 

The Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN) Project maintains a collection of useful resources on maternal nutrition, infant and young child feeding, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT), and more. Our collection offers a variety of high-quality training materials, publications, web links, and other helpful resources.


 

WHO/UNICEF Joint Statement on home-based care of newbornsWHO/UNICEF Joint Statement on home-based care of newborns

Authors: WHO/UNICEF
Number of pages: 8
Publication date: 2009
Languages: English [pdf 259kb] French [pdf 269kb]  Spanish [pdf 292kb]
WHO reference number: WHO/FCH/CAH/09.02

Every year, about 3.7 million babies die in the first four weeks of life (2004 estimates). Most of these newborns are born in developing countries and most die at home. Up to two-thirds of these deaths can be prevented if mothers and newborns receive known, effective interventions. A strategy that promotes universal access to antenatal care, skilled birth attendance and early postnatal care will contribute to sustained reduction in maternal and neonatal mortality.

While both mothers and newborns need care during the period after birth, this Statement focuses on the care of the newborn child, and the evidence for the same. Studies have shown that home-based newborn care interventions can prevent 30–60% of newborn deaths in high mortality settings under controlled conditions. Therefore, WHO and UNICEF now recommend home visits in the baby’s first week of life to improve newborn survival.

This Joint Statement includes information on how to care for the newborn child at home, specific recommendations for countries, and next steps.

The Statement recommends that home visits occur on days one and three of a newborn's life, and if possible, a third visit should take place before the end of the first week of life (day seven). During home visits, skilled health workers should perform the following measures:

  • promote and support early (within the first hour after birth) and exclusive breastfeeding;
  • help to keep the newborn warm (promoting skin-to-skin contact between mother and infant);
  • promote hygienic umbilical cord and skin care;
  • assess the baby for signs of serious health problems, and advise families to seek prompt medical care if necessary (danger signs include feeding problems, or if the newborn has reduced activity, difficult breathing, a fever, fits or convulsions, or feels cold);
  • encourage birth registration and timely vaccination according to national schedules; and
  • identify and support newborns that need additional care (e.g. those that are low-birth-weight, sick or have an HIV-infected mother).


 

Healthcare Information For All by 2015Healthcare Information For All by 2015 (HIFA2015) is a global campaign and 'think-tank' that brings together more than 2400 health professionals, librarians and publishers from 148 countries worldwide, committed to a common goal: By 2015, every person worldwide will have access to an informed health care provider.

HIFA2015 was launched at the 10th Congress of the Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa, in Mombasa, Kenya, in 2006. The campaign highlights the link between the lack of relevant, reliable information for healthcare providers in developing countries, and the daily toll of tens of thousands of deaths. Members share expertise and experience in two dynamic email forums: HIFA2015 and CHILD2015. During 2009, the campaign includes a special focus on the information and learning needs of nurses and midwives in low-resource settings.

Click here to join HIFA2015 and CHILD2015, send your name, email, organisation and brief description of interests.


 

Knowledge for HealthKnowledge for Health Project - Our mission here at K4Health is to increase the use and dissemination of evidence-based, accurate and up-to-date information to improve health service delivery and health outcomes worldwide. Using the K4Health platform, we are able to facilitate how this information is captured, synthesized, shared, adapted, and used. Through virtual collaboration, we are able to monitor and evaluate K4Health’s products and services to ensure that they meet the needs of key audiences, including policy makers, program managers, and health service providers working in international public health settings.


 

AuthorMapper

AuthorMapper is a free online tool for visualizing scientific research that enables discovery based on author locations and geographic maps. With AuthorMapper you can:
  •  Explore patterns in scientific research
  •  Identify new and historic literature trends
  •  Discover wider relationships
  •  Locate other experts in your field
AuthorMapper currently searches nearly 2,000 journals in the Springer Journals collection across all subject areas. Users can search by keywords, browse subject collections, or search for open access articles using Advanced Search. Search results display with complementary graphs, timelines, and keyword tag clouds that help visually summarize the data and also be used to further refine a search.

 


Exemplar

Exemplar is a free linguistic tool designed to aid the publishing process for authors, editors and the scientific community at large. Exemplar allows researchers to quickly see how a particular word or phrase is used in English-language, peer reviewed, published literature.
 
Users include authors to whom English is a second language and want to check word usage accuracy, authors who want suggestions on how to express themselves or want to confirm how a particular word or phrase is used in published literature; educators who are looking for authentic phrases and sentences for teaching and testing; and editors and reviewers who want to confirm whether or not a particular turn of phrase is justified by usage.


Mother-Child Protection Card

The Mother and Child Protection Card (MCP Card) has been introduced through a collaborative effort of the Ministry of Women and Child Development and the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India

The MCP card is a tool for informing and educating the mother and family on different aspects of maternal and child care and linking maternal and childcare into a continuum of care through the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme of Ministry of Women and Child Development and the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW).

The card also captures some of key services delivered to the mother & baby during Antenatal, Intranatal & Post natal care for ensuring that the minimum package of services are delivered to the beneficiary.

MCP card has already been disseminated in the year 2010-11 for implementation by the States.

The MCP card helps in timely identification, referral and management of complications during pregnancy, child birth and post natal period. The card also serves as a tool for providing complete immunization to infants and children, early and exclusive breast feeding, complementary feeding and monitoring their growth.


UNICEFMother-Child Protection Card and Guide


Benefiting

  • Families / Program participants
  • Anganwadi workers of ICDS 
    - Integrated Child Development Schemes
  • Nurse midwife
  • Supervisors of health and ICDS 

This guide book is to be used as a reference book by these functionaries of health and ICDS to focus on under three. The components are

  • Safe Motherhood
  • Care of the New born
  • Child Growth and Development
  • Nutrition
  • Immunisation and
  • The Importance of the Mother Child Protection Card
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A Guide For Use of the Mother-Child Protection Card

for the community and the family, Anganwadi Worker, Auxiliary Nurse Midwife & Sector Supervisors

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Facts for LifeFacts for Life

Author: UNICEF, WHO, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNDP, UNAIDS, WFP and the World Bank
Publication date: April 2010
Languages: English French Spanish

The fourth edition of Facts for Life contains essential information that families and communities need to know to raise healthy children. This handbook provides practical advice on pregnancy, childbirth, childhood illnesses, child development and the care of children. This edition also features a new chapter on child protection. The book is intended for parents, families, health workers, teachers, youth groups, women’s groups, community organizations, government officials, employers, trade unions, media, and non-governmental and faith-based organizations.
 


 

Dr. R. K. Anand's Guide to Child Care: For pregnant mothers and parents of infants, young children, and teenagers

Dr. R. K. Anand's Guide to Child Care is for pregnant mothers and  parents of infants, young children, and teenagers. A definitive guide to the parent on pregnancy and childrearing from infancy to the teenage years. Authored by one of India's foremost paediatricians and an internationally renowned authority on breastfeeding, the book combines a knowledge of traditional childrearing practices with the latest medical developments in child care.

Dr. Anand's Guide to Child Care answers questions such as:
  • Is there a right age to have a baby?
  • What can I do when my baby cries?
  • Can a working mother successfully breastfeed?
  • How helpful is a joint family in bringing up children?
  • How should we handle our fussy eater?
  • Is my child ready for toilet-training?
  • Are vaccines safe?
  • When is the right age for sex education?
  • How can I raise a happy child?
  • Are drugs overprescribed for childhood illnesses?
  • How should we handle our teenager?
  • What should I do in a medical emergency?

 

Electronic Teaching-aids At Low Cost

e-TALC is a project of Teaching-aids At Low Cost (TALC), which provides an up-to-date, authoritative source of electronic health information for health workers in developing countries who have access to computers but limited access to the internet.   more info


 

Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism

Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism

Online Versions: aa.org  | anonpress.org

It's more than a book. It's a way of life. Alcoholics Anonymous-the Big Book-has served as a lifeline to millions worldwide. First published in 1939, Alcoholics Anonymous sets forth cornerstone concepts of recovery from alcoholism and tells the stories of men and women who have overcome the disease. With publication of the second edition in 1955, the third edition in 1976, and now the fourth edition in 2001, the essential recovery text has remained unchanged while personal stories have been added to reflect the growing and diverse fellowship. The long-awaited fourth edition features 24 new personal stories of recovery. Key features and benefits �the most widely used resource for millions of individuals in recovery �contains full, original text describing AA program �updated with 24 new personal stories

About the Author
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is an informal meeting society for recovering alcoholics whose primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety.AA suggests that alcoholics follow its program and abstain from alcohol in order to recover from alcoholism, and share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem.AA was the first twelve-step program and has been the model for similar recovery groups like Narcotics Anonymous. Al-Anon/Alateen are programs designed to provide support for relatives and friends of alcoholics. The organization was named after its primary guidebook Alcoholics Anonymous, also known as The Big Book. Although AA is not for everyone, there is growing evidence supporting the effectiveness of AA as a treatment for alcoholism.

575 pages - Alcoholics Anonymous World Services; 4 Revised edition (February 10, 2002) - English
ISBN-10: 1893007162, ISBN-13: 978-1893007161

 


 

Knowledge and Use of Oral Rehydration Therapy for Childhood Diarrhoea in India: Effects of Exposure to Mass Media
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Knowledge and Use of Oral Rehydration Therapy for Childhood Diarrhoea in India: Effects of Exposure to Mass Media

Results from these two studies indicate that, despite a vigorous Oral Rehydration Therapy Programme in India for more than a decade, knowledge and use of ORT to treat childhood diarrhoea remain quite limited. Very small percentages of children who fall sick with diarrhoea are treated with oral rehydration salt (ORS) packets, recommended home solution (RHS), or increased fluids, despite the fact that 61 percent of these children receive treatment from a health facility or provider. In the NFHS, among children born 1-47 months before the survey who had diarrhoea in the last two weeks, 18 percent were given ORS and 19 percent were given RHS. Considered together, only 31 percent were given ORS or RHS.

Among those who receive treatment from a health facility or provider, a very large proportion (94 percent) are treated with antibiotics or other antidiarrhoeal drugs, contrary to WHO recommendations that drugs not be used to treat diarrhoea in young children. The use of drugs is common among both public- and private-sector providers but is more common in the private sector.

The analysis indicates that the electronic mass media are effective in increasing awareness and use of ORT. Women regularly exposed to the media are much more likely than unexposed women to know about ORS packets and to use ORS or RHS. This result is valid even after controlling for the effects of a number of potentially confounding variables by holding them constant. Results also indicate some discrimination against girls in the use of ORS.

These findings suggest that both mothers and health-care providers are not well informed about the proper treatment of childhood diarrhoea. There is clearly a need to strengthen education programmes for mothers and to provide supplemental training to health-care providers, emphasizing the importance of increased fluid intake and discouraging the use of unnecessary and often harmful drugs. The Oral Rehydration Therapy Programme also needs to address the problem of gender discrimination in the treatment of diarrhoea. In all these efforts, the mass media can help.

Audience:

K.V. Rao, Vinod K. Mishra, and Robert D. Hetherford

National Family Health Survey Subject Reports
Number 10 - November 1998

55 pages - Knowledge and Use of Oral Rehydration Therapy for Childhood Diarrhoea in India: Effects of Exposure to Mass Media in pdf format pdf 160 kb

 

Gender Differences in Treatment-seeking Behaviour during Common Childhood Illnesses in India: Does Maternal Education Matter?
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Gender Differences in Treatment-seeking Behaviour during Common Childhood Illnesses in India: Does Maternal Education Matter?

Gender inequalities, in one form or the other, with considerable contextual differences, are ubiquitous and all-pervasive in South Asia. In health, these are manifested in differences in mortality (observed by overall sex-ratio) in almost every country in this region. India is no exception in this regard. Discrimination and gender gaps have been observed even in early years of life. Beside other factors, discriminatory treatment-seeking practices among children during the post-neonatal and later childhood period probably contribute to this.

There are numerous studies which have established the positive effect of maternal education on child health and survival. But there are contradictory evidences that whether maternal education reduces gender bias in treatment-seeking behaviour or not and the debate over it remains inconclusive.

By using National Family and Health Survey (NFHS-2), 1998-99, the present study observed that the gender bias in treatment seeking behaviour does exist among illiterate and middle school educated women when child is affected by acute respiratory infections and reduces considerably among higher educated mother.

In case of diarrhoea no evidence of gender differences in treatment seeking behaviour has been found statistically irrespective of the level of maternal education, even after controlling all other spatial, demographic and socioeconomic factors.

Audience:

Saswata Ghosh
Research Scholar, Centre for the Study of Regional Development, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi India.

18th European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies
University of Lund, Sweden
6-9 July, 2004

National Family Health Survey Subject Reports
Number 10 - November 1998

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Maharashtra, India

Human Development Reports

Maharashtra State - Waterborne Diseases Epidemic Information
For the  last 10 years - as at 20 March 2004

Maharashtra State - ORS Supply Information
For the  last 10 years - as at 20 March 2004


 


Diarrhea and Hydration Therapy
Diarrhea and Hydration Therapy
Training Presentation - Amit Chandra, MD - March 2006 - 25 slides
Niramaya Health Foundation
Presentation flash 433 kb.

Prevention and Treatment of Diarrhea
Community Outreach Flipbook
Prepared by: Amit Chandra, MD - March 2006
Niramaya Health Foundation

 

Maharashtra State Health Status in Marathi
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Maharashtra State - Health Status
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Audience:

2002

67 pages - Maharashtra State - Health Status - Marathi - in pdf formatpdf 2 mb

 

Maharashtra State Health Status
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Maharashtra State - Health Status
in English
- html version

66 pages - Maharastra State Health Status in pdf formatpdf 8.2 mb


 

Health and Healthcare in Maharashtra - A Status Report - 2005

Health and Healthcare in Maharashtra
A Status Report - 2005


Maharashtra has been in the forefront of healthcare development in the country. It was among the first states to decentralize primary healthcare administration through Zilla Parishads as early as1961. Further, under the Minimum Needs Program Maharashtra was again one of the first states to achieve the norms mandated for primary health centres, subcentres and Rural Hospitals. The state also has the largest private health sector in India whose reach is quite extensive.

While Maharashtra is today also the most affluent state in the country with the highest per capita income, and contributes over 15% of the country’s national income and 40% of the tax revenues, it continues to have high levels of poverty and inequalities which get reflected in health outcomes which are not the best in the country. Thus Maharashtra has to still struggle with malnutrition deaths, child mortality and maternal mortality levels not commensurate with its economic position in the country, declining child sex-ratios, low and declining levels of public health spending and investments, high levels of vacant positions of doctors at PHCs and CHCs, and low levels of access to various health services like antenatal care, complete child immunization, institutional deliveries etc.

81 pages - Health and Healthcare in Maharashtra - A Status Report - 2005 - in pdf formatpdf 1.5 mb


Guides

Diarrhoea - Guide 1
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Diarrhoea - Guide 1

4 pages - Diarrhoea Brochure 1 in pdf formatpdf 563 kb

 

Diarrhoea - Guide 2
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Diarrhoea - Guide 2

14 pages  - Diarrhoea Brochure 2 in pdf formatpdf 1.2 mb

 

Understanding and Managing Acute Diarrhoea in Infants and Young Children
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Understanding and Managing Acute Diarrhoea
in Infants and Young Children


30 pages  - Understanding and Managing Acute Diarrhoea in Infants and Young Children in pdf formatpdf 1.2 mb

 

Better Care During Diarrhoea
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Better Care During Diarrhoea

32 pages  - Understanding and Managing Acute Diarrhoea in Infants and Young Children in pdf formatpdf 4.1 mb

 

Management of Acute Diarrhoea - An update for the General Medical Practitioner
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Management of Acute Diarrhoea
An update for the General Medical Practitioner


Audience:

Directorate of Health Services, Govt. of Maharashtra, Pune
Booklet supported by UNICEF, Bombay

16 pages - Management of Acute Diarrhoea in pdf formatpdf 456 kb

 

Diarrhoea - Green Guide 3
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Diarrhoea - Guide 3

Audience:

Govt. of India, Central Health Education Bureau, Ministry of health and Family Welfare

May 1984

8 pages - Diarrhoea Guide in pdf formatpdf 2.5 mb

 

Marathi Cookbook - Iron and Vitamin C Rich Recipes - Gharchya Ghari Anaemia Tala
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Marathi Cookbook
Iron and Vitamin C Rich Recipes
Gharchya Ghari Anaemia Tala


Audience:

June 2002

67 pages - Marathi Cookbook - Iron and Vitamin C Rich Recipes - Gharchya Ghari Anaemia Tala in pdf formatpdf 2.8 mb

 

Developing an Alternative Strategy for Achieving Health for All
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Developing an Alternative Strategy for Achieving Health for All
The ICSSR/ICMR Model - The FRCH Experience


Audience:

Noshir Antia, Seema Deodhar, Nerges Mistry
Foundation for Research in Community Health, Pune / Mumbai
2004

52 pages - Developing an Alternative Strategy for Achieving Health for All in pdf formatpdf 844 kb

 

Management of Critically Sick Child
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Management of Critically Sick Child

Audience:

Directorate of Health Services Maharashtra State
Department of Paediatrics, Cama & Albless Hospital, Mumbai
Maharashtra State Health Education Bureau, Aundh, Pune
1997-1998

41 pages - Management of Crticially Sick Child in pdf formatpdf 9.5 mb

 

Maharashtra - Guide
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Maharashtra - Guide

Audience:


26 pages - Maharashtra in pdf formatpdf 879 kb

 

Anganwadi - Guide
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Anganwadi - Guide

Audience:


49 pages - Maharashtra Anganwadi Guide in pdf formatpdf 2.1 mb

 

Child Mortality Determinants in three Backward Districts of Maharashtra - Nandurbar, Jalna and Yavatmal Child Mortality Determinants in three Backward Districts of Maharashtra
Nandurbar, Jalna and Yavatmal
2003-2004

By Shyam Ashtekar, Dhruv Mankad, Kranti Raimane
BharatVaidyak Sanstha, NASIK
Courtesy of Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, India
January 2004

An array of factors-some antecedents and some determinants -- interplay to cause child deaths directly or indirectly. We can understand them as sectors--social sector, environment, health system etc. Each sector is amenable to different interventions and our main effort here is to see what can be done through the health system to improve child survival. This does not mean that other sectors are less important, in fact they can be more important and economical for interventions, but there are separate reports on these sectors. It is needless to stress that the sectors overlap and intermingle and the accompanying figure only serves to bring clarity in approach.

Our team of 3 researchers studied Child mortality and its determinants in three low HDI districts of Maharashtra--Nandurbar, Yavatmal, and Jalna. The study used secondary data, mainly MIS report and qualitative methods for direct inquiry. The study was undertaken in Sept 2003. Interviews with district health staff, PHC MOs, LHVs, ANM, TBAs, AWWs, PMPs, families, NGOs and RH doctors were conducted with help of semi-structured questionnaires.

111 pages - Child Mortality Determinants in three Backward Districts of Maharashtra in pdf formatpdf 1.3 mb

 

Swasthya Sathi - Book 1

Swasthya Sathi - Book 1

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Karu Aarogyachi Sath - Book 1

Karu Aarogyachi Sath - Book 1

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Karu Aarogyachi Sath - Book 2

Karu Aarogyachi Sath - Book 2

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Posters

Poster 1
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Diarrhoea Poster 1pdf 216 kb

Poster 2
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Diarrhoea Poster 2pdf 188 kb

Poster 3
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India

Child Protection: A Handbook for Parliamentarians

Child Protection: A Handbook for Parliamentarians

Audience: Parliamentarians

UNICEF India
2005

Hindi 182 pages - Child Protection: A Handbook for Parliamentarianspdf 2.4 mb


 

WHO - Diarrhoeal Diseases Control - Esamples of Health Education Materials
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Diarrhoeal Diseases Control
Examples of Health Education Materials


Audience:

WHO
1982

Multi-language examples from around the world
Posters  39 pages - Posters - WHO Diarrhoeal Diseases Control Examples of Health Education Materials in pdf formatpdf 12 mb
Flash cards  4 pages - Flash cards - Diarrhoeal Diseases Control Examples of Health Education Materials in pdf formatpdf 1.3mb
Leaflets  11 pages - Leaflets - WHO Diarrhoeal Diseases Control Examples of Health Education Materials in pdf formatpdf 4 mb
Slide sets  4 pages - Slide sets - WHO Diarrhoeal Diseases Control Examples of Health Education Materials in pdf formatpdf 696 kb
Newsletters and comics  2 pages - Newsletters and comics - WHO Diarrhoeal Diseases Control Examples of Health Education Materials in pdf formatpdf 899 kb

Complete document   60 pages - WHO - Diarrhoeal Diseases Control Examples of Health Education Materials in pdf formatpdf 18.9 mb

 

Diarrhoea - Diagnosis, Treatment & Control
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Diarrhoea - Diagnosis, Treatment & Control

Audience:

Directorate General of Health Services, Government of India, New Delhi
Central Health Education Bureau, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
April 1985

16 pages - Diarrhoea - Diagnosis, Treatment & Control in pdf formatpdf 2.3 mb

 

Training of Doctors on Nutritional Care During Diarrhoea
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Training of Doctors on Nutritional Care During Diarrhoea

Audience:

National Diarrhoeal Diseases Control & O.R.T. Programmes
Government of India, Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi, India
prepared by the
National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (ICMR) Calcutta, India


15 pages - Training of Doctors on Nutritional Care During Diarrhoea in pdf formatpdf 780 kb

 

The Management of Diarrhoea and Use of Oral Rehydration Therapy
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The Management of Diarrhoea and Use of Oral Rehydration Therapy - Second Edition - A Joint WHO/UNICEF Statement

Audience:

prepared by WHO/UNICEF
1992

30 pages - The Management of Diarrhoea and Use of Oral Rehydration Therapy in pdf formatpdf 626 kb

 

National Guidelines on Infant and Young Child Feeding - Aug 2004
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National Guidelines on Infant and Young Child Feeding

Audience:

Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Women and Child Development, Food and Nutrition Board, Government of India
August 2004

37 pages - National Guidelines on Infant and Young Child Feeding - Aug 2004 in pdf formatpdf 936 kb

 

National Guidelines on Infant Feeding
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National Guidelines on Infant Feeding

Audience:

Food and Nutrition Board, Department of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India.
1992

17 pages - National Guidelines on Infant Feeding in pdf formatpdf 2.5 mb

 

Policy on Control of Nutritional Anaemia
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Policy on Control of Nutritional Anaemia

Audience:

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India
January 1991

11 pages - Policy on Control of Nutritional Anaemia in pdf formatpdf 1.7 mb

 

Prevention and Control of Nutritional Anaemia: A South Asia Priority
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Prevention and Control of Nutritional Anaemia: A South Asia Priority

Audience:

United Nations Children's Fund - Regional Office for South Asia
2002

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Preventing and Controlling Iron Deficiency Anaemia Through Primary Health Care
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Preventing and Controlling Iron Deficiency Anaemia Through Primary Health Care

Audience: A Guide for Health Administrators and Programme Managers

E. M. DeMaeyer
Formerly Medical Officer, Nutrition, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
with the collaboration of
P. Dallman, J. M. Gurney, L. Hallberg, S. K. Sood & S. G. Srikantia
1989

61 pages - Preventing and Controlling Iron Deficiency Anaemia Through Primary Health Care in pdf formatpdf 1.7 mb

 

Measles Control: An Urban Challenge
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Measles Control: An Urban Challenge

Audience:

National Immunization Programme, Government of India
1998

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Sahyogini - Animator to guide Self Help Groups

Sahyogini
Animator to guide Self Help Groups

Audience:
All NGOs, Institutes and Persons working in the Self Help Group Movement.

Abstract:
This book is based on the experiences and achievements of the Maharashtra Rural Credit Programme. Sahyogini (Animator) is the back bone of this programme working in the villages with the Self Help Group to Guide & Help them by providing technical support. This book is focused on the working procedure of the Self Help Group Dynamics, Formation, Structure, working procedure etc. This guide answers frequently asked questions.

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Mahilanche Hakk Anni Adhikar - Women's Rights & Laws

Mahilanche Hakk Anni Adhikar
Women's Rights & Laws

Audience:
All NGOs, Institutes and Persons working in the women empowerment and Development.

Abstract:
This book is published by Women’s Development Cooperation (Mavim), a Government of Maharashtra undertaking. This book tries to focus on the Government Resolutions issued by the Government of Maharashtra and on the various aspects of laws related to women and the rights provided to her. This book highlights objectives of the Government resolution and about the Acts. Basic things all should know about legal and judicial system. Its Objective, Protection for women under the Acts, how the Act can be a useful for a women etc are presented in the books.

This book is the guideline for the field worker circulated along with the video film.

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Mahila Anni Balvikasanchya Yojana - Women and Child Development Schemes (Guidelines)

Mahila Anni Balvikasanchya Yojana
Women and Child Development Schemes (Guidelines)

Audience:
NGOs, Officers, Staff and elected members of different government and Non-government Organisation and the direct benefices of the schemes.

Abstract:
This guide focuses on the development schemes of state government related to Women and Child development. This book gives brief information about the schemes as well as the contact numbers of the responsible officers. This facilitates the beneficiary to approach the right person in right department.

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Vitamin A: Frequently Asked Questions - English
Vitamin A: Frequently Asked Questions - Marathi -  Vitamin A FAQs in Marathi - pdf formatpdf 49 kb

Vitamin A Marathi brochure -  Vitamin A Marathi brochure in pdf formatpdf 470 kb

Vitamin A Marathi brochure - front
Front - download 219 kb
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Back - download 274 kb

 



The great Vitamin A fiasco - World Nutrition - May 2010
Michael Latham

This commentary challenges the wisdom and validity of the current practice of providing to children between 6 months and 5 years, regular supplements of massive medicinal doses of vitamin A. Every year, roughly half a billion capsules are made to be distributed and to be given to around 200 million children in over 100 ‘targeted’ countries (1,2). One standard method of dosing of younger children is shown in the picture above, which appears on the cover of a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) working paper issued in 2005 (1). In most cases, this medicinal dosing is now being done in countries and areas where the vitamin A deficiency diseases xerophthalmia and blinding keratomalacia are now rare, and any clinical signs of vitamin A deficiency are now uncommon. download pdfpdf442 kb

Vitamin A saves lives. Sound science, sound policy
Keith P West Jr, Rolf DW Klemm, Alfred Sommer
 
Vitamin A deficiency can cause blindness, impair health, and be an underlying cause of death, in young children. Therefore, responsible debate about its public health importance, and the value of prevention, should be based on reliable evidence of the extent and severity of deficiency, and on the impact of interventions. download pdfpdf 315 kb

Universal Vitamin A Supplementation Programme in India: The need for a re-look  download pdfpdf 37 kb
The National Medical Journal of India - Vol. 23, No. 5, October 2010

20 Million US Dollars on Vitamin A Procurement : Out of 32 Million US Dollars of Annual Budget 2009-2010
The Indian scientists have raised their concern on over emphasis of Vitamin A supplementation to children. The recent research communications from Prof. Michael Latham and Prof. C. Gopalan have raised this issue with scientific evidence. These excerpts from the Annual Report of Micronutrients Initiatives India an International Non Government Organization, according to which out of 32 Million US Dollar available in the Annual Budget 2009-2010, more than 20 Million US Dollars were spent on Vitamin A Procurement and Interventions. A meager sum of 2.5 Million US Dollars were spent on Iron interventions.

Anaemia is most common nutritional deficiency disorders in the country. Almost vulnerable age groups have anaemia in the range of 60-90%. The health consequences of anaemia are highly detrimental to Maternal and Child Health. The prevalence of Vitamin A deficiency is less than one percent and is limited to selected geographical pockets in the country. The Keratomalacia and Nutritional Blindness have disappeared.

It is unfortunate but true that the agencies are trying to implement interventions for prevention and control of micronutrients disorders according to their mandate rather than the magnitude and health consequences.

 


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Nutrition for Health and Development (NHD)

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Midwifery training modules


The State of World's Midwifery 2011: Delivering Health, Saving Lives
Increasing women's access to quality midwifery has become a focus of global efforts to realize the right of every woman to the best possible health care during pregnancy and childbirth. A first step is assessing the situation.

The State of World's Midwifery 2011: Delivering Health, Saving Lives, supported by 30 partners, provides the first comprehensive analysis of midwifery services and issues in countries where the needs are greatest.



Midwifery Resources

 

Planning

Guidelines and Training

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WHO Reproductive Health Publications

Managing newborn problems - a guide for doctors, nurses and midwivesManaging newborn problems: A guide for doctors, nurses and midwives

This guide, based on the latest available evidence, provides up-to-date, authoritative clinical guidelines that are relevant to a facility with basic laboratory facilities, selected essential drugs and supplies, and the capability to provide safe blood transfusion. In some settings, the guide will be relevant to large health centres that provide childbirth care and have the capacity to care for sick or small newborn babies.

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Pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum and newborn care - a guide for essential practicePregnancy, childbirth, postpartum and newborn care - a guide for essential practice

Aimed at skilled attendants working at the primary health care level in settings with limited resources, this book provide guidance on how to deliver essential care to women (and their newborn) during pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal period (up to six weeks after delivery)

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Managing complications in pregnancy and childbirth: A guide for midwives and doctorsManaging complications in pregnancy and childbirth

A must for midwives and doctors at the district hospital who are responsible for the care of women with complications of pregnancy, childbirth or the immediate postpartum period, including immediate problems of the newborn. Both physicians and midwives will find this manual essential for promoting and assessing the quality of health services, in the training of providers and in supporting quality services through supervision and performance feed-back.

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Sexually transmitted and other reproductive tract infections - A guide to essential practiceSexually transmitted and other reproductive tract infections - A guide to essential practice

This publication is intended to assist health care managers and practitioners in resource-limited reproductive health care settings around the world to meet the needs of individuals who may be at risk of reproductive tract infections (RTIs).

It is assumed that readers are familiar with certain clinical knowledge, such as drugs and their dosages, although they may not have experience with management of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and RTIs.

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Guidelines for the management of sexually transmitted infectionsGuidelines for the management of sexually transmitted infections

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) remain a public health problem of major signifi cance in most parts of the world. The incidence of acute STIs is believed to be high in many countries. Failure to diagnose and treat STIs at an early stage may result in serious complications and sequelae, including infertility, fetal wastage, ectopic pregnancy, anogental cancer and premature death, as well as neonatal and infant infections. The individual and national expenditure on STI care can be substantial.

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National Family Health Survey, India 1998-1999 (NFHS-2)

A large-scale National Family Health Survey (NFHS) in most of larger states and National Capital Territory of Delhi in 1992-1993. The repeated survey NFHS-2, 1998-1999. Both have focus on fertility and child mortality, family planning and health. NFHS 2 was funded by USAID through ORC Macro and UNICEF.


Clinical Management of Acute Diarrhoea - WHO/UNICEF Joint Statement
Clinical Management of Acute Diarrhoea - WHO/UNICEF Joint Statementpdf 348 kb


Consensus Statement of IAP National Task Force: Status Report on Management of Acute Diarrhea
Download this document in pdf formatpdf 376 kb


Census India - 2001

Rural - Urban distribution of population - India and states/Union territories


Demographics and Health Surveys [DHS] - India Publications
India Country Statistics - Indicators  1992/93  &  1998/99

Review of National Immunization Coverage 1980-2002, India
WHO/UNICEF - October, 2003
13 pages -
Review of National Immunization Coverage in pdf formatpdf 125 kb


The Free And Compulsory Education Bill, 2004 - India
A Bill to provide free and compulsory education to all children from the age of six to fourteen years.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
CDC
Related Resources

 

Health and Healing Health and Healing is for first contact or primary health care workers. It is about both health and healing at the primary level. It offers a broad and comprehensive range of health topics from personal health to national health programmes, from system-wise illnesses to health problems of at-risk groups like women, children and old persons.  By Dr. Shyam Ashtekar

Off-site links

i-Quench.org/eDevelopment i-Quench.org/eDevelopment is a recent web portal dedicated to exploring new and emerging ICTs for development in India in the areas of health, education, poverty alleviation, agriculture, micro-finance, e-governance, trade of goods and services, market-based information dissemination - all leading to ICTs-supported holistic community development.

 

The Nutrition Transition Is Underway in India

Paula L. Griffiths, Margaret E. Bentley

Nutrition research in India has previously focused on the serious problem of undernutrition related to nutrient deficit and high rates of infection. Recent data from the National Family Health Survey 1998/99 (NFHS 2), however, identified a significant proportion of Indian women as overweight, coexisting with high rates of malnutrition. This paper examines the emerging nutrition transition for women living in rural and urban communities of Andhra Pradesh, India. NFHS 2 provides nationally representative data on women’s weight and height. In this paper, we examine representative data from the state of Andhra Pradesh (n = 4032 women). Logistic regression analyses are applied to the data to identify socioeconomic, regional and demographic determinants of overweight and thinness. The major nutrition problem facing women continues to be undernutrition, with 37% having a low body mass index [(BMI) < 18.5 kg/m2]; 8% of these women are severely malnourished (BMI < 16 kg/m2). However, 12% of the women can be classified as overweight (BMI > 25 kg/m2) and 2% are obese (BMI > 30 kg/m2). Furthermore, in the large cities of the state in which 4% of the sample live, 37% of women are overweight or obese, whereas in the rural areas in which 74% reside, 43% have a low BMI. Women from lower socioeconomic groups are also significantly more likely to have a low BMI. Findings from the logistic regression models reveal socioeconomic status to be a more important predictor of both over- and underweight than location of residence.


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The links listed here are links to websites containing information on women's health issues which we think our visitors may find of interest. Inclusion on this page does not constitute an endorsement of the advice or services provided through these sites.
 

Adhesions

UK Adhesions Society (UK)
 

Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS)

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Contraception

Family Planning Association contains details of family planning clinics (UK)
Brook Advisory Centres for young people (UK)
Natural Family Planning Methods (UK)
 

Cystitis

Cystitis & Overactive Bladder Foundation (UK)
 

DES

DES Action USA (USA)
 

Donor & self insemination

Donor Conception Network (UK)
Pink Parents (UK)
 

Endometriosis

National Endometriosis Society (UK)
Endometriosis SHE Trust UK (UK)
 

Fibroids

Fibroid News (UK)
Centre for Uterine Fibroids Brigham and Women's Hospital (USA)
Fibroid Corner (USA)
Fibroid Information (USA)
Fibroid Discussion Group (UK)
 

Gynaecological cancers

National Cancer Institute (USA)
Cancer Bacup (UK)
Women's Cancer Network (USA)
Ovacome support for women with ovarian cancer (UK)
Jo's Trust for women with cervical cancer (UK)
 

Heavy bleeding

The National Endometriosis Society (UK)
Women Who Bleed support for women with bleeding disorders (UK)
The Haemophilia Society for women with bleeding disorders (UK)
 

HRT

A Friend Indeed Canadian menopause resource (Can)
 

Hysterectomy

Hysterectomy Association (UK)
HERS Foundation (USA)

Infertility

Infertility Network UK
Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority information on IVF and other assisted conception techniques and lists of clinics (UK)
 

Menopause

North American Menopause Society (USA)
A Friend Indeed Canadian menopause resource (Can)
Premature Menopause Support Group (UK)
National Osteoporosis Society (UK)
International Osteoporosis Foundation
National Osteoporosis Foundation (USA)
The Hormone Foundation (USA)
 

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Association (USA)
Verity Polycyctic Ovaries Self Help Group (UK)
The Hormone Foundation (USA)
Excess body hair (UK)
 

Pregnancy and Childbirth

National Childbirth Trust (UK)
The Maternity Alliance (UK)
The Miscarriage Association (UK)
Active Birth Centre (UK)
Pelvic Partnership support for women with pelvic joint pain during or after pregnancy (UK)
 

Premenstrual Syndrome

National Association for Premenstrual Syndrome (UK)
 

Prolapse

Women's Diagnostic Cyber question and aswer section on prolapse (USA)
Dr Toaff's Alternatives to Hysterectomy article on alternatives to hysterectomy for prolapse written by an American surgeon (USA)
 

Thrush

Vaginal Discharge and Thrush (UK)
 

Unplanned pregnancy and abortion care

British Pregnancy Advisory Service (UK)
Marie Stopes International (UK)
Pro Choice Forum (UK)
Abortion Rights: The National Pro-Choice Campaign (UK)
Voice for Choice national campaign by the Pro Choice Alliance (UK)
 

Urinary Incontinence

The Continence Foundation (UK)
In Contact organisation of those affected by incontinence (UK)
 

Vulval Pain

Vulval Pain Society (UK)
 


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Where There Is No Doctor

The most widely-used health care manual for health workers, educators, and others involved in primary health care delivery and health promotion programs around the world. Our current edition contains updated information on malaria, HIV, and more.

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Where Women Have No Doctor

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A Community Guide to Environmental Health

This guide contains information, activities, stories, and instructions for simple technologies that help health promoters, environmental activists, and community leaders take charge of their environmental health.

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Advance Chapters from the NEW Where There Is No Doctor

Topics include care for newborns, breastfeeding, and nutrition. These are the first chapters completed of an all new, 21st-century edition of our hallmark publication.

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A Book for Midwives

A vital resource for practicing midwives and midwifery training programs around the world, this book covers the essentials of care before, during, and after birth. It has been updated to reflect new WHO/UNICEF guidelines and standards for mothers and newborns.

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Helping Health Workers Learn

An indispensable resource for health educators, this book shows – with hundreds of methods, aids and learning strategies – how to make health education engaging and effective, and how to encourage community involvement through participatory education.

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Disabled Village Children

This manual contains a wealth of clear and detailed information along with easy-to-implement strategies for all who are concerned about the well being of children with disabilities, especially those living in communities with limited resources.

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A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities

Developed with the participation of women with disabilities in 42 countries, this guide helps women to overcome the barriers of social stigma and inadequate care to improve their general health, self-esteem, and independence as active members of their communities.

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Helping Children Who Are Deaf

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Helping Children Who Are Blind

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HIV, Health and Your Community

A thorough, easy-to-understand guide for health workers confronting the HIV pandemic in their communities, it covers topics from biology of the virus to epidemiology to the mechanics of designing prevention programs, using language that is accessible to those with little medical training.

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Pesticides Are Poison

This chapter from A Community Guide to Environmental Health, available as a 36-page booklet, offers information and activities to help reduce harm caused by pesticides, to treat people in pesticide emergencies, and to understand legal and political issues related to pesticide use.

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Sanitation and Cleanliness

This chapter from A Community Guide to Environmental Health, available as a 48-page booklet, offers basic information on toilet building as well as learning activities to help communities understand and prevent sanitation-related health problems.

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Water for Life

This chapter from A Community Guide to Environmental Health, available as a 48-page booklet, helps communities improve drinking water sources, treat water to make it safe for drinking, and organize water projects to protect access to clean water.

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Basic Maternal and Newborn Care: A Guide for Skilled Providers (BMNC)
This reference manual is intended for use by skilled providers (including midwives, doctors and nurses)—working in low-resource settings at any level of the health care system or in homes—who care for women during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period, and for newborns. Although the BMNC’s emphasis is on supporting and maintaining the health of the woman and her baby, the manual recognizes that all childbearing women and newborns are at risk of developing life-threatening complications.

Thus, for each phase of the childbearing cycle and early newborn period, the BMNC presents a basic care strategy for: health promotion, through health messages and counseling, as well as birth preparedness/complication readiness; and prevention, early detection and/or initial management of the most common causes of maternal and newborn death and disability. Guidance is also provided on general, cross-cutting issues, such as woman- and newborn-friendly care, infection prevention, male involvement and working with the community. In addition to serving as a reference for skilled providers, the BMNC is also suitable for use in inservice training and preservice education programs. (2004) Available in English and French.

 

Learning Resource Package for Basic Maternal and Newborn Care
This learning resource package on CD-ROM contains all of the materials needed to conduct a competency-based inservice training course for skilled providers. It is divided into two modules that can be used separately: one on antenatal care, the other on childbirth, postpartum and newborn care. The package is intended for use with the JHPIEGO reference manual Basic Maternal and Newborn Care: A Guide for Skilled Providers. (2004) Available in English.

 

Emergency Obstetric Care: Quick Reference Guide for Frontline Providers
This pocket-sized booklet is designed to help the health care provider in a Type 1 health post recognize and respond to obstetric emergencies. The goal of emergency obstetric care at the health post level is to diagnose the problem, stabilize the woman, and arrange for transport to the nearest facility capable of managing and treating the complication.

The Quick Reference Guide is based on the World Health Organization manual Managing Complications in Pregnancy and Childbirth: A Guide for Midwives and Doctors. The first section of the Guide deals with responding to an emergency using rapid initial assessments; the next section presents diagnosis and management according to symptom; the Appendices include information on active management of the third stage of labor, essential drugs and supplies, infection prevention and guidelines for procedures. (2003) Available in English, French and Spanish.

 

 

Malaria During Pregnancy Resource Package: Tools to Facilitate Policy Change and Implementation
This resource package contains a variety of tools designed to assist policymakers, public health professionals and health managers in implementing programs that will reduce the incidence of malaria during pregnancy and provide effective treatment for pregnant women with malaria. The CD-ROM, which includes a learning resource package, job aids, a communication strategy, and key article abstracts, is organized in Adobe� Acrobat�, Flash Player, Microsoft� PowerPoint� and html (web-based) files, which are accessible from a user-friendly menu. (2003) Available in English, French and Portuguese.

Note: Print copies may be ordered for free in limited quantities. The resource package is also available for download in English and in French.


Malaria During Pregnancy Multimedia Tutorial 
This 31 minute tutorial discusses the impact of malaria on the pregnant woman and her newborn and other important issues concerning the prevention and control of malaria during pregnancy. Key topics covered: impact of malaria on pregnancy and the newborn; impact of malaria on HIV-infected pregnant women; and malaria control during pregnancy, including prevention and case management of malaria illness. (2003) The tutorial is included in the Malaria During Pregnancy Resource Package: Tools to Facilitate Policy Change and Implementation (see Maternal and Child Health).

The tutorial is also available online in English and in French.


 

Managing Complications in Pregnancy and Childbirth: A Guide for Midwives and Doctors
This manual, developed by the World Health Organization and JHPIEGO, is written for midwives and doctors at the district hospital who are responsible for the care of women with complications of pregnancy, childbirth or the immediate problems of the newborn. The main text of the manual is arranged by symptoms (e.g., vaginal bleeding in early pregnancy) to facilitate immediate diagnosis and treatment in an emergency situation. There are also sections covering "Clinical Principles" and "Procedures." (2000)

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Regional Initiative for the Reduction of Maternal Mortality
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Learning Resource Package for Managing Complications in Pregnancy and Childbirth: Notebook for Teachers
This learning resource package on CD-ROM is based on and intended for use with the Managing Complications in Pregnancy and Childbirth manual. The Notebook for Teachers includes resources needed for comptency-based preservice education or inservice training for skilled providers, be they midwives, physicians or nurses. The CD-ROM contains all parts of the notebook. (2000) Available in English and Spanish.

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Managing Newborn Problems: A Guide for Doctors, Nurses and Midwives
This manual, developed by the World Health Organization and JHPIEGO, is written for the doctors, nurses, senior midwives and other health care workers at the first referral level in low-resource settings who are responsible for the care of newborn babies with problems during the first week(s) of life. The guide, based on the latest available evidence, provides up-to-date, authoritative clinical guidelines that are relevant to a facility with selected essential drugs and supplies, basic laboratory facilities, and the capability to provide safe blood transfusion. In some settings, the guide will be relevant to large health centers that provide childbirth care and have the capacity to care for sick or small newborn babies. (2003)

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Learning Resource Package for Managing Newborn Problems
This learning resource package on CD-ROM focuses primarily on knowledge and skills for managing newborn problems in inservice clinical training courses for skilled providers. The package is based on and intended for use with the World Health Organization manual Managing Newborn Problems: A Guide for Doctors, Nurses, and Midwives. This package presents teaching/learning methods, materials and other resources to support the implementation of competency-based training courses for skilled providers, whether they are doctors, nurses or midwives. (2004) Available in English.



 

Igniting Change! Capacity-Building Tools for Safe Motherhood Alliances
This report is a collection of tools to help focus and strengthen collective efforts, from the grassroots to the policymaking level, to improve maternal and neonatal health.

The tools foster communication and collaboration among all levels of safe motherhood stakeholders—policymakers, healthcare providers and facilities, communities, families and women—who come together to share their viewpoints and solutions for improved maternal and newborn health. The tools emphasize strengthening group processes, building capacity for the linkages between diverse stakeholders, and helping stakeholders work as a team to advocate for safe motherhood. (2004) Available in English.

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Birth Preparedness and Complication Readiness: A Matrix of Shared Responsibility
This fold-out poster describes the responsibilities, actions, practices and skills needed to help ensure the safety and well being of the woman and her newborn throughout pregnancy, labor, childbirth and the postpartum period. It outlines plans and actions that can be implemented wherever life-threatening delays may occur—at home, on the way to care or at the place of care. BP/CR includes the woman and her family, as well as the community, health care providers, facilities that serve them, and the policies that affect care for the woman and the newborn.

The BP/CR matrix is a programming tool. It is a list of behaviors and skills that address delay-causing factors at various levels. Program planners can use the matrix to select desirable and feasible activities and adapt them to local realities. The matrix is also an advocacy tool. It enumerates the roles of facilities and communities and the responsibilities of policymakers, healthcare providers, families and women. In this role, it helps support provider and community demands for improvements. (2001; English introductory text revised in 2004) Available in English, French and Spanish.

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Monitoring Birth Preparedness and Complication Readiness: Tools and Indicators for Maternal and Newborn Health
This manual is the product of a joint collaboration between the Maternal and Neonatal Health Program at JHPIEGO and Family Care International through its Skilled Care Initiative.

The manual provides guidance in assessing and monitoring safe motherhood programs that intervene at multiple levels. It establishes a set of indicators, called a Birth Preparedness and Complication Readiness (BP/CR) Index, for each of six levels: the individual woman, her family (husband/partner), the community, the health facility, the provider and the policymaker. It also provides a comprehensive set of tools for deriving these indicators and tracking progress. The manual therefore represents an initial attempt to establish a standardized set of indicators that could be used across countries and/or programs for monitoring safe motherhood programs based on a birth preparedness and complication readiness approach.

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Preventing Postpartum Hemorrhage: From Research to Practice
This report summarizes a conference held to review the evidence for approaches to preventing postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) and explore strategies for scaling up interventions in the field. The conference, co-sponsored by the JHPIEGO/Maternal and Neonatal Health Program and the Asia/Near East Bureau of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), was held from 20 to 23 January 2004 in Bangkok, Thailand. (2004) Available in English.

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Preventing Postpartum Hemorrhage: A Community-Based Approach Proves Effective in Rural Indonesia
This JHPIEGO/Maternal and Neonatal Health Program brief focuses on the prevention of postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), including the active management of the third stage of labor. The brief also discusses the effectiveness of a community-based intervention to prevent PPH in women who do not have a skilled provider present at birth. (2004) Available in English.


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Shaping Policy for Maternal and Newborn Health: A Compendium of Case Studies
This collection of case studies was developed by JHPIEGO/Maternal and Neonatal Health Program, Saving Newborn Lives/Save the Children, and Family Care International to demonstrate different approaches to influencing national policies on maternal and newborn health. The case studies highlight the strategies and processes involved in securing national policy commitments and the specific changes these commitments to improve healthcare for mothers and newborns. Each one presents a strategy that has been used to achieve or influence policy change in a country or region, details of the implementation process, and the changes that have been made in maternal and newborn health and healthcare as a result. Together the case studies show how civil society and nongovernmental organizations can contribute to positive change for safe motherhood and newborn health. (2003) Available in English.

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Using Performance and Quality Improvement to Strengthen Skilled Attendance
This report documents how the use of the performance and quality improvement (PQI) process has helped to improve skilled attendance in JHPIEGO/Maternal and Neonatal Health Program countries, and shares some lessons the Program has learned about how best to use PQI in safe motherhood programs. (2003) Available in English.

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Guidelines for Assessment of Skilled Providers After Training in Maternal and Newborn Healthcare
This manual is a collection of tools for conducting follow-up assessments of healthcare providers who were recently trained in maternal and newborn health care. Using all of the tools will provide a comprehensive assessment of knowledge, clinical decision-making and skill competence. Each tool, however, may be used separately or combined with others to create a document appropriate for the content of a specific maternal and newborn health training course.

The tools were based on the World Health Organization’s international guideline Managing Complications in Pregnancy and Childbirth: A Guide for Midwives and Doctors and the JHPIEGO/Maternal and Neonatal Health Program's reference manual Basic Maternal and Newborn Care: A Guide for Skilled Providers. (2004) Available in English and French.

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Site Assessment and Strengthening for Maternal and Newborn Health Programs
This toolkit presents a process and tools for conducting facility-level site assessment and strengthening with the goal of improving essential maternal and newborn care services. The process is based on the performance improvement process defined by the USAID Performance Improvement Consultative Group, and adapted by JHPIEGO as a performance and quality improvement (PQI) approach.

This toolkit explains how the PQI process can be used to strengthen facility and individual performance, and how it can be easily and effectively incorporated into the operating norms of any facility. Using the PQI process, staff can continually assess and strengthen individual and facility-level performance. (2004) Available in English.

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Scaling Up Practices, Tools and Approaches in the Maternal and Neonatal Health Program
This report documents how the JHPIEGO/Maternal and Neonatal Health Program scaled up practices and approaches at the global, regional and country levels, and provides a qualitative description of the Program’s expanded reach, breadth, impact and sustainability. (2003) Available in English.

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Implementing Global Maternal and Neonatal Health Standards of Care
Implementing Global Maternal and Neonatal Health Standards of Care reports on a workshop held in 2000 on promoting the use of evidence-based maternal and neonatal health standards globally. It contains a strategy paper on disseminating and using guidelines at the healthcare provider level. (2001) Available in English and Spanish.

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Issues in Training for Essential Maternal Health Care
Issues in Training for Essential Maternal Health Care summarizes a workshop cosponsored by JHPIEGO and MotherCare II on the development of strategies for maternal healthcare training; improvement of training materials; and identification of practical training approaches. (1997) Available in English.

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Anesthesia for Emergency Obstetric Care
This learning package, prepared by the JHPIEGO/Maternal and Neonatal Health Program with support from the Averting Maternal Death and Disability Program at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, is designed to train doctors, midwives and/or nurses with midwifery skills who, as team members, will provide selected anesthesia services for comprehensive and emergency obstetric care (EmOC) at district hospitals to avert maternal death and disability.

The emphasis in this course is on rapid assessment and decision-making and clinical action steps based on clinical assessment with limited reliance on laboratory or other tests, suitable for district hospital and health centers in low-resource settings. In addition, throughout the training course emphasis is placed on recognition of and respect for the right of women to life, health, privacy and dignity. Finally, the setting up and effective day-to-day management of EmOC anesthesia services at district hospitals are included as an integral part of the course. (2003) Published in English.

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Emergency Obstetric Care for Doctors and Midwives 
This learning package, prepared by the JHPIEGO/Maternal and Neonatal Health Program with support from the Averting Maternal Death and Disability Program at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, is designed to train doctors, midwives and/or nurses with midwifery skills who, as team members, will provide basic and comprehensive Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC) at district hospitals to avert maternal death and disability.

The course follows a symptom-based approach to the management of life-threatening obstetric emergencies. The emphasis in this course is on rapid assessment and decision-making and clinical action steps based on clinical assessment with limited reliance on laboratory or other tests, suitable for district hospital and health centers in low-resource settings. In addition, throughout the training course emphasis is placed on recognition of and respect for the right of women to life, health, privacy and dignity. Finally, the setting up and effective day-to-day management of EmOC services at district hospitals are included as an integral part of the course. (2003) Published in English.

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FAO - Download Assessment of the double burden of malnutrition in six case study countries (PDF zipped, 2.1Mb)


Asia: India: Education. Nationmaster. 26 Aug. 2005. Wikipedia Encyclopedia. 30 Aug. 2005

Bridging The Nutritional Divide. Swaminathan, M.S. The Little Magazine. 17th International Congress on Nutrition, Vienna, August 2001.

India Child Malnutrition Deaths. Chadha, Monica. BBC News, Mumbai. 27 Aug. 2005

Chronic Hunger and the Status of Women in India. Coonrod, S. Carol. The Hunger Project. 8 Aug. 2005

Demographics of India. Nationmaster. 26 Aug. 2005. Wikipedia Encyclopedia. 30 Aug. 2005

Detailed Facts and Statistics about India. Phrasebase. 2005. Phasebase. 26 June, 2005

Hunger Amidst Plenty. Dreze, Jean. India Together. Dec. 2003. Humanscape. 25 June 2005

Early Years. UNICEF. 6 Aug. 2005

Chronic Hunger and Obesity Epidemic. Gardner, Gary. Worldwatch Organization. 2 Aug. 2005

The Asian Diet Pyramid. Gifford, K. Oldways. Oldways Preservation & Exchange Trust. 20 June 2005

India has an Enormous Under-Nutrition and Over-Nutrition Problems. Haddad, Dr. Lawrence. 29 June, 2005

India: Latest. UNICEF. 30 June 2005

Child Malnutrition: Myths and Solutions. Kumar, A.K. Shiva. The Little Magazine. UNICEF. 27 June 2005

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Food Fight For Hunger. Prasenjit Maiti. Council for Development Studies. 4 Aug. 2005

Family Life: India. Rajani, Chetan. The Settlement Organization. Cultural Profiles Project. 30 June 2005

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The Plight of Children in India. Statesman. Food Relief. Bhaktivedanta International Charities. 15 Aug. 2005.

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World Hunger Awareness

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Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)

Repositioning Nutrition as Central to Development: A Strategy for Large Scale Action (World Bank)

UN Millennium Development Goals

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World Hunger Map: [Asia] [Latin America & Caribbean] [Middle East, Central Asia, Eastern Europe] [West Africa] [Southern Africa] [East & Central Africa]

 


 

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