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Quality of care for pregnant women and newborns — the WHO vision (8)

The recent WHO recommendations on optimizing health worker roles for maternal and newborn health (OptimizeMNH: include a number of recommendations for lay or community health workers (which was defined to encompass trained TBAs), including misoprostol administration to prevent PPH, continuous support for women during labour and a range of health promotion activities (see ).

Access to BNF online would be a milestone in improving access to reliable medicine information for presribers

Unfortunately, when I tried to access [BNF] through the link , this is the response I got: 

"This site has detected that you are accessing it from Kenya. 
Unfortunately this site is only available from Great Britain.
We apologise for any inconvenience."

My colleagues within East Africa, (Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda) tell me the same...

Doctoori: Arabic Health Information

A few years back as part of my public health work at LSHTM I had been surprised by the general standard of health information in the Arabic language. Quality and reliability were key issues for me. However the accessibility of this information for the ordinary person or patient in these mainly developing countries was the critical issue. There is lots of research that points to this.

Opportunity to make PubMed more useful for health professionals in low-income countries

- We agree that PubMed should remain a free resource and as such it is valued across sectors in health and care and from developing to developed countries. We also want to see improved links to free full text articles. The free availability of PubMed is also important to third sector, charity and voluntary organisations carrying out research globally. These organisations often do not have funding that would allow for expensive database subscriptions, and free resources such as PubMed are a lifeline for these organisations.

Requesting WHO to Consider the Use of an Open License

One of the major stumbling blocks to achieving health information for all is the lack of use of open licenses by all those working to achieve this goal.

Thus we from Wiki Project Med Foundation recently sent the following letter to the World Health Organization requesting that they consider moving to open licensing of their content.

Elsevier Provides Free Online Access to Medical Information for West African Countries Stricken with Ebola Outbreak

Dear colleagues, I'd like to share the following announcement. Best regards, Ylann Schemm Program Director - Elsevier Foundation


Request for help with a survey on Massive Open Online Courses for health education (3)

I recently attended 4 Coursera courses. All of them were relevant for this list - I would absolutely recommend them: - Health for all through primary health care. Coursera online Course organized by Johns Hopkins University. Bloomeberg School of Public Health. Course by Henry Perry, July 2013. (7 weeks) - Innovacion educativa con recursos abiertos". Coursera Online Course, organized by Tecnologico Monterrey México. Course by Vladimir Burgos y Maria Soledad Ramirez. September-October 2013. (5 weeks) - Introduction to Global health".

First Wikipedia Article Passes Formal Peer Review and is Published

The first Wikipedia article has passed formal peer review and been published today in the journal Open Medicine

Editorial is here [*see note below]

My hope is that this will encourage academics to contribute.

Ebola in West Africa: resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM)

***As the West Africa Ebola outbreak continues, here's a reminder of NLM resources that may be of value.***

All of these resources, and others, are listed on the guide "Ebola Outbreak 2014: Information Resources" at The guide is frequently updated and now has a section on "Situation Reports" and has added links to "Free Resources from Publishers."


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