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New policy for WHO-authored or WHO-funded research published in journals and books

...Any reader with access to the internet can find and read a whole article. Researchers and policy-makers can find and combine information without having to seek permission and pay to reproduce a graph or table. Information can be automatically brought together on websites and platforms, making the management of information more efficient. 
 
As subscription barriers to access will be removed for everyone, WHO-authored and WHO-funded work will gain much wider visibility and impact.
 

Addressing stigma of mental ill-health and disability (2) A tribute to work in the field of disability (10)

And you're right in Zambia disability of any kind whether physical or mental is like a curse even among family members. We indeed need champions like your partner and his team Lung Hang. As a matter of fact I have seen other people in Zambia trying to dump their family members and feel ashamed to move with them in public. My own sister has been crippled from the time she was four years in 1958, she uses a wheelchair but it attracts a lot of attention and sympathy, same with my cousin dumb and deaf but God in His own wisdom has blessed them so much.
 
 

HINARI (2) Open access

It breaks my heart, and makes me very angry, when vision librarian colleagues in developing countries ask me for help obtaining a copy of an article written by one of their own researchers or clinicians or administrators, and then published in a journal which is not open and does not even provide a single reprint/pdf copy to the author.   Authors need to make choices beyond perceptions of the prestige of  journal.
 
 

The role of non-physician clinicians (2) The role of non-physician surgeons

I wanted to add to the discussion the fact that scope of practice for optometrists and other non-MDs is continuing to be discussed in the US, including this news report on cataract surgery by optometrists, who are certainly trained to diagnose eye diseases but have not traditionally been trained to do intraocular surgery
 
 

HIFA-Watch: Promoting an understanding of health information as a human right (2)

"We are talking about an access right to information. Apart from the rather vague expression of such a right in the Universal Declaraion of Human Rights (article 19), this is nowhere embodied in law. There is no such right granted under copyright - the exceptions granted in all national laws and international treaties (for "fair use" in some jurisdictions and "faIr dealing" in others, for citation/quotation, "study", etc.), are small chinks in a fairly forbidding edifice."
 

HIFA-Watch: Promoting an understanding of health information as a human right (2)

"May I express my personal interest in your chosen topic - the rights aspect of health information. We are talking about an access right to information. Apart from the rather vague expression of such a right in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (article 19), this is nowhere embodied in law. There is no such right granted under copyright - the exceptions granted in all national laws and international treaties (for "fair use" in some jurisdictions and "faIr dealing" in others, for citation/quotation, "study", etc.), are small chinks in a fairly forbidding edifice."

Criteria for Useful Accurate Drug Information for Patients and Prescribers (3)

"Agree that barriers to access to useful scientifically accurate drug information are political that involve trade groups representing health professionals and the pharmaceutical industry that can influence national drug regulatory authorities.  Control over information confers power and result in patients being dependent.  An observation can be made that the less that is known about drugs the easier they are sell."
 

K4Health Launches New Emergency Contraception Toolkit

Every day, 800 women around the world die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth, including unsafe abortion; 99 percent of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. Ensuring access to emergency contraception and related services is a cost-effective, life saving strategy that can advance health, development, and economic stability; reduce the incidence of unsafe abortion; prevent maternal and infant morbidity and mortality; and much more.

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