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Africa Health (3)

Many will be familiar with the need for "research to policy" or R2P. But that in itself is a shortened form of "research to policy to practice" or R2P2P. Clearly, health policies should be based on the best and most appropriate research. But that is not enough. If sound health policies don't then go into clinical practice, they are just empty words. Effort needs to be devoted to each link in this chain.

Africa Health

Najeeb al-Shorbaji hit the nail on the head last year when he wrote in a submission to this email list: "Health workers and most practitioners in the field do not need scientific articles written by academicians. They need practical information, best practices, case studies, stories from the field, lessons learned and guidance on how to do things".
At Africa Health journal, that is precisely what we have tried to do since launch in October 1978.

Forum 2015 - Access to Health Research: Open access (5) Pubmed/Medline (2)

And there is a further imbalancing twist. While authors from Africa find it difficult to get published in journals in the USA and Europe... publishers from LMICs find it difficult to get accredited by the US and European 'regulators' of what is respectable and what isn't...

But where is the voice from the South among the judges?



Increasing the availability of health research in languages other than English (5)

I completely agree that providing health information in as many languages as possible is an important goal.  Here at ecancer we encourage authors to submit in Portuguese or Spanish (as well as English) and if their article passes peer review we translate it into English and publish it for free, including the original Spanish/Portuguese version.  We also film at international oncology conferences and host videos of expert interviews on our website in Spanish as well as English. 

"A little knowledge is a dangerous thing" (9) Where There is No Doctor (4)

At Hesperian, we wholeheartedly agree that "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing." The question is: why would providing people with LESS knowledge make them safer? MORE knowledge is what's needed...

The role of non-physician surgeons (18) Let's give task-shifting a chance (7)

I advocate that these non-physician health workers should be encouraged to work under the direct guidance of a medical doctor using basic ICT tools for example, mobile health technology, video-conferencing platforms like Skype. Let the right thing be done right.

Samsung takes a major step towards the mHIFA Goal (4)

I think it's wonderful that Samsung has taken the step of preloading the app on phones in Africa: preloading anything is a very big decision for a phone manufacturer. I've had a chance to use the app [Smart Health for Africa] and have some observations:

Cholera Vaccine Information Needs Survey (5) Film: The Story of Cholera

"I'd like to let you know about our film, The Story of Cholera.  It has been used successfully to educate populations in many cholera-affected parts of the world, including Haiti, West Africa, and now in Namibia.  This short film on YouTube shows the British Red Cross using The Story Of Cholera in an open air mobile cinema during the Sierra Leone cholera epidemic.
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