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Informal rural healthcare providers in North and South India (2)

I understand that IPs [informal healthcare providers] do know how to identify the ill-health conditions but then they wrongly prescribe. Does this mean that they lack the component 'treatment' in their training? I don't think so: the same article reports that 'international evidence suggests that training, on its own, has only a modest impact on performance'.
 
Reasons for excessive prescription of drugs have to be find in the global paradigm that 'wants' a doctor to be a doctor when he prescribes more.

Antibiotic prescribing practice in management of cough and/or diarrhoea in Moshi Municipality, Northern Tanzania: cross-sectional descriptive study

ABSTRACT
 
Introduction: The increase in resistance of many pathogens to currently available antibiotics has been recognized as life-threatening problem. The development of drug resistance is promoted by irrational prescribing behavior. Inappropriate use of antibiotics is attributed by over-prescription, inadequate dosage and use for non-bacterial infections. The purpose of this study was to assess antibiotic prescribing practices in the management of diarrhoea and cough among children attending hospitals in Moshi municipal, Tanzania.
 

Hesperian and Kindles (7) "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing" (2)

Is it true that a well-written health guide such as Where There is No Doctor could lead to harm by unsafe medication or delay in seeking care? I suspect this is very unlikely. The book is carefully constructed for "everyone who cares" (to whom the book is dedicated), and clear guidance is given for when the person should seek help at a health centre... 
 

HealthPhone: Laying the Foundation for Combating Malnutrition in India (5)

[HealthPhone] Anecdotal evidence and Behaviour change noticed:
-  increased use of ORS and Zinc during diarrhoea episodes;
-  increased frequency, at critical times, of hand washing using soap and water;
-  a rise in early and exclusive breastfeeding rates and 
-  more mothers and children getting a full round of their routine immunization. 
 
Result: 
-  Fewer maternal & child deaths; 
-  Improved nutrition; 

Antibiotic prescribing practice in management of cough and/or diarrhoea in Moshi Municipality, Northern Tanzania: cross-sectional descriptive study.

Abstract
 
INTRODUCTION: The increase in resistance of many pathogens to currently available antibiotics has been recognized as life-threatening problem. The development of drug resistance is promoted by irrational prescribing behavior. Inappropriate use of antibiotics is attributed by over-prescription, inadequate dosage and use for non-bacterial infections. The purpose of this study was to assess antibiotic prescribing practices in the management of diarrhoea and cough among children attending hospitals in Moshi municipal, Tanzania.
 

Supporting the information and learning needs of Community Health Workers in Bangladesh (3)

Community health workers are burdened (or empowered, depending on one's viewpoint) with an ever-increasing range of health education and treatment responsibilities, often in the context of excessive workload and inadequate resources and supervision..
 

A world where every parent understands and uses oral rehydration therapy

'During the 1980s, when BRAC began to implement this health solution on a national scale, it proved to be an enormous undertaking... Today nearly every Bangladeshi woman understands and uses oral rehydration therapy...
 
'BRAC now has perhaps the largest cadre of non-governmental-organisation-trained frontline health workers in the world, with more than 100 000 self-employed community health workers who are incentivised to provide basic curative and preventative care to their families and neighbours.'
 

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.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdLj08c_AYg
 

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