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What Now? Questions to ask after a terminal diagnosis

Following research with more than 600 people living with a terminal illness or caring for someone at the end of life, Compassion in Dying has published an innovative new booklet: What now? Questions to ask after a terminal diagnosis. 'What now? is designed to help people ask questions and find the information they need, so that they can make informed decisions about their treatment and care – helping them to live well in the time they have left. 'What now?

Guide to Digital Inclusion for Health and Care Organisations

Healthcare organisations are increasingly providing information and services using digital technologies - online and mobile. But we risk widening health inequalities because the people who most need healthcare are the least likely to be online (in particular older people, people with low incomes, people with lower educational levels, and people in rural areas with poor broadband connectivity).

Afghanistan: Battle Over Polio Vaccine - Medics fight rumours that programme is a Western plot against Muslims

Health experts in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province warn that persistent rumours that their vaccines actual harm children are hampering efforts to combat polio. Medical professionals report significant resistance from village elders and mullahs, particularly in more remote districts, who claim the injections contain viruses designed by Western governments to deliberately hurt people in the Muslim world.

Global project to map drug resistance and tackle “superbugs” is launched

The Global Burden of Disease AMR project is a collaboration between the UK government, the UK health research charity the Wellcome Trust, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the University of Oxford, and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, an independent research centre at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Over the next four years the project will gather and publish data on the spread and effects of antimicrobial resistance around the world.

Ethics in public health: call for shared moral public health literacy

Public Health (PH) in Europe has become much more vocal about its moral understandings since 1992. The rising awareness that PH issues were inseparable from issues of human rights and social justice almost self-evidently directed the agenda of EUPHA and the European Public Health (EPH)-conferences. Problems of cultural and behavioural change, and environmental issues on a global scale were also added.

CHW Programmes in the WHO African Region (6)

...CHWs in many countries go beyond volunteer jobs through nomination by the Community to aid primary health care service delivery. It is very clear now that CHWs are now more of professional people than ever thought and even conceptualized by the World bodies. They now have more greater roles and higher career pathway.

Community Health Worker Programmes in the WHO African Region (3)

Generally, CHW's sort themselves into two groups: older, more seasoned & settled workers who value their work and are valued by the community, and younger, often more educated and more ambitious workers. The former are often content to continue their work, and remain settled. The latter, to remain content, need opportunities for advanced training, and if adequately educated, a career ladder which may take them out of the community. 

Tobacco Industry Efforts to Counter the Perceived Threat of Islam (4) Cigarette advertising versus tobacco control

I have done a quick Google search and the data suggest that cigarette companies spend more than 600 times as much money on cigarette advertising and promotion, as compared with the total spending by countries on tobacco control.... For every 5,000 USD in tobacco tax revenue, countries spend about 1 USD for tobacco control...

"Fighting a hurricane": tobacco industry efforts to counter the perceived threat of islam

'Islamic countries are of key importance to transnational tobacco companies as growing markets with increasing smoking rates. We analyzed internal tobacco industry documents to assess the industry's response to rising concerns about tobacco use within Islamic countries.

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