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Ask for Evidence

Ask for Evidence is a public campaign that helps people request for themselves the evidence behind news stories, marketing claims and policies.

We hear daily claims about what is good for our health, bad for the environment, how to improve education, cut crime, treat disease or improve agriculture. Some are based on reliable evidence and scientific rigour. Many are not.

How can we educate our religious leaders on vaccination? (5)

Further to Beatrice Muraguri's comment that the head of Catholic Church in Kenya Cardinal John Njue has told women of reproductive age who are catholics not to agree to be vaccinated with Tetanus Toxoid, please find below three news items relating to this in Kenya's Daily Nation:

 

Evidence Review: what does good health information look like?

'This research report summarises the best evidence available - from both research and practice - on what approaches are most effective in ensuring the accuracy, readability, relevance and impact of consumer health information...' 

'The biggest issue is not necessarily one of quantity - quality is paramount. How accessible, timely, readable, reeliable and useful is the information provided? What does high quality health information really look like?'

WHO declares Liberia Ebola-free (3) Liberia Conquers Ebola, but Faces a Crisis of Faith (2)

... Then we remember the damage that many 'new religious houses' are causing to the fabric of the health of the populations in these societies. These new religious places ascribe the cause of EVERY illness to superhuman powers and curse on the patients. Most of their leaders / proprietors have no health or medical background but they have turned their places into 'treatment chambers' in an environment that poverty, disease and ignorance is rife.

Evidence Review: what does good health information look like?

This research report summarises the best evidence available – from both research and practice – on what approaches are most effective in ensuring the accuracy, readability, relevance and impact of consumer health information. 

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...

Tobacco Industry Efforts to Counter the Perceived Threat of Islam (2)

We are told that every religion abhors killing of human beings, therefore we should demand that religious leaders, fundamentalist or mainstream should tell tobacco companies where to go with their deadly propaganda and products.

IRIN: Psychologists stay home: Nepal doesn't need you (2)

Sometimes driven by our generosity we forget to account the actual need of the very people we are trying to help. Last Saturday I visited remote villages of earthquake affected Dhading district where indegenous "Chepan "community live.

I ask one question to all of them, what three things they need most? To my surprise their answer was "Corrugated sheet" "Corrugated sheet" and "Corrugated sheet".
And another question, what three things they want to build with "Corrugated sheet". They prioritise as rebuilding 1. Their homes 2. School 3. Health post.

New report: Use of an Interactive Voice Response System to Deliver Refresher Training in Senegal

For the 222 million women who have an unmet need for modern contraception, increasing access to high-quality family planning services is essential. 

As countries work to scale up the number of health workers, it also makes sense to focus on the existing workforce. In-service training can improve the quality of family planning services by updating health workers' knowledge, but it is often expensive and requires providers to leave their posts during the training. 

Quality of care for pregnant women and newborns — the WHO vision (10)

I do indeed have some more to contribute to this discussion on safe deliveries and I would like to add to more names to this list...one is dr, coke (colin) mc cord many of you know him... who worked in africa and taught many young 10th or 12th grade pass students caesarians as well as many other emergency surgeries with a very good outcome which my late father, raj arole followed years later in the same countries in africa and the good work was still continuing where there were no skilled surgeons or obstetricians...

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