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"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.

Earthquake in Nepal (54) Poisoning with "antiseptic hand wash"

I am sending this message just to communicate one incident, when one elder man was brought in emergency with alleged poisoning with "antiseptic hand wash" distributed by relief team. He drank the solution because he thought it was "juice". Although the situation was not serious at all and the person was sent back with few antacid, it shows how things may go wrong if we send goods or even medicine without proper situation analysis.

Health literacy: towards system level solutions (2)

Health Literacy is crucial to a lot of the challenges the health sector is facing now especially concerning resistance to many drugs (e.g. antibiotics, anti-malarials etc) and escalating renal and hepatic damages from unsafe self-medication. Instead of consulting health care providers (often because of cost implications), a very high proportion of people in low and middle income countries who now have access to the internet simply find out information about "signs and symptoms" and start using drugs that they purchase from patent medicine store attendants.

Health literacy toolkit for low- and middle-income countries

This series of information sheets introduces health literacy, its relevance to public policy, and the ways it can be used to inform the promotion of good health, the prevention and management of communicable and noncommunicable diseases, and the reduction of health inequities. It provides information and links to further resources to assist organizations and governments to incorporate health literacy responses into practice, service delivery systems, and policy.

Symptomatic presentation with cervical cancer in Uganda: a qualitative study assessing the pathways to diagnosis in a low-income country

Background: Symptomatic cervical cancer patients in low- and middle-income countries usually present with late stage disease and have poor survival. We explored the views of cervical cancer patients on their symptom appraisal and interpretations, and their help-seeking including lay consultations.

Strategic framework for the Comprehensive Control of Cancer Cervix in South-East Asia Region

'Cancer of the cervix is the second most common cancer in women worldwide, and in some developing countries it is the leading cause of cancer death. Globally each year, about half a million women develop cervical cancer, [of whom] 200 000 new cases of cervical cancer in Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) South-East Asia Region... The vast majority of cases and deaths from cervical cancer are unnecessary, because efficacious and potentially effective modalities exist for its prevention and management.' 

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