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BMJ: Too much medicine (7)

1. Health providers (doctor, clinical officer,nurse etc) should have adequate time with each consumer (client/patient) of health services. At least 20-30 minutes if possible. This will assist to get the complaints, assess, investigate (laboratory, radiology) and make a diagnosis/provisional diagnosis which will be a basis for prescribing

2. Health providers need to concentrate on what the consumer is saying (listen, observe, feel, ask) and not to rush in prescribing drugs even before the consumer has finished explaining as we see/observe happening in our many public facilities

Medical Aid Films - New film empowering girls and women with knowledge about processes that occur during puberty

The lack of effective reproductive health education and sanitary products are some of the key factors resulting in as many at 1 million girls in Kenya not going to school. Girls in Uganda have been found to miss up to eight days of school each term (11% of their total learning days each year) for the same reasons, and it has been estimated that 1/10 girls across the whole of Africa will miss school when they have their period.

Experiences from the field in Cameroon: Mental health promotion, (mental) health literacy, mental health and mental illness

Mental health is an integral part of health and a fundamental aspect for suitainable developement. Following a recent movement on mental health in Cameroon brought to light concretely on the First Cameroonian Days of Mental Health in 2015. I have taken resolution, to work to make mental health a priority in my country. Again, the context of mental health is characterised by a lot of ignorance, stigma, discrimantion and reject of sufferers. Of utter most importance is the absence of sources for adequate and reliable (mental) healthcare information.

HIFA working group on Information for Prescribers and Users of Medicines: We need your input

There is a need to improve the availability and use of information for prescribers, dispensers and users of medicines in LMICs especially the north-eastern part of Nigeria in particular Adamawa State, because most of them continue to prescribe drugs that were use in the 90's. Example is a senior doctor at Adamawa State University clinic who most a times prescribe drugs that causes complications in patients after taking the prescribed drugs; I was once his victim.

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. 

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