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Advancing discussions on pneumonia diagnostics

Pneumonia is one of a number of common causes of death among children below the age of five in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa ­ deaths that coould be avoided if appropriate care is sought or made available more quickly. In response, many countries are investing in community health workers to deliver life-saving treatment for young children. Diagnosis of pneumonia, however, still poses a challenge for many community health workers as the symptoms can appear similar to other febrile illnesses, often leading to wrong diagnosis and treatment.
 

Management of poisoning (5) Challenges of finding practical healthcare information on the internet (4)

TOXNET is a group of databases and my impression is that it requires a relatively high degree of health literacy to use it/them. For example, I tried a search on acetaminophen (paracetamol - one of the commonest causes of fatal poisoning worldwide) and got 14,505 results. The #1 hit was a brief and uninformative abstract of a case report dated 1979, in a restricted-access journal. If I had been looking urgently on what to do for someone who had overdosed on paracetamol, I would have been left frustrated...

Advancing discussions on pneumonia diagnostics

Pneumonia is one of a number of common causes of death among children below the age of five in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa ­ deaths that coould be avoided if appropriate care is sought or made available more quickly. In response, many countries are investing in community health workers to deliver life-saving treatment for young children. Diagnosis of pneumonia, however, still poses a challenge for many community health workers as the symptoms can appear similar to other febrile illnesses, often leading to wrong diagnosis and treatment.
 

Creating health information that really works

'The UK's first practical, producer-led guidance and best practice on creating great health information resources...
... a number of issues appeared consistently across all topics and arguably form a set of overarching principles for creating consistently good health information. These principles include (this list is not exhaustive):
1. Have a clear purpose for the information and share this with all involved
2. Talk to and involve potential users from the start and throughout: 'follow the information user at all stages'

Ebola in West Africa (23) Health education during consultation

[A HIFA member asks] 'Do we really have enough time for health education?',. And I wish to say, Yes, we do, in every contact with patients, during emergency or scheduled interaction (consultation). It takes a little learning and practice and we can cover a successful patient-practitioner interaction including counselling and health education. We cannot be too busy not to use every opportunity to inform, educate the population and hopefully even change bad health and lifestyle habits.

 

 

Ebola in West Africa (8) Fear of Ebola Breeds a Terror of Physicians (2)

You mention that it may not help confidence that the medical teams wear top-to-toe protective suits and masks? Are these white? If so that puts me in mind of a previous post, I think from a HIFA colleague in Kenya or Tanzania, who mentioned that some people were afraid of white mosquito nets, associating them with ghosts or spirits. So important to ensure thst interventions are culturally sensitive? But very tough in such an acute crisis.
 

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