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WHO: Manual for the care and management of patients in Ebola Care Units / Community Care Centres

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We are all aware of the severe financial constraints under which WHO has to operate, including for its publications and information services. This important practical manual from WHO was published in January 2015. I would be interested to know if it might have been published much sooner, when it was most needed, if WHO had been properly supported financially. (I am constantly impressed by the volume and quality of publications produced by WHO, despite resource constraints. WHO is probably the single most important provider of healthcare information worldwide, and demands increased investment accordingly.)


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Sunday, February 22, 2015
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Neil Pakenham-Walsh
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HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is the coordinator of the HIFA campaign (Healthcare Information For All) and co-director of the Global Healthcare Information Network. He is also currently chair of the Dgroups Foundation (, a partnership of 18 international development organisations promoting dialogue for international health and development. He started his career as a hospital doctor in the UK, and has clinical experience as an isolated health worker in rural Ecuador and Peru.  For the last 20 years he has been committed to the global challenge of improving the availability and use of relevant, reliable healthcare information for health workers and citizens in low- and middle-income countries. He is also interested in the wider potential of inclusive, interdisciplinary communication platforms to help address global health and international development challenges. He has worked with the World Health Organization, the Wellcome Trust, Medicine Digest and INASP (International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications). He is based near Oxford, UK.  neil.pakenham-walsh AT

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