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Barriers and facilitators to health information exchange in low- and middle-income country settings: a systematic review

The exchange and use of health information can help healthcare professionals and policymakers make informed decisions on ways of improving patient and population health. Many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) have however failed to embrace the approaches and technologies to facilitate health information exchange (HIE). We sought to understand the barriers and facilitators to the implementation and adoption of HIE in LMICs.

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.

Health Information Access in conflict areas or during emergencies (3) AMREF, CHWs and data collection

Amref Health Africa has developed a mobile app that has in it the Ministry of Health household data collection tools that CHWs are tasked to use. The app works on line and off line allowing CHVs in hard to reach or poor network areas to still collect data. The CHWs can therefore collect data with their own mobile phone and only need to use bundles/ internet connection to allow the data to be transmitted to the DHIS. This has seen a significant improvement in data collection, quality of data and reduced cost of printing data collection tools as well as

Health Information Access in conflict areas or during emergencies

For a couple of years I have found myself in a dilemma while working on information management during disease outbreaks, in conflicts areas or during emergencies.
Setting a reporting system amid insecurity, high mortality/morbidity or other calamities proves to be an uphill task. You end up using any scanty information you get which might end up misleading the planners or implementers of interventions on the ground which may hamper the life-saving efforts. Another issue is to verify/validate whatever information you've received from the field.

Evidence-informed country-level policymaking (63) Prioritisation of national health research (3)

We have lots of studies here but the challenge is that they are not driven by country-level needs but donor interest. This has caused the challenge of having too many studies done on one area while another area, that is equally a health need suffers paucity of evidence. If donors are passionate about helping Africa they they have to let us look into the local need driven issues.


Ideation and intention to use contraceptives in Kenya and Nigeria

BACKGROUND: Contraceptive use remains low to moderate in most African countries. Ideation, or the ideas and views that people hold, has been advanced as a possible explanation for differences in contraceptive use within and across countries.
OBJECTIVES: In this paper, we sought to identify the relevant dimensions of ideation and assess how these dimensions relate to contraceptive use intentions in two illustrative countries, Kenya and Nigeria.

An investigation into how HIV/AIDS information is communicated and perceived in Kenya: a case of Kenyatta University

The study sought to find out how the information on HIV/AIDS is communicated to the various groups of people and in particular to the Kenyatta University Community. It sought to determine whether the information communicated is relevant, comprehensive, and sufficient on the subject of AIDS prevention and control. An attempt has been to try and establish the various sources of AIDS information available within Kenyatta University, their relevancy and adequacy in meeting the peoples' information needs on AIDS.


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