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Essential patient information in drug labels, packages and devices

Labeling of drugs and devices in Sri Lanka are done mainly in English. Lobbying by academics to change this situation has had limited success. On Sept. 21, 2012, the Ministry of Health ordered that all pharmaceutical manufacturers and importers to label in Sinhala and Tamil (native languages for most Sri Lankans) in addition to English.

HealthPhone: Poshan. Nutrition Mobile Apps - Now available from the Google Play Store

The vast majority of Indian families and women do not follow the following practices, contributing significantly to the high prevalence of malnutrition and disease in children under five years of age:
- 75% of new mothers are anaemic and most put on less weight during pregnancy than they should.
- Colostrum is essential because it prepares the baby's digestive system for the mature milk that the baby will receive in the next few days.

Reaching out to Community Health Workers (3) Introduction: Debasish Acharjee, India

I get contact with patients who needs Health Care Information. I study their medical complications from primary treatment provider Doctors' note, diagnostic test results including images and finally voice from patient. I consider a medical case history (as best as possible from my little education), I do upload patient de-identified medical case including related document in online open forum through own blog 

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.

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.' 

Women and Children First: Sharing healthcare knowledge through women's groups in Bangladesh, India and Malawi

Dear HIFA colleagues,

I am forwarding below a message from Ros Davies, Chief Executive of Women and Children First.

"Every two minutes one woman dies in childbirth along with six babies under one month ­ that's 3 million babies a year. Most of these deaths are preventable, according to the World Health Organisation.


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