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African Journal of AIDS Research (AJAR)

This new journal will publish papers that make an original contribution to understanding the social dimensions of HIV/AIDS in African contexts. AJAR should be of interest to researchers in sociology, demography, epidemiology, psychology, anthropology, media, cultural studies, nursing, health promotion, social work, and economics.

African Oral History Archive
Ichikowitz Family Foundation, March 2014

The African Oral History Archive (AOHA) charts Africa’s history, heritage and collective memory as a multi-media content to preserve African heritage. AOHA is a non-profit initiative dedicated to African story-telling, to the safeguarding of the continent’s heritage for future generations. Over 130 interviews have been recorded, including former heads of state and government, foreign ministers and other key figures who have spoken freely of the decisions they were called upon to make, the criteria by which their decisions were taken, and their personal fears and hopes for the liberation of South(ern) Africa. AOHA promotes public access to these multi-media resources as entry points for young and old to understand Africa’s past. AOHA adopts no single point of view but, rather, provides the raw material for open, pluralistic storytelling.

African Partnerships for Patient Safety

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released a resource package of practical tools specifically aimed at improving patient safety in hospitals in developing countries. African Partnerships for Patient Safety (APPS) is a WHO Patient Safety Programme building sustainable patient safety partnerships between hospitals in countries of the WHO African Region and hospitals in other regions. African Partnerships for Patient Safety (APPS) is a WHO Patient Safety Programme building sustainable patient safety partnerships between hospitals in countries of the WHO African Region and hospitals in other regions. APPS is concerned with advocating for patient safety as a precondition of health care in the African Region and catalysing a range of actions that will strengthen health systems, assist in building local capacity and help reduce medical error and patient harm. The programme acts as a channel for patient safety improvements that can spread across countries, uniting patient safety efforts.

African portal on medical education
The Sub-Saharan African Medical Schools Study website

The Sub-Saharan African Medical Schools Study (SAMSS) website is a portal for information on medical education in Sub-Saharan Africa. It highlights reports and articles that shed light on the current state of medical education in the region and describes innovations and trends that will shape the future of medical education in Africa. Links to relevant resources are also provided, as well as information about the pioneering work done by the SAMSS team. SAMSS is committed to addressing the extremely low physician to population ratio (13/100,000) in sub-Saharan Africa, arguing that any efforts to stabilise and improve health in the region must address this shortage of physicians. The primary goal of SAMSS is to increase the level of practical knowledge about medical education in Sub-Saharan Africa in order to inform educators, policy makers, and international funders about the challenges and opportunities for increasing the capacity of African medical schools and the retention of their graduates.

African Regional Youth Initiative (ARYI) newsletter

The African Regional Youth Initiative (ARYI) is a collaboration of youth and community-based projects and organisations in Africa working to fight HIV/AIDS and malaria. The ARYI releases a newsletter every two months full of latest activities and events being implemented by ARYI members around the world. The January edition of the newsletter has just been released.

African sexualities: A reader
Tamale S (ed): FAHAMU Press, coming June 2011

This collection is a groundbreaking volume that provides a critical mapping of the plurality of African sexualities while also challenging the reader to interrogate assumptions, thereby unmapping the intricate tapestry of the broad range of contemporary African sexualities. Incorporating original research and analysis, life stories and artistic expression, this accessible but scholarly book examines, from a distinctly African perspective, dominant and deviant sexualities, analyses the body as a site of political, cultural and social contestation and investigates the intersections between sex, power, masculinities and femininities. Using feminist approaches, African Sexualities analyses sexuality within patriarchal structures of oppression while also highlighting its emancipatory potential.

Agriculture and the WTO in Africa: Understand to Act
Marie-Christine Lebret and Arlène Alpha (GRET)

The purpose of this book is to provide guidance in understanding how the WTO institutions and agreements that impact the agricultural sector operate. Its aim is to provide those in charge of civil society organisations in sub-Saharan Africa with tools and references to better understand the stakes behind, and means for, their participation in worl trade. Organised around descriptive and factual texts, this work contains many definitions and is illustrated by concrete experiences that facilitate reading.

Aide-memoire for a strategy to protect health workers from infection with blood-borne viruses
Safe Injection Global Network: 2010

This aide-memoire from the World Health Organization identifies the key universal precautions that health care workers (HCWs) should take to lessen their risk of contracting blood-borne diseases in the workplace, notably HIV and hepatitis B and C. It argues for hepatitis B immunisation for all HCWs, provision of necessary safety equipment, like gloves and goggles, and effective management of post-exposure treatment of HCWs who may have been accidentally exposed to blood. A number of procedures are proposed for healthcare facilities that wish to implement a strategy for dealing with accidental exposure, such as setting up and empowering an Infection Control Committee, using surveillance to identify risk situations and procedures and modify them wherever possible, and achieving compliance with universal precautions though ongoing commitment and training of all staff members. The strategy emphasises the important role of health managers in monitoring and supervising the programme, in co-ordination with the Infection Control Committee.

AIDS epidemic update

The annual AIDS epidemic update reports on the latest developments in the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. With maps and regional summaries, the 2002 edition provides the most recent estimates of the epidemic's scope and human toll, explores new trends in the epidemic's evolution, and features a special section examining the links between HIV/ AIDS and humanitarian crises.

AIDS epidemic update 2003

The annual AIDS epidemic update reports on the latest developments in the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. With maps and regional summaries, the 2003 edition provides the most recent estimates of the epidemic's scope and human toll, explores new trends in the epidemic's evolution, and features a special section examining stigma and discrimination.

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