Useful Resources

Training resources on sexual and reproductive health
Rights-Oriented Research & Education Network in and Reproductive Health, November 2014

The Rights-Oriented Research & Education Network in Sexual & Reproductive Health (SRH) aims to generate transformative and robust evidence for policies and programmes on SRH. RORE is involved in determining new indicators and domains of data to identify rights-realization/gender equality related influences on SRH issues (e.g. on reasons for not using services) and exploratory cross-regional research to evolve concepts from the perspective of those affected. Education and training activities of the Network aim to build capacity in research from a gender and human rights perspective on sexual and reproductive health. RORE provides educational materials, training and mentoring focused on gender and human rights based SRH research and online courses with lectures focused on promoting research with a gender and rights perspective for SRH.

Translating statistical findings into plain English
Pocock SJ and Ware JH: The Lancet 373(9679):1926–1928, 6 June 2009

Clinical trial reports usually give estimates of treatment effects, their confidence intervals and p values. But what do these terms mean? The statistical methods and their technical meaning are well established. However, there is less clarity about the concise interpretative wording that authors should use, especially in the abstract and conclusions and by others in commentaries. This article offers guidance and assumes that one short sentence needs to capture the essence of a trial's findings for the primary endpoint. It explains technical terms simply and aims to help researchers to achieve this objective in their writing.

Transparency International's new website on corruption and health
Transparancy International

Transparency International has put together a website of resources on corruption and health. You may well see your own work reflected in the further reading lists. The idea for the website is to draw attention to some of the research contained in the TI Global Corruption Report 2006, but also to provide links to more detailed analyses and country studies. The website also provides information about the work TI National Chapters have been doing on the topic. Transparency International welcomes information about other resources you think we should include, or organisations working on corruption in health with which they could link.

Treating HIV & AIDS: A training toolkit

NAM, the publisher of http://www.aidsmap.com and the electronic newsletter "HIV & AIDS Treatment in Practice", has launched a major new resource, 'Treating HIV & AIDS: A Training Toolkit'. This project is a response to the scaling-up of antiretroviral therapy in resource-limited settings, and was developed with the support of doctors providing training on ARVs in Botswana, Kenya and South Africa.

Trilingual educational malaria CD-ROM now available free of charge

The malaria educational site from Royal Perth Hospital, is now available in French, English and Spanish. The site contains sections on Diagnosis, Prophylaxis, Treatment and History as well as an innovative interactive "Test & Teach" self assessment module. It is an ideal site for Clinicians, Scientists, Healthcare Professionals and Students. The MK IV version of a trilingual (English/Spanish/French) CD-ROM (sponsored by Abbott Diagnostics) with the same content as the website is now ready for distribution (FREE) to institutions without, or with only limited internet access. (The CD-ROM is now being used by medical/educational institutions in 112 countries). For further details please contact Graham Icke.

Tunatazama
A Network of Southern African Communities Living Near Mines

This website is a space for community activists living near mines in southern Africa to share information, resources and experiences.
The countries currently participating in this project are: Lesotho, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Mozambique and Tanzania. Activists in each country document problems they experience and events they participate in and share this on a WhatsApp group. These posts are then shared on this site in the respective country blogs. Each country, in addition, maintains their own country blog. Additionally, Activists can view the posts on a mobile app called “Action Voices” which can be downloaded on an Android phone from the Google Play store. This website and the activities are a joint project of several organisations in southern Africa. These include:The Bench Marks Foundation – South Africa; Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW) – Southern Africa; Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) – Zimbabwe; Centre for Environment Justice (CEJ) – Zambia; Associação de Apoio e Assistência Jurídica às Comunidades (AAAJC) – Mozambique; Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), Tanzania and Maluti Community Development Forum – Lesotho.

Tunatazama
An online network for Southern African Communities Living Near Mines

This website is a space for community activists living near mines in southern Africa to share information, resources and experiences. The countries currently participating in this project are: Lesotho, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Mozambique and Tanzania. Activists in each country document problems they experience and events they participate in and share this on a WhatsApp group. These posts are then shared on this site in the respective country blogs. Each country, in addition, maintains their own country blog. Additionally, Activists can view the posts on a mobile app called “Action Voices” which can be downloaded on an Android phone from the Google Play store. The activities of this project are managed by the Bench Marks Foundation on behalf of regional organisations.

Turning rhetoric into action: Building effective partnerships to combat extreme poverty and exclusion
Welford S, Nelson J and Viard T: CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation, January 2009

This toolkit looks at elements necessary when creating conditions for the participation of people living in extreme poverty. These include: a lack of expectation of the contribution of people living in extreme poverty (the position of individuals and families living in extreme poverty is affected by the way society views them), reaching out, time and flexibility (people living in extreme poverty are often difficult to include in participatory projects), respecting and ensuring everyone's freedom by acknowledging that the very nature of such a project means that the different participants are from the beginning in a situation of inequality, a will to create equal partnerships and involvement at every stage - to succeed in achieving a truly participative approach, the participation of people living in poverty should be an integral part of the process rather than an add-on at any given stage.

UK PubMed Central improves access to free online life sciences resource
UKPMC: 13 January 2010

Developed in direct consultation with researchers, the newly launched open beta version of the UK PubMed Central (UKPMC) site offers a whole range of new search and data mining tools designed to unlock the scientific knowledge held by the repository. It will enable researchers to search and link information from literature and drill down into underlying datasets in new and innovative ways. The easy-to-use, intuitive interface developed by the British Library for the latest open beta version will enable researchers to: conduct a full-text search of 1.7 million articles; access abstracts for over 19 million articles; exploit the scientific literature with innovative features that enrich abstracts and full-text articles by linking scientific terms to other sources of quality-assured and useful information; and search content not included in traditional journal literature – including clinical guidelines, as well as other hard-to-find material such as PhD theses.

UN Launches First Comprehensive Web Site on Gender and HIV/AIDS

In an effort to place gender equality at the center of the fight against HIV/AIDS, the UN has launched its first comprehensive Web site that promotes understanding, knowledge and action on the epidemic as a gender and human rights issue. "By bringing knowledge and information to the global community, we are able to empower women," said Noeleen Heyzer, executive director of the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). Designed to be user-friendly, informative and interactive, the site offers research, training materials, surveys, advocacy tools, current news and opinion pieces by leading experts.

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