Useful Resources

Basic Epidemiological Concepts - 2020 (2nd cohort)
Pan American Health Organisation: PAHO, 2020

This Skills Online Program aims to help public health practitioners develop and strengthen their knowledge and skills in order to make better-informed public health decisions. The EPI1: Basic Epidemiological Concepts module is the first in a set of three modules on epidemiology in public health and is the only one currently being offered through PAHO's Virtual Campus for Public Health. The module provides an introduction to some key epidemiologic concepts, allowing participants the opportunity to enhance their understanding of the fundamentals of epidemiology, and build skills in applying basic epidemiological principles to their work as public health practitioners.

Basic fund-raising for small NGOs/civil society in the developing world
Institute of Development Studies: 2009

This manual is a free online guide that provides very basic guidelines for small non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the developing world regarding fund-raising, focusing on the importance of adhering to the basic principles of good governance. The first impulse of many such non-governmental organisation (NGO) seeking funding is to request the contact information for possible funders, and once such information is received, these NGOs often write immediately to the potential funder, stressing how desperately funds are needed. Sadly, this approach often harms the NGO, rather than garnering support. Not only does it rarely attract funding, it can turn funding sources against the NGO altogether. This manual intends to discourage that behaviour and, instead, encourage simple activities by small NGOs that help continually cultivate and attract support. It is, instead, a set of guidelines on how to prepare an organisation to be attractive to donors, how to search for potential donors that support organisations in the developing world and how to approach such potential donors.

Beyond the 'Single Story': 3Bute Turns African Lit Into Crowdsourced Comics
Kennedy C: Colorlines, July 2012

Artist Bunmi Oloruntoba and editor Emmanuel Iduma collaborate with reporters and creative writers to furnish “the contexts often missing when African stories are reported.” Every two weeks, 3bute [pronounced “tribute”] publishes a three-page comic from a different African country in which readers tag the images like a wiki page with links to videos, articles, slide shows, twitter posts, music tracks, and other media. The resulting comic is dotted with icons that appear as you touch or move your mouse over its surface. The interactive features blink and pop as you shift from panel to panel in the site’s effort to undermine “the single, one-dimensional story of poverty, sickness, conflict” that far too often disparages the continent. 3bute uses new technology to explore the contours of African modernity through “multifaceted stories”. This review includes excerpts of 3bute comics, worth reading while the 3bute website is temporarily being reconstructed.

Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism Website
Bhekisisa, Mail and Guardian, 2016.

The South African-based Mail & Guardian newspaper has launched an Africa wide health journalism centre, Bhekisisa. Bhekisisa means "to scrutinise" in Zulu. It has its own website. is mentoring reporters in African countries to file solutions-based health features for the website and is working with health policymakers, activists and researchers to write opinion pieces for the website.

BioMed launches new features on its website
BioMed: November 2011

BioMed, a major open-access medical research provider, has relaunched its website with a number of new features. These include: a redesigned homepage showcasing the most recent and popular published research; new-style journal homepages for the BMC series (e.g. BMC Biology, BMC Cancer); a revamped ‘My BioMed Central’ page, in which you can see the latest articles in your subject areas and easily manage email preferences and stored searches; an updated ‘My manuscripts’ page, with improved display of the status of all your submitted/published manuscripts, and any that you are currently reviewing or have reviewed; and revised ‘Institutional Member’ pages, which now show all articles from a Member institution, not just those from the last 12 months. Other improved features include an ‘Advanced search’ option with additional options for selecting and downloading search results, and subject gateways that offer a quick way to see the latest research from across BioMed Central’s open access journals on a particular topic, while regional gateways showcase research from particular countries.

Black Girl
Mohdin A: Quartz, June 2016

The writer and director, Ousmane Sembène, uses a then newly independent Senegal, hungry for political and social alternatives, as the backdrop for this widely acclaimed film. Through the film’s main character, Diouana Sembène makes a powerful argument about Senegal’s independence and the impact of colonialism in Africa. It was one of the first African films to receive international acclaim. The short one-hour film, released in 1966, is a simple yet powerful story of a Senegalese nanny, who hopes and dreams of a better future, but is tied down by the French couple who hire her. Sembene presents a powerful critique of black aspiration to be in a France, or more broadly, in a colonizer’s country. Though people are now free in Senegal, they will in many ways still be seen as colonial objects. At a time where issues of race and class are resonating more than ever, and countries are struggling to come to terms with their colonial legacies, Black Girl remains a powerful story about personal and political freedom—one that stills hits just as hard.

Book to help young people

This 78-page resource manual, produced by JSI(UK)-Zimbabwe and funded by DFID Zimbabwe, is designed to encourage and help groups of young people support either younger children or their peers who are living in communities and households affected by AIDS. It contains a Training Guide for facilitators to use to prepare young people to implement community activities, and a Community Activities section that suggests activities young people can undertake in their communities.

Breast-feeding Site Added To Namibia MoHSS Web Site

The Food and Nutrition unit of the Namibia Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS)recently received WHO support to contract a local Web site developer to create a very comprehensive site addressing breast-feeding in Namibia. The site's content was developed by MoHSS staff, and includes a wide variety of information on the Baby and Mother Friendly Facility Initiative in Namibia, Government policies and strategies for promoting breast-feeding and maternal and baby health, facts and figures relating to breast feeding, and a resource guide for health workers that details reasons for and ways to promote breast-feeding.

Further details: /newsletter/id/29044
Bridging Waters Film Series
SADC: Botswana 2015

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) region is home to more than 260 million people, with transboundary rivers, lakes and groundwater bodies: 15 great rivers with their respective river basins in Southern Africa are shared between two or more countries. Water, however, does not recognise international boundaries. The joint management, protection and utilisation of water in Southern Africa is therefore not an option - it is a necessity. Bridging Waters is a docu-drama series illustrating how water in Southern Africa is sustainably managed according to SADC's Protocol on Shared Watercourses. Narrated through the lives of those living along Southern Africa's rivers and depicting their daily challenges, Bridging Waters connects local settings with transboundary management and exemplifies the local impacts of improved cooperation between countries in the region. Shot in 10 countries over a period of two years, the series delves into the waters of the Zambezi, the Limpopo, the Kunene, the Ruvuma and the Orange-Senqu. Rivers are the lifelines of Africa, and the film shows the shared responsibility to keep them flowing: clean and jointly managed for the benefit of all.

Budget Bites
Africa Health Budget Network, January 2015

The Africa Health Budget Network is a group of African and global organizations and individuals already using or wishing to use budget advocacy as a tool to improve health service delivery in Africa. The network has three strands of work and provides formal training opportunities, events and tools. The network promotes learning and sharing within the network and coordinated and focused pressure on African leaders with respect to their health financing commitments.