On World Malaria Day the World Health Organisation (WHO) released a publication entitled "Malaria Prevention Works". Filled with eye-catching infographics, it presents WHO's recommended malaria prevention tools in a simple and digestible manner. It is divided into two parts: the first chapter focuses on core vector control measures, and the second on preventive treatment strategies for the most vulnerable groups. It touches on a key biological threat, mosquito resistance to insecticides and highlight the need for new anti-malaria tools.
The first e-learning course on health financing policy for universal health coverage has now been launched. This e-learning course comprises six modules which cover the core functions of health financial policy as conceptualised by WHO. Each module is divided into a number of sub-topics. This is a foundational course which targets participants of various levels of experience and expertise. The course is designed to be used in a variety of ways: as preparation for those who will attend a WHO face-to-face course, for those who are for various reasons unable to attend a face-to-face course, and for those who have already attended courses and wish to refresh their knowledge. Individual modules can also be used as part of a programme of blended capacity building. The course will work on a range of devices, operation systems and browsers. The introductory module covers the goals of UHC and health financing. Module 2 addresses revenue raising and module 3 discusses the desirable characteristics of pooling revenues. Module 4 addresses the purchasing of health services and module 5 discusses benefit package design including coverage choices and how to promote UHC through benefit package choices.
This year's Stop TB Partnership campaign runs under the tagline "Unite to End TB!". This campaign draws on the goals set out in the Global Plan to End TB, the roadmap to accelerating impact on the TB epidemic and reaching the targets of the WHO End TB Strategy. To amplify the message the Stop TB Partnership has developed a set of campaign materials, which are free to use. The campaign materials include a ‘Call to Action’ logo, a ‘World TB Day’ logo, social media tiles and e-cards, posters, t-shirts and pin templates and identity guidelines for communities.
A new Oxfam report claims that the scale of wealth inequality has grown and that eight people in the world have as much wealth as the poorest fifty per cent of the global population. This video presents the information from the report in a video overview.
The SexRightsAfrica Network brings together organisations and individuals working to realise Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights across Eastern and Southern Africa, and beyond. It is intended to complement, promote and strengthen existing networks and knowledge management platforms. It provides a meeting and referral point at the busy intersection of HIV and AIDS, health and well-being, and economic, social and cultural rights. There are many ways to participate in the network. This website is the platform for the network, as a regional networking hub to share evidence and strengthen action to realise sexual and reproductive health rights.
Human health is profoundly affected by weather and climate. Extreme weather events kill tens of thousands of people every year and undermine the physical and psychological health of millions. Droughts directly affect nutrition and the incidence of diseases associated with malnutrition. Floods and cyclones can trigger outbreaks of infectious diseases and damage hospitals and other health infrastructure, overwhelming health services just when they are needed most. The Atlas of health and climate is a product of a unique collaboration between the meteorological and public health communities. It provides sound scientific information on the connections between weather and climate and major health challenges. It outlines the consequences for a range from diseases of poverty to emergencies arising from extreme weather events and disease outbreaks.
The Radi-Aid Awards celebrates creativity in fundraising campaigns worldwide. Specifically, it challenges the perception of the global south as helpless victims who are dependent on donations from the West. The initiative is best known for its videos that debunk and poke fun at the stereotypes perpetuated by aid campaigns. This recent video, “The Radi-Aid App: Change A Life With Just One Swipe” flips the script on the usual aid campaign. In it Africans are asked to donate to the cold citizens of Norway, challenging the notion that the material circumstances of others are easily fixed by single interventions and raising that perpetuating stereotypes can do more harm than good.
Know Your City is a global campaign of Slum Dwellers International (SDI) and UCLG-A. Around the world, slum dwellers collect city-wide data and information on informal settlements. This work creates alternative systems of knowledge that are owned by the communities and have become the basis of a unique social and political argument that supports an informed and united voice of the urban poor. SDI’s databases are becoming the largest repositories of informal settlement data in the world and the first port of call for researchers, policy makers, local governments and national governments.
Whilst the peoples’ right to participate in making decisions that affect them, many governments and development agencies still apply top- down development paradigms. This toolkit's strength is the fact that it has been developed based on empirical project work undertaken in Kitale, a secondary town in Kenya. It is targeted at social workers, planners, development workers, community groups and development agencies operating at the micro-level through existing government structures, in this case the local authority. As a tool, it is intended to mobilise and create synergy with local residents, local development institutions and development agency workers; and demonstrate how locally available resources and experiences may be harnessed in order to improve access to basic infrastructure and services for improved urban livelihoods. The toolkit has been divided into three parts; the first part looks at the philosophical foundation, origin, development and strengths of participatory planning methodologies globally, regionally and locally; the second part looks at the processes that are mandatory in any given participatory planning exercise; while the third gives an empirical and step wise account of the Kitale projects implementation processes; key milestones, challenges faced, innovations and/or best practices, and lessons learnt.
Jockin Arputham from the Indian slums came up with an idea to organise marginalised communities in slums to improve conditions for themselves, in the form of a Slum Dwellers union. This organisation now exists in over 30 countries: This video describes how it works in Kenya.