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Best Practices by Topic: Health

Advance Market Commitment (AMC): Preventing Pneumococcal Diseases
18 Nov 2009 - An Advance Market Commitment (AMC) is a new approach to public health funding designed to stimulate the development and manufacture of vaccines for developing countries.
GAVI Alliance [NGO]
Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Civil Society Engagement in Research for Health
22 Jun 2009 -
Council on Health Research for Development [NGO]
Location: Route des Morillons 5

Clean Dhaka campaign by Social Development Association
20 Feb 0022 - Dhaka City corporation DCC┐s Word No. 82 and Social Development Association jointly organized a Clean Dhaka Week campaign in which Dhaka City citizens of DCC Word No. 82 had participated. By doing the activities mentioned below towards cleaner Dhaka City with all our community organization, neighborhood association, residential association, sports clubs, youth clubs, University clubs, etc., the Ward with the largest number of participants during the Week awarded at the Awarding Ceremony of DCC. The theme of the campaign is ┐ let┐s keeps our cities clean for the next generation┐. The awareness to fight against dust developed by us.
Social Development Association [NGO]
Location: Location: Gandaria, Faridabad, Sutrapur of old Dhaka, Bangladesh

Community Based Rehabilitation San Ramˇn
16 Jun 2009 -
Fundacion Instituto Psicopedagogico Uruguayo [NGO]
Location: Uruguay, San Ramˇn

Community health services in difficultly accessible regions
17 Nov 2009 - Based on an island survey carried out by Terre des Hommes in the late nineties, the CIHEP program was launched to provide preventive and curative health care services for a population of some 165,000 islanders. The program was first established in 2000 to support the people of the offshore islands in the Bay of Bengal. The island population is isolated from the mainland district headquarters. More than 90% of the people suffer from poverty and landlessness as many have lost their lands due to river erosion. In addition the southern part of Bangladesh is frequently hit by cyclones and tidal surges causing many deaths and widespread damage. The most severe ones were the cyclones in 1970, 1985 and 1991. In December 2007 the area was again hit by cyclone SIDR. Due to such factors, the infant and child mortality rates are extremely high in comparison to the national average. Government Health Support is difficultly accessible as transportation to the existing mainland facilities is dangerous due to strong currents of the main rivers. A large part of the people living on the offshore islands suffer from diarrhoeal diseases, worm infestations, malnutrition and skin diseases. Most of the babies are delivered by non-trained Traditional Birth Attendants and this has led to increased maternal and neonatal death. Children also die from frequent outbreaks of pneumonia and diarrhoea. The main objective of the program was to improve the health status of the offshore population by reducing the death rate, maternal death, child mortality and birth rates. At the onset a self-propelled hospital vessel, equipped with modern diagnostic facilities was commissioned. The mobile ship clinic, named Shapla after the national flower of Bangladesh, has been moving from one island to another and conducting 6 clinics in a week. A team of qualified medical doctors, medical assistants, radiographers, lab technicians and other staff has been providing treatment and diagnostic services, which include X-Ray, ECG and pathological services. Treatment to patients of all ages and sex, check-up and advices for pregnant and postnatal women are being provided. Complicated cases requiring further investigation and specialized services are being referred to the Medical College and other specialized hospitals. The number of patients has increased from some 24,000 in 2001 to over 26,000 in 2007. The 26 meters long hospital vessel has a crew of 13, including the ship's manager, and a medical team of 9. Vaccination programs are conducted in close co-operation with local government and a revolving fund has been established to cover the costs of medicine. Patients also contribute to the services supplied. Inspired by the results of the Bangladesh delta project the model was replicated in the Amazon region where local populations face similar difficulties regarding access to health facilities. In 2001 a community health project was launched in co-operation with the local partner Projeto Sa˙de e Alegria (PSA) for the benefit of riverside communities of the Tapajos and Arapiuns, side rivers of the Amazon in the Santarem region. A specially designed hospital vessel, AbarŔ ("friend" in one of the local languages) was built in Manaus and became operational in 2006. The objective of the program is to improve the state of health in riverbank communities supported, especially for children and adolescents, through offering primary health services in close relation with the local SUS Uniefied Public Health System. Representatives of the implementing agency PSA have been visiting the Bangladesh project to exchange experience and know-how and the medical staff of AbarŔ is supported regularly by medical students, doctors and specialists from other parts of Brazil.
Terre Des Hommes Federation Internationale [NGO]
Location: Bangladesh

Continuing Medical Education Initiative for the Globalized World
30 Mar 2009 -
Women's Health and Education Center [NGO]
Location: Springfield, MA, USA

27 Mar 2009 -
Foundation for Subjective Experience and Research [NGO]
Location: Hamburg, Germany

Gender Oriented Treatment Program for Women with Dependant Children (Revised)
21 Jun 2009 -
Dianova International [NGO]
Location: Santiago & Maule, Chile

Health Centre "Del Bajo" and Commune Based Workshops in Asunciˇn, Paraguay
30 Mar 2009 -
Foundation for the Social Promotion of Culture (Fundacion Promocion Social de la Cultura) [NGO]
Location: Sajonia, Asuncion City

Health Promotion and Global Partnerships: WOMEN AND DIABETES
18 Nov 2009 - While much attention has been paid to communicable diseases on the international level, the adverse affects of chronic and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) on populations around the world are often overlooked. This is particularly true when addressing gender and NCDs. Women are especially affected by NCDs in both developing and developed nations. An example of one such disease is diabetes. Over 246 million people worldwide suffer from diabetes, 122 million of whom are women. By 2025, this number is expected to rise to 192 million. While the ratio of men-to-women afflicted with diabetes is roughly equal, women are uniquely, and often more severely, affected by the complications of diabetes. A number of biological, cultural, and socio-economic factors contribute to these complications and place women at an extreme social and economic disadvantage, especially with regard to obtaining diagnosis and treatment. Diabetes during pregnancy also poses an extreme threat to the health of women around the world and compromises the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals, particularly MDG 5- improve maternal health.
Global Alliance for Women's Health [NGO]
Location: New York City, United States

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