February 2011 - Free Information Resources Bulletin

Free Information Resources Bulletin
February 2011

American International Health Alliance
LRC Project
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The Free Information Resources Bulletin is intended to promote improved access for healthcare institutions and professionals, with an emphasis on resources available in English. This bimonthly Bulletin provides information on different types of publications – manuals, monographs, books, journals, CD-ROMs and other resources – available for free in hardcopy or electronic format for healthcare professionals from countries with developing economies.

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CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:

WHO Publications

  • Family Planning Global Handbook for Providers
  • WHO recommendations on the management of diarrhoea and pneumonia in HIV-infected infants and children
  • Global Observatory for eHealth series - Volume 1
  • Global Observatory for eHealth series - Volume 2
  • Essential Drugs Practical Guidelines

Books/ Reports

  • Performance-Based Contracting for Health Services in Developing Countries: A Toolkit
  • Bridging the gap: The role of monitoring and evaluation in evidence-based policy making
  • Will It Work Here? A Decision maker’s Guide to Adopting Innovations
  • Guidelines for Systematic Reviews of Health Promotion and Public Health Interventions
  • Psychosocial Care and Counseling for HIV-Infected Children and Adolescents
  • British National Formulary

CD-ROM

  • HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care in Resource-Constrained Settings: A Handbook for the Design and Management of Programs
  • Topics in International Health

Software

  • Medical - free Health and Hospital Information System

WHO Publications

Family Planning Global Handbook for Providers (2007)

Author: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Center for Communication Programs and World Health Organization
Description: An essential resource for health-care professionals providing contraceptive methods, and a very useful publication for working with clients to support informed choice.
Languages: Arabic, English, French, Hindi, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish
How to obtain: Available online as PDF file [388p.]. A limited number of copies can be ordered free of charge by health care providers in developing countries
URL: http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/publications/family_planning/97809...

WHO recommendations on the management of diarrhoea and pneumonia in HIV-infected infants and children (2010)

Author: World Health Organization
Description: „To improve survival and quality of life among the 2.5 million children living with HIV, a comprehensive package of prevention, care and treatment is required. This package should include management of infections such as pneumonia, diarrhoea, malaria and ear infections, as well as common opportunistic infections and HIV-related co-morbidities. WHO is developing a series of guidelines on each of these conditions, following the GRADE approach. The document on the management of pneumonia and diarrhoea in HIV-infected infants and children is the first of this series.
The recommendations are similar to those for non infected children, but they cover specific aspects related to HIV infection.“
How to obtain: Available online as PDF file [60p.]
URL: http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2010/9789241548083_eng.pdf

Global Observatory for eHealth series - Volume 1 (2010)

Author: Global Observatory for eHealth
Description: Atlas- eHealth country profiles. This publication presents data on the 114 WHO Member States that participated in the 2009 global survey on eHealth. Intended as a reference to the state of eHealth development in Member States, the publication highlights selected indicators in the form of country profiles.
How to obtain: Available online as PDF file [2.75 Mb]
URL: http://www.who.int/goe/publications/ehealth_series_vol1/en/

Global Observatory for eHealth series - Volume 2 (2011)

Author: Global Observatory for eHealth
Description: Telemedicine – Opportunities and developments in Member States. This second volume of the Global Observatory for eHealth series examines trends in the uptake of telemedicine, from the well established to newly emerging telemedicine applications. With an emphasis on the needs of developing countries, it looks to the future with an analysis of the strategic actions required to support and strengthen telemedicine in countries. The publication is targeted at telemedicine practitioners and policymakers in health and information technology, as well as health care practitioners interested in adopting telemedicine services.
How to obtain: Available online as PDF file [2.55Mb]
URL: http://www.who.int/goe/publications/ehealth_series_vol2/en/index.html

Essential Drugs – Practical Guidelines (2010)

Author: Médecins Sans Frontières. Edited by Jacques Pinel, Françoise Weiss, Myriam Henkens and Véronique Grouzard
Description: The WHO department of Essential Drugs and Other Medicines (EDM) works with countries, international agencies, NGOs and other organizations to ensure that people everywhere have access to the essential drugs they need at a price which is affordable; that the drugs are safe, effective, and of good quality; and that they are prescribed and used rationally. Designed to give practical, concise information to physicians, pharmacists and nurses, these guidelines are an important contribution to improve the rational use of drugs, which will be a continuing challenge in the coming years.
How to obtain: Available online as PDF file [362p.]
URL: http://www.refbooks.msf.org/msf_docs/en/Essential_drugs/ED_en.pdf


 

BOOKS/REPORTS

Performance-Based Contracting for Health Services in Developing Countries: A Toolkit (2008)

Author: Benjamin Loevinsohn. The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development / The World Bank Description: Performance-based contracting is a type of contracting with: (a) a clear set of objectives and indicators; (b) systematic efforts to collect data to judge contractor performance; and (c) some consequences for the contractor, either rewards or sanctions, based on performance. Effective contracting for health services can be facilitated by using a systematic approach, described in this toolkit, that addresses key issues, including how to: 1. have a constructive dialogue with all stakeholders; 2. define the health services in terms of what services are to be delivered, where, the quantity of beneficiaries to be served, equity, and quality of care; 3. design the monitoring and evaluation to judge the performance of contractors; 4. select the contractors in a fair and transparent way; 5. arrange for effective contract management; 6. draft the contract and bidding documents; and 7. carry out the bidding process and successfully manage the contracts. The toolkit also includes a review of 14 evaluated examples of contracting in developing countries which concludes that the current weight of evidence indicates that contracting improves the coverage and quality of services rapidly. 
How to obtain: Available online as PDF file [226p.]
URL: http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTHSD/Resources/topics/415176-121623...

Bridging the gap: The role of monitoring and evaluation in evidence-based policy making (2008)

Author: UNICEF, the World Bank and the International Development Evaluation Association
Description: This publication offers a number of strong contributions from senior officers in institutions dealing with evidence-based policy making.These institutions are national and local governments, UNICEF, the World Bank and the International Development Evaluation Association. It tries to bring together the vision and lessons learned from different stakeholders on the strategic role of monitoring and evaluation in evidence-based policy making. “The concept of ‘evidence-based policy making' has been gaining currency over recent years. The use of strong evidence can make a difference to policy making in at least five ways: Achieve recognition of a policy issue; Inform the design and choice of policy; Forecast the future ; Monitor policy implementation; Evaluate policy impact....."
How to obtain: Available online as PDF file [220p.]
URL: http://www.unicef.org/ceecis/evidence_based_policy_making.pdf

Will It Work Here? A Decision maker’s Guide to Adopting Innovations (2008)

Author: Cindy Brach, Nancy Lenfestey, Amy Roussel, Jacqueline Amoozegar, and Asta Sorenson
Description: “…The Guide helps users determine if an innovation would be a good fit—or anappropriate stretch—for their health care organization by asking a series of questions. It links users to actionable Web-based tools and presents case studies that illustrate how other organizations have addressed these questions. Users will be able to answer the four overarching questions the Guide poses: Does this innovation fit? Should we do it here? Can we do it here? How can we do it here?”
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and RTI International. AHRQ Publication No. 08-0051
How to obtain: Available online as PDF file [116p.]
URL: http://www.innovations.ahrq.gov/resources/InnovationAdoptionGuide.pdf

Guidelines for Systematic Reviews of Health Promotion and Public Health Interventions (2007)

Author: Rebecca Armstrong, Elizabeth Waters
Description: “These guidelines complement Sections 3 to 11 of the Cochrane Reviewers’ Handbook. The content has been prepared by health promotion and public health researchers, decision-makers and practitioners experienced with both the use and conduct of systematic reviews. While these guidelines were originally developed to support the conduct of systematic reviews, they are also important for the conduct of primary research and for more informal reviews of research evidence. Many of the topics may not be unique to health promotion and public health reviews, but they are issues that are important in enabling research to be used in public health policy and practice decision making.”
How to obtain: Available online as PDF file [52p.]
URLhttp://ph.cochrane.org/sites/ph.cochrane.org/files/uploads/Guidelines%20...

Psychosocial Care and Counseling for HIV-Infected Children and Adolescents (2009)

Author: Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Description: A training curriculum for health care providers to learn effective methods to care for and counsel HIV infected children and adolescents and their families.
How to obtain: Available online as PDF file [318p.]
URLhttp://www.k4health.org/system/files/Psychosocial%20care%20and%20counsel...

British National Formulary

Author: British Medical Association and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
Description: The BNF aims to provide prescribers, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals with sound up-to-date information about the use of medicines. The BNF includes key information on the selection, prescribing, dispensing and administration of medicines. Medicines generally prescribed in the UK are covered and those considered less suitable for prescribing are clearly identified. Little or no information is included on medicines promoted for purchase by the public. New editions are published every 6 months.
Information on drugs is drawn from the manufacturers' product literature, medical and pharmaceutical literature, UK health departments, regulatory authorities, and professional bodies. BNF.org was launched in June 2000. It provides free access to the complete text of the BNF to visitors based in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and to the developing countries including Zambia, Nigeria, Uganda, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Tanzania.
How to obtain: Registration for access to BNF at http://bnf.org/bnf/request_registration.htm

Recently outdated copies of the BNF and BNF for Children are collected by the Commonwealth Pharmacists Accociation for redistribution in low-income countries:
http://www.commonwealthpharmacy.org/site/projects/pharmaid.htm
URL: http://bnf.org/bnf/


CD-ROM

HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care in Resource-Constrained Settings: A Handbook for the Design and Management of Programs

Author: Family Health international
Description: The HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care in Resource-Constrained Settings: A Handbook for the Design and Management of Programs offers state of the art knowledge on designing and managing HIV/AIDS programs.The handbook is intended to be used by program mangers, technical and programmatic field staff, the staffs of donor and international partner agencies, health care providers, and field researchers. Among the topics covered are: Reducing risk and vulnerability to HIV infection; Strengthening STD management and services; Reducing risk of HIV infection to infants; Reducing risk of parenteral transmission; Management and support of people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS; Prospects for the future
How to obtain: To request a free copy of the handbook on CD-ROM, email aidspubs@fhi.org
Shipping charges may apply.
URL: http://www.fhi.org/en/hivaids/pub/guide/hivaidspreventioncare.htm

Topics in International Health

'Topics in International Health' is a unique series of educational materials for medical and life sciences students, their teachers and other healthcare professionals. Aspects of international and tropical health are presented on a range of CD-ROMs, each focusing on a disease (or group of diseases) of global significance. Currently there are 14 titles available in the Topics in International Health CD-ROM series.
URL: http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/About-us/Publications/CD-ROMs/Topics-in-Intern...

Title: Acute respiratory infections (2001)
Description: This CD-ROM covers the range of acute respiratory infections (ARI) in young children in developing countries. An illustrated introduction to ARI in young children is provided by 11 interactive tutorials. The CD-ROM includes over 600 images. Download selected content at http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/About-us/Publications/CD-ROMs/Topics-in-Intern...
URL: http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/About-us/Publications/CD-ROMs/Topics-in-Intern...

Title: Dengue (2001)
Description: An illustrated introduction to dengue worldwide is provided through ten interactivetutorials. The CD-ROM includes over 750 images. developed in collaboration with the UNICEFUNDP-World Bank-WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR).
Download selected content
URL: http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/About-us/Publications/CD-ROMs/Topics-in-Intern...

Title: Diarrhoeal diseases (1998)
Description: This CD-ROM closely follows World Health Organization guidelines for the classification and management of this group of diseases. An illustrated introduction to diarrhoeal diseases is provided through 11 interactive tutorials. Complicated concepts in bowel immunology and pathophysiology are clearly explained using interactive graphics and animations. The CD-ROM contains over 700 images. You can download selected content
URL: http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/About-us/Publications/CD-ROMs/Topics-in-Intern...

Title: HIV/AIDS. Revised edition (2003)
Description: An illustrated introduction to HIV/AIDS in developing and developed countries is provided through 11 interactive tutorials. Complicated concepts such as the pathogenesis and management of HIV infection are clearly explained using interactive graphics and animations. The CD-ROM contains over 750 images, covering the major aspects of the epidemiology, pathogenesis, management and prevention of HIV/AIDS. You can download selected content
URL: http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/About-us/Publications/CD-ROMs/Topics-in-Intern...

Title: Human African Trypanosomiasis (2007)
Description: This title has been developed in collaboration with the UNICEF-UNDP-World Bank-WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR). 10 interactive tutorials. You can download selected content
URL: http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/About-us/Publications/CD-ROMs/Topics-in-Intern...

Title: Leishmaniasis (2000)
Description: An illustrated introduction to the clinical aspects, epidemiology, vector and host biology, and control of the leishmaniasis is provided through ten interactive tutorials. This CD-ROM covers the range of cutaneous and visceral manifestations of the disease, their clinical features, diagnosis and treatment, epidemiology, transmission and control. You can download selected content
The CD-ROM contains over 700 images.
URL: http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/About-us/Publications/CD-ROMs/Topics-in-Intern...

Title: Leprosy (1998)

Description: This CD-ROM features the latest epidemiological data on leprosy and includes a comprehensive guide to all aspects of ocular leprosy. The CD-ROM contains over 900 images. The important aspects of leprosy are introduced and illustrated by ten interactive tutorials. You can download selected content
URL: http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/About-us/Publications/CD-ROMs/Topics-in-Intern...

Title: Malaria.3d edition (2007)

Description: This fully revised edition of 'Malaria' contains 13 interactive tutorials covering all the important aspects of malaria in depth. You can download selected content
URL: http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/About-us/Publications/CD-ROMs/Topics-in-Intern...

Title: Nutrition (2000)

Description: This CD-ROM covers 'protein-energy malnutrition' and major micronutrient deficiencies in the developing world, together with a summary of diet in relation to chronic disease worldwide. An illustrated introduction to the causes, epidemiology, treatment and prevention of malnutrition in developing countries is provided through 12 interactive tutorials. You can download selected content
URL: http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/About-us/Publications/CD-ROMs/Topics-in-Intern...

Title: Schistosomiasis (1998)
Description: An illustrated introduction to this parasitic disease is provided by 12 interactive tutorials. The CD-ROM contains over 550 images. You can download selected content
URL: http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/About-us/Publications/CD-ROMs/Topics-in-Intern...

Title: Sexually transmitted infections. 2nd edition (2003)
Description: The fully revised edition contains 18 interactive tutorials covering general aspects of the major sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in tropical areas. The CD-ROM contains approximately 600 images. You can download selected content
URL: http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/About-us/Publications/CD-ROMs/Topics-in-Intern...

Title: Sickle cell disease (1998)
Description: This title is based on extensive material from the Caribbean, Africa and the Mediterranean. All aspects of this complicated disease are covered by 16 interactive tutorials. The CD-ROM contains a collection of over 200 images. You can download selected content
URL: http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/About-us/Publications/CD-ROMs/Topics-in-Intern...

Title: Trachoma. 2nd edition (2006)
Description: A guide to trachoma and the SAFE strategy. The new edition, produced in collaboration with international partners, has been fully revised and expanded. It now includes coverage of the SAFE strategy for the elimination of blinding trachoma. CD-ROM provides an introduction to the diagnosis, control, prevention and treatment of trachoma through 11 interactive tutorials. The tutorials include objectives, self-assessment tests, a list of key references to encourage further reading and summary screens to reinforce the crucial points. You can download selected content
URL: http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/About-us/Publications/CD-ROMs/Topics-in-Intern...

Title: Tuberculosis (1998)
Description: Ten interactive tutorials provide an introduction to the important features of this major disease, its prevention and control. The CD-ROM contains over 600 images. You can download selected content
URL: http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/About-us/Publications/CD-ROMs/Topics-in-Intern...

How to obtain: The distributor of the CD-ROMs to users anywhere in the world is Teaching-aids At Low Cost (TALC). Prices to low- and middle-income countries are £3.50 plus postage per CD-ROM, or £45 plus postage for the complete set of 14 CDs.Prices to high-income countries are £10 plus postage per CD-ROM, or £130 for the complete set.

To place an order, please contact:

TALC
PO Box 49
St Albans
Herts AL1 5TX, UK info@talcuk.org


 

SOFTWARE

Medical - free Health and Hospital Information System

Description: This version includes the basic inpatient (hospitalization) and outpatient functionality..: Today, Medical is being used in different countries around the world, such as Argentina, Nigeria and Indonesia. Medical is part of the GNU Solidario project . GNU Solidario is a NGO that delivers education and health solutions with free software.
URL: http://medical.sourceforge.net/


Compiled by Irina Ibraghimova, PhD
Library and Information Management Specialist
HealthConnect International
ibra[at]zadar.net

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