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This guide aims to provide access to relevant, diverse and credible research on global health in developing countries. It aims to inform dialogue and the sharing of good practice by policy actors and decision makers globally around issues such as: social determinants of health; health systems; infectious diseases; NCDs; HIV and Aids; injury and violence; maternal, newborn and child health; and nutrition.
Global health meets genomics: inequalities and politics
Medical lab technician
A. Loke / Panos Pictures
Scientific advances in the understanding of genetics and genomics have the potential to generate major improvements for human health in the near future. However, from a global health perspective, the translation of this technology into new medical treatments raises profound international and local issues around inequality, identity and insecurity. Melissa Leach - Director at the Institute of Development Studies, Gemma Buckland-Merrett - Research Fellow at the University of Susssex Centre for Global Health Policy, and Leah Murphy - Eldis Global Health Editor, provide some reflections on the interplay between advances in the areas of genomics and global health.

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Rapid desk-based study: Evidence to support improved solid waste management in Sierra Leone
V. Di Bella; L.M. Johannessen / Evidence on Demand, 2014
This study has involved a review of selected literature (published in the last 10 years or of particular interest for the intervention), dealing with issues and benefits linked with solid waste management worldwide and, specifically, ...
The link between food, nutrition, diet and non-communicable diseases
World Cancer Research Fund International, 2014
This brief addresses why non-communicable diseases (NCDs) need to be considered when addressing major nutritional challenges: Foods, diets and nutritional status are important determinants of non-communicable diseases (...
Study of indoor air mercury pollution at dental teaching institutions, hospitals and clinics resulting from mercury amalgam use in dentistry
M Khwaja; M Abbasi; F Mehmood; S Jahangir / Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Pakistan, 2014
Mercury has been used in dental amalgams for over 160 years. Dental amalgams are widely done because it’s inexpensive, ease of use, best settling material and most importantly it is resin free which make it less allergic than co...
The significance of death, funerals and the after-life in Ebola-hit Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia: Anthropological insights into infection and social resistance
J. Fairhead / Health and Education Advice and Resource Team, 2014
The aim of this briefing paper is to consider the various ways in which widely reported fear and resistance to the Ebola response can be understood, and what each way of understanding offers to those battling with the 2014 e...
Medical Anthropology Study of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Outbreak in Liberia / West Africa
P. Omidian,; K. Tehoungue; J. Monger / World Health Organization, 2014
The 2014 outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa (Guinea Conakry, Liberia and Sierra Leone) is causing anxiety, fear and panic for communities in these three countries, the deadliest in years with the majority o...
Psychological first aid during Ebola virus disease outbreaks
World Health Organization, 2014
Ebola virus disease outbreaks have a significant impact on the wellbeing of those affected, their family, community members and the health workers treating people with Ebola. This guide focuses on psychological first ai...
Psychosocial support during an outbreak of Ebola virus disease
International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, 2014
This briefing note provides background knowledge on the psychosocial aspects related to Ebola and suggests psychosocial support activities that can be implemented. Psychosocial support is not only vital to ensure the ...
Ebola and beyond: Equality, sustainability, security - interlaced challenges in a global development era
M Leach / Institute of Development Studies UK, 2014
The 2014 Ebola crisis in West Africa is a global emergency and a set of personal tragedies. But beyond the urgent headlines and struggles to control the epidemic, what deeper stories should be told? This paper, origin...
Effective modalities to improve pregnant women’s compliance to daily iron supplementation
Ethiopian Public Health Institute, 2012
Prenatal Iron Supplementation (PIS) has a paramount contribution for reducing maternal mortality. The coverage and compliance in Ethiopia is 17.3 per cent and 0.4 per cent respectively. The aim of this study is to determine the covera...
Writing About Nutrition in Indian Newspapers: Lessons Learned from the OneWorld POSHAN Media Fellowship
Rahul Kumar; Elisa Knebel / International Food Policy Research Institute, 2014
To try to raise the profile of nutrition in the Indian media, POSHAN and the OneWorld Foundation, India (OWFI) co-implemented the six-month OneWorld-POSHAN Fellowship on Maternal and Child Undernutrition.  The...
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A scientific diagram of the circulatory system, painted on a wall in Dubangat Momicha government-run secondary school, in Ethiopia. The mural indicates the main arteries and veins of the heart.

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