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  • Global health issues and responses – paradigm shifts needed

    by George Lueddeke
    Global health issues and responses – paradigm shifts needed
    This brief article summarises some of the key themes of my two plenaries at the PHASA 2014 conference: the first for the PHASA delegates and the second for the Junior PHASA conference attendees. Both presentations were based on my current book, Transforming Medical Education for the 21st Century: Megatrends, Priorities and Change, which complements and builds on the seminal Lancet Commission report on ‘health professionals for a new century’ and my forthcoming book, Global Population Health and Well-Being in the 21st Century: Towards New Paradigms, Policy and Practice. read more
  • Honouring Russel Botman’s legacy of Justice, Transformation and Inclusivity – the Ukwanda experience.

    by Therese Fish
    Honouring Russel Botman’s legacy of Justice, Transformation and Inclusivity – the Ukwanda experience.
    The theme of the PHASA conference ‘dignity, rights and quality: towards a healthcare revolution’ is well positioned in the global agenda. In June 2014, the University of Stellenbosch experienced the untimely death of the Rector of our university, Russell H. Botman. The theme of this paper is the legacy of Prof Botman. At the time of his appointment in 2007, he challenged the university community to answer the following two questions: How do we link academic/research expertise and excellence to the international development goals?; How can we provide scientific solutions to tough societal challenges? In this light, the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences started the Ukwanda initiative, specifically the Ukwanda Rural Clinical School. read more
  • Towards a strong public health research program in traditional and complementary and alternative medicine

    by Jon Adams
    Towards a strong public health research program in traditional and complementary and alternative medicine
    Traditional, complementary and alternative medicine (TCAM) includes a wide range of both indigenous and imported health practices, technologies, medicines and systems of care that exist predominantly beyond the public health care system, clinical practices of conventional doctors and the medical curriculum. While there is increasing interest in TCAM within the public health research community worldwide, there remains much room for further investigation and understanding of these prevalent practices and health care systems. read more
  • Refugees from Somalia, Iran and Afghanistan in the Netherlands: health over time after resettlement

    by Majda Lamkaddem
    Refugees from Somalia, Iran and Afghanistan in the Netherlands: health over time after resettlement
    Little is known about how resettlement impacts health of refugees in Europe, and more specifically, which factors contribute to physical and mental health improvements of refugees after resettling in a West European country. In the Netherlands, the practical situation for refugees changes dramatically at the moment of getting a residence status. In which way do those important changes affect the mental and general health of refugees after resettlement in Dutch municipalities? This study tried to fill the gap in evidence on the course of health and health care utilisation after resettlement. read more
  • Ensuring the health of African communities affected by emergencies and disasters, through Disaster Risk Management for health

    by Stella Anyangwe
    Ensuring the health of African communities affected by emergencies and  disasters,  through Disaster Risk Management for health
    In 2012, almost half of all the countries in SSA were burdened by one or more disasters, affecting millions of people, displacing hundreds of thousands, making tens of thousands severely ill and killing thousands. The WHO African Region developed a strategy for Disaster Risk Management (DRM). DRM for health should be multi-sectoral and involving a wide range of partners and stakeholders even outside the health sector, to ensure that health services are not disrupted during a disaster. The African Regional strategy is accompanied by technical documents and tools for facilitating the appropriate implementation of DRM in the Region which are discussed here. read more
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