Health Priorities

Publication Title: 
World Hospitals and Health Services: The Official Journal of the International Hospital Federation

In Sub-Saharan Africa private voluntary health care providers are mostly Church-related or social not for profit organizations. They provide between 40% and 60% of health care services. In the context of Health Care Reforms, the World Bank and others have (re)discovered these non governmental providers. The World Bank document 'Better Health for Africa', promotes prominent roles for them in the execution of basic package of services and public health tasks. Unfortunately, the World Bank does not outline clearly how these roles should be achieved.

Author(s): 
Verhallen, M.
Publication Title: 
Health Expectations: An International Journal of Public Participation in Health Care and Health Policy

BACKGROUND: Citizen deliberation is a prominent theme in health policy literature. It is believed that citizens who deliberate may influence the setting of public health-care priorities. Currently, in some jurisdictions, citizens are members of community health boards, and thus have a forum to articulate and share values that could affect the reduction of health inequalities within their communities. However, there is little conceptual clarity on the character of citizen deliberation, or, more specifically, how citizens may articulate and share values.

Author(s): 
Murphy, Norma Jean
Publication Title: 
Implementation science: IS

BACKGROUND: Priority setting for artemisinin-based antimalarial drugs has become an integral part of malaria treatment policy change in malaria-endemic countries. Although these drugs are more efficacious, they are also more costly than the failing drugs. When Tanzania changed its National Malaria Treatment Policy in 2006, priority setting was an inevitable challenge. Artemether-lumefantrine was prioritised as the first-line drug for the management of uncomplicated malaria to be available at a subsidized price at public and faith-based healthcare facilities.

Author(s): 
Mori, Amani Thomas
Kaale, Eliangiringa Amos
Publication Title: 
PloS One

BACKGROUND: In April 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a list of "priority medicines" for maternal and child health based on 1) the global burden of disease and 2) evidence of efficacy and safety. The objective of this study was to examine the occurrence of these priority medicines on national essential medicines lists. METHODS AND FINDINGS: All essential medicines lists published since 1999 were selected from the WHO website collection. The most-up-to date list for each country was then selected, resulting in 89 unique country lists.

Author(s): 
Hill, Suzanne
Yang, Annie
Bero, Lisa
Publication Title: 
Patient Education and Counseling

The health of women involves their emotional, social, cultural, spiritual and physical well-being and is influenced by social, political and economic factors, as well as by a woman's biology. This definition of women's health provides the conceptual framework for a relevant and effective approach to patient education, health promotion and disease prevention activities in women.

Author(s): 
Cohen, M.
Publication Title: 
Journal of General Internal Medicine

BACKGROUND: Minority populations receive a lower quality healthcare in part due to the inadequate assessment of, and cultural adaptations to meet, their culturally informed healthcare needs. The seven million American Muslims, while ethnically and racially diverse, share religiously informed healthcare values that influence their expectations of healthcare. There is limited empirical research on this community's preferences for cultural modifications in healthcare delivery. OBJECTIVE: Identify healthcare accommodations requested by American Muslims.

Author(s): 
Padela, Aasim I.
Gunter, Katie
Killawi, Amal
Heisler, Michele
Publication Title: 
American Journal of Public Health

Traditional medicine (a term used here to denote the indigenous health traditions of the world) and complementary and alternative medicine (T/CAM) have, in the past 10 years, claimed an increasing share of the public's awareness and the agenda of medical researchers. Studies have documented that about half the population of many industrialized countries now use T/CAM, and the proportion is as high as 80% in many developing countries.

Author(s): 
Bodeker, Gerard
Kronenberg, Fredi
Publication Title: 
International Journal of Health Services: Planning, Administration, Evaluation

Nearly 20 years afer the licensure of a vaccine against the hepatitis B virus, an estimated 300,000 U.S. residents still become infected with the potentially fatal liver virus every year. One major reason for the persistence of hepatitis B is that few adolescents and adults whose sexual and drug-using behavior places them in danger of infection are able to obtain the vaccine. Public health authorities and legislators have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to vaccinate low-risk but politically popular babies, while largely ignoring high-risk older siblings, parents, aunts, and uncles.

Author(s): 
Sharfstein, J.
Publication Title: 
Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America

This article reviews events that led to the withdrawal of the only vaccine to prevent Lyme disease licensed in the United States.

Author(s): 
Poland, Gregory A.
Publication Title: 
Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America

This article reviews events that led to the withdrawal of the only vaccine to prevent Lyme disease licensed in the United States.

Author(s): 
Poland, Gregory A.

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