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Health Situation Analysis in the African Region, Atlas of Health Statistics, 2012

The Atlas of Health Statistics, 2012, which provides a health situation analysis of WHO’s African Region, is the most significant data output of the African Health Observatory ( Now in its second edition, the Atlas is building on the ground-breaking work that was carried out in preparing the initial edition. Not only has it been updated for 2012, but its coverage has expanded and further indicators have been included.

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Bookmarked by Francois van Loggerenberg on 31 Oct 2012
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eSCART - electronic Short Course on Antiretroviral Therapy

eSCART is an electronic short course on antiretroviral therapy being offered by the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium, on the antiretroviral treatment of HIV patients in low-resource settings.

eSCART targets health care professionals (physicians and clinical officers) working in low-resource settings and has been designed to increase accessibility to training from remote areas in the field of HIV/AIDS care.
The next eSCART will start on 18th of February 2013 and it is accredited with 3 ECTS by the tropEd network and the MPH-IH course at ITM.

Deadline for application is end of October.

Some scholarships will be available and attributed in a competitive manner. For more information click on the "Interested?" button.

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Bookmarked by The Editorial Team on 18 Oct 2012
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2nd Award for individuals in the developing world who have made a significant contribution to Open Access. The application form for nominations follows the announcement.

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Bookmarked by The Editorial Team on 16 Oct 2012
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Child Mortality Estimation: Methods Used to Adjust for Bias due to AIDS

This article is entitled Child Mortality Estimation: Methods Used to Adjust for Bias due to AIDS in Estimating Trends in Under-Five Mortality, published by Neff Walker, Kenneth Hill and Fengmin Zhao.

Estimates of child mortality are based on population based surveys that usually depend upon the histories given by mothers. But this method does not account for the mothers who have died or migrated out of the population. Moreover, for periods long before the survey, births to older mothers will also not be represented because these mothers will have been age 50 or over at the time of the survey and therefore not included. Normally this bias would be small but in areas having a substantial burden of HIV, this would account for a significant bias, as HIV-positive children will be more likely to die than other children, and their deaths will be less likely to be reported since their mothers will have also been more likely to die.

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Bookmarked by Jai K Das on 3 Oct 2012
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Management and hosting of initiative

Expressions of interest are now being taken from institutions in low- and middle-income countries to assume the responsibility for the leadership, management and hosting of the initiative. The WHO Department of Knowledge Management and Sharing (KMS) and the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) are transitioning out the managerial responsibility.
Interested candidate institutions are invited to send a proposal and required documentation by 30 October 2012.

The selected institution will be expected to:

1. Lead, manage and host the initiative;
2. Establish and coordinate a partnership with research institutions in low and middle income countries (LMIC) to run;
3. Promote and raise funds for the sustainability of

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Bookmarked by The Editorial Team on 24 Sep 2012
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