Tuesday, October 26, 2010

PAHO Responds to Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

Washington, Oct. 26, 2010 – The MSPP (Ministère de la santé publique et de la population) is leading the response to the cholera outbreak and has prepared the National Response Strategy to the Cholera Epidemic. This strategy is organized around thrree levels

    1. Protection of families at the community level;

    2. Strengthening of the 80 centers of primary health care in the metropolitan area;

    3. Reinforcement of the network of 10 Cholera Treatment Centers (CTC) and 8 hospitals for the management of severe cases.

Work has also started on establishing community rehydration centers that provide oral rehydration by community workers. This will be introduced in phases using priority areas identified by the MSPPP.

      Technical Information

    1. The Global Task Force on Cholera Control [English]
    2. Acute diarrhoeal diseases in complex emergencies: critical steps [English] [French]
    3. First steps for managing an outbreak of acute diarrhoea [English] [French]
    4. Cholera fact sheet [English] [French] [Spanish]
    5. Cholera outbreak: assessing the outbreak response and improving preparedness [English]
    6. Management of Dead Bodies after Disasters: A Field Manual for First Responders [English] [French] [Spanish]

    7. Click here for more information from PAHO

      Friday, October 22, 2010

      Cholera outbreak in Haiti

      Saturday, October 16, 2010

      Joel Gutierrez: Cuba's Health System and Global Health Innovations

      Joel Gutierrez: Cuba's Health System and Global Health Innovations from chris keefer on Vimeo.

      Joel Gutierrez, Chair, Clinical Neurophysiology Dept and Deputy Research Director of the Cuban Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery Professor at the Havana Medical University.

      Since the 1959 revolution Cuba has developed one of the most successful healthcare systems in the world, particularly considering its low-income status. Cuba has accomplished this feat through a focus on primary preventative care integrated within the community as well as incorporating a public health lens into its general policy making. Remarkably Cuba's impressive health indicators have weathered the contraction of its economy following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the ongoing hardships faced by the island in the face of the current global economic crisis and the ever-present economic blockade imposed by the USA.

      In addition to these domestic accomplishments Cuba has developed and maintained an unprecedented capacity for medical solidarity sending tens of thousands of health professionals to countries across the global south including most recently Venezuela, Pakistan, Bolivia and Haiti. Finally Cuba is reversing the brain drain suffered by countries of the global south by educating tens of thousands of low-income international medical students on full scholarships through its flagship program the Latin American School of Medicine.

      Monday, October 11, 2010

      Debating the future of Canada's health care system

      Debate organized by Students for Medicare on October 4th, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario.

      "Would Canada benefit from greater privatization of health care?"
      YES: Dr. William Orovan, Urologist, Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery, McMaster University


      NO: Dr. Danielle Martin, Family Physician, Board Member and Founder of Canadian Doctors for Medicare.

      Debate: Would Canada benefit from greater privatization of health care? Part 1 of 4 from Students For Medicare on Vimeo.

      Saturday, October 2, 2010

      No time to quit: HIV/AIDS treatment gap widening in sub-Saharan Africa

      New therapies have had great benefits for people living with HIV/AIDS, but looming funding cuts could undo many of the gains. To learn more, visit aids2010.msf.org. And for a brief MSF (Medicines Sans Frontiers) report on the growing funding gap, click here.