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[Research Triangle Park, North Carolina], FHI, .  p. (Research Briefs on Hormonal Contraception)Unintended pregnancies resulting from women missing their oral contraceptive pills could be reduced if women better understood what to do when they forget to take their daily pill. Research from Family Health International demonstrates that instructions explaining the steps to take when pills are missed are more readily comprehended when in graphic format, featuring simplified information.
From the 'A-train' to fighting AIDS - Keith Haring lithograph created in 1990 to accompany a UN Postal Association stamp series.
UN Chronicle. 1994 Jun; 31(2): p..The grimy walls of the New York City underground subway system might seem an unlikely canvas for launching an art career. But from these bizarre beginnings, the unusual work of American pop artist Keith Haring soon came to light in major galleries and museums around the world. Born in a small Pennsylvania town in 1958, the young man created a distinctive, disturbing urban art with cross-cultural hieroglyphics encompassing social and political themes--from a Harlem billboard with the stark warning "Crack is Wack" to "Free South Africa" posters to a 300-foot mural on the Berlin Wall. After beginning studies at Manhattan's School of Visual Arts, Mr. Haring quickly became immersed in the downtown arts scene of the early 1980s, developing his trademark white chalk, graffiti-style drawings--the spaceship, barking dog and "glowing baby" are examples--on the streets and walls of New York. His deep commitment to the fight against the disease that ultimately killed him is demonstrated in his powerful work on our June cover--"Fight AIDS Worldwide". (excerpt)
Geneva, Switzerland, WHO, Programme for the Control of Diarrhoeal Diseases, 1994. 13 p. (CDD/93.2)Why was Advising Mothers produced? Every child that is seen at a health facility with mild diarrhoea, and every dehydrated child that has been successfully treated at the facility, will be sent home to follow Plan A of the WHO/CDD Diarrhoea Management Chart, Case Management in the Home (give increased fluids, continue feeding, and seek medical care when needed). Unlike many other treatments, which are provided by the health worker, case management in the home is entirely the responsibility of the mother or other child caretaker. If correctly carried out, it can have a significant impact on the health of the child. How well the mother carries it out depends partly on how well the health worker advises her. Advising a mother on home case management is often the last activity carried out during a consultation, and often the least well done. The advice and the manner in which it is given are often not sufficient to enable the mother to understand and have confidence in her ability to care for her child's diarrhoea. There are many reasons for this: the health facility may be crowded, a health worker may have little time, and it is not always clear just how to advise the mother. When assessing and treating a child with diarrhoea at a health facility, the health worker should follow the same, systematic approach with every child: "Look, Ask, Feel, Decide, Treat." (excerpt)
Geneva, Switzerland, WHO, Programme for the Control of Diarrhoeal Diseases, 1994. 21 p. (WHO/CDD/94.49; CDD/93.1)Advising a mother on home case management is often the last activity carried out during a consultation, and often the least well done. The advice and the manner in which it is given are often not sufficient to enable the mother to understand and have confidence in her ability to care for her child's diarrhoea. There are many reasons for this: the health facility may be crowded, a health worker may have little time, and it is not always clear just how to advise the mother. When you assess and treat a child with diarrhoea at a health facility, there is a systematic approach which allows you to follow the same process each time: "Look, Ask, Feel, Decide, Treat." Advising a mother on how to care for the child at home may seem like a less structured activity; it is definitely one which calls for good judgement and understanding on your part. The purpose of this guide is to help you to improve this activity, by teaching a process which will allow you correctly and effectively to advise mothers on home case management. The process should also make it easier for mothers to remember the advice you give. The guide is to be used during a case management training course, or by health workers already trained in case management. (excerpt)
MCH News. 1996 May; (2):6-7.Prolonged and obstructed labour are important causes of both maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality. In the early 1970s, Hugh Philpot designed and developed the partograph in Zimbabwe to help prevent such problems and adverse outcomes during the active management of labour. He showed that the partograph helped to reduce prolonged labour, caesarian sections, labour augmentation and perinatal deaths. Anecdotal reports also mentioned of how the partograph made the occurrence of ruptured uteri much rarer, and implied that it had contributed to a reduction in maternal mortality. Anyone with experience of working in deprived areas where maternal care is predominantly managed by poorly supported midwives, and where the expertise for doing an emergency hysterectomy is limited or non-existent, will testify to the great value of the partogram. And yet, more than twenty years since its development, the partogram is still infrequently and inconsistently used in this country (both in rural and urban areas). (excerpt)
Choices. 2001 Autumn; 36-7.In 2000, the Spanish Family Planning Association--Federacion de Planificacion Familiar de Espana--a member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) European Network, organized an international photographic competition. The competition was supported by Face to Face, the UN Population Fund and IPPF campaign designed to increase awareness that women's rights are human rights. The theme of the competition was the situation of women around the world with respect to their sexual health, their reproductive life and their rights. From 300 entries, the jury chose 69 photographs, which were exhibited together with an additional 19 photographs, donated by professional photographers. The first `Women of the World Face to Face' exhibition opened in Madrid on 2 June 2000, accompanied by a beautifully illustrated catalogue, in Spanish. (author's)