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[Unpublished] 1984. 27 p.The current status of the Control of Diarrhoeal Diseases (CDD) Program was reviewed, and activities related to the evaluation of country control programs, the assessment of potential diarrheal disease control interventions, and the program's operational research activities were examined. In the health services component, ciontinued efforts to promote the preparation of plans of operation for national CDD programs is recommended, as is continued use of the national CDD program managers training course. Concern was expressed that the level of use of oral rehydration therapy (ORT) appeared to be modest. Case management was endorsed as the major program strategy. The series of studies on interventions for reducing diarrhea's mortality and morbidity were welcomed. For evaluation purposes, it is recommended that the program develop additional criteria for monitoring increased access to and usage of oral rehydration salts (ORS) and the reduction of diarrheal mortality. Continued accumulaton and publication of information yielded by the program's survey of the impact of ORT in hospitals was recommended. In the research component, the growth of research activities is satisfying. While biomedical aspects have developed well, it might be necessary to relate them gradually to specific control interventions in the future. Further studies of improved ORS formulatons were recommended. High priority should also be given to the promotion of breast feeding, immunization, and water supply and sanitation. The underlying mechanisms that cause the intervention to reduce diarrheal morbidity or mortality should be clarified. Research is recommended on the promotion of personal and domestic hygiene, food hygiene, and improved weaning practices. Emphasis on the development and evaluation of vaccines against the causes of diarrhea is supported. Some changes in the balance of research activities should be made. Epidemiological weak.
[Operations research in family planning programs] Investigacion operativa en programas de planificacion familiar.
In: Investigacion en planificacion familiar y servicios de salud, edited by Luis Sobrevilla, Mary Fukumoto. Lima, Peru, Consejo Nacional de Poblacion, 1984. 89-95.At the 1974 World Population Conference held in Bucharest, a World Plan of Action was adopted by 136 countries with the goal of controlling population growth. At the 1984 World Population Conference held in Mexico, many countries that previously supported pronatalist views started to promote family planning. China proposed to hold its population growth at 1200 million. Many African countries also adopted family planning programs. In the 1980s major changes occurred in strategies for the promotion of family planning. Community-based distribution, social marketing, and decentralized distribution schemes were tried. Community participation for promoting family planning was also undertaken. Operations research aided decision making and established links between health, nutrition, family planning, education, and employment. The family planning program could be divided into components such as organization (integration into health and nutrition programs, information about service users, the role of voluntary organizations); marketing (the increase of maternal age impacting demand, the choice between clinical or community distribution, social marketing or the combination of these); operations (the distribution of resources among different activities and among the three phases of the program, and personnel training for optimal resource use); and financing, budget, and control (budget controls for the stimulation of efficiency, the system of cost control in primary health centers, and the improvement of records). Operations research could also play a vital role in the design, implementation, and evaluation of different interventions.
Expanded Programme of Immunization Eastern Mediterranean Region. A report for the EPI Global Advisory Group Meeting, Alexandria, 21-25 October 1984.
[Unpublished] 1984. 10,  p. (EPI/GAG/84/WP.7.a)The strategy adopted by the Members States of the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) to achieve the objective of the promotion of the Expanded Program of Immunization (EPI) through primary health care (PHC) concentrates on strengthening synergistic integration of EPI with other services. Activities have been planned and implemented or are being implemented at the Regional Office and at the country level. 21 countries of the Region now have either a full-time or part-time manager or an EPI focal point. This is a considerable development, for in 1982 there were EPI managers in 9 countries. Except for 3 countries, all national EPI managers/focal points have received senior level training in EPI. At delivery points, vaccination is performed to a large extent by multipurpose health workers, but full-time vaccinators are available in about 6 countries. All field workers have received training at their respective regional levels. Limited financial resources continue to be 1 of the primary constraints of the program in the Region. Plans to resolve this problem include: counteracting wastage factors; close collaboration with the UN International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and other international agencies at the country level to standardize approaches and avoid overlap; tapping regional and international voluntary agencies to increase their contributions; and increased use of associate experts, UN volunteers, and national technical staff. The overall information system is to some extent weak and suffers from irregularity and a lack of continuity. Regular reports are received from 9 countries which have World Health Organization staff. Repeated requests from other countries yield incomplete and at times contradicting data. Research efforts are directed towards operational areas, and research in strategies, integration, community, and surveillance areas is being encouraged.