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The application of modelling to control strategies in lymphatic filariasis. Report of a consultative meeting, Geneva, 14-16 February, 1996.
[Unpublished] 1996. 23 p. (TDR/AFR/FIL/97.1)An informal meeting was held in Geneva during February 14-16, 1996, under the auspices of the Filariasis Operational Research Task Force of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) and the Filariasis Unit of the Division of Control of Tropical Diseases (CTD) to critically review recent advances and the current status of approaches to the epidemiologic modelling of lymphatic filariasis, and to recommend further steps needed to improve the field use of epidemiologic models in the control of lymphatic filariasis in endemic countries. Participants included experts in epidemiologic modelling, clinicians, parasitologists, entomologists, epidemiologists, public health planners, and members of the WHO secretariat. Modelling is a way of organizing information so that the interrelationships of components can be readily understood, and so that data lacking for the complete understanding of a problem can be identified. Progress in modelling and optimizing models for field applications are discussed. A work plan and recommendations are also presented. Meeting participants concluded that both the EPIFIL and LYMFASIM epidemiologic modelling packages have good potential to contribute to lymphatic filariasis control efforts. Although simple models of transmission are most urgently needed by control programs, complex models of pathogenesis are also needed.
In: Proceedings of the Expert Group Meeting on Innovative Techniques for Population Censuses and Large-Scale Demographic Surveys, The Hague, 22-26 April 1996, [compiled by] Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute [NIDI], United Nations Population Fund [UNFPA]. The Hague, Netherlands, NIDI, 1996. 203-13.Decennial censuses are a major source of information needed for effective development planning and the monitoring of population, socioeconomic, and environmental trends. However, census data are typically processed slowly and published after considerable delay. The data are then disseminated inefficiently, barely reaching the various target groups of users. The author discusses the use of census data and mapping that data. PopMap is an integrated software for geographical information, graphics, and maps databases. A UNFPA-funded project designed and developed the software in collaboration with the Viet Nam Institute of Information Technology. The software can help developing countries establish geographical databases. The following experiences with PopMap application development are described: Zimbabwe census geographical database, Uganda 1991 census atlas, Madagascar 1993 census atlas, and the Indonesian geographical database for support of the family planning program. Technical issues and how developing countries can access PopMap are also discussed.
Innovative computer methods for demographic enquiries and the dissemination of population information.
In: Proceedings of the Expert Group Meeting on Innovative Techniques for Population Censuses and Large-Scale Demographic Surveys, The Hague, 22-26 April 1996, [compiled by] Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute [NIDI], United Nations Population Fund [UNFPA]. The Hague, Netherlands, NIDI, 1996. 125-48.This paper was written to be used in the context of one of several UN Population Fund-sponsored expert meetings in preparation for the 2000 Round of Population Censuses. A review is presented of recent proven technical developments of interest to developing or newly-emerging countries, beginning with sections on appropriate technology; technical awareness and skills; training, information gathering, and technical assistance; software operating environments; and outsourcing. Computer-supported planning and management, design tools, office communication, and quality management are then discussed with regard to census/survey management and design, followed by mapping and data collection. Office processing is considered in sections on data capture, coding, error scrutiny and imputation, tabulation, meta-data systems, and new storage media. Non-paper dissemination, statistical and demographic databases, and multimedia applications are discussed in closing.
UNFPA and NCPEP sign new project to strengthen the population and family planning programme -- project VIE/96/PO1, "Projection and Family Planning Benefits and Savings: a Multi-Sectoral Analysis".
POPULATION - FAMILY PLANNING NEWS. 1996 Jan-Jun; (2):4.On April 19, 1996, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), agreed to help fund (US $177,560) a population and family planning project in Viet Nam (VIE/96/PO1) to be implemented by the Centre for Population Studies and Information, of the National Committee for Population and Family Planning Programme (NCPFP), with technical assistance from the Futures Group International, Washington, D.C. The project will focus on capacity building through technical support; in-country and overseas training; workshops for key staff of the NCPFP, the General Statistical Office, the Ministry of Planning and Investment, and the National Economics University; and provision of necessary computer equipment and appropriate software packages. The expected outputs include: 1) to develop the technical capacity of a group of national experts who will be able to use models and data inputs to analyze and evaluate the family planning program; and 2) to help policymakers, planners, and programmers at the central and provincial levels to better acknowledge and appreciate the benefits of the government inputs and efforts in the population and family planning program, especially the savings expected from fertility reduction in other social sectors (health, education). The Vietnamese government will contribute VND 282,600,000 to the project.