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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438218/malaria-elimination-in-lao-pdr-the-challenges-associated-with-population-mobility
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REVIEW
Sengchanh Kounnavong, Deyer Gopinath, Bouasy Hongvanthong, Chanthalone Khamkong, Odai Sichanthongthip
Although the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) is comparatively small landlocked country with patterns of both in- and out-migration, its human migration situation has been poorly studied. This is despite all of the country's 18 provinces sharing both official and unofficial border checkpoints with neighboring countries. Economic reforms in the last decade have seen a gradual increase in the promotion of foreign investment, and main towns and transportation networks have been expanding thus offering new opportunities for livelihoods and economic activities...
April 25, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433256/evolution-and-patterns-of-global-health-financing-1995-2014-development-assistance-for-health-and-government-prepaid-private-and-out-of-pocket-health-spending-in-184-countries
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BACKGROUND: An adequate amount of prepaid resources for health is important to ensure access to health services and for the pursuit of universal health coverage. Previous studies on global health financing have described the relationship between economic development and health financing. In this study, we further explore global health financing trends and examine how the sources of funds used, types of services purchased, and development assistance for health disbursed change with economic development...
April 19, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424765/community-health-volunteers-in-primary-healthcare-in-rural-uganda-factors-influencing-performance
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Yusufu Kuule, Andrew Eric Dobson, Desalegn Woldeyohannes, Maria Zolfo, Robinah Najjemba, Birungi Mutahunga R Edwin, Nahabwe Haven, Kristien Verdonck, Philip Owiti, Ewan Wilkinson
INTRODUCTION: Community health volunteers (CHVs) play an integral role in primary healthcare. Several countries rely on CHV programs as a major element in improving access to care and attaining universal health coverage. However, their performance has been heterogeneous and at times context-specific, and influenced by multiple factors. We describe the socio-demographic and workplace characteristics affecting CHVs' performance in a public health program in rural western Uganda. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study based on routine program data of CHVs serving the catchment of Bwindi Community Hospital, Kanungu District, South Western Uganda, in 2014 and 2015...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419126/availability-and-affordability-of-antimalarial-and-antibiotic-medicines-in-malawi
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Felix Khuluza, Lutz Heide
BACKGROUND: Availability and affordability of medicines are key determinants of universal health coverage, yet achieving them presents a major challenge especially in low-income countries. We here present an analysis of availability and prices of antimalarial and antibiotic medicines in public, faith-based and private health facilities in Malawi. Medicines are provided free of charge in the public health care system of Malawi. In contrast, facilities of the Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) usually charge their patients for medicines, as do private for-profit facilities...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408120/quantifying-population-preferences-around-vaccination-against-severe-but-rare-diseases-a-conjoint-analysis-among-french-university-students-2016
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Joy Seanehia, Carole Treibich, Christine Holmberg, Jacqueline Müller-Nordhorn, Valerie Casin, Jocelyn Raude, Judith E Mueller
BACKGROUND: Several concepts are available to explain vaccine decision making by individual and inter-individual factors, including risk perception, social conformism and altruism. However, only a few studies have quantified the weight of these determinants in vaccine acceptance. Using a conjoint analysis tool, we aimed at eliciting preferences in a student population regarding vaccination against a rare, severe and rapidly evolving hypothetical disease, similar to meningococcal serogroup C meningitis or measles...
May 9, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406233/changes-in-prevalence-awareness-treatment-and-control-of-hypertension-in-disadvantaged-french-caribbean-populations-2003-to-2014
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P Carrère, N Halbert, S Lamy, J Inamo, A Atallah, T Lang
In 2003, the PHDG (Prevalence of Hypertension among Disadvantaged Guadeloupeans) study highlighted poor management of hypertension in an unemployed French Caribbean population. New processes of health-care coordination and a pay-for-performance system have since been developed. We aimed to assess changes in hypertension characteristics in disadvantaged French Caribbean populations in the last 10 years. Using PHDG 2003 data, in 2014 we undertook a cross-sectional study with identical methods. The source population comprised all Guadeloupeans having undergone periodic heath checks offered by the Social Security insurance at these dates...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Human Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404015/management-of-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-in-the-asia-pacific-region-an-update
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REVIEW
Seng Gee Lim, Alessio Aghemo, Pei-Jer Chen, Yock Young Dan, Edward Gane, Rino Gani, Robert G Gish, Richard Guan, Ji Dong Jia, Kieron Lim, Teerha Piratvisuth, Samir Shah, Mitchell L Shiffman, Frank Tacke, Soek Siam Tan, Tawesak Tanwandee, Khin Maung Win, Cihan Yurdaydin
The Asia-Pacific region has disparate hepatitis C virus (HCV) epidemiology, with prevalence ranging from 0·1% to 4·7%, and a unique genotype distribution. Genotype 1b dominates in east Asia, whereas in south Asia and southeast Asia genotype 3 dominates, and in Indochina (Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos), genotype 6 is most common. Often, availability of all-oral direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) is delayed because of differing regulatory requirements. Ideally, for genotype 1 infections, sofosbuvir plus ledipasvir, sofosbuvir plus daclatasvir, or ombitasvir, paritaprevir, and ritonavir plus dasabuvir are suitable...
January 2017: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403923/high-abortion-rate-in-martinique-f-w-i-in-spite-of-a-large-contraceptive-availability-what-are-the-determinants
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L Vergnaud, J-L Volumenie, C Bonnier
INTRODUCTION: Despite a similar health insurance coverage and access to contraception, Martinique F.W.I. has a higher rate of abortion than continental France (25.6 versus 15.3 per thousand respectively). The reasons are still largely unknown. A different contraceptive pattern, a lower use of emergency contraception in Martinique may be involved. We sought to explore the contraceptive pattern, to evaluate the use of emergency contraception and the reasons leading to an unwanted pregnancy among women seeking for an abortion...
March 2017: J Gynecol Obstet Hum Reprod
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403871/a-systematic-tale-of-two-differing-reviews-evaluating-the-evidence-on-public-and-private-sector-quality-of-primary-care-in-low-and-middle-income-countries
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Jorge Coarasa, Jishnu Das, Elizabeth Gummerson, Asaf Bitton
Systematic reviews are powerful tools for summarizing vast amounts of data in controversial areas; but their utility is limited by methodological choices and assumptions. Two systematic reviews of literature on the quality of private sector primary care in low and middle income countries (LMIC), published in the same journal within a year, reached conflicting conclusions. The difference in findings reflects different review methodologies, but more importantly, a weak underlying body of literature. A detailed examination of the literature cited in both reviews shows that only one of the underlying studies met the gold standard for methodological robustness...
April 12, 2017: Globalization and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403339/effective-universal-coverage-of-diabetes-mellitus-type-2-in-chile
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Sara Guerrero-Núñez, Sandra Valenzuela-Suazo, Patricia Cid-Henríquez
Objective: determine the prevalence of Effective Universal Coverage of Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 in Chile and its relation with the variables: Health Care Coverage of Diabetes Mellitus Type 2; Average of diabetics with metabolic control in 2011-2013; Mortality Rate for Diabetes Mellitus; and Percentage of nurses participating in the Cardiovascular Health Program. Method: cross-sectional descriptive study with ecological components that uses documentary sources of the Ministry of Health...
April 6, 2017: Revista Latino-americana de Enfermagem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401415/monitoring-hiv-treatment-and-the-health-sector-cascade-from-treatment-numbers-to-impact
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Daniel Low-Beer, Michel Beusenberg, Chika Hayashi, Txema Calleja, Kimberly Marsh, Awandha Mamahit, Theresa Babovic, Gottfried Hirnschall
Although not originally part of the MDGs, HIV treatment has been at the center of global HIV reporting since 2003, marked by achievement of the target of 15 million people receiving treatment before 2015 and 18.2 million (16.1-19.0 million) by mid 2016. Monitoring of treatment has been strengthened with harmonized partner reporting and accountability with regular, annual reports. Beyond treatment numbers, increasingly measures of treatment adherence, retention and outcomes have been reported though with varying quality and completeness...
April 11, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401135/the-effects-of-catastrophic-drug-plan-deductibles-on-older-women-s-use-of-cardiovascular-medicines-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Steven G Morgan, Emilie J Gladstone, Deirdre Weymann, Nadia Khan
BACKGROUND: In recent years, some provinces have implemented income-based catastrophic drug coverage in an effort to provide universal drug coverage while limiting government liability for the escalating costs of medicines needed for an aging population. We sought to examine the effects of income-based deductibles under British Columbia's Fair PharmaCare system on older patients' use of cardiovascular medicines in 2013, 10 years after the province's policy change. METHODS: Using linked administrative databases, we studied rates of hypertension and cholesterol medication used by 2 cohorts of older, married women who had different levels of public drug subsidy based solely on their spouses' ages...
January 2017: CMAJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401117/cost-related-nonadherence-to-prescribed-medicines-among-older-canadians-in-2014-a-cross-sectional-analysis-of-a-telephone-survey
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Augustine Lee, Steve Morgan
BACKGROUND: Canadians receive universal coverage for medically necessary hospital and physician services, but pharmaceutical coverage is incomplete. We sought to assess the effects of cost on access to medicines among older Canadians using data from a large survey conducted in 2014. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional analysis of data from the Commonwealth Fund's 2014 International Health Policy Survey of Older Adults. Our primary outcome variable was self-reported cost-related nonadherence in the form of either not filling a prescription or skipping doses within the last 12 months because of out-of-pocket costs...
January 2017: CMAJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398954/moving-towards-test-and-start-learning-from-the-experience-of-universal-art-programs-for-hiv-infected-pregnant-breastfeeding-women
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Sara E Forhan, Surbhi Modi, James C Houston, Laura N Broyles
: In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended universal antiretroviral therapy (ART) for all people living with HIV (PLHIV) after two randomized controlled trials revealed lower rates of mortality and serious illnesses among PLHIV receiving immediate ART compared to those receiving deferred ART. Many countries in sub-Saharan Africa rapidly adopted this guidance and are implementing "test and start" programs.As this work begins, lessons learned from prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) Option B+ programs can inform decisions for new universal HIV treatment programs...
April 10, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392749/patients-willingness-to-pay-for-their-drugs-in-primary-care-clinics-in-an-urbanized-setting-in-malaysia-a-guide-on-drug-charges-implementation
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Sharifa Ezat Wan Puteh, Siti Nurul Akma Ahmad, Azimatun Noor Aizuddin, Ramli Zainal, Ruhaini Ismail
BACKGROUND: Malaysia is an upper middle income country that provides subsidized healthcare to ensure universal coverage to its citizens. The challenge of escalating health care cost occurs in most countries, including Malaysia due to increase in disease prevalence, which induced an escalation in drug expenditure. In 2009, the Ministry of Health has allocated up to Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) 1.402 billion (approximately USD 390 million) on subsidised drugs. This study was conducted to measure patients' willingness to pay (WTP) for treatment of chronic condition or acute illnesses, in an urbanized population...
2017: Asia Pacific Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392598/answering-the-call-to-accessible-quality-health-care-for-all-using-a-new-model-of-local-community-not-for-profit-charity-clinics-a-return-to-christ-centered-care-of-the-past
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Yuri Cuellar De la Cruz, Stephen Robinson
This article uses studies and organizational trends to understand available solutions to the lack of quality health care access, especially for the poor and needy of local U.S. communities. The U.S. healthcare system seems to be moving toward the World Health Organization's recommendation for universal health coverage for healthcare sustainability. Healthcare trends and offered solutions are varied. Christian healthcare traditionally implements works of mercy guided by a Christian ethos embracing the teachings of human dignity, solidarity, the common good, and subsidiarity...
February 2017: Linacre Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392589/restoring-christ-centered-medicine-through-public-policy-changes-centered-around-subsidiarity-and-the-doctor-patient-relationship
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Charles A Donovan, Grace-Marie Turner
Many Catholic leaders supported passage of legislation designed to achieve the humanitarian goal of universal or near-universal health coverage. These leaders could not imagine that the resulting law would lead to a severe assault on the practice of Christ-centered medicine. The legislative focus now is on conscience protection and making the Hyde Amendment permanent. But the real change that is needed is a culture that values life and puts doctors and patients, not secular bureaucracies, at the center of healthcare decisions...
November 2016: Linacre Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390268/the-strategic-geographies-of-global-health-partnerships
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Clare Herrick
Global health partnerships have been hailed as a means of addressing the global health worker shortage, bringing forth health systems strengthening and, therefore, the universal health coverage aspirations of the Sustainable Development Goals. In contrast to other critical engagements with partnerships which have tended to focus on experiences and effects of these partnerships in situ; this paper draws on the example of the UK to explore how partnership working and development agendas have become entwined. Moreover, this entwinement has ensured that GHPs are far from the "global" endeavour that might be expected of global health and instead exhibit geographies that are far more representative of the geopolitics of overseas development assistance than biomedical need...
April 5, 2017: Health & Place
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385030/consumer-directed-health-plans-do-doctors-and-nurses-buy-in
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Lucinda B Leung, José J Escarce
OBJECTIVES: Aiming to increase healthcare value, consumer-directed health plans (CDHPs)-high-deductible health insurance plus a personal spending account-equip enrollees with decision-support tools and expose them to the financial implications of their medical decisions. This study examines whether medically knowledgeable consumers are more or less likely to select a CDHP than individuals without medical knowledge. STUDY DESIGN: Using University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) human resources data, our observational cross-sectional study analyzed the health plan enrollment choices of 3552 faculty and 8429 staff employees...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383614/management-of-two-influenza-vaccination-campaign-in-health-care-workers-of-a-university-hospital-in-the-south-italy
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R Squeri, R Riso, A Facciolà, C Genovese, M A R Palamara, C Ceccio, V La Fauci
BACKGROUND: In Europe, flu remains one of the major public health problems. Healthcare workers (HCWs) are a category at high-risk of contracting the infection and infecting their patients; consequently, for this category, vaccination is highly recommended. Unfortuntely, coverage levels remain insufficient with rates ranging between 4 and 40. STUDY DESIGN: The purpose of our work was to evaluate the adherence of HCWs to the influenza vaccination and to carry out a combination of educational and motivational interventions in order to increase the rate of adherence to the vaccination in this workers' category...
May 2017: Annali di Igiene: Medicina Preventiva e di Comunità
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