Monthly Archives: October 2011

Health Information Science and Systems is now accepting submissions

  Health Information Science and Systems, a new multidisciplinary journal, is now accepting submissions. The journal aims to integrate computer science/information technology with health science and services, embracing information science research coupled with topics related to the modeling, design, development, integration, and management of health information systems. Led by Editor-in-Chief, Yanchun Zhang (Victoria University, Australia),… Read more »


The Importance of Community Health Workers in Reducing Childhood Mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa

Over half of the deaths in African children under 5 years of age are due to malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia. Community or lay health workers (CHWs) are lay people trained in specific health care tasks, including distribution of anti-malarials, antibiotics, oral rehydration solution and insecticide-treated bednets.  As such, they are an important part of interventional… Read more »

Developing World Health

World Sight Day

The magnitude of blindness-related problems in developing countries is often overlooked among reports on epidemics or other public health problems. However, an estimated 284 million people worldwide are visually impaired, 90% of which live in developing countries. It is claimed that 80% of all cases of blindness are due to causes which could have been… Read more »

Developing World Health

Makerere University researchers highlight important African health issues

The launch of BioMed Central’s Open Access Africa publishing initiatives earlier this year has increased the amount of high quality research by African scientists appearing in BioMed Central journals. These publications address issues that are important to African researchers e.g. tropical parasitic diseases are of great relevance as some of the most significant tropical diseases… Read more »

Developing World Health

Female genital mutilation in Gambia

The practice of Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is in some cultures a rite of passage to womanhood associated with ethic identity, purity, virginity and family honour. It is also a violation of human rights and a form of sexual discrimination. The World Health Organisation estimates 3 million girls are at risk of FGM/C annually in… Read more »

Developing World Health