Tools and guides

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    • Management guidelines for COVID-19 care and infection prevention & control in the healthcare setting – generic Africa version, available for use, and country adaptation.

      This management and IPC operational guideline is based on guidelines of WHO, China, the UK and other countries with experience of COVID-19. It was developed by a team in China, Toronto Canada and Leeds UK.

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    • Health worker deskguide in the context of COVID-19 Africa

      COVID-19 is a respiratory infection caused by a new virus, which crossed to people from a wild animal caught when sold in a live animal market. It is similar to the SARS virus of the 2003 epidemic also originating from wild animals/ live animal markets in China. The COVID-19 epidemic evolves rapidly from the initial few cases and their contacts, with cases doubling every 3 days and rapid spread within the community. Everyone is susceptible to the infection. The symptoms of COVID are fever, cough, difficult breathing etc. which are also the symptoms of other common infections. A COVID test takes days, or is not available, so we need to treatment the likely common infection AND manage as a possible COVID.

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    • Deskguide for outpatient consultation in hospital in the context of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Generic for country adaptation (based on the Philippines vs of 12th May)

      This new virus is highly contagious and has quickly spread globally. Hence, we developed this guideline by incorporating existing national guidelines with WHO recommendations, UK’s guidelines and China’s guidelines to improve capacity of health workers in low-and-middle-income countries in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    • Management guidelines for COVID-19 infection prevention & control in the healthcare setting – Generic LMICs (based on the Philippines vs) of 12/05/20

      This guideline is for managers and health workers in healthcare facilities and meant to supplement the national guidelines stipulated by the Department of Health. Not all hospitals will have the same resources, staffing and context, which is why these guidelines were designed to cover topics broadly. It was developed by a team in China, Toronto Canada and Leeds UK. It will be piloted, revised, and made freely available for adaption and use in any low-middle income country.

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    • Healthy Activity Programme (HAP) Training Manual – Eswatini

      This HAP training manual is a psychosocial intervention for the treatment of depression in clinics, created for use by non-specialist healthcare professionals across Eswatini in order to understand, screen for and manage depression. COMDIS-HSD coordinated the adoption of the PREMIUM Healthy Activity Programme (HAP) for the local context in Eswatini as part of its study evaluating the delivery of an intervention to improvde psychosocial care for HIV/TB patients living in the Lubombo region.

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    • BLOG: What does gender and intersectionality mean to you?

      COMDIS-HSD is serious about understanding how gender intersects with other social stratifiers (eg age, ethnicity and class) to create bias and inequities. We asked our partners to look at their research through a gender and intersectionality 'lens'. What did they learn and what will they do differently as a result?

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    • TB and MDR-TB infographic: We're leaving no-one behind

      Treatment for multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) is long, arduous and financially crippling for many patients in low-income countries. Find out how our research is helping improve mental wellbeing and treamtment completion rates for some of the most vulnerable and marginalised populations in Nepal, Bangladesh and China.

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    • Desk guide on psychosocial counselling for health workers treating MDR-TB patients, Nepal

      This desk guide, in Nepali, is one of a suite of information, education and communication (IEC) materials designed as part of our intervention for improving the psychosocial wellbeing of MDR-TB patients and their families in Nepal.

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    • MDR-TB flipbook for health workers, Nepal

      This flipbook has been produced as part of our study into improving the psychosocial wellbeing of MDR-TB patients and their families. Written in Nepali, its aim is to help guide health workers as they educate and advise patients during consultations.

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    • Information and education leaflet for MDR-TB patients, Nepal

      Our research shows that lack of information about MDR-TB and its treatment can add to patients' anxiety and depression. This leaflet, in Nepali, is part of a suite of information, education and communication (IEC) materials produced address this knowledge gap, not just for patients, but for families and health workers too.

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    • Information and education leaflet for MDR-TB patients' families, Nepal

      Our research in Nepal shows that families are crucial in supporting MDR-TB patients through their long and difficult treatment regimen. This information leaflet in Nepali is aimed at helping families understand more about the disease, its treatment and supporting the patient.

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    • World TB Day 2017 factsheet, Bangladesh

      ARK Foundation, Bangladesh, has produced this leaflet in partnership with the NTP to mark World TB Day 2017. As well as background information about the TB burden in Bangladesh, it summarises current disease data and the latest country-wide achievements to fight TB.

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    • Infographic: Can behaviour change support reduce tobacco use in Nepal?

      Overall we found that behaviour change interventions delivered in primary care settings can be effective: 37% of smokers in our study were able to quit following the intervention. However, there are important lessons to learn and share around tailoring materials to the local context and training and supporting healthcare workers to deliver the intervention. This infographic captures the key results and learning points from our research.

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    • Integrated Prevention and Management of Selected Acute and Chronic Illness (IPMSACI) – Job Aid

      This quick-glance guide is designed to help Community Health Care Providers (CHCPs) prevent and manage a range of acute and chronic illnesses in adults.

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    • Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) Job Aid – English version

      This job aid is an English translation of a Bangla quick-glance guide designed to help Community Health Care Providers (CHCPs) diagnose and treat six major diseases.

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    • Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) Job Aid – Bangla version

      This job aid is the Bangla version of a tool distributed among 14,000 Community Health Care Providers (CHCPs) in Bangladesh. It reminds CHCPs what to ask and look for in the diagnosis and treatment of six major diseases.

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    • Top tips 1: How to choose the right journal

      5 quick but crucial tips on how to choose the right journal when you are publishing your research. This is one of a series of 6 top tips sheets developed during the COMDIS-HSD Writing Workshop.

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    • Top tips 2: How to write an introduction

      The quality of your introduction could determine whether a reviewer progresses or rejects your paper. These top tips, developed during the COMDIS-HSD Writing Workshop, will help you stay on track.

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    • Top tips 3: How to do a literature search

      How do you get the most from online literature search tools? Read these top tips drawn from our expert mentors at the COMDIS-HSD Writing Workshop.

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    • Top tips 4: How to use tables in your paper

      Use these quick tips - developed during the COMDIS-HSD Writing Workshop - to find out whether your tables pass the litmus test for clarity, relevance and usefulness.

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    • Top tips 5: How to write a great abstract and title

      It is important that your abstract is neither written too early, nor handled as a rushed afterthought. See these top tips from our expert authors at the COMDIS-HSD Writing Workshop.

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    • Top tips 6: How to submit your paper and deal with reviewers

      What can you expect from the submission and review process and how can you make it a smooth as possible? Find out by reading these quick tips developed during the COMDIS-HSD Writing Workshop.

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