Category archives for Volume 4

Long-term care for aged ethnic minority people in Yunnan, China

Long-term care for aged ethnic minority people in Yunnan, China

Long-term care for aged ethnic minority people in Yunnan, China: Understanding the situation Authors: Zhang, Kaining; Zakus, David; Gao, Chuqun Chinese governmental sectors have been investing lots of money in setting up new institutions for long-term care (LTC) in rural China to respond to the predicted increasing and urgent needs of the growing number of aging people. […]

‘Face’ and psychological processes of laid-off workers in transitional China

‘Face’ and psychological processes of laid-off workers in transitional China

‘Face’ and psychological processes of laid-off workers in transitional China Authors: Wang, Bingxin; Greenwood, Kenneth Mark Objective: The objective was to explore the psychological experiences of laid-off workers in contemporary transitional China and to formulate a theoretical model of these. Methods: In-depth interviews of 26 laid-off workers were conducted and analysed using grounded theory techniques. Results: […]

Training medical undergraduates in the core disciplines of community medicine

training medical undergraduates

Training medical undergraduates in the core disciplines of community medicine through community postings ‐ an experience from India Authors: Shewade, Hemant Deepak; Palanivel, Chinnakali; Jeyashree, Kathiresan Objective: Family medicine, epidemiology, health management and health promotion are the core disciplines of community medicine. In this paper, we discuss the development of a community posting program within the framework […]

An innovation in child health: Globally reaching out to child health professionals

Turning cross-cultural medical education on its head: Learning about ourselves and developing respectful curiosity

An innovation in child health: Globally reaching out to child health professionals Authors: Jones, Russell; Currow, Kathryn; Kwong, Mary; Menon, Pramila Worldwide deaths of children younger than 5 years reduced from 12.7 million in 1990 to 6.3 million in 2013. Much of this decline is attributed to an increase in the knowledge, skills, and abilities of child health […]

Maternal health and its affecting factors in Nepal

Maternal health and its affecting factors in Nepal

Maternal health and its affecting factors in Nepal Authors: Mahara, Gehendra; Barr, Jill; Thomas, Janeeta; Wang, Wei; Guo, Xiuhua Maternal health is still a public health problem in developing countries, especially in low-resource settings rural and poor communities. The main aim of this article is to critically evaluate and explore the situation of maternal health in Nepal based on […]

The Malaysian health care system: Ecology, plans, and reforms

The Malaysian health care system: Ecology, plans, and reforms

The Malaysian health care system: Ecology, plans, and reforms Authors: Sebastian, Andrea; Alzain, Mohamed Ali; Asweto, Collins Otieno; Mahara, Gehendra; Guo, Xiuhua; Song, Manshu; Wang, Youxin; Wang, Wei Malaysia is on its way to achieving developed nation status in the next 4 years. Currently, Malaysia is on track for three Millennium Development Goals (MDG1, MDG4, and MDG7). The maternal mortality rate, infant […]

How well are families doing? A description of family well-being in South Africa

family well-being in South Africa

How well are families doing? A description of family well-being in South Africa Authors: Roman, Nicolette Vanessa; Isaacs, Serena Ann; Davids, Charl; Sui, Xin-Cheng Objective: The purpose of this study was to describe the well-being of a sample of families from low socioeconomic communities in the Western Cape South Africa in terms of family resilience, family satisfaction, parenting […]

Sedentary lifestyle among adults in Jordan, 2007

sedentary lifestyle

Authors: Sharkas, Ghazi F.; Saheb, Tayseer; Arqoub, Kamal; Haddadin, Raja Objective: Sedentary lifestyle is a major risk factor for physical and mental problems, such as cardiovascular, musculoskeletal diseases, and psychological stress. About 60% of the world’s population is not sufficiently physically active in leisure time or during work and social activities. This study aimed to determine the prevalence […]

The global reach of family medicine and community health

wei wang

The global reach of family medicine and community health Author: Wang, Wei For the past 2 months I have traveled across Africa, Asia, Europe, and Oceania for fieldwork and conferences on health burden and noncommunicable disease. The striking contrast between access to community health care and hospital services was constantly in my mind during my […]

Implementation of a novel train-the-trainer program for pharmacists in China

train the trainer program for pharmacists

Implementation of a novel train-the-trainer program for pharmacists in China Authors: Banh, Hoan Linh; Cave, Andrew Clinical pharmacy services in North American are well implemented both in community pharmacies and in hospital pharmacies. In 2009 the Chinese government mandated the implementation of clinical pharmacy services in all secondary and tertiary hospitals by 2020. The mandate […]

Integrated care and training in family practice

Prof Meng-Chih Lee on integrated care

Integrated care and training in family practice in the 21st century: Taiwan as an example Author: Lee, Meng-Chih As the President-elect for the Asia Pacific region of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA), I would like to share my thoughts with Family Medicine and Community Health readers. In the 21st century, the new directions of […]

International Symposium on Suboptimal Health Status, Inner Mongolia

capital medical university

Report on the International Symposium on Suboptimal Health Status, Inner Mongolia Authors: Wu, Jing; Ge, Siqi; Pan, Yuanming; Yu, Xinwei; Zhou, Yong; Wang, Wei; Sun, Kai; Zhao, Ruiping; Hu, Jiang The International Symposium on Sub-optimal Health Status was held in the beautiful “deer city” of Baotou, Inner Mongolia, China, from September 12 to September 13, […]

Why global health work should be incorporated into family medicine residency training

Papanicolaou test

A resident’s perspective on why global health work should be incorporated into family medicine residency training Author: Sweeney, Sarah We sat in a circle in the front room of a simple cement home – a family physician and a social worker both with decades of experience in global health work, me, a second year family […]

HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention program in northern Uganda

Traditional knowledge in HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention program in northern Uganda

Traditional knowledge in HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention program in northern Uganda pp. 46-52(7)Author: Akena, Francis Adyanga Uganda’s health care sector is choking with various challenges, such as poor physical infrastructure, inadequate professionals to run the few existing health centers, poor culture of adherence to professional ethical standards by some health care practitioners, shortages of medicines […]

Integration of community health workers into health systems in developing countries

Integration of community health workers into health systems in developing countries: Opportunities and challenges

Integration of community health workers into health systems in developing countries: Opportunities and challenges Authors: Asweto, Collins Otieno; Alzain, Mohamed Ali; Andrea, Sebastian; Alexander, Rachel; Wang, Wei Developing countries have the potential to reach vulnerable and underserved populations marginalized by the country’s health care systems by way of community health workers (CHWs). It is imperative […]

Performing arts as a social technology for community health promotion in northern Ghana

performing arts in northern Ghana

Performing arts as a social technology for community health promotion in northern Ghana Authors: Frishkopf, Michael; Hamze, Hasan; Alhassan, Mubarak; Zukpeni, Ibrahim Abukari; Abu, Sulemana; Zakus, David Objective: We present first-phase results of a performing arts public health intervention, ‘Singing and Dancing for Health,’ aiming to promote healthier behaviors in Ghana’s impoverished Northern Region. We […]

Conversations in accountability: Perspectives from three charities

Conversations in accountability: Perspectives from three charities

Conversations in accountability: Perspectives from three charities Author: Kirsch, David  Objective: The conversations in accountability were designed to gain an understanding of the use and changes to accountability in charities over time, including learning how results are measured. Methods: As part of a larger study which investigated accountability in charities working to reduce mortality of […]

Unregulated health care workers in the care of aging populations

Unregulated health care workers in the care of aging populations: Similarities and differences between Brazil and Canada

Unregulated health care workers in the care of aging populations: Similarities and differences between Brazil and Canada Authors: Veras, Mirella; Paquet, Nicole; Oliveira, Eliany N.; Zakus, David; Deonandan, Raywat; Pottie, Kevin The world’s population is rapidly aging. Unregulated health care workers (UHCWs) are emerging as a potentially important workforce in the care of older adults. […]