FMCH Journal Press Release January 2016
Family Medicine and Community Health journal examines Global Health
Beijing, January, 2016: Global health is the theme of the new issue of Family Medicine and Community Health (FMCH), an international peer-reviewed medical journal. The spring 2016 issue includes three original research articles, one systematic review on community health workers and a commentary from Meng-Chih Lee, the President-elect for the Asia Pacific region of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA). Authors contributing to this truly international issue come from leading institutions in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Ghana, Inner Mongolia, Kenya, South Africa, Sudan, Taiwan and the USA.
Global Health has evolved dramatically in the last two decades. Successes are being achieved on the front line, technology keeps advancing and awareness is growing regarding the need for increasing global citizenship, assurance of human rights and large-scale coordinated interventions. This special issue of FMCH, coordinated by Wei Wang, Editor, Chief of FMCH, Edith Cowan University, Australia and Capital Medical University, Beijing, China, and David Zakus of Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada brings new knowledge to practitioners engaged across all aspects of health from a global perspective.
The first featured work in this issue is an original research article entitled Performing arts as a social technology for community health promotion in northern Ghana by Michael Frishkopf, Hasan Hamze, Mubarak Alhassan, Ibrahim Abukari Zukpeni, Sulemana Abu and David Zakus, which demonstrates research that suggests where improvements in community health depend primarily on behavioral change, music and associated performing arts—dancing, singing, and drama can offer a powerful social technology for bringing them about.
The second featured work is a systematic review by Collins Otieno Asweto, Mohamed Ali Alzain, Sebastian Andrea, Rachel Alexander and Wei Wang entitled Integration of community health workers into health systems in developing countries: Opportunities and challenges This paper examines the opportunities and challenges of integrating community health workers (CHWs) into the health care systems of developing countries.
Other articles published in the issue include:
Mirella Veras, Nicole Paquet, Eliany N. Oliveira, David Zakus, Raywat Deonandan, Kevin Pottie Unregulated health care workers in the care of aging populations: Similarities and differences between Brazil and Canada The world’s population is aging very quickly in both developed and developing countries, and the age distribution presents many challenges for families and health care systems. This review was conducted to identify the activities of unregulated health care workers (UHCW) in Brazil and Canada focussing on the care for the older residents of these two countries. UHCW activities in Canada and Brazil were found to be similar; specifically, health promotion, mental health care, and physical rehabilitation were included. UHCWs are also involved in integrated care in Brazil, and in personal care and light housekeeping in Canada.
In Conversations in accountability: Perspectives from three charities David C. Kirsch examines charities who participated in a multiple-case study concentrating on ﬁve main areas: accountability mechanisms, accountability holders, adherence, effects, and communications. Kirsch found that although accountability has changed over time, the charities believe that they are providing the correct amount of accountability, based on their perception of the demands of their stakeholders, to a level they feel does not detract from their mission or incur costs in excess of benefits. However, he finds that the tools to determine effectiveness and impact are lacking.
Traditional knowledge in HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention program in northern Uganda by Francis Adyanga Akena examines some of the challenges that health centers face in the provision of care to the increasing number of HIV/AIDS patients in hard-to-reach rural communities in northern Uganda and the implications of such challenges for the economy. The author argues that for any social service intervention to be culturally relevant and empowering in most rural African societies, custodians of traditional African knowledge – the elders, clan heads, and community leaders – must be consulted and included from the inception.
Sarah Sweeney: A resident’s perspective on why global health work should be incorporated into family medicine residency training Family physicians are well prepared to address global health issues. In this perspective a family medicine resident reflects on her experience working on a global health project in Guatemala and why this type of experience should be incorporated into family medicine residency training.
Jing Wua, Siqi Gea, Yuanming Pan, Xinwei Yu and Yong Zhou penned a Report on the International Symposium on Suboptimal Health Status, Inner Mongolia where the theme of the meeting was suboptimal health status (SHS), a physical state between health and disease, which is characterized by (1) the perception of health complaints, general weakness, and low energy within a period of 3 months and (2) by a subclinical, reversible stage of chronic disease.
The President-elect of the Asia Pacific region of WONCA, Meng-Chih Lee publishes a commentary entitled Integrated care and training in family practice in the 21st century: Taiwan as an example In this paper he discusses how family physicians can have an important role in enriching health care systems citing the impact of the accountable family physicians system through the Family Physician Integrated Care Project (FPICP) led by community medical teams (CMTs) across Taiwan.
In Implementation of a novel train-the-trainer program for pharmacists in China authors Hoan Linh Banh and Andrew Cave state that most pharmacy education programs in China have not yet incorporated clinical pharmacy into their curricula. They discuss how the Second Xiangya Hospital of Central South University initiated an international academic-run train-the-trainer program. This article examines the initial process evaluation and learning that will contribute to the development of clinical pharmacy courses at Central South University.
FMCH is available on the IngentaConnect platform and at Family Medicine and Community Health. Submissions may be made using ScholarOne Manuscripts. There are no author submission or article processing fees. FMCH is indexed in the EBSCO, OCLC, Primo Central (Ex Libris), Scopus, Sherpa Romeo and Ulrichsweb databases.