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Cultural Competence among health care providers: how are we doing?

A study was published recently in BMC Medical Education Online, pointing out the gaps in teaching cultural competence for medical students in 12 european universities.

One the challenges seems to be the lack of awareness and motivation among the key stakeholders (managers, teachers), in order to allocate ressources and time for training teachers and students on CC.

In spite of increasing diversity among patients and increasing inequalities in health allover Europe, teaching of CC seems to not be yet a priority in most health professional curriculums.

What about Switzerland?

Coming back

Here I am, after a long break from my blog.

During one year I lived and worked in Kyrgyzstan, an amazing country in central Asia.

I was working with MSF as project coordinator in Kara Suu District. MSF is supporting the local Ministry of Health and communities to provide access to diagnosis and treatment for Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (DRTB).

Back home, Back to blogging, so keep posted!

Marina

The end TB Project : bringing new treatments for MDR-TB to the patients in need

International organizations Partners In Health (PIH), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Interactive Research and Development (IRD) and their financial partner UNITAID started in April 2015 the endTB project, a partnership aimed at radically changing the management of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB).

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The main risk factors for MDR-TB are social determinants of health

Factors associated with primary transmission of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis compared with healthy controls in Henan Province, China
Wei-Bin Li, Yan-Qiu Zhang, Jin Xing, Zhen-Ya Ma, Ya-Hong Qu and Xin-Xu Li, Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2015, 4:14

Findings from this study showed that being single, earning a low income, having mental stress, lacking medical insurance, and suffering from a chronic debilitating disease were potential risk factors associated with primary MDR-TB. However, risk factors of nosocomial transmission and close contact were not found.

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