Category Archives: Access to care

Bringing social justice in the nursing curriculum

Nurses are in the frontline of the health care system and can play an important role in promoting health and providing relevant and personalised care to patients, according to their specific needs. By doing so, nurses contribute in decreasing health inequalities and contribute to social justice. However, they might not be aware of this opportunity. It is time to talk about social justice in the nursing curriculum!

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Abu V. K. (2020). Let us be unequivocal about social justice in nursing. Nurse education in practice47, 102849.

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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Répondre à la pénurie mondiale de professionnels de la santé à travers le E-learning

 Sur mandat de l'Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS), des chercheurs de l'Imperial College de Londres ont mené une revue systématique de la littérature afin d'établir des données probantes à propos du E-Learning en tant que méthode d'apprentissage pour la formation de base des professionnels de la santé.

Les résultats, tirés d'un total de 108 études , ont montré que par l'apprentissage E-learning (en ligne et hors ligne) les élèves acquièrent des connaissances et des compétences aussi bien ou mieux par rapport à l'enseignement traditionnel.

Selon cette recherche, le E-learning pourrait permettre à des millions d'étudiants autour du monde de se former en tant que infirmiers/ères  ou médecins

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The great gap in health outcomes for African Americans

On April 28th QUARZ reported about health outcomes of the population of Baltimore, Maryland, where African Americans represent 64% of the city population.

In spite of having the same figures in term of health insurance coverage than the white population, African Americans have lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality rate, higher rate of low birth weight and higher  mortality rate from cardio-vascular diseases. African Americans have a ten fold increased risk of getting infected with HIV/AIDS and are five times more likely to die from the disease than white people.

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