Self-care: A Health promotion approach to fighting chronic health condition

This blog is my self-understanding of self-care during course of my thesis writing. I decided to share some of the context of self-care focused specifically on managing chronic disease burden like hypertension that world faces. The word self-care is quite intriguing. It gives a notion to how one approaches his/her health condition. Going through several …

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Scholarships from Orange Knowledge Fund to study at KIT Royal Tropical Institute, Netherlands #MPH #ShortCourses #FullyFunded

Scholarships Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) Upcoming application period: Winter 2018 The Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) (former NFP programme) is a 5-year programme that aims to advance the capacity, knowledge and quality of both individuals and institutions of higher and vocational education. Talented health professionals from 52 eligible OKP countries can apply for a full scholarship. …

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#WHO #GCM for #NCD #HealthLiteracy #CoP Please sign up and contribute to HL at a Global level

"The WHO Global Coordination Mechanism for Non-Communicable Disease Working Group on health education and health literacy for NCDs (Working Group 3.3,2016-2017) was formed under Objective 3 of the GCM/NCD 2016-17 work plan to provide a forum to identify barriers and share innovative solutions and actions for the implementation of the global action plan for the …

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Understanding ‘Systematic Reviews’: The basic take home message

Systematic review is a scientific way of providing answers to the most pertinent question anyone may have. By anyone, I mean 'just anyone' (Scientist, researcher, clinician, patient, a community person including our 'Grandma'). The rigorous use of robust methodology to systematically perform the whole process is the key to 'Systematic Reviews'. Now, there are Cochrane …

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Data collection: A beginner’s perspective

On a Sunny Sunday Morning, we boarded a bus to a nearby rural Village about 40 kms from Dharan. It was a usual round field trip for Family Health exercise (academic fieldwork) that is part of curriculum of Community medicine. The group involved teachers, supervisors and Medical Students. Family Health exercise is designed with an …

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Sample Size calculation using proportion (Including for Finite Population)

I have created this  online version of the sample size calculator (Created in EXCEL ONLINE) that uses Proportion from previous studies to calculate sample size for cross sectional studies. p= prevalence from previous studies (YOU need to ENTER this) q= Compliment of p (Calculated automatically) Error % : Allowable error upto 20% maximum. (YOU need …

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What does it take to produce ‘Doctors’ that serve in Rural Areas? Evidence from Systematic Review from LMICs

The answer seem 'simple' as it is explained and 'complicated' the way it is practiced. Given the rapid urbanization within the countries and a push for a Global world, the rural population seem more and more vulnerable to being undeserved. Amongst the health care professionals that are Mal-distributed especially in the Low and Middle Income …

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Leaving No One behind: Do we really know ‘Who’ or ‘Which group’ is vulnerable to be left behind?

With the start of SDG era, 'Leave no one behind' is a phrase we hear too often and as I first listened to it and later used it myself I thought I was able to understand it. However, the more I read about it more it gets me thinking as, 'How do we really know …

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“They take your blood for free and sell it for thousands”. Community Perception on blood donation

I could not help but ask my students about their research experience regarding Knowledge Attitude and practice on Blood donation in the community. Students, on serious note shared the obvious findings that was gathered in a quantitative way and expressed as percentages and numbers. On a more hilarious note, a student could not help but …

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Is Prevention really better than cure? Let’s discuss

And the debate goes on... While one cannot deny the frequent use of our favourite quote "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" by Benjamin Franklin (1), we also have debates about whether an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound or is it worth only an ounce of cure.(2) At …

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Undergraduate #MedicalEducation in Nepal

Modern medical education in Nepal commenced in 1934 when the Civil Medical School for the training of compounders and dressers started. Subsequently nursing education along with trainings for different auxiliary health workers began with the New Education System Plan of the government of Nepal. Undergraduate medical education was started in Nepal in 1978 at Institute …

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Combined approach to control Cardiovascular Diseases & Cancers through policy interventions in Nepal

Picture Courtesy: NCD Alliance #BEATNCDs Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs)  caused 36 million deaths worldwide constituting of 63% of all deaths in 2008.1 NCDs is a rising challenge globally comprising of Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD), chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD), diabetes and cancer. With a similar trend in developing countries, Nepal faces a double burden of disease …

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Election and ‘Post-Election Stress Disorder’

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 states “The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.” The …

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Medicine to #HealthHumanities: Potentially Under discussed Road in Context of Nepal

Shall we Discuss?? In low resource settings, major proportion of the general population are still working to fulfill the basic needs (Food, Clothes & Shelter) and Health is more of a basic protection issue. There are many instances where food needs are more pressing than health needs. As front line health care professionals (Doctors, Dentists, …

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A small Step to address ‘Unemployment’ By GoN: Online Job Portal

Kathmandu, Nepal. Ministry of Labor and Employment, Government of Nepal has started an Online Job Portal for Job vacancy in all fields including Health. This is an appreciable step taken by the government. While there are many private job portals in function, this shows that the Government also has seen unemployment as a issue of …

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One in four Nepalese are overweight or obese: Should we be happy about it? #NCDs

  Re-posted from June 4, 2014 [1] WHO STEPS survey of 2013 in Nepal reports approximately 1 in 4 people as Obese or overweight and this trend is increasing[2]. Seems ironical when there are also about 1 in 4 people in Nepal living below the poverty line i.e. not having enough money to eat two …

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#Application Open #Postgraduate #Study #MPH #MD #MS #Nursing at #Patan #PAHS

For the first time since its establishment, Patan Academy of Health Sciences, a Ministry of Health owned Health Sciences University in the Heart of Kathmandu Valley has called Application for Post Graduate Studies in Medicine/Surgery and Public Health. Master of Public health is currently run by Tribhuban University through Institute Of Medicine Kathmandu (http://iom.edu.np/), by …

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#Volunteer with #UnitedNations #UN : How do I do it?

Volunteering at the United Nations United Nations provides opportunities for professionals in different sectors to contribute to health and development all over the world through the United Nations Volunteer (UNV) programme.  The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. We work with partners to integrate qualified, highly motivated and …

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