Request for Testimonials
The ICHN would like to ask its members if they would be so kind as to submit a testimonial on
'The Benefits of Being an ICHN Member'
Any submissions would be greatly appreciated and can be forwarded to:
European Stroke Conference ESC 2014 Call for Papers
Note: if you already have submitted your abstract please ignore this email.
We would kindly like to remind you that the deadline for abstract submission for the XXIII European Stroke Conference, which will be held from 6 - 9 May 2014 in Nice, France, is approaching:
Sunday, 12 January 2014 (midnight CET)
Please visit the conference website for detailed information on abstract topics and the submission procedure. All abstracts have to be submitted online.
Accepted abstracts will be published in Cerebrovascular Diseases.
We look forward to receiving your contribution and to seeing you in Nice in May 2014.
XXIII European Stroke Conference – ESC 2014
ICHN Launches Irish Intervention Wheel
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Public Consultation Meeting
National Registry for Autism and Related Neurodevelopmental Disorders
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Improving HIV Care in A Rural Setting
A simple amplification-based assay (Samba) machine could be a new approach for improving HIV services in poor and rural communities. Developed by the University of Cambridge to offer viral load testing, CD4 counts and early infant diagnosis, the machine means that patients can now receive their results in a matter of hours, rather than days - as is currently the case - with blood samples needing to be sent to hospital laboratories for analysis.
Field trials were carried out with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Uganda and Malawi last year, as part of a three year project to test new ways of treating HIV in remote settings, funded by Unitaid.
Viral load testing is used to monitor the affects of antiretroviral treatment by detecting the level of the HIV virus in the blood. The WHO recommends regular testing to allow health workers to see if medications are working, and if they are being taken correctly, with a high viral load level suggesting an assessment is needed so that the patient can change drugs if required. But as an expensive process, relying on hospital laboratories, the Samba machine marks a turning point in HIV care, which will make this process quicker, easier, and more cost-effective.
A Samba 2 machine is now being developed to be even simpler to use, with the aim to be rolled out next year. "It's good to have Samba machines in rural areas like this," says Jefferey Golozeria, a nurse at Namitambo health clinic in Chiradzulu, southern Malawi. "It's better for patients."
Honoring and promoting community leadership and action on AIDS, the award will be presented at the XX International AIDS Conference in July 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.
Funded by The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS and Irish AID, the award not only brings a focus on the most inspiring and innovative community responses to HIV and AIDS, it also helps communities advocate for their own involvement in the creating the response to HIV with local, national and global leaders and decision makers.
A biennial award, it will be given to 10 organizations that have shown outstanding community leadership and action on HIV. The five award categories are:
Prevention of sexual transmission
Prevention among and by people who use drugs
Treatment, care and support
Advocacy and human rights
Stopping new HIV infections among children and keeping mothers alive; women's health.
Award recipients will receive US$ 10,000. Winning bodies will present the work of their organization, including their priorities, challenges, and approaches to community engagement at the XX International AIDS Conference.
The Irish Forum for Global Health
Progress has been made in Child Protection but challenges remain
'For example, the provision of a public health nursing service to families experiencing difficulties provides immeasurable support by working upstream to prevent serious problems emerging later. Prevention services comprising financial assistance and/or mediation can assist families that might have been struggling to cope amid money worries and family difficulties. Links between extremely vulnerable individuals and the appropriate professionals, forged at the earliest possible opportunity can provide invaluable support' Geoffrey Shannon, Irish Times, 7th January 2014
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Second Opinion: We need active-friendly communities, not scare tactics
'While the HSE recognises the need to “reconfigure and realign work practice, programmes and teams to deliver against the actions in Healthy Ireland”, the Health and Wellbeing Division intends to ensure reforms “result in a greater focus on disease prevention and self-care”.
Disadvantaged groups are about three times more likely to smoke, be obese, have an unhealthy diet, and be physically inactive because of their social conditions, not because they are ignorant about health matters. They have enough difficulties to contend with in their daily lives without being the targets of campaigns'. Dr. Jackie Jones, Irish Times, 7th January 2014
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Date for your diary 2014
ICHN Annual Conference @ Milltown Park with official opening by ICHN Patron, President Michael D. Higgins
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