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Important Links to Online Publications, Virtual Libraries and Online Courses
Posted in FGM & Gender, General, HIV/AIDS Mainstreaming, RH by Angelika Pochanke on April 24th, 2009

In the following links, online publications, virtual libraries and online courses in the area of reproductive health and gender-based-violence are listed and introduced. These are key areas of focus of GTZ Health Sector Programme work in Kenya.

Linking Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS
Gateways to integration: a case study from Haiti
by Susan Armstrong, Peter Weis, Lynn Collins and Kevin Osborne
WHO, UNFPA, UNAIDS, IPPF, July 2008 Â 24 pp. 547 kB:

http://149.120.32.2/upload/lib_pub_file/779_filename_ippf_linkages_haiti_final.pdf

Summary:
The majority of HIV infections are sexually transmitted or associated with pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, all of which are fundamental elements of sexual and reproductive health care. In addition, sexual and reproductive health problems share many of the same root causes as HIV/AIDS, such as poverty, gender inequality, stigma and discrimination, and marginalization of vulnerable groups. Despite this, services for sexual and reproductive health and for HIV/AIDS still largely exist as separate vertical programmes. The process of linking sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS within an existing VCT system is described in this case study from Haiti.

Virtual Library: Global Library of Women’s Medicine  http://www.glowm.com
The following expert chapters, listed below, provide detailed clinical guidance on most aspects of women’s medicine. Medical professionals are invited to publish their contributions. Quality of the contributions is guaranteed by medical editors who are members of well-known United States universities:

Section 1: Gynecology

Ethics,  Gynecology , Gynecologic Imaging, Gynecologic Infections, Surgical Techniques, Health Care for Older Women, Gynecologic Endoscopy

Section 2:
Obstetrics

Pregnancy Overview , Fetal Development and Maternal Physiology, Preconceptional and Prenatal Care  Common Medical and Surgical Problems of Pregnancy, Pregnancy Complications, Labor and Delivery  Operative Obstetrics, Puerperium, Placental Development and Pathology

Section 3:
Maternal and Fetal Medicine

General Considerations, Medical Complications, Infectious Diseases, Surgical Problems, Fetal Physiology  Imaging, Monitoring, and Special Problems, Antenatal Diagnosis

Section 4:
Gynecologic Oncology

Cervical Carcinoma, Endometrial Carcinoma and Uterine Sarcoma, Ovarian Carcinoma , Vulvar, Vaginal and Other Neoplasms, Other Malignancies, General Considerations

Section 5:
Reproductive Endocrinology, Infertility, and Genetics

Endocrine Biochemistry, Reproductive Neuroendocrinology, The Ovary, Growth Problems, Menstruation and Menstrual Disorders, The Breast, The Thyroid Gland, The Adrenal Gland, Endocrinology of Pregnancy, The Prostaglandins , Fertility, Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Infertility, Principles of Human Genetics , Genetics of Sexual Differentiation, Genetics of Other Gynecologic Disorders, Assisted Reproductive Technology  Preimplantation Genetics

Section 6:
Fertility Regulation, Psychosomatic Problems, and Human Sexuality

Importance of Fertility Regulation, Contraception, Sterilization, Behavioral and Psychosomatic Problems  Human Sexuality, Primary and Preventive Care , Pregnancy Termination

Online courses for health professionals in low-resource settings
http://www.engenderhealth.org/pubs/courses
EngenderHealth has developed computerized self-instructional courses for health care providers, supervisors, students, and trainers around the world—particularly for those in low-resource settings. Each self-instructional course is divided into different modules, each of which includes interactive exercises and quizzes, case studies, as well as educational materials that can be printed for use in health-care programs. Recognizing that internet connectivity is still an issue in most parts of the developing world, EngenderHealth has also made these courses available for offline use: each course can be downloaded for offline use, and the sexual and reproductive health courses can also be ordered on CD-ROM.
Two sets of online courses are offered:

  • Infection Prevention: this course is designed to help health care providers, supervisors of health care facilities, medical students, and nursing students strengthen infection prevention practices in low-resource settings.
  • Topics in Reproductive Health: this set of three mini-courses covers topics such as Sexuality and Sexual Health, Sexually Transmitted Infections, and HIV and AIDS. These are only available in English.
Words to Action – newsletter on violence against women

The United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women is pleased to bring to your attention to the third issue of Words to Action, an electronic newsletter on violence against women.

http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/vaw/index.htm
For our German colleagues a booklet on machismo and civil wars in Africa and how to overcome sexual violence:

Männlichkeit und Bürgerkriege in Afrika –Neue Ansätze zur Überwindung sexueller Kriegsgewalt
Januar 2009, Rita Schäfer
Eine Analyse der unterschiedlichen Rollen, die Frauen und Männer im Konfliktverlauf einnehmen können, bietet neue Perspektiven zum Verständnis von Kriegen und zur Befriedung von Nachkriegsgesellschaften. Eine nachhaltige Friedenssicherung erfordert es auch, der Handlungslogik von Gewaltakteuren und der Wiederherstellung der alten spannungsgeladenen gesellschaftlichen Ordnung gegenzusteuern. Wie wichtig innovative Interventionen sind, illustrieren die hohen Raten an geschlechtsspezifischer Gewalt und HIV/AIDS. Auch die große Gewaltbereitschaft von Ex-Kombattanten sowie Reintegrationsprobleme von Ex-Kombattantinnen stehen Entwicklungsansätzen in Nachkriegsgesellschaften entgegen. Deshalb muss verhindert werden, dass kriegerisches Gewalthandeln und damit verbundene Vorstellungen von Männlichkeit und Weiblichkeit ungebrochen in den Nachkriegsalltag übernommen werden.Broschüre zum Herunterladen in pdf Datei (1)
Männlichkeit und Bürgerkriege in Afrika – GTZ.pdf

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