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Featured briefs: US Communities Initiative

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Health Systems Nursing Specialty Care Chronic Diseases Health IT HIV/AIDS Malaria TB US Communities Initiative


Health Systems

  1. Opportunities for Health Scientists in Countries Where Malaria, HIV/AIDS, and TB are Endemic
  2. The Role of NGOs in Strengthening Health Systems
  3. Building Capacity for Diagnostics in Resource-Limited Settings
  4. Building Sustainable Partnerships to Strengthen Surgery and Anesthesia Capacity in Resource-Poor Settings
  5. Managing Health Care Delivery


  1. Nurse Mentoring Program for Quality Improvement

Specialty Care

  1. Enhancing Training Capacity for Prehospital Trauma Care in Developing Countries
  2. Surgical Training in Resource-Limited Settings

Chronic Diseases

  1. Challenges and Opportunities in Funding Non-Communicable Diseases
  2. Challenges of Treating Endemic NCDs in Low Resource Settings

Health IT

  1. Unique Patient Identifiers in Resource-Limited Settings
  2. Short Message Service Solutions for Supply Chain Management
  3. Wireless Technologies to Monitor and Improve Patient Adherence
  4. Local Software Development for Global eHealth
  5. Health IT Challenges and Needs for Disaster Relief and Rebuilding
  6. Laptops for Community Health Workers
  7. Data collection systems for patient monitoring during disaster relief
  8. Wireless router set-up where electricity is scarce
  9. Creating, Working in and Evaluating Telemedicine Projects
  10. Experiences and Lessons Learned in OpenMRS Implementation
  11. Panel de Implementadores de OpenMRS: Experiencias y Lecciones Aprendidas
  12. eLearning and you: Impact and Possibilities for eHealth
  13. eLearning y Tu: Impacto y Posibilidades en eSalud


  1. Structural, social and personal barriers to linkage and retention in HIV care
  2. Wireless Technologies to Monitor and Improve Patient Adherence
  3. Lost To Follow Up as part of Adherence Denominator for HIV Care
  4. Research on HIV Prevention with Positive Interventions
  5. Impact of metabolic complications on ART adherence
  6. Education, Counseling & Support Materials for People Living with HIV/AIDS
  7. Promises and Pitfalls of Putting PrEP into Practice
  8. Improving Antiretroviral Therapy Adherence Among Patients With Complex Needs


  1. Presumptive treatment, Rapid Diagnostic Test, and the need for differential diagnosis
  2. Classical Methods Against Malaria In Africa: A Conversation With Dr. Bill Jobin
  3. Lessons from the Malaria Institute at Macha, Zambia
  4. The Future of Malaria Vector Control and Insecticides
  5. Rapid Diagnostic Tests for Malaria - From policy to end-user


  1. Implementation of Xpert MTB/RIF in Resource-Limited Settings
  2. Psychosocial Support for MDR-TB Patients
  3. Reporting Sputum Conversion Rates for MDR-TB Monitoring
  4. The Challenge of Treating MDR-TB in a Country where Second-Line Drugs are not Available
  5. Minimum Volume of Testing for Maintaining Proficiency in TB Diagnosis
  6. Disposal of Sputum in Home Settings
  7. Triage Strategies to Minimize TB Infection in Resource-Limited Settings
  8. Design of Isolation Rooms for MDR-TB Patients
  9. “Fit testing” and “user seal checking” to evaluate respirators
  10. Infection Control in a Cold Climate without Electricity
  11. Recommendations for Outdoor Sputum Induction
  12. Transporting Suspected and Confirmed MDR-TB Patients and Sputum Samples
  13. Using particulate respirators for TB Infection Control
  14. TB Infection Control in single-room homes

US Communities Initiative

  1. Connected Health for Patients: Information Technologies for Better Care
  2. Connected Health for Providers: Information Technologies to Improve Health Care Delivery
  3. Integrating Mental Health in the Primary Care Setting: The Case in the U.S. and Abroad