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Dear Centre Leaders,
In today's newsletter:
  • Health minister launches CHESS in Burkina Faso
  • What differentiates authors who publish in low- and high-impact journals
  • WHO publishes list of bacteria for which new antibiotics are urgently needed
  • Medical waste collectors exposed to injury and body fluids contamination
  • Addressing children with autism
1.Health minister launches CHESS in Burkina Faso
Minister for Health Dr Smaila Ouedraogo (seated right) trying one of CHESS computers.
Burkina Faso Minister for Health Dr Smaila Ouedraogo recently launched INDEPTH's Comprehensive Health and Epidemiological Surveillance System (CHESS) project in Nanoro. The event on 14 February 2017 also included the inauguration of the Nanoro new peripheral health facility (CSPS). Other prominent personalities who attended the ceremony included the Director of the President Office, Seydou Zagre; the Mayor of Nanoro; the Regional Director of Health and representatives of Nanoro’s King and Governor. Nanoro HDSS staff at the ceremony were led by the Site Leader Prof. Halidou Tinto.

The Minister said CHESS would offer a lot of benefits to the country's health system. He urged the people of Nanoro to support the project and members of the research team. He said if the project is successful; it would be a boost in the government's e-medicine initiative in the strategic plan. He promised to appoint an official at the ministry level who would be the primary link with the project. Read more
2.  What differentiates authors who publish in low- and high-impact journals
High impact journal.
Some interesting findings in a new study by authors in Brazil show that significant linguistic and financial inequalities still exist for researchers worldwide. The authors, Carlos Eduardo Paiva et al, collected responses from 269 participants who had published in 30 medical journals which they grouped according to low and high impact factor.

The main indicator for the increased likelihood of publishing in a higher impact factor journal was living in a country where English is the official language, which was associated with an almost threefold greater chance of publication. Read more
3. WHO publishes list of bacteria for which new antibiotics are urgently needed
Bacteria culture.
WHO’s list of antibiotic-resistant "priority pathogens" include bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health. The list is intended to guide and promote research and development of new antibiotics in an effort to address growing global resistance to antimicrobial medicines.

The most critical group of all includes multidrug resistant bacteria that pose a particular threat in hospitals, nursing homes, and among patients whose care requires devices such as ventilators and blood catheters. They include Acinetobacter, Pseudomonas and various Enterobacteriaceae (including Klebsiella, E. coli, Serratia, and Proteus). They can cause severe and often deadly infections such as bloodstream infections and pneumonia. Read more
News from Centres
1. Kersa HDSS:
Medical waste collectors in Eastern Ethiopia exposed to injury and body fluids contamination

Dr Nega Assefa, Kersa Centre Leader.
Health facilities generate different types of wastes which are characterized as hazardous, most of which are toxic, harmful, carcinogenic and infectious. Waste collectors face massive exposure to hazardous wastes and occupational accidents as a result of manual handling of healthcare waste and working under unfavourable conditions.

This study published in the Journal of Prevention and Infection Control employed a cross-sectional study design on medical wastes collectors interviewed. The healthcare waste management system of health facilities was also assessed. For data analysis, factors associated with exposure to sharp injuries and blood and body fluids were identified by a binary logistic regression with Generalized Estimating Equation model to control the effect of clustering. Read more
2. icddr,b:
Addressing children with autism
Every challenged child has different needs.
Recently icddr,b’s training unit has teamed up with faith Bangladesh- a non-profit organisation based in Bangladesh – to improve therapeutic practices and raise awareness around the care of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

The Ministry of Social Welfare of Bangladesh estimated that about 1.4 million people, and one in every 500 children, in the country have ASD. However, the number of diagnosed individuals with autism are not many, partially due to autism related stigma and lack of knowledge by both parents and health professionals.Read more
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