The conflictuntitled raging in Syria since early 2011 has pushed nearly 900,000 Syrians to seek refuge in Lebanon. Informal Settlements, usually improvised and overcrowded, have been laid out on an ad hoc basis and lack basic water and sanitation facilities. Despite the strong involvement of INGOs in the upgrade of living conditions in these settlements, the hygienic environment and practices remain inadequate and present risks of waterborne diseases outbreak.

The Story of Cholera is seen as a great tool to promote basic hygiene practices and has been narrated in Arabic to be shown in these Settlements. It is seen as both a prevention measure against potential cholera outbreak and/or other type of diarrheal diseases. Tested on site it has received a great welcome from the refugee community and is expected to have a major impact in the hygiene promotion response.

Story submitted by:  Solidarités InternationalLebanon Mission

The Story of Cholera filter1is being called on to help “nip in the bud” a new cholera outbreak in Namibia. The outbreak has prompted officials from UNICEF and the Ministry of Health to move quickly to educate people in the region. These officials recognize that showing The Story of Cholera via mass media is an effective way to convey critical messages about the disease that people need to know. According to Dr. Myo-Zin Nyunt (Chief, Maternal, Child Survival and Development for UNICEF NAMIBIA), “Most senior officials in the Ministry of Health really like this video and they are wanting to broadcast it through national TV” so they can help prevent the cholera outbreak from spiraling out of control.
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Our ghmp_mhifa1newborn care series was 1 of only 7 mobile health (mHealth) projects selected from over 1,500 evaluated worldwide that are most relevant to the goal of providing actionable health information by mobile phone. The criteria for the survey, organized by the mHIFA Working Group (Mobile Healthcare Information For All), included that the tools had to empower people with health information that is affordable, relevant, reliable, and easy-to-understand and put into action—in short, information that enables them to “deal effectively with acute healthcare situations.”
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Four million latrine320people were made homeless by the typhoon that hit the Philippines this month and are at increased risk of contracting waterborne diseases such as cholera.  Cholera is endemic there and a lack of safe drinking water, poor sanitation, and crowded conditions make the region ripe for an outbreak. (Read story.)

Recognizing the value of having the The Story of Cholera available in Tagalog—the national language of the Philippines—Carole Parker (GHMP Board member) immediately responded by organizing the effort in the San Francisco Bay area.
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Peter Cardellichio APHAlogo260spoke on “Improving training in low-resource settings with clinical videos” at the APHA annual meeting held in Boston on November 2–6. Peter discussed why our videos are needed, what makes them unique, how they are used in training, and some of the successes we’ve had so far in reaching frontline health workers. More than 12,000 public health professionals attended this year’s meeting to discuss new research and strategies to address leading health challenges. APHA’s annual meeting is the largest public health meeting in the world.

Our CHWlogowork is now highlighted on CHW Central. CHW Central is a dynamic web-based resource that promotes and engages community health workers around the world. Read the story.

Deb Van mhealthDyke will speak at the mHealthEd 2013 conference—New Digital Media Content and Delivery: Revolutionising Global Health Education and Training—to be held in Ireland on September 12 & 13. Her session will focus on new initiatives in video and animation and how digital media can revolutionize education and behavior change communication in low-resource settings. The conference will bring together global health experts and leading producers of content and animation.