Previously many doctors graduated medical school without owning a medical text. If hospitals owned any books they were often in Thai, French or English and often inaccessible under lock and key. Now it is a common sight to see hospital staff on paediatric wards flicking through the Pocketbook to check recommended treatments. Medical students sit between classes reading and discussing its contents. And this change has happened in just a few years.
Staff at Bokeo Provinical Hospital after receiving their Pocketbooks. Photo: Dr Chansouk Chatana
By Richard Towle, UNHCR Regional Representative for Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific
The theme for World Refugee Day “One refugee without hope is too many” is a poignant reminder of the fragile and often dangerous situation faced by millions of people forcibly displaced by war, conflict and persecution all around the world.
This week the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, released a report which showed that
2011 was a record year for forced displacement across borders around the world,
with more people becoming refugees than at any time since 2000.
Paralysed by polio, Muktar, a 31-year-old father of five, is relocated by donkey cart from a temporary settlement into a new tent in a UNHCR Refugee Camp in Ifo Extension. Photo: UNHCR
UNHCR’s 2011 Global Trends report details for the first time the extent of forced displacement from a string of recent humanitarian crises in countries such as Côte d’Ivoire, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and elsewhere. And in 2012, the deteriorating situations in Mali and Syria are placing the lives and human security of tens of thousands of people acutely at risk.
By Matt Anderson, Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands
Take a look at a map of Solomon Islands and you will get a glimpse of how hard it is to provide health services to more than half a million people scattered across 100 of the 990 inhabited islands that make up the country.
From the air, the challenge looks even more confronting as the archipelago of islands stretch as far as the eye can see. Some of the islands are big, others small, with banana boats the only way to move around.
Earlier this month, I flew over many of these islands on my way to Isabel Province. I was joined by Solomon Islands Deputy Prime Minister, Manasseh Maelanga and Health Minister Charles Sigoto to celebrate the community’s efforts to eliminate malaria in the
School children during the community parade, which was part of celebrations to mark a successful campaign to eliminate malaria in the Isabel province. Photo: Lou Anderson/AusAID