5th International Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication

This Congress, organized by JAMA and the BMJ Publishing Group, will feature 3 days of presentations of original research. As before, we urge scientists, editors, publishers, and readers who are interested in the processes by which science is published to get going on their research. The aim is to improve the quality and credibility of biomedical information and to help advance the efficiency, effectiveness, and equitability of information dissemination throughout the world. For more information contact Annette Flanagin phone: 312-464-2432 e-mail:

Master of Public Health in 2006

Applications are now invited for the Master of Public Health in 2006. The MPH aims to produce health professionals who are change agents in the field of public health. Through a careful assessment of your own needs and capacities, an individualised programme of study may be designed and undertaken, with the approval of the Academic Programme Co-ordinator, which will lead either to a General MPH or an MPH majoring in a special area of interest.

AIDS Stalks Teachers in State Schools

At least 10000 public sector teachers needed AIDS drugs, Olive Shisana, former health director-general and head of the Human Sciences Research Council's (HSRC's) HIV/AIDS research unit, said yesterday.

SINK OR SWIM? A workshop for the burning out doctor in rural practice

You are invited to join a half weekend retreat-type workshop aimed at providing doctors with time out and an enjoyable, non-pressurised, experiential sharing of issues around coping with brownout or burnout, and the stress of coping with caring for others. We will look at our own strengths and weaknesses and at knowing ourselves better. Come and fail in good company!

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At least 10000 public sector teachers needed AIDS drugs, Olive Shisana, former health director-general and head of the Human Sciences Research Council's (HSRC's) HIV/AIDS research unit, said yesterday.

Viewpoint: HIV/AIDS and the health workforce crisis: What are the next steps?

In scaling up antiretroviral treatment (ART), financing is fast becoming less of a constraint than the human resources to ensure the implementation of the programmes. In the countries hardest affected by the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) pandemic, AIDS increases workloads, professional frustration and burn-out. It affects health workers also directly, contributing to rising sick leave and attrition rates. This burden is shouldered by a health workforce weakened already by chronic deficiencies in training, distribution and retention. In these countries, health workforce issues can no longer be analysed from the traditional perspective of human resource development, but should start from the position that entire societies are in a process of social involution of a scale unprecedented in human history. Strategies that proved to be effective and correct in past conditions need be reviewed, particularly in the domains of human resource management and policy-making, education and international aid. True paradigm shifts are thus required, without which the fundamental changes required to effectively strengthen the health workforce are unlikely to be initiated.

The Mobile Health Clinics Forum 2005

The Mobile Clinic International Forum - Advancing Access to Healthcare convened by the International Medical Exchange, Inc. and Mobile Health Consultants and co-sponsored by the Medical Research Council, Telemedicine Research Unit. This historic educational event for healthcare professionals and health policy-makers will be held at the Denver (Colorado) Convention Center from April 15-17. The event is being planned as a satellite meeting at the annual meeting of the prestigious American Telemedicine Association (ATA).

SOUTH AFRICA: Initiative to alleviate effect of AIDS on education

A group of eight South African and international NGOs are collaborating on a new programme to tackle the impact of HIV/AIDS on the education sector, after recent research showed that the pandemic was claiming the lives of 11 teachers daily.