Strengthening policy analysis: Econometric tests using microcomputer
software. Lawrence Haddad, M. Daniel Westbrook, Daniel Driscoll, Ellen
Payongayong, Joshua Rozen, and Melvyn Weeks. International Food Policy Research
Institute, Washington, DC, USA, 1995. (ISBN 0-89629-330-0) 157 pages, paperback.
This manual illustrates in detail the statistical methods used for analysing
surveys from rural households in the Philippines that were surveyed four times
at four-month intervals in 1984 and 1985. Data were collected on a wide range of
topics, including landholdings, expenditure patterns, food intake, housing
characteristics, assets, schooling, and food prices. A 3.5" diskette is
included that provides the original data for which the analytical procedures are
described using SPSS/PC +, SAS PC, and GAUSS-386. The strengths and weaknesses
of these software packages are discussed.
Vitamin A deficiency and Us consequences. A field guide to detection and
control. Third edition. Alfred Sommer. WHO, Geneva, 1995. (ISBN 024-154478)
69 pages, paperback. SwF 17/US$15.30 (in developing countries, SwF 11.90).
La carence en vitamine A et ses conséquences. Guide pratique du dépistage
et de la lutte. Troisième edition. Alfred Sommer. WHO, Geneva, 1995. (ISBN
92-4254478-7) 77 pages, paperback. SwF 17 (in developing countries, SwF 11.90).
This small book, now in its third printing, is available in both English and
French. The first two chapters discuss the biochemistry of vitamin A metabolism
and the complex relationship between serum levels and the physiological
consequences of vitamin A deficiency. The third chapter provides a detailed
guide to clinical classification and diagnosis of xerophthalmia and includes 32
illustrations to facilitate recognition of the signs and symptoms of the
disease. Chapters are included on epidemiology, assessment, treatment, and
prevention of vitamin A