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Health and health care

Gender Issues in Health Projects and Programmes

Sundari Ravindran

Building on the proceedings of a workshop held in South-East Asia in 1993, this report covers the current issues in the gender and health debate. It includes discussions on perceptions of health, reproductive rights and sexuality, and integrating gender issues into contemporary health care.

An Oxfam Working Paper

1995, 0 85598 295 0, 28pp, £6.95, $12.95


Cities of Hunger

Urban Malnutrition in Developing Countries

Jane Pryer and Nigel Crook

Provides an innovative way of analysing the causes of urban malnutrition and links this analysis to three projects in contrasting urban settings.

1990, 120pp illustrated

0855981547, hardback, £24.95, $39.95

0 85598 155 5, paperback, £7.95, $12.95


Health and Revolution

The Nicaraguan Experience

Richard Garfield and Glen Williams

Health and Revolution examines the history of the Sandinista health service, focusing in particular on women's health, child survival, and the training and deployment of health professionals.

1989, 0 85598 132 6, paperback 320pp illustrated, £11.50, $18.50


Oxfam Practical Health Guides

Over the yerrs Oxfam has been involved in a wide variety of health-related projects. The practical Health Guides draw on this experience to put forward ideas on best practice in the provision of health care services in developing countries.


Disease Prevention Through Vector Control

Guidelines for Relief Organisations

Madeleine C Thomson

'this is an excellent, concise book, with accurate factual information, well supported by examples throughout.' Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

There are more than 20 million refugees and displaced persons in the world today. At least 80 per cent of them are living in tropical or semi-tropical countries where vector borne diseases, such as malaria, dengue fever, and sleeping sickness, are common, and cause widespread sickness and death in the crowded conditions of refugee camps.

This book is intended to help development workers and planners to identify and assess the risks of vector-borne diseases in a camp, and to plan and implement cost-effective ways of controlling vectors in order to improve the health, and save the lives, of refugees.

• Madeleine C Thomson is a researcher at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

1995, 0 85598 306 x, paperback 96pp, £5.95, $9.95


Selective Feeding Programmes

Tim Lusty and Pat Diskett

A comprehensive manual for use in treating different degrees of malnutrition in emergency situations, this book continues to be an important reference for emergency planners and field workers.

1984, 0 85598 097 4, paperback 96pp illustrated, £5.95, $9.95


Controlling Iodine Deficiency Disorders in Developing Countries

David Phillips

This practical book provides advice and guidance on the organization of iodine supplementation programmes at a local level. Carrying out goitre surveys, recording data, assessing results, implementing a programme, and monitoring and evaluating its success are all discussed in detail.

1989, 085598 107 5, paperback 40pp illustrated, £4.95 ,$7.95


Food Scarcity and Famine

Assesment and Response

Helen Young

This is a detailed guide to the accurate assessment of the nutritional needs of populations suffering from the effects of food scarcity and famine. Adopting a holistic approach, the book provides information on when supplementary and therapeutic feeding programmes are appropriate, and considers a range of interventions which might help to support people's livelihoods. This is an important study for government and non-government organizations, health workers, academics, and everyone else involved in development and relief work.

1992, 0855981455, paperback 112pp illustrated, £5.95,



Financing Health Care

Hilary Goodman and Catriona Waddington

The way in which a health service is financed has significant implications for the quality and scope of the care provided and is, therefore, a fundamental issue in health-services provision. Financing Health Care provides examples of different financial systems which have been implemented in response to a variety of community health-care needs, and is an invaluable resource for managers, health workers, and members of the community who are involved with non-government health programmes.

1993, 0 85598 187 3, paperback 96pp with tables, £5-95, $9.95

Health Care for Refugees and Displaced People

Catherine Mears and Sue Chowdbury

Drawing on the experience of Oxfam staffin many different emergency situations, this book is a short, practical introduction to the provision of health care in emergencies. It covers the assessment of health risk factors and the needs for health care, with a checklist of questions to enable a rapid picture of the situation to be built up, and describes the implementation of health-care procedures, and the facilities which should be provided. There are also short sections on the special needs of long-term refugees and on monitoring and evaluation. Detailed information on nutrition, treatment protocols, and other aspects of health care is given in the form of appendices.

1994, 0 85598 225 X, paperback 64pp with tables, £5.95, $9 95