Publications

  • NIRP 20: Development of a culturally-sensitive psychiatric screening instrument for Ethiopian populations

    Recognising inter-cultural differences in the way people experience and express emotional problems and the difficulties that consequently may arise in properly diagnosing mental health problems, this study seeks to develop and validate a tool for screening psychiatric disorders in Ethiopian populations. The study was carried out in Ethiopia as well as among Ethiopian Jews in Israel, among groups at different levels of exposure to western medicine. It was a collaborative effort between researchers from Israel, Ethiopia and the Netherlands.

    Authors
    N. Zilber, R. Youngmann, F. Workneh, R. Giel
    Year of Publication
    2004
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  • Making public-private partnerships work for development

    For many years, official development assistance (ODA) to low and middle income countries seemed incompatible with private sector initiatives. ODA had its roots in charity while the private sector was looking for profits. ODA interests were on the side of recipients; the private sector’s interests were on the side of shareholders.

    Authors
    L. Leertouwer, J. Toonen, I. Segal, P. Leeuw
    Year of Publication
    2004
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  • NIRP 21: Sexual attitude and behaviour among adolescents in Zambia

    This study encompasses the results of a comprehensive survey among different groups of Zambian adolescents concerning sexual behaviour and attitudes which affect the risk of HIV infection and AIDS. It deals with the factors that influence the youngsters’ knowledge about AIDS, their perceptions with regard to prevention and their engagement in risky sexual activities. The study was carried out by a team of Israeli and Zambian researchers between 1997 and 2002.

    Authors
    V. Slonim-Nevo, L. Mukuka
    Year of Publication
    2004
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    Download 630_NIRP21
  • Improving reproductive health care within the context of district health services

    This manual is an action-oriented document which will facilitate improved coverage and quality of SRH services. Its main target audience are those individuals, alone or as part of the district health management team (DHMT), who have responsibility for the planning and management of sexual and reproductive health/ primary health care services in the district.

    Authors
    I. Reerink, B. Campbell
    Year of Publication
    2004
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    Download 519_bw.-SRH-Final
  • The prognostic importance of detecting mild sensory impairment in leprosy: a randomized controlled trial (TRIPOD 2)

    This study was designed to investigate whether leprosy patients diagnosed with mild sensory impairment have a better prognosis when treated with steroids than similarly impaired patients treated with placebo.

    Authors
    W.H. van Brakel, A.M. Anderson, S. G. Withington, R. P. Croft, P. G. Nicholls, J. H. Richardus, W.C.S. Smith
    Year of Publication
    2003
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  • Identifying factors for job motivation of rural health workers in North Viet Nam

    Many Ministries of Health are trying to improve the functioning of their health care system by introducing changes in resource allocation, better management and changes in the role of the government, such as more responsibility at lower levels through decentralisation. A prerequisite of a well-functioning system is a well-motivated workforce. The Ministry of Health in Viet Nam gives great importance to the development of a public health network, in order to provide good quality health care services. As most people live in rural areas, an extensive public health network is required in rural areas so as to provide appropriate care close to the people. This implies the need to keep sufficient qualified and motivated human resources in the rural areas.

    Authors
    M. Dieleman, P. Viet Cuong, L. Vu Anh, T. Martineau
    Year of Publication
    2003
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  • Bulletin 354 – Building partnerships for sustainable development

    Authors
    H. Verhagen, N. Dorji, Biaou G., L. Abarca
    Year of Publication
    2003
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  • WHO disability grading: operational definitions

    A ‘disability classification’ for use in leprosy has been advocated by who since 1960. Two revisions of this grading system were subsequently published, a 4-point scale in 1970 and a 3-point scale in 1988.

    Authors
    J.W. Brandsma, W.H. van Brakel
    Year of Publication
    2003
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  • Bulletin 351 – Enjeux et viabilité des communes rurales au Burkina Faso

    Authors
    A.S. Bagré, H. Bary, A. Ouattara, M. Ouédraogo, D. B. Sanou, D. Thiéba, T. Hilhorst, G. Baltissen
    Year of Publication
    2003
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  • Life skills and HIV education in Africa: methods and evaluations

    Over the past several years the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa has been recognized as being more than simply a health issue. HIV/AIDS impacts every sector, including education. In the high HIV-prevalence countries of southern and eastern Africa, the education sector is currently being hit by massive teacher shortages due to death, absenteeism, and attrition as teachers fall ill, care for sick family members, or fill vacancies in other fields. At the same time, the needs of learners are changing as young people must learn at an earlier age how to protect themselves from HIV/AIDS and care for affected family members and friends.

    Authors
    G. Tiendrebeogo, S. Meijer, G. Engelberg
    Year of Publication
    2003
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  • Bulletin 353 – Reciprocity in sustainable development

    Authors
    J.J. Kessler, B. Romijn, R. Pistorius
    Year of Publication
    2003
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  • Adverse events of standardized regimens of corticosteroids for prophylaxis and treatment of nerve function impairment in leprosy: results from the ‘TRIPOD’ trials

    Reactions in leprosy patients causing acute nerve function impairment (NFI) can often be treated successfully with corticosteriods. Treatment with corticosteriods in leprosy control programmes is increasingly being provided under field conditions, often by paramedical workers.

    Authors
    J. H. Richardus, S. G. Withington, A.M. Anderson, R. P. Croft, P. G. Nicholls, W.H. van Brakel, W.C.S. Smith
    Year of Publication
    2003
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  • Bulletin 350 – Cultivating a healthy enterprise

    Authors
    J. Belt, A. Lengkeek, J. van der Zant
    Year of Publication
    2003
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  • Creating citizens who demand just governance

    Mainstreaming a gender perspective in development was the overall strategy adopted at the Fourth UN Conference for Women, held in Beijing in 1995, to support the goal of gender equality. The rationale for this strategy is that it is important to bring the goal of gender equality to the centre of the development process. After three decades of gender and development activism, most in development institutions continue to need constant reminders of the need for gender analysis in their work. Why is it that policy makers still have to be lobbied to include the g word, and colleagues need to be convinced that integrating a gender analysis in their work makes a qualitative difference?

  • Treatment with corticosteroids of long-standing nerve function impairment in leprosy: a randomized controlled trial (TRIPOD 3)

    Nerve Function Impairment (NFI) in leprosy patients may lead to severe disabilities, such as muscle paralysis of face, hands and feet, and chronic plantar and palmar ulceration. For many years, the mainstay of treatment of NFI of less than 6 months duration, in particular in the presence of clinically manifest type 1 reaction, has been with corticosteriods. For NFI of longer than 6 months duration, however, this treatment is not recommended. Beyond 6 months of NFI, never fibres are considered to be damaged irreversibly, and are therefore unlikely to respond to treatment. Yet there are indications that some patients with long-standing NFI have responded favourably to treatment with corticosteriods.

    Authors
    J. H. Richardus, S. G. Withington, A.M. Anderson, R. P. Croft, P. G. Nicholls, W.H. van Brakel, W.C.S. Smith
    Year of Publication
    2003
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  • NIRP 15: Education for international cooperation

    This booklet reports on a study that began in 1995 as a collaborative effort between Palestinian, Israeli and Dutch researchers who shared the same hope regarding a peaceful solution to the dispute between Jews and Arabs living in the region. Their collaboration was centred on studying the opportunity to change the prevailing public attitude towards peace and cooperation in one of the issues that captures the essence of the conflict between groups competing for scarce resources – the water issue. Most of the data for this study was collected during 1997-1998. The Netherlands Israel Development Research Programme (NIRP) funded the project. NIRP aims to encourage development-related research focused on socio-economic and cultural change.

    Authors
    R. Zuzovsky, R. Yakir, M. Haddad
    Year of Publication
    2003
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  • Soutenir la mise en oeuvre de la décentralisation en milieu rurale au Mali

    Authors
    G. Baltissen, M. Heus, T. Hilhorst, A. Cissé, H. Diabaté, D. Ballo
    Year of Publication
    2003
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  • A Guide to demand-driven agricultural research

    Agricultural research and extension in sub-Sahara Africa have been subject to repeated organisational and institutional reforms during the last few decades. Donors and central governments were the main drivers of reorganisation and re-structuring processes. Mostly “blueprints” based on “western” models were applied; although sometimes a perceived lack of impact was given as the rationale, the actual reasons for change were often of an ambiguous nature.

    Authors
    W. Heemskerk, N. Lema, D. Guindo, C. Schouten, Z. Semgalawe, H. Verkuijl, Bart de Steenhuijsen Piters, P. Penninkhoff
    Year of Publication
    2003
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  • Leprosy control strategies and the integration of health services: an international perspective

    Over the past decades the number of new leprosy patients detected worldwide has been more or less stable (WHO, 2002). In 2001 more than 750,000 new patients were diagnosed (WHO, 2002). It is very likely that a significant number of new patients will continue to occur for many years. Hence, leprosy control activities should be sustained, and to guarantee sustainable leprosy services they should be integrated within the general health services (ILA, 2002).

    Authors
    J. Visschedijk, A. Engelhard, P. Lever, M. Aparecida de Faria Grossi, P. Feenstra
    Year of Publication
    2003
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  • Un guide pour la recherche agricole régie par la demande

    Au cours des dernières décennies, la recherche et la vulgarisation agricole en Afrique subsaharienne ont connu d’importantes réformes institutionnelles et organisationnelles. Les bailleurs de fonds et les Gouvernements nationaux étaient les principales forces de réorganisation et de restructuration.

    Authors
    W. Heemskerk, N. Lema, D. Guindo, C. Schouten, Z. Semgalawe, H. Verkuijl, Bart de Steenhuijsen Piters, P. Penninkhoff
    Year of Publication
    2003
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    Download 526_2054.COR-Guide-FR-125-176