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The methods and outcomes of cultural adaptations of psychological treatments for depressive disorders: a systematic review

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Psychological Treatments (PTs) are effective in the treatment of depressive disorders in populations other than those for whom they were originally developed.
Adapting evidence-based psychological treatments to incorporate elements that are contextually relevant and meaningful in the culture in which they …

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Coordinating the Provision of Health Services in Humanitarian Crises: a Systematic Review of Suggested Models

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The Cluster Approach appears to be used more widely than the others as a co-ordination model between organizations providing health services in public health emergencies. The 4Ws and the 5×5 models focus on coordinating mental health services.
A number of models for …

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Cash-based approaches in humanitarian emergencies

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Cash transfer and voucher programs, if appropriately designed and managed, can be effective and efficient modalities for addressing the needs of crisis-affected populations in a range of contexts. Robust evidence on the effects and efficiency of cash-based interventions are strongest for food …

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Are energy access interventions within humanitarian relief an effective tool for improving the health, safety and livelihoods of beneficiaries, while also having wider environmental benefits?*

* Thesis done as a systematic review
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Providing beneficiaries with access to modern energy devices within humanitarian relief camps can have significant positive impacts. In particular those associated with improvements in indoor air quality, the removal of risks associated with fire, positive impacts …

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Core Competencies in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance: A Systematic Review

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Development and validation of a common competency framework for professionals involved in crisis response represents a decisive step forward for professionalization.
This review illustrates the results of systematically reviewing 38 peer-reviewed studies to identify existing competency sets for disaster management and humanitarian assistance …

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Medical rehabilitation in natural disasters: a systematic review

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There is a need to incorporate medical rehabilitation into response planning and disaster management for future natural catastrophes.  Access to rehabilitation and investment in sustainable infrastructure and education is crucial.
An evidence-based overview for effectiveness of medical rehabilitation intervention in natural disaster survivors and …

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Impact of Increasing Temperatures on Malaria in the East African Highlands: A Systematic Review

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The included studies suggest that temperatures are increasing in the East African highlands. The majority of the included studies show that the increasing transmission of malaria on the East African highlands is related to these rising temperatures.
Historically, malaria has been absent from the …

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Disability and Health Related Rehabilitation in International Disaster Relief

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Little scientific evidence on the effectiveness of health-related rehabilitation interventions following natural disaster exists. It is known, however, that absolute numbers of injuries as well as injury to death ratios in natural disasters have increased significantly over the last 40 years and that persons with pre-existing …

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The Effectiveness of Disaster Risk Communication: A Systematic Review of Intervention Studies

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A review of communication interventions relevant to disasters, including infection outbreaks. Interventions associated with increased knowledge of preventive measures include individual and group face-to-face information sessions, telephone calls, delivery of written information, mass media campaigns, mass SMS text messages and games for …

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Rapid diagnostic tests versus clinical diagnosis for managing people with fever in malaria endemic settings

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There is some evidence to support the incorporation of Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs) as part of the alogarithms in the treatment and management of malaria to reduce the presumptive prescription of antimalarial drugs. Improving the care of RDT negative patients could improve …

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