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August issue of the WHO Bulletin

The August 2012 issue of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization is now available at

The Bulletin is available in a variety of different formats, including on electronic publishing devices, Kindle readers and as a Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY) digital talking book. Abstracts and other items are available in عربي‎, 中文, Français, Русский and Español. The DAISY digital format assists people who have challenges using regular printed media. DAISY digital talking books offer the benefits of regular audiobooks, but also include navigation. For more information about Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY) digital talking book, see

Among content highlights:

EDITORIAL   Trans-disciplinary research to improve health systems’ disaster readiness and response – Samantha Watson et al. doi: 10.2471/BLT.12.106120

SYSTEMATIC REVIEW   A systematic review of Demographic and Health Surveys: data availability and utilization for research – Madeleine Short Fabic et al. doi: 10.2471/BLT.11.095513

PERSPECTIVES   The role of biomedical engineering in disaster management in resource-limited settings – Andrea Fernandes & Muhammad H Zaman doi: 10.2471/BLT.12.104901

An informatics agenda for public health: summarized recommendations from the 2011 AMIA PHI Conference

AMIA announces that this publication (by Barbara L Massoudi, Kenneth W Goodman, Ivan J Gotham, John H Holmes, Lisa Lang, Kathleen Miner, David D Potenziani, Janise Richards, Anne M Turner, Paul C Fu) is now online, freely accessible on the JAMIA website. PHI 2011 convened dedicated individuals to work together on a shared vision to take public health to the next level of critical development through Public Health Informatics. Nationally known experts gathered to focus on key areas of public health informatics including ethics, technical frameworks, professional training and workforce development, research and evaluation and sustainability. Participants revisited the national agenda developed at the AMIA Spring Congress in 2001, assessed the progress that has been made in the past decade, and developed recommendations to further guide the field. Participants identified 62 recommendations. See the article on the JAMIA website.


August 2, 2012 Posted by | Africa, education, miscellany, WHO | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

CDC 2011 Public Health Informatics Conference – Call for Abstracts

The Call for Abstracts is open for the 2011 Public Health Informatics Conference  to be held at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on August 21–August 24, 2011.

The theme this year’s event is Engaging, Empowering, Evolving…Together Abstracts are invited for four areas: Call for Abstract Presentations, Call for Posters, Call for Computer Demonstrations, and Call for Panels – abstract acceptance deadline is April 18th, 2011 at:

The event is organised under the auspices of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – –  and includes many co-sponsors.

Thanks to the PAHO/WHO Knowledge Management and Communication KMC – Knowledge Sharing email list for information on this call and event.

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March 26, 2011 Posted by | conference, education, USA, WHO | , , , , | Leave a comment