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Uganda among 10 emerging tourist destinations in Africa

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SOURCE:Daily Monitor Uganda is among the 10 destinations that are on course to turn into popular tourists’ destinations in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to a World Bank report. The Tourism in Afric...

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Scotland's independence vote puts UK union on edge - The Denver Post

Telegraph.co.uk Scotland's independence vote puts UK union on edge The Denver Post Balloons held by Yes supporters float next to balloons and posters held by No supporters after a No campaign event where a number of speeches were made by different...
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International aid group says 3 million Syrian children not attending school because of war | Sievenews.com

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Joice Mujuru Demanded the UZ Doctorate, Jukwa Says - ZimEye - Zimbabwe News

Joice Mujuru Demanded the UZ Doctorate, Jukwa Says - ZimEye - Zimbabwe News | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Joice Mujuru Demanded the UZ Doctorate, Jukwa Says ZimEye - Zimbabwe News Joice Mujuru who was handed a Ph.d certificate last week, had actually on the very day simply called the University of Zimbabwe demanding to be conferred and she was...
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Information Warfare: Marxist News Values In China - Strategy Page

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September 17, 2014: In late August the Chinese government issued a public demand that all Chinese journalists learn “Marxist news values”.
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Development for Peace in Darfur Strategy (4-6) - Sudan Vision

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A Darfur Donors' Conference for Reconstruction and Development in Doha from 7-8 April, 2013 adapted the DDS Paper on which the implementation of some programs has started.
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Why the Pentagon Should Care About Scotland's Referendum - Foreign Policy

Why the Pentagon Should Care About Scotland's Referendum - Foreign Policy | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Why the Pentagon Should Care About Scotland's Referendum Foreign Policy Such pessimism is more reminiscent of the gloomy conclusions drawn by the late economic historian and sociologist Karl Polanyi in The Great Transformation, his classic analysis...
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67 South Africans killed in TB Joshua building collapse - New Zimbabwe.com

67 South Africans killed in TB Joshua building collapse - New Zimbabwe.com | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
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Former Malawian head of state Joyce Banda, who has described Joshua as her "spiritual father," said Tuesday she was "deeply shocked" by the accident.
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Urban agriculture: Growing food in our cities

Urban agriculture: Growing food in our cities | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

City dwellers have been growing their food for millennia, but the concept of urban agriculture been formally recognized in research and public policy since the mid 90s. The International Development Research Centre played a leading role in forging this new discipline and raising awareness of it...


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Doctors and the Social Media- Malaysian Medical Resources

Doctors and the Social Media- Malaysian Medical Resources | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

The buzzword on the Internet these days is the Social Media and this underlines the fact that we live inter-connected lives and we are very much social creatures. We like to share things and have that built-in curiosity to see what our friends, family and colleagues are up to as well. Of course all that may not matter to the rare individual who is a hermit but it makes our lives more interesting that the Internet via Social Networks has made the ability to connect with one another just that much easier. I’d like to touch on these social networks from a medical perspective and discuss the potential advantages and also pitfalls on using social networks as doctors. I hope colleagues who are using the social network will pay heed.

First we look at the GMC Guidance on Doctors’ use of the Social Media:

The GMC states the medical advantages of using the social media are

a. engaging people in public health and policy discussions
b. establishing national and international professional networks
c. facilitating patients’ access to information about health and services.

I agree very much with these points and used in this manner, the social media can get the message across effectively.

However the GMC also warns doctors on Privacy issues

Using social media has blurred the boundaries between public and private life, and online information can be easily accessed by others. You should be aware of the limitations of privacy online and you should regularly review the privacy settings for each of your social media profiles.§ This is for the following reasons.
a. Social media sites cannot guarantee confidentiality whatever privacy settings are in place.
b. Patients, your employer and potential employers, or any other organisation that you have a relationship with, may be able to access your personal information.
c. Information about your location¶ may be embedded within photographs and other content and available for others to see.
d. Once information is published online it can be difficult to remove as other users may distribute it further or comment on it.

The GMC also warns doctors about maintaining a professional boundary between yourself and patients:

Using social media also creates risks, particularly where social and professional boundaries become unclear. You must follow the guidance in Maintaining a professional boundary between you and your patient
If a patient contacts you about their care or other professional matters through your private profile, you should indicate that you cannot mix social and professional relationships and, where appropriate, direct them to your professional profile.

In the context of the physician-patient relationship, the GMC warns:

You must consider the potential risks involved in using social media and the impact that inappropriate use could have on your patients’ trust in you and society’s trust in the medical profession. Social media can blur the boundaries between a doctor’s personal and professional lives and may change the nature of the relationship between a doctor and a patient. You must follow our guidance on the use of social media.

Let’s examine some of the popular Social Network sites and see how the above may affect us:

Facebook
Currently the leader of the pack of the social media sites with the most users. Many Malaysians including doctors are using it. In the life cycle of things on the Internet, Facebook is seeing some maturity now that the user demographics seem to be older as there are reports of Facebooklosing it’s appeal to younger users (who are running to engage each other on mobile apps like WeChat and Line) so the future may not be as bright, but for now it still is the king.
In view of the large user base it’s still a smart move to make use of Facebook to engage others particularly to promote educational information and news amongst colleagues and the public. You can do this by easily creating a Facebook page which may be about your speciality interest for instance. Even the DG of Health is in particular an avid Facebook user and has his ownFacebook Page which is used in an admirable manner to engage the public.
Engaging others on the Social media is a two edged sword. You can cut through media red tape to reach out to others but on the other hand your critics can also easily respond to you on your page. Creating and maintaining a Facebook page means you have to be prepared to engage everyone and not everyone is nice out there.
I am rather concerned about the way some Malaysian doctors are using Facebook pages about their Clinics. What is being posted on some of these pages could be construed as advertising in breach of MMC guidelines so make sure your content is ethical and any “advertising” has the appropriate official approval.
Facebook pages are in contrast to your personal Facebook Profile. This is where many users get confused as far as privacy goes and where the clear and present danger lies for doctors. Facebook privacy settings are confusing for many and I have seen inappropriate things posted on personal profiles which ended up being publicly accessible. Even if you think you have the privacy settings correct you never know if a “friend of a friend” can view what you posted. Unless you are confident about privacy settings, you should probably NOT befriend patients or simply anyone on Facebook otherwise you might be in danger of breaching that Professional boundary which the GMC mentions.
There are also lots of Facebook groups for doctors which function as Chat rooms or educational sites. While some of these groups are “closed” or “secret” you never know if someone might accidentally share or leak out whatever is posted there. This goes for patient information in case discussions and sharing patient pictures in particular which may expose doctors to the risk of legal action. For your information, the MDU has posted an article Doctors must Follow Medical Guidelines on Sharing Photos of Patients which also has a link to GMC guidance on this issue. If you do engage in these activities, do be extra cautious and when it comes to posting patient information or pictures as you never know for sure (nearly 10% of Facebook accounts are fake) who is really who in that Facebook group or who has access to what you posted. Think 100x before posting.

Twitter
Using Twitter is also a popular activity and useful for getting news and sharing links out on this micro-blogging site. Others like it for expressing their opinions and thoughts. Like Facebook it’s fine but be careful what you Tweet is instantly noticeable and not easily retractable. You should be mindful of the same GMC guidelines in using this social media platform.

Linkedin
Linkedin tries to be that Professional network and that may be useful for doctors who are trying to connect with others on a Professional basis. There seems to be less sharing of personal things on Linkedin than Facebook but nevertheless one should be cautious about what you share on your Linkedin profile. Keep it professional and you should be fine on Linkedin.

There are plenty of other social network sites e.g. Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, Foursquare etc. where you can interact with others in interesting ways but if you keep medical matters out, it generally won’t matter but bear in mind these are public domain and again if patients stumble on your online activities, that might blur the Professional boundary the GMC alludes to.

What about specific social network sites for doctors? In the US, there is Doximity which is a social network dedicated to US doctors. For sharing of medical photos and Xrays, I have also come across Fig. 1 which uses apps on mobile devices for users to easily share medical images with other users. The apps for Fig. 1 are for the moment only available in the US iTunes store.

For Malaysian doctors, we have of course maintained DOBBS, a dedicated site for networking and discussion for Malaysian doctors. It has been in existence since 2000 and now has over 2000 users on board. Besides forums, Dobbs users have access to a private Activity timeline for sharing pictures, videos and links, a private messaging system (with attachments), medical news, CME activity and also a Job Board. You don’t have to worry about accidentally sharing things to the public unlike Facebook so if you are a Malaysian doctor, do come aboard Dobbs. Registration is free for all Malaysian doctors.



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The Presidency | Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to visit Lesotho as SADC Facilitator, Thursday 18 September 2014

The Presidency | Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to visit Lesotho as SADC Facilitator, Thursday 18 September 2014 | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Maseru - South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as the SADC Facilitator, will pay an official visit to the Kingdom of Lesotho on Thursday, 18 September 2014.
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South Sudan plans to ban foreign aid workers despite fears of famine

South Sudan plans to ban foreign aid workers despite fears of famine | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Without international staff, aid work in South Sudan will suffer, an Australian agency warns. ([The Age World] South Sudan plans to ban foreign aid workers despite fears of famine: Without international st...
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e-adaptation to climate change in Malawi / Feature Articles / Home - ICT Update, a current awareness bulletin for ACP agriculture

e-adaptation to climate change in Malawi / Feature Articles / Home - ICT Update, a current awareness bulletin for ACP agriculture | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
An ICT-enhanced participatory radio campaign in Malawi shows that ICTs can be easily integrated into the lives and work of smallholder family farmers.
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Evidence Informed Policy Making Programme in Ghana

Ghana Information Network for Knowledge Sharing (GINKS) and Savana Signatures with support form International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publ...
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Drug abuse, threat to national development —Soyinka

DRUG abuse and illicit trafficking are threat to socio-economic and national development, Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr Olaokun Soyinka, has...
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Post-2015 Development Agenda and Human Rights Integration - Diplomatic Courier

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In establishing the post-2015 development agenda, the international community has a tremendous opportunity to reform international development processes.
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10 reasons for a shorter working week from Anna Coote of the New Economics Foundation - Womanthology

10 reasons for a shorter working week from Anna Coote of the New Economics Foundation - Womanthology | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Anna Coote, Head of Social Policy at the New Economics Foundation gives Womanthology 10 reasons for a shorter working week (Shorter working week helps tackle gender inequalities, plus 9 more reasons @NEF @WomanthologyUK
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Tracking Zambia's 50 National Budgets - AllAfrica.com

Tracking Zambia's 50 National Budgets - AllAfrica.com | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Tracking Zambia's 50 National Budgets AllAfrica.com Thus when one looks out of the economic window, the huge army of unemployed youths and workers whose wages lack any real purchasing power, these are the results of five decades of percentage...
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An effective defence industry is needed to support a changing SANDF - defenceWeb

An effective defence industry is needed to support a changing SANDF - defenceWeb | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
defenceWeb An effective defence industry is needed to support a changing SANDF defenceWeb As part of the adaptation process, Rudman said that the SANDF and the Army in particular must gear for deployment across the full spectrum of conflict and...
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South Sudan U-turn on foreigner ban

South Sudan U-turn on foreigner ban | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
South Sudan's government says it will not expel foreign workers, annulling a controversial decree it issued a day earlier. (#SouthSudan is taking U turn on kicking out foreign aid workers. Good! Dedicated people from #Africa ++ most needed!
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Ebola conspiracy theories abound: GMO bioweapon? DoD experiment gone wrong? Five incredible theories explored, News

Ebola conspiracy theories abound: GMO bioweapon? DoD experiment gone wrong? Five incredible theories explored, News | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
News (NaturalNews) History has proven that conspiracy theory often turns out to be conspiracy fact.
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Rankings and Accountability in Higher Education: Uses and Misuses

Rankings and Accountability in Higher Education: Uses and Misuses | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

International university rankings affect public policy and the choices of students and their families. Rightly or wrongly, they are perceived as a measure of quality and so create intense competition between universities all over the world. But are they doing more harm than good?  

A new UNESCO publication, Rankings and Accountability in Higher Education: Uses and Misuses, debates the pros and cons of classifying universities. It brings together the people behind university rankings and their critics to debate the uses and misuses of existing rankings. Featuring voices from five continents, the publication aims to help the ultimate readers of rankings and league tables – be they students, parents, governments or institutional leaders – become better, and more discerning users of these tools. It provides a comprehensive overview of current thinking on the subject, and sets out alternative approaches and complementary tools for a new era of transparent and informed use of higher education ranking tables. 

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Dr Vangelis Tsiligiris's curator insight, August 22, 2013 7:04 AM

That is an excellent publication authored by Marope, Wells and Hazelkorn who are key researchers on the topic of rankings. Highly suggested as essential reading.

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"....Of the world’s 17,000+ universities, only 1% are the focus of the “world university rankings” published by three of the most prominent “ranking houses”. Although varied in many respects, the top 200 ranked schools tend to be older (200+ years) establishments, focusing mostly on scientific research, with around 25,000 students and 2,500 faculty; and annual budgets exceeding 2 billion USD.

 

Rankings should evolve to give information that is more pertinent to the needs of universities, students and policy-makers, matches local contexts and contributes to the growth of world-class higher education systems, rather than a limited number of world-class institutions".....

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Bush War Rhodesia 1966-1980 (Africa@war)

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10 big questions the Pew Research Center has tackled in the past decade

10 big questions the Pew Research Center has tackled in the past decade | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
For Pew Research's 10-year anniversary, here's a list of 10 big research questions we've answered over the years that speak to broad ways that America and the world is changing.
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What is the Creative Classrooms Lab project about?

What is the Creative Classrooms Lab project about? | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

To address these challenges, the Creative Classrooms Lab project will carry out a series of policy experimentations to collect evidence on the implementation, impact and up-scaling of 1:1 pedagogical approaches using tablets. This evidence will enable policy makers to take more informed decisions.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 30, 2013 1:15 PM

This looks like a really interesting project for those interested in 1:1 computing and tablets.

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#Policy #tablets 

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Ignoring Military Leadership, Obama's "Best National Security Interests" Are His "Best Personal Political Interests"

Ignoring Military Leadership, Obama's "Best National Security Interests" Are His "Best Personal Political Interests" | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
One of Obama’s top military advisers, General Lloyd Austin, who is the commander of U.S. Central Command, included as part of his recommendations for a strategy to combat ISIS the positioning of “a...
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