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This second edition of the Basic Malaria Microscopy package is a stand-alone product, providing all that is needed to conduct a complete training course. It still contains the beautiful and accurate water-colour illustrations prepared for the first edition of the manual by the late Yap Loy Fong. Experience has shown that colour drawings are best in training new recruits to recognize parasite

stages and species, because single plane

pictures help students to extrapolate from what they see under the microscope, focused at a number of focal planes, to a complete view of the parasite. Later, they can move from drawings and use microphotographs, which will have an additional, positive impact. Thus, the training course is further strengthened if copies of the WHO Bench Aids for Malaria Microscopy are also made available to trainees.

Vacancies Post and duty station

Grade

Temporary International Professional (Primary Health Care) Department of Family and Community Health, (FCH)/SEARO

P.05

Vacancy Notice No. SEARO/10/ROST1

Closing date 23 March 2010

A thought for the day In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.

-Galileo Galileo, physicist and astronomer (1564-1642 – Anonymous

Vol. XLVI, No. 3

Spring Carnival 2010 The Staff Association will be organizing the annual Spring Carnival in the premises of the World Health House on Saturday, 13 February 2010. As a run-up to the Carnival, sports and music tournaments/competitions for staff members in carrom, chess, and quiz are being conducted from 22 December 2009. Raffle tickets are also being sold for the event.

A good manager A person who acts as boss is supposed to be a problem-solver and a settler of differences. Nothing makes people respect you more than showing your willingness to deal with dissatisfactions as fairly and squarely as possible. A tendency to avoid this responsibility leads people to suspect you are “chicken.” In case there is any doubt in your mind, that is not good. Let us suppose, for example, that a certain branch of your business did not get as big a Christmas bonus this year as the other branches. Actually, they did not have nearly as profitable a year. And the company policy is to pay bigger bonuses to those branches that

2 February 2010 make the most money. But you hear there has been a lot of grumbling. So what do you do? Instead of assuming it will pass over, you go directly to them and tell them what the policy is. “The Christmas bonus is an extra we pay when we have had a very profitable year. The branches who have made bigger profits get the bigger bonuses. When your branch makes a bigger profit, you will get a bigger bonus.” This may not stop all the complaints, but at least the facts will be on the table. There will no longer be any question as to why you did it, what you had in mind, or whether you intend to stick by your decision. Whenever you hear of grievances or dissatisfaction, try to get to the bottom of the matter as fast as you can. When you track down gripes you will discover that many of them are due to lack of communication or misinformation. People are disturbed because they do not understand the situation. You may not be able to please everybody, but at least you can correct these false impressions. The mark of a good manager is that he or she detects problems quickly and gets to the root of the matter properly. Less-skilled managers often ignore the same problems until they are so severe that they are forced to act. The trick to staying on top of things is to get to the bottom of them – and fast! (Source: “Bits and Pieces”)


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Obituaries The father of Ms Soumya Mathew (IVD unit) passed away on 22 January 2010 in Kerala. The father-in-law of Mrs Samrithi Suri (FIN Unit) passed away on 1 February 2010 in Delhi. SN expresses its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members and prays for eternal peace to the departed souls.

*** Murder of English Samples of a few interesting leave applications: An employee applied for leave as follows: “Since I have to go to my village to sell my land along with my wife, please sanction me one-week leave.” From an employee who was performing the “mundan” (head-shaving) ceremony of his 10-year-old son: “As I want to shave my son’s head, please leave me for two days.” Another gem: A leave letter from an employee who was performing his daughter’s wedding: “As I am marrying my daughter, please grant a week’s leave.” “As my mother-in-law has expired and I am the only one responsible for it, please grant me 10 days leave.” Another employee applied for half-day leave as follows: “Since I’ve to go to the cremation ground at 10 O’clock and I may not return, please grant me half-day casual leave.” Another employee wrote thus: “I am suffering from fever, please declare one-day holiday.”

A leave letter to the headmaster: “As I am studying in this school I am suffering from headache. I request you to leave me today.” Another leave letter written to the headmaster: “As my headache is paining, please grant me leave for the day.” “My wife is suffering from sickness and as I am her only husband at home I may be granted leave”. A candidate’s job application: “This has reference to your advertisement calling for a “Typist and an Accountant – Male or Female”… As I am both (!!) for the past several years and I can handle both with good experience, I am applying for the post. Sample of a covering note: “I am enclosed herewith…” Another one: “Dear Sir, with reference to the above, please refer to my below…” (Contributed by Ms Susha Sreedharan, WSH/SDE/SEARO, Source: Internet)

*** Nine New Year resolutions to achieve your goal Welcome the New Year with a positive attitude. Aim for the stars and work with sincere efforts, and you would definitely attain your goals. Here are 9 resolutions to keep your inspirations high and reach for the sky you dreamt of: (1) Inculcate a positive attitude: Believe in yourself and trust the fact that all are gifted with talents. Think positively and do not fear failure. (2) Be optimistic: impact on psychological attendant

It will have a positive your physical and health and also on characteristics of

perseverance, achievement and motivation leading to academic, political and occupational success. (3) Have hope: It facilitates you to set goals, formulate plans in order to achieve the goals and motivate you to accomplish them. It gives you the ability to cope with illness and other hardships. (4) Devise a clear-cut goal: Set a goal, ensure that it is specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound. It helps you witness progress, experience a sense of fulfilment and gain motivation.

and concentrate only on the final outcome. Review often to check if you are doing all you should to bring about the right results. (7) Be committed: As far as possible, adhere to the plan and work as per the plan honestly, sincerely and with dedication. (8) Set up a system of positive reinforcement: Do not fail to appreciate yourself. Such positive reinforcements will motivate you to perform better and to successfully accomplish your goal.

(5) Accept ambiguity and uncertainty: If things do not fall in place exactly as planned due to unforeseen reasons, avoid resentment. Instead, your ability to tolerate ambiguity and uncertainty should serve as an advantage.

(9) Aim higher: Rejoice in past accomplishments but never be complacent with the goals achieved. Think wild, better your expectations and aim for accomplishing higher goals. Constantly upgrade and enhance your skills to realize your new goal.

(6) Hold yourself accountable for outcomes: Streamline your activities

(Contributed by Ms Benita D’Souza, DOC/SDE (Source: Internet).

Publications Corner Basic malaria microscopy: Part I. Learner's Guide, Second Edition With CD-ROM; Nonserial Publication; World Health Organization ISBN-13 9789241547826; ISBN-10 9241547820; Order Number 11501778 Price CHF 25.00 / US$ 25.00; Developing countries: CHF 17.50 Microscopists are vital to malaria programmes, and their diagnostic and technical skills are relied on in both curative services and disease surveillance. Thus, training in malaria microscopy must be sound and must reach today’s high standards. This training package has been adjusted to meet the changes in the way malaria is

diagnosed and treated. The training manual is divided in two parts: a learner's guide (Part I) and a tutor's guide (Part II). The package includes a CD-ROM, prepared by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which contains microphotographs of the different malaria parasite species and technical information in PowerPoint format, which can be shown during training sessions and referred to by the participants. Emphasis is placed on teaching and learning, including monitoring and evaluating individuals and the group during training. This handbook (Part I of the Basic Malaria Microscopy training modules) will assist participants during training in the microscopic diagnosis of human malaria. Designed as the foundation for formal training of 4-5 weeks duration, the guide is destined for participants with only elementary knowledge of science.


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Obituaries The father of Ms Soumya Mathew (IVD unit) passed away on 22 January 2010 in Kerala. The father-in-law of Mrs Samrithi Suri (FIN Unit) passed away on 1 February 2010 in Delhi. SN expresses its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members and prays for eternal peace to the departed souls.

*** Murder of English Samples of a few interesting leave applications: An employee applied for leave as follows: “Since I have to go to my village to sell my land along with my wife, please sanction me one-week leave.” From an employee who was performing the “mundan” (head-shaving) ceremony of his 10-year-old son: “As I want to shave my son’s head, please leave me for two days.” Another gem: A leave letter from an employee who was performing his daughter’s wedding: “As I am marrying my daughter, please grant a week’s leave.” “As my mother-in-law has expired and I am the only one responsible for it, please grant me 10 days leave.” Another employee applied for half-day leave as follows: “Since I’ve to go to the cremation ground at 10 O’clock and I may not return, please grant me half-day casual leave.” Another employee wrote thus: “I am suffering from fever, please declare one-day holiday.”

A leave letter to the headmaster: “As I am studying in this school I am suffering from headache. I request you to leave me today.” Another leave letter written to the headmaster: “As my headache is paining, please grant me leave for the day.” “My wife is suffering from sickness and as I am her only husband at home I may be granted leave”. A candidate’s job application: “This has reference to your advertisement calling for a “Typist and an Accountant – Male or Female”… As I am both (!!) for the past several years and I can handle both with good experience, I am applying for the post. Sample of a covering note: “I am enclosed herewith…” Another one: “Dear Sir, with reference to the above, please refer to my below…” (Contributed by Ms Susha Sreedharan, WSH/SDE/SEARO, Source: Internet)

*** Nine New Year resolutions to achieve your goal Welcome the New Year with a positive attitude. Aim for the stars and work with sincere efforts, and you would definitely attain your goals. Here are 9 resolutions to keep your inspirations high and reach for the sky you dreamt of: (1) Inculcate a positive attitude: Believe in yourself and trust the fact that all are gifted with talents. Think positively and do not fear failure. (2) Be optimistic: impact on psychological attendant

It will have a positive your physical and health and also on characteristics of

perseverance, achievement and motivation leading to academic, political and occupational success. (3) Have hope: It facilitates you to set goals, formulate plans in order to achieve the goals and motivate you to accomplish them. It gives you the ability to cope with illness and other hardships. (4) Devise a clear-cut goal: Set a goal, ensure that it is specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound. It helps you witness progress, experience a sense of fulfilment and gain motivation.

and concentrate only on the final outcome. Review often to check if you are doing all you should to bring about the right results. (7) Be committed: As far as possible, adhere to the plan and work as per the plan honestly, sincerely and with dedication. (8) Set up a system of positive reinforcement: Do not fail to appreciate yourself. Such positive reinforcements will motivate you to perform better and to successfully accomplish your goal.

(5) Accept ambiguity and uncertainty: If things do not fall in place exactly as planned due to unforeseen reasons, avoid resentment. Instead, your ability to tolerate ambiguity and uncertainty should serve as an advantage.

(9) Aim higher: Rejoice in past accomplishments but never be complacent with the goals achieved. Think wild, better your expectations and aim for accomplishing higher goals. Constantly upgrade and enhance your skills to realize your new goal.

(6) Hold yourself accountable for outcomes: Streamline your activities

(Contributed by Ms Benita D’Souza, DOC/SDE (Source: Internet).

Publications Corner Basic malaria microscopy: Part I. Learner's Guide, Second Edition With CD-ROM; Nonserial Publication; World Health Organization ISBN-13 9789241547826; ISBN-10 9241547820; Order Number 11501778 Price CHF 25.00 / US$ 25.00; Developing countries: CHF 17.50 Microscopists are vital to malaria programmes, and their diagnostic and technical skills are relied on in both curative services and disease surveillance. Thus, training in malaria microscopy must be sound and must reach today’s high standards. This training package has been adjusted to meet the changes in the way malaria is

diagnosed and treated. The training manual is divided in two parts: a learner's guide (Part I) and a tutor's guide (Part II). The package includes a CD-ROM, prepared by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which contains microphotographs of the different malaria parasite species and technical information in PowerPoint format, which can be shown during training sessions and referred to by the participants. Emphasis is placed on teaching and learning, including monitoring and evaluating individuals and the group during training. This handbook (Part I of the Basic Malaria Microscopy training modules) will assist participants during training in the microscopic diagnosis of human malaria. Designed as the foundation for formal training of 4-5 weeks duration, the guide is destined for participants with only elementary knowledge of science.


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This second edition of the Basic Malaria Microscopy package is a stand-alone product, providing all that is needed to conduct a complete training course. It still contains the beautiful and accurate water-colour illustrations prepared for the first edition of the manual by the late Yap Loy Fong. Experience has shown that colour drawings are best in training new recruits to recognize parasite

stages and species, because single plane

pictures help students to extrapolate from what they see under the microscope, focused at a number of focal planes, to a complete view of the parasite. Later, they can move from drawings and use microphotographs, which will have an additional, positive impact. Thus, the training course is further strengthened if copies of the WHO Bench Aids for Malaria Microscopy are also made available to trainees.

Vacancies Post and duty station

Grade

Temporary International Professional (Primary Health Care) Department of Family and Community Health, (FCH)/SEARO

P.05

Vacancy Notice No. SEARO/10/ROST1

Closing date 23 March 2010

Vol. XLVI, No. 3

Spring Carnival 2010

A thought for the day In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.

-Galileo Galilei, physicist and astronomer (1564-1642)

The Staff Association will be organizing the annual Spring Carnival in the premises of the World Health House on Saturday, 13 February 2010. As a run-up to the Carnival, sports and music tournaments/competitions for staff members in carrom, chess, and quiz are being conducted from 22 December 2009. Raffle tickets are also being sold for the event.

A good manager A person who acts as boss is supposed to be a problem-solver and a settler of differences. Nothing makes people respect you more than showing your willingness to deal with dissatisfactions as fairly and squarely as possible. A tendency to avoid this responsibility leads people to suspect you are “chicken.” In case there is any doubt in your mind, that is not good. Let us suppose, for example, that a certain branch of your business did not get as big a Christmas bonus this year as the other branches. Actually, they did not have nearly as profitable a year. And the company policy is to pay bigger bonuses to those branches that Cartoon by Ravinder Kumar, RPC/SEARO

2 February 2010 make the most money. But you hear there has been a lot of grumbling. So what do you do? Instead of assuming it will pass over, you go directly to them and tell them what the policy is. “The Christmas bonus is an extra we pay when we have had a very profitable year. The branches who have made bigger profits get the bigger bonuses. When your branch makes a bigger profit, you will get a bigger bonus.” This may not stop all the complaints, but at least the facts will be on the table. There will no longer be any question as to why you did it, what you had in mind, or whether you intend to stick by your decision. Whenever you hear of grievances or dissatisfaction, try to get to the bottom of the matter as fast as you can. When you track down gripes you will discover that many of them are due to lack of communication or misinformation. People are disturbed because they do not understand the situation. You may not be able to please everybody, but at least you can correct these false impressions. The mark of a good manager is that he or she detects problems quickly and gets to the root of the matter properly. Less-skilled managers often ignore the same problems until they are so severe that they are forced to act. The trick to staying on top of things is to get to the bottom of them – and fast! (Source: “Bits and Pieces”)

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