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December 06, 2010

Healthcare Technology and News: Itransition Helps WHO Launch Initiative to Prevent Alcohol and Substance Abuse

Itransition Software Development Company, an international software development company, along with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Dutch Ministry of Health, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction (the Trimbos), have launched a new pilot project with the objective to prevent alcohol and substance abuse in Brazil, India, Mexico and Belarus.

Recent estimates suggest that alcohol is a factor in 1 in 25 deaths worldwide, prompting calls that an international framework is needed to reduce the harm that alcohol is causing to global health. And this project, pioneered by WHO along with Itransition, is seen as an important step in a worldwide implementation of e-health support in dealing with mental and substance use disorders.

WHO also indicated that the harmful use of alcohol is one of the major causes of disability and premature death, globally. The Trimbos Institute on its part put forward an innovative idea of creating e-health portals on alcohol and substance abuse -- a Web-based self-help intervention to curb hazardous and harmful drinking.

This e-health initiative will be supported by Itransition, a company that provides offshore software development, custom software design and outsourcing application development, as well as software solution customization and support. The company for the initiative will deliver a toolkit for creating e-health web portals for developing countries. The portals are supposed to raise public awareness on alcohol problems, helping prevent and treat addictions and provide online help for people affected by alcohol and substance abuse, as well as assist medical officers in their social and therapeutic activities.

Nathesh is a contributing editor for HealthTechZone. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf
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