KIRIBATI, 30 April 2012 – Three state-of-the-art incubators are saving the lives of at-risk newborns in this Pacific island country thanks to a donation from the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for the Western Pacific.
On 7 March, WHO Country Liaison Officer Dr André Reiffer handed over the incubators and a refrigerator for paediatric drugs to Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Kautu Tenaua at the children’s ward of Tungaru Central Hospital on Tarawa atoll.
02 May-WHO/Europe has published the latest report from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study, based on interviews with over 200 000 young people. The study collects data and produces an international report every four years on the health, well-being, social environments and health behaviours of 11-, 13- and 15-year-old boys and girls.
Professor Candace Currie, the study’s International Coordinator, explains some of its key findings, current trends and how HBSC began.
25 April 2012 — On World Malaria Day 2012, WHO hails global progress in combating malaria, but highlights the need to reinforce the fight. WHO’s new initiative, T3: Test, Treat, Track, urges malaria-endemic countries and donors to move towards universal access to diagnostic testing and antimalarial treatment, and to build robust malaria surveillance systems.
2 May 2012 — Each year, some 15 million babies in the world – more than one in 10 births – are born too early, according to the report Born too soon: the global action report on preterm birth. The report shows significant drops in mortality rates in countries where front-line workers are trained and have access to life-saving supplies for preterm babies, even without expensive health technology. Such practices if implemented globally could reduce deaths by three-quarters worldwide.
April 2012/ “This is my first child. I attended two prenatal consultations at the hospital. I did not have problems during pregnancy but I did have complications during the birth and am happy I delivered at the hospital. At home the baby could have died.”
4 MAY 2012 | GENEVA –On Hand Hygiene Day (5 May), more than 15 000 health-care facilities from 156 countries are participating in the WHO Save Lives: Clean Your Hands Initiative by committing to improve patient safety by practicing better hand hygiene.
24 APRIL 2012 | ATLANTA | GENEVA | NEW YORK | WASHINGTON, D.C –Today, the partners leading efforts to control measles announce a new global strategy aimed at reducing measles deaths and congenital rubella syndrome to zero.
The emergency action plan to put polio eradication efforts back on track in Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan was discussed at length during the meeting of WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization (SAGE) held from 10-12 April in Geneva.
Over 180 countries across the world are participating in the first ever World Immunization Week. The WHO-led initiative takes place from 21-28 April 2012 aims to raise awareness and encourage people everywhere to protect themselves and their families against vaccine-preventable diseases. It is also a time to focus on the fact that in this rapidly globalizing world, disease outbreaks can affect communities everywhere
18 April 2012 — Worldwide, 60–90% of school children and nearly 100% of adults have dental cavities. Globally, about 30% of people aged 65–74 have no natural teeth. The burden of oral diseases and other chronic diseases can be decreased by addressing common risk factors, such as reducing sugar, eating fruit and vegetables, ensuring proper oral hygiene as well as stopping tobacco use and decreasing alcohol consumption.
11 APRIL 2012 | GENEVA –Worldwide, nearly 35.6 million people live with dementia. This number is expected to double by 2030 (65.7 million) and more than triple by 2050 (115.4 million). Dementia affects people in all countries, with more than half (58%) living in low- and middle-income countries. By 2050, this is likely to rise to more than 70%.
FIP is pleased to open the call for articles for the first IPJ of 2012. As this issue will be the last one before the Centennial, the theme is directly related to the Congress Programme: The future of pharmacy – how are we creating it?
Every year, World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948. Each year a theme is selected for World Health Day that highlights a priority area of concern for WHO.
03 APRIL 2012 | GENEVA –On World Health Day (7 April), WHO is calling for urgent action to ensure that, at a time when the world’s population is ageing rapidly, people reach old age in the best possible health.
21 MARCH 2012 | GENEVA –Tuberculosis (TB) often goes undiagnosed in children from birth to 15 years old because they lack access to health services – or because the health workers who care for them are unprepared to recognize the signs and symptoms of TB in this age group. With better training and harmonization of the different programmes that provide health services for children, serious illness and death from TB could be prevented in thousands of children every year, WHO and Stop TB Partnership said today.
23 MARCH 2012 | GENEVA –Reports of tuberculosis (TB) cases with severe patterns of drug resistance are increasing, said experts who attended a WHO meeting in Geneva on 21-22 March. Participants stressed that the emergence of drug resistance should be a wake-up call for Ministries of Health. The group urged the global TB community to make greater efforts to prevent drug resistance and scale up provision of appropriate care and management to avoid a scenario where TB becomes incurable.
In an increasingly globalized world, international pharmaceutical standards are becomingly increasingly important to safeguard quality and improve access to medicines. For the first time in 10 years, representatives from pharmacopoeias from 23 countries came together on 29 February – 2 March 2012 at WHO headquarters in Geneva and committed to working further towards harmonization and strengthening WHO’s role when developing global standards for the production and testing of medicines
FIP HQ would like to remind Member Organisations that this year’s Centennial Congress will be packed full of events, all set to steer the future of pharmacy and healthcare on a global level. See the “Schedule at a Glance” below and the website for more information.
2 March 2012 — An estimated 910 000 lives were saved globally over six years by improving collaboration between TB and HIV services. In light of the experiences gained over the last six years, WHO is today launching an updated global policy to accelerate coordinated public health interventions to further reduce deaths from this dangerous combination of diseases.
8 MARCH 2012 | GENEVA –A new book, The evolving threat of antimicrobial resistance – Options for action, launched by WHO, showcases examples of actions taken to slow down drug resistance and preserve the ability of medicine to effectively treat many infectious diseases. The steps taken by governments, health facilities and providers, and others are examples of what is recommended in the 2001 WHO Global Strategy for Containment of Antimicrobial Resistance.
Lesotho has one of the highest rates of new tuberculosis (TB) cases in the world. The lack of health-care facilities in remote areas makes it hard for people with TB to get tested and treated, so the disease spreads quickly through communities…
Tuberculosis, or TB, is an infectious bacterial disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which most commonly affects the lungs. It is transmitted from person to person via droplets from the throat and lungs of people with the active respiratory disease…
Around 15% of the world’s population, or one billion people, live with disabilities. People are often unaware of the great number of persons living with disabilities around the world and the challenges they face…
The latest report by the WHO, UNICEF and UNAIDS Report on the global HIV/AIDS response indicates that increased access to HIV services resulted in a 15% reduction of new infections over the past decade and a 22% decline in AIDS-related deaths in the last five years…
In a first for the Central European region, national health professions organisations have discussed and endorsed the WHPA Prague Call to Action, to reduce the harmful impact of falsified medical products on patients and the public.
The health system in Afghanistan continues to face many challenges. However, growing numbers of trained health-care workers are gradually helping to deliver improved health care to more and more people…