“Appendix III” is critical for accelerating progress on NCDs
PLOS BLOGS In 2011 the first United Nations high-level meeting on non-communicable diseases took place. So far, the UN Member States have failed to meet their commitments and, especially in the developing countries, the targets set in 2011 will not be reached until the next high-level meeting in 2018.
A document in the NCD Action Plan with the unassuming official name "Appendix III" has now been updated at the WHA and is the main technical document that countries utilise when developing national NCD plans and policies. This updated version reflects the latest evidence, for example, taxation of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) to prevent overweight and obesity. As this is contrary to certain economic interests, a few member states insists against the document. (Photo: Sweets/Nicu Buculei / flickr; CC BY-SA 2.0)
A Change of Guard at the WHO
Council on Foreign Relations "With the United States likely to pull back on global health funding, the World Health Organization, under its new director-general, will need to undertake serious structural and administrative changes.
For the first time in its seventy-year history, the World Health Organization (WHO) will, effective July 1, be led by a nonphysician, an African, and a person from the global South. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia campaigned in an unprecedented election that gave 186 nations equal voice and saw three globetrotting candidates plead their cases. In the past, the director-general of the WHO was selected in a secretive and elite process by the thirty-four members of its executive committee. This year, the entire World Health Assembly voted in three rounds of written, secret ballots; Tedros, as he prefers to be called, emerged victorious on May 23 carrying two-thirds of the votes." (Photo: Ethiopia: African Leadership for Child Survival/UNICEF Ethiopia/flickr; CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Can health system research benefit from social sciences?
International Health Policy Is it possible that theories and concepts, which are provided by anthropology, sociology, political science and economics, etc., also be useful for health policy and health system research? There is a growing number of researchers who emphasize the importance of these concepts for our understanding of social inequality in the health care system.
Why have these theories gain little attention in the field of health system research? (Photo: Microplanning step in immunization/CDC Global/flickr, CC BY 2.0)
Improving Health of Nomadic Populations in Chad
Swiss TPH In Chad, over 78% of the total population lives in rural areas. Accessing health services is often difficult given long distances, a limited number of health centres, shortages of qualified health workers and insufficient medical equipment. Nomadic populations in particular suffer from the consequences of limited access to health services. Swiss TPH, together with its partners, currently implements a project in two districts in Chad to improve health of rural and nomadic populations.
(...) Most recently, the project team, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, conducted a joint human and animal health campaign for mobile pastoralists. Such joint campaigns in the spirit of a "one health" approach - thus looking both at animal and human health - are appreciated by the nomad populations who depend very much on their livestock. (Photo: Swiss TPH)
Mit Virtual Reality nach Moçambique
SolidarMed Der neue 360°-Film von SolidarMed macht möglich, von einem Moment auf den anderen nach Moçambique zu reisen. Zwar nur virtuell, doch es ist eindrücklich, wenn man plötzlich mitten auf einem afrikanischen Dorfplatz steht und der SolidarMed-Botschafter Nik Hartmann auf einen zukommt. Der Film zeigt in knapp 3 Minuten den 120 Kilometer weiten Weg eines Malariapatienten vom Dorf Savanone ins Distrikt-Spital Chiúre.