WHO: Countries Need To Step It Up On Noncommunicable Disease Commitments
New WHO report
IP-Watch "Despite “remarkable” progress by some countries on addressing noncommunicable diseases like cancer and diabetes, there is a need to accelerate efforts in order to meet agreed global commitments, the World Health Organization said this week.
(...) The WHO reported on a global survey entitled, “Assessing national capacity for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases.” The survey shows that “some countries are making remarkable progress,” it said. “A number of countries have put in place measures to protect people from exposure to tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity. Some have created new financing opportunities to build strong public health systems by taxing tobacco products.” (Photo: UNMEER/ flickr)
A press release and the report are available here.
Civil society: the catalyst for ensuring health in the age of sustainable development
BioMed Central "Sustainable Development Goal Three is rightly ambitious, but achieving it will require doing global health differently. Among other things, progressive civil society organisations will need to be recognised and supported as vital partners in achieving the necessary transformations. We argue, using illustrative examples, that a robust civil society can fulfill eight essential global health functions.
These include producing compelling moral arguments for action, building coalitions beyond the health sector, introducing novel policy alternatives, enhancing the legitimacy of global health initiatives and institutions, strengthening systems for health, enhancing accountability systems, mitigating the commercial determinants of health and ensuring rights-based approaches. Given that civil society activism has catalyzed tremendous progress in global health, there is a need to invest in and support it as a global public good to ensure that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development can be realised." (Photo: © United States Mission Geneva / Consultation with US Civil Society - CERD/ flickr)
World Health Organization steps up response to rising health needs of internally displaced persons
Juba City, South Sudan
World Health Organisation (WHO) In response to the growing humanitarian crisis that has caused deaths, high numbers of civilian injuries in Juba City and the displacement of thousands of residents fleeing from the conflict, WHO has donated to Juba Teaching Hospital accident and emergency unit trauma kits sufficient to conduct 500 surgeries and various intravenous infusions to save the lives of the increasing number of injured patients. In addition, WHO has provided 100 body bags and personal protective equipment (PPE) for dead body management.
Hundreds of people have been injured in Juba City with over 300 causalities recorded on 8 July 2016 when fresh violence erupted. The crisis has seen a further disruption in the health services. Health workers have fled for safety and medical supplies are insufficient for the rising number of casualties." (Photo: United Nations Photo / flickr)
The Code of Practice and its enduring relevance in Europe and Eastern and Southern Africa
WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Personnel
BioMed Central "Case studies from the European and eastern and southern African regions describe in detail successes and failures of the policy implementation of the Code. In Europe, the Code is effective and even more relevant than before, but might require some tweaking. In Eastern and Southern Africa, the code is relevant but far from efficient in mitigating the negative effects of health workforce migration" (A contribution by Remco van de Pas, Linda Mans et al). Photo: Mully Children's Family/ flickr)
Universal Health Coverage: markets, profit, and the public good
The Lancet "Global efforts to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) are complicated by the public and private mix that characterises health systems of low-income and middle-income countries. There is a wide range of private provider types, including informal drug sellers, solo practice private doctors, and large sophisticated private hospitals, and these configure differently in terms of their roles and prevalence in different settings. This makes generalisation about the best strategies to achieve UHC in these contexts unwise.
This Series considers the complex issues involved in ensuring an effective health system that is affordable for poor populations while managing a public-private mix that works for the public interest." (Photo: European Commission DG ECHO / flickr)