The Second Global Week for Action on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) 2-8 September

As we get closer to the Second Global Week for Action on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) 2-8 September 2019, the NCD Alliance invites you to start sharing your plans for the week through enoughncds.com.

The Week for Action on NCDs will harness the strengths of the NCD community and momentum toward the UN High-Level Meeting (HLM) on UHC on 23rd September. We are unifying the NCD movement and beyond around our right to health to say: ‘ENOUGH. Ensuring Healthy Lives for All: Noncommunicable Diseases and Universal Health Coverage.’

To read more about this, go to: https://enoughncds.com/8wks-to-2019-w4a/

Meet the first European country to legalise cannabis: Luxembourg

Calling on its EU neighbours to relax their drug laws, Luxembourg’s health minister confirmed plans to become the first European country to legalise cannabis production and consumption.

Residents over the age of 18 are expected to be able to buy cannabis for recreational use legally within two years. Nevertheless, the state will regulate production and distribution through a cannabis agency. Draft legislation is expected to be unveiled later this year providing further detail on the types of cannabis that will be on sale and the level of tax that will be imposed.

To read more about this, go to: https://www.healtheuropa.eu/first-european-country-legalise-cannabis-luxembourg/92793/

Support Julie Webster’s Wing Walk

At 12 noon on 29th August  2019 Julie from Medway Community Health is taking the opportunity to fly through the sky and raise awareness of the DWELL project and raise some money at the same time! 

Half of the money raised will be donated to ourZone and half will be used to raise awareness of diabetes. Email Julie at julie.webster1@nhs.net for a sponsorship form.

Did you know taking pain medications could lead to higher cardiovascular risks?

Researchers from University of British Columbia, Canada, have discovered that pain medications are linked to higher cardiovascular risks in patients with osteoarthritis.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help to control the pain and inflammation in individuals with osteoarthritis (OA), but a new arthritis & rheumatology study suggests that NSAIDs contribute to cardiovascular side effects in these patients, therefore suggesting a higher chance of cardiovascular risks occurring.

To read more about this go to: https://www.healtheuropa.eu/did-you-know-taking-pain-medications-could-lead-to-higher-cardiovascular-risks/92773/

Empower parents, enable breastfeeding

Becoming the parent of a new baby is both a life-altering gift and an immense responsibility. This week, as countries around the world celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, UNICEF and WHO are calling on governments and all employers to adopt family-friendly policies that support breastfeeding. The theme of this year’s World Breastfeeding Week is “Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding.” 

These policies include paid maternity leave for a minimum of 18 weeks, and paid paternity leave, plus access to a parent-friendly workplace to protect and support mothers’ ability to continue breastfeeding upon return to work by having access to breastfeeding breaks; a safe, private, and hygienic space for expressing and storing breastmilk; and affordable childcare.

To read more about this go to: https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2019/08/01/default-calendar/world-breastfeeding-week-2019

Ebola: 1 year into the DRC outbreak

1 August is the 1-year mark since the Ebola outbreak was declared in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In the last year, there have been more than 2,600 confirmed cases, including more than 1,800 deaths in parts of Ituri and North Kivu provinces. Almost one in three cases is a child.

“At this critical juncture, we reaffirm our collective commitment to the people of the DRC; we mourn for those we have lost; and we call for solidarity to end this outbreak,” said heads of United Nations agencies in a joint statement on the Ebola outbreak. 

To read the full text go to: https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/31-07-2019-at-1-year-mark-we-mourn-the-lives-lost-and-call-for-solidarity

Statement by Commissioner Andriukaitis on the World Hepatitis Day

July 28th 2019 marked World Hepatitis Day.

Each year on this day, we have an opportunity to reflect how far we have come on the path to eliminating hepatitis globally, but also, to think how much more needs to be done to achieve this goal by 2030. ‘Invest in eliminating hepatitis’, this year’s theme could not be more timely in encouraging us all to set a clear direction for investment to ensure long-term, patient-focused results can be reached.

It saddens me to see the large number of people still living in the EU/EEA with Hepatitis B – which is preventable, and Hepatitis C – which is both preventable and curable. The figures are overwhelming – an estimated 4.7 million people are chronically infected with hepatitis B, 3.9 million with hepatitis C, and we lose more lives to Hepatitis B and C than HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis combined. How in 2019 can this be? How can it be that unimaginable suffering and stigma is endured by so many in Europe, and precious lives lost?

To read this statement in full go to: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STATEMENT-19-4771_en.htm

2019 EU Health Award: the Commission unveils shortlisted initiatives

The European Commission selected the shortlisted initiatives of the 2019 EU Health Award for cities, NGOs and schools seeking to prevent and reduce obesity in children and young people (6-18 years old).
The nine shortlisted per category, in alphabetical order by organisation, are:

CITY category

  • Amsterdam Health Weight Programme (AHWP) by Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  • Weighty Friends (Ik heb een maatje) by Genk (Belgium)
  • Sintra Grows Healthy (Sintra Cresce Saudável) by Sintra (Portugal)

NGO category

  • FitforKids by FitforKids (Denmark)
  • CROKY MOVE Programme by RéPPOP BFC (France)
  • Healthy And Tasty (Zdravo I Fino) by Society “Our Children” Zabok (Croatia)

SCHOOL category

  • Active School Break by Antsla Gümnaasium (Estonia)
  • #Be Active @IES Guadalquivir by IES Guadalquivir (Spain)
  • Schools scheme for fruit and vegetables, milk and diary products by Primary School Podturen (Croatia)

The winners will be announced on 17 October 2019 at the Award Ceremony during the annual meeting of the EU Health Policy Platform in Brussels. The event will be live-streamed, with the link shared on the EU Health Award website and the EU Health Policy Platform.

Why are STIs on the rise in older people?

Whilst STIs are on the rise in virtually every age group in the UK, there is a notable upwards trend in older people. Changing attitudes to sex and relationships and more casual sex among older age groups is contributing to a sexual health crisis.

A recent report from Public Health England made the case for better sexual health services and education clear. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in England increased 5% between 2017 and 2018. Virtually every age group saw a rise in most infections but gonorrhoea and chlamydia saw the biggest proportional increase in people over 65. Cases of gonorrhoea increased 42% from 236 to 336 and chlamydia by 24% from 416 to 517.

To read this article in full go to: https://patient.info/news-and-features/why-are-stis-on-the-rise-in-older-people