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/

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

1,000 life-changing days

The first 1000 days of life are extraordinary. It is when the foundations of the rest of our lives are created. The brain develops more than at any other time. It is when our surroundings affect us the most.

Those days shape the adults we become, our future health and wellbeing, and our ability to raise happy and healthy future generations. In those first 1000 days and beyond, not all children have the same opportunities to grow and thrive. 

EuroHealthNet have produced a new video exploring the effects of social, emotional, and physical environments during the first three years of life on long-term health and wellbeing. It looks at the actions needed to create solid foundations for later life.

To watch the video, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rj3FhN-mfFw&feature=youtu.be


TB in the EU

The latest WHO/ECDC report Tuberculosis surveillance and monitoring in Europe 2019 (2017 data) shows that despite an overall decline in numbers of people suffering from TB, the disease remains a major public health challenge in the Region. Of the 275 000 new diagnoses and relapses, an estimated 77 000 people are suffering from difficult-to-treat multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB). The European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA) countries fare better, with only 1 041 people reported to have MDR-TB. However, most countries in the Region, including many in the EU/EEA, struggle to treat patients successfully.

To read more go to: http://www.euro.who.int/en/media-centre/sections/press-releases/2019/who-europeecdc-joint-press-release-every-hour-30-people-are-diagnosed-with-tuberculosis-tb-in-the-european-region.-its-time-to-make-tb-a-disease-of-the-past?utm_source=WHO%2FEurope+mailing+list&utm_campaign=c77c5422db-News_highlights_January_2018_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_60241f4736-c77c5422db-93292493

It’s critical to encourage blood donation among minorities, according to research

According to research, medical mistrust is a significant barrier to blood donation among minorities therefore better community education and communication is critical.

Researchers at Georgia State University and Georgia Southern University, USA, conducted the first systematic literature review of research on barriers and facilitators regarding blood donations among minorities. Nursing associate Professor Regena Spratling in the Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions at Georgia State and her colleagues in the Georgia Southern University School of Public Health conducted the research.

To read more go to: www.healtheuropa.eu/blood-donation-among-minorities/92016/

23 million people falling ill from unsafe food each year in Europe is just the tip of the iceberg

Every minute, 44 people – more than 23 million per year – fall sick from eating contaminated food, and an estimated 4700 per year lose their lives. This is according to a review of the most recent available data entitled “The burden of foodborne diseases in the WHO European Region”, and it represents only the tip of the iceberg: the true number of cases is unknown.

These findings were presented on the occasion of the first-ever World Food Safety Day on 7 June 2019. The WHO European Region joined partners across the world in celebrating the day to raise awareness and promote action to improve food safety.

To read more about this go to: http://www.euro.who.int/en/media-centre/sections/press-releases/2019/23-million-people-falling-ill-from-unsafe-food-each-year-in-europe-is-just-the-tip-of-the-iceberg

World No Tobacco Day: The price of tobacco is linked to proportion of smokers

The cheaper the price of tobacco, the higher the percentage of people that smoke finds the latest Eurostat data.

The report looked at the price of a 20 pack of Marlboro cigarettes in every European country and cross-referenced these figures with the percentage of people who smoke in that country.

Turkey and Bulgaria, where tobacco is cheapest (under €3 per pack) to buy, are home to the highest proportion of smokers in Europe, with nearly 28% of the population smoking daily.

To read more about this, go to: https://www.euronews.com/2019/05/31/world-no-tobacco-day-the-price-of-tobacco-is-linked-to-proportion-of-smokers

Let’s talk about World Menstrual Hygiene Day

The 29th of May was World Menstrual Hygiene Day 2019, so Health Europa wanted to take the opportunity to highlight the growing contribution to research and global action on menstrual health, saying:

“It’s about time we mitigate gender-health related disparities across the world – and research by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), led by Dr Penelope Phillips-Howard, is helping to address this. Issues relating to menstrual hygiene and health, and issues such as the lack of sanitary products in low and middle-income countries are all aspects that LSTM are addressing. Following successful interventions in Kenya, which have seen students staying in school, the expertise developed will now be used to research period poverty faced by homeless girls and women living in Liverpool.”

To read more about this go to: https://www.healtheuropa.eu/menstrual-hygiene/91807/

WHA 72: achievements, commitment, accountability

The 72nd annual World Health Assembly ended on the 28th of May in Geneva. Over 9 days, Member States adopted a new global strategy on health, environment and climate change and committed to invest in safe water, sanitation and hygiene services in health facilities. Countries adopted a landmark agreement to enhance the transparency of pricing for medicines, vaccines and other health products. The new WHO programme budget was approved and a common approach to antimicrobial resistance was agreed.

Patient safety was recognized as a global health priority and the 11th Edition of the International Classification of Diseases was adopted. Countries agreed three resolutions on universal health coverage with a focus on primary healthcare, the role of community health workers and the High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage in New York in September 2019.

To read more about this, go to: https://mailchi.mp/who.int/wha-72-achievements-commitment-accountability?e=e15a27e9c7