World hunger on the rise as 820m at risk, UN report finds
Eliminating hunger by 2030 is an immense challenge, say heads of UN agenciesMore than 820 million people worldwide are still going hungry, according to a UN report that says reaching the target of zero hunger by 2030 is “an immense challenge”.The number of people with not enough to eat has risen for the third year in a row as the population increases, after a decade when real progress was made. The underlying trend is stabilisation, when global agencies had hoped it would fall.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 15, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Health editor Tags: United Nations Hunger Malnutrition Sustainable development goals Children Health World news Science Society World Health Organization Source Type: news

Polio Cases Surge in Pakistan and Afghanistan
False rumors that children are fainting or dying have led parents to turn away vaccinators, threatening the campaign to eradicate the disease. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald G. McNeil Jr. Tags: Poliomyelitis Vaccination and Immunization Pakistan Afghanistan Epidemics World Health Organization Children and Childhood Source Type: news

Burkina Faso: WHO Scales Up Activities in Response to Worsening Humanitarian Situation
[WHO] Brazzaville, 15 July 2019 - The World Health Organization (WHO) is scaling up operations in Burkina Faso in response to a growing humanitarian crisis, which has seen over 200,000 displaced. WHO is mobilizing experts to strengthen interventions, including preventative and responsive vaccination campaigns and strategies for provision of health services, as well as increasing supplies of medicines and medical equipment. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 15, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Early Detection is the Solution for Hansen ’ s Disease
Faustino Pinto, national coordinator of the Movement for the Reintegration of People Affected by Hanseniasis (Morhan)By Mario OsavaBRASILIA, Jul 15 2019 (IPS) On Jun. 27, Faustino Pinto was in Geneva, Switzerland, where he spoke to people at the United Nations about the fight against Hansen’s Disease and the stigma surrounding it, at a meeting during the 41st session of the Human Rights Council. Eleven days later, in Brasilia, he discussed the question with President Jair Bolsonaro, when he took part in a meeting along with Yohei Sasakawa, president of the Nippon Foundation and World Health Organisation goodwill amba...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mario Osava Tags: Civil Society Health Human Rights Latin America & the Caribbean Multimedia Video Hansen's disease leprosy Yohei Sasakawa Source Type: news

20 million children miss out on life-saving vaccines, U.N. warns
More than one in 10 children - or 20 million worldwide - missed out last year on vaccines against life-threatening diseases such as measles, diphtheria and tetanus, the World Health Organization and the UNICEF children's fund said on Monday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Francine Shapiro obituary
American psychologist who devised the therapy EMDR – eye movement desensitisation reprocessing – for use in the treatment of traumaThe American psychologist Francine Shapiro, who has died aged 71, devised the form of therapy known as eye movement desensitisation reprocessing (EMDR). Having started out as an English teacher, she summed up her life ’s work with William Blake’s line: “For the eye altering alters all.”EMDR, which involves making rapid eye movements to stimulate the brain, assists people in processing traumatic memories. It has helped millions worldwide, including many with p...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 15, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Penny Warren Tags: Psychology Post-traumatic stress disorder US news NHS World Health Organization Mental health California Brooklyn Source Type: news

WHO urges ban on high levels of sugar from fruit puree in baby food
High sugar content may be threat to first teeth and affect food preferences in adulthoodCommercial baby foods contain too much sugar – even when they are labelled as savoury meals, says the World Health Organization, which is seeking a ban onadded sugars in foods forchildren under 36 months old.WHO Europe is calling for a crackdown on the high levels of sugar in the diet of babies fed on commercially available foods, warning that their first teeth may suffer and they are at risk of developing a preference for sweet foods, which may lead to overweight and obesity-related disease in adulthood.Continue reading... (Sourc...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 15, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Health editor Tags: Sugar World Health Organization Obesity Society World news UK news Children Nutrition Source Type: news

Ebola case in Congo's Goma a possible gamechanger - WHO
The first case of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo's eastern city of Goma is a potential gamechanger in the scale of the outbreak, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Study shows widespread global implementation of WHO's 'Treat All' HIV recommendation
(CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy) A new study published in the Journal of the International AIDS Society shows that the World Health Organization's (WHO) 2015 recommendation for immediate treatment of all people living with HIV has become the standard of care across HIV clinics in countries around the world. While most countries have adopted the WHO's " Treat All " recommendation, the extent to which these guidelines had been translated into practice at HIV clinics around the world was previously unknown. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Prejudice and Discrimination, the Uncured Ills of Leprosy
Nippon Foundation President Yohei Sasakawa and Socorro Gross, Pan American Health Organisation representative in Brazil, hold a press conference in Brasilia at the end of a 10-day visit to this country by the Japanese activist who is also World Health Organisation Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination. Credit: Mario Osava/IPSBy Mario OsavaBRASILIA, Jul 11 2019 (IPS) “The ambulance team refused to take my sick friend to the hospital because he had had Hanseniasis years before,” said Yohei Sasakawa, president of the Nippon Foundation, at one of the meetings held during his Jul. 1-10 visit to Brazil. His fri...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 12, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mario Osava Tags: Civil Society Democracy Development & Aid Editors' Choice Headlines Health Human Rights Latin America & the Caribbean Population Regional Categories Brazil Hansen's disease leprosy Nippon Foundation Source Type: news

Partner Locally or Fail Repeatedly
By Richard Stanley, Senior Product Manager, Digital Health ; UN Technology Innovation Labs (UNTIL)July 19, 2019The technical nature of international development work means that to get ahead, there is a pressure to specialize. Many staff become experts within silos without always enjoying the benefits of trying something new through immersion in other spheres of development work.That can particularly true within the emerging field of public-sector technology innovation. Familiarity with the methods of dot.coms is important, but are there blind spots for the insights of those who spent time carrying out actual development ...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Digital Health Technology Source Type: news

Africa: WHO Adds Two Cancer Drugs to List of Essential Medicines
[East African] The World Health Organization (WHO) has added two cancer drugs to its 2019 essential medicines list despite oncologists calling for less toxic therapies for the disease. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 11, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: How the Ebola Crisis Has Led to Children Dying From Measles
[The Conversation Africa] Forty-five years ago, the World Health Organisation launched the Expanded Programme on Immunisation. It covered six diseases - measles, tuberculosis, polio, diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus. Since then, anti-measles vaccines have been distributed to millions of children across the world, leading to a massive reduction in illness and death. For example, between 2000 and 2017, it was estimated that global deaths from measles had reduced by about 80% due to vaccination. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 11, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

A Lifelong Battle Against the “ Disease of Silence ”
Yohei Sasakawa, president of the Nippon Foundation, is interviewed by IPS in the Brazilian capital, where he concluded a tour of the country aimed at promoting the elimination of Hansen's Disease, better known as leprosy, and also the stigma that make it the "disease of silence.” Credit: Mario Osava/IPSBy Mario OsavaBRASILIA, Jul 10 2019 (IPS) Yohei Sasakawa has dedicated half of his 80 years of life to combating the “disease of silence” and is still fighting the battle, as president of the Nippon Foundation and World Health Organisation (WHO) goodwill ambassador for elimination of leprosy, formally ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mario Osava Tags: Civil Society Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Latin America & the Caribbean Population Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories Brazil Hansen's disease leprosy Nippon Foundation Source Type: news

Experimental Ebola Treatments Look Successful in Lab Studies, Says the CDC
A humanitarian crisis, attacks on health workers and rampant misinformation have for months fueled an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), amplifying the effects of a highly contagious and often-fatal disease. As a result, international health groups have declared this the second-worst Ebola outbreak in history, with more than 1,500 people dying since it started in August 2018. New research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers some hope, highlighting two treatments that could help bring the deadly outbreak under control. The study, published in the Lancet Infectious...
Source: TIME: Health - July 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Infectious Disease Source Type: news

How primary care physicians can make Astana work
(American Academy of Family Physicians) The Astana Declaration, adopted by the World Health Organization in October 2018, acknowledges the importance of primary health care to achieve better health outcomes globally. But how, the authors ask, can physicians make this declaration work? (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How National Health Workforce Accounts Can Help Governments Achieve Universal Health Coverage
By Pamela McQuide, Global Human Resources for Health Technical Advisor ; Wayan Vota, Director of Digital Health Health officials in Uganda use iHRIS to track health workforce data. Photo by Tommy Trenchard for IntraHealth International.July 09, 2019National governments that want to achieve the health-related targets of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or universal health coverage (UHC) need a health workforce with the right size and skill mix to meet their populations’ health needs.But you can’t have a skilled health workforce without teachers and trainers who can prepare health wor...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 9, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Digital Health Technology HRIS Education & Performance Human Resources Management Health Workforce Systems Source Type: news

WHO keeps key lung cancer drugs off its essential medicines list
The world's master list of recommended medicines got an update on Tuesday when the World Health Organization (WHO) published a biennial revision, adding 28 drugs including an abortion pill but leaving out several breakthrough treatments for lung cancer. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

WHO List of Essential Tests Gets An Upgrade
Essential medicines require essential diagnostics. Today, the World Health Organization released the 2nd Edition of the Model List of Essential Diagnostics. The new list covers 122 test categories, and covers a wider range of communicable and non-communicable diseases. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - July 9, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Madhukar Pai, Contributor Source Type: news

WHO updates its essential medicines list, adds cancer and stroke drugs
The World Health Organization published an updated list of "essential medicines" on Tuesday, adding drugs for cancer, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease among the treatments that should be seen as the standard. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Japan Boosts Complex Fight to Eliminate Leprosy in Brazil
Yohei Sasakawa (C), president of the Nippon Foundation and World Health Organisation Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination, shakes the hand of Sebastião Miranda Filho, the mayor of Marabá in northern Brazil, where the foundation finances a project to distribute food to poor families affected by the disease, to encourage them to complete treatment. Credit: Artur Custodio/IPSBy Mario OsavaBRASILIA, Jul 9 2019 (IPS) When cases of Hansen’s disease, better known as leprosy, increase in Brazil, it is not due to a lack of medical assistance but to the growing efficacy of the health system in detecting in...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 9, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mario Osava Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Latin America & the Caribbean Regional Categories Brazil Hansen's disease leprosy Nippon Foundation Yohei Sasakawa Source Type: news

Nigeria: Bauchi State Governor Seeks Stronger Collaboration With WHO, Other Partner Agencies
[WHO] Bauchi, 7 July 2019 - The Bauchi State Governor, His Excellency, Senator Bala Mohammed has expressed a desire for a stronger and sustained collaboration with World Health Organization and over 20 other International Development Partners and Donor Agencies working in the state. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 8, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Govt Intensifies Cross Border Immunization, With Special Focus On Nomadic Populations
[WHO] In renewed efforts to vaccinate children traversing in and out of Nigeria, the World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting the government in an initiative to improve supplemental and routine immunization activities in the North Western region, which has a significant nomadic population. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 8, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

WHO mental health guidelines could better capture 'lived experience'
(University of East Anglia) Mental health patients want mental health diagnostic descriptions to better reflect what it feels like to live with their conditions in the World Health Organization's global manual of diagnoses -- according to a new Lancet Psychiatry report. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 8, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Maternal alcohol use and children's emotional and cognitive outcomes in rural South Africa - Rochat TJ, Houle B, Stein A, Mitchell J, Bland RM.
BACKGROUND: Alcohol use in South Africa (SA) is increasing. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that SA is the third-largest drinking population in Africa, with the highest rate of fetal alcohol syndrome in the world. Internationally, parental drink... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 6, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Facebook Is Trying to Stop Bogus Health Claims from Spreading Online
Facebook is working to limit the reach of posts making “sensational health claims” in an effort to tamp down on misinformation, according to a new announcement from the social media network. Social media sites are notorious breeding grounds for dubious health information, from anti-vaccine arguments to too-good-to-be-true wellness claims. A Wall Street Journal investigation published Tuesday, the same day Facebook made its announcement, found that Facebook and YouTube are rife with posts promoting questionable alternative cancer therapies, for example. Many of these therapies are unproven, and can be dangerous ...
Source: TIME: Health - July 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Social Media Source Type: news

The Zika Virus Is Still a Threat. Here ’s What the Experts Know.
The mosquito-transmitted virus, which can cause severe birth defects, faded after 2016, but it ’s still circulating and has now spread to other countries. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - July 3, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Andrew Jacobs Tags: Zika Virus Microcephaly Epidemics Viruses Mosquitoes Medicine and Health Research Centers for Disease Control and Prevention World Health Organization Brazil your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

Cape Verde: Universal Health Coverage Identified As Strategic Programmatic Area
[WHO] The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) working group in Cabo Verde on the pillar on Sustainable Development of Human Capital 'People', coordinated by the World Health Organization (WHO), identified Universal Health Coverage (UHC) as a Strategic Programmatic Area until 2022. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 3, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The Zika Virus Is Still a Threat. Here ’s What Experts Know.
The mosquito-transmitted virus, which can cause severe birth defects, faded after 2016, but it ’s still circulating and has now spread to other countries. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Andrew Jacobs Tags: Zika Virus Microcephaly Epidemics Viruses Mosquitoes Medicine and Health Research Centers for Disease Control and Prevention World Health Organization Brazil your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

Anti-Vaccine Movement a'Man-Made' Health Crisis, Scientists Warn
TUESDAY, July 2, 2019 -- The anti-vaccination movement is now a global crisis, an international panel of scientists say, and everyone must do more to combat it. " We are alarmed that the World Health Organization this year declared vaccine hesitancy... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 2, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Anti-Vaccine Movement a'Man-Made' Health Crisis, Scientists Warn
TUESDAY, July 2, 2019 -- The anti-vaccination movement is now a global crisis, an international panel of scientists say, and everyone must do more to combat it. " We are alarmed that the WHO [World Health Organization] this year declared vaccine... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 2, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Asbestos Found in Lungs of Half the Thailand Population
Almost 50% of the general population in Thailand will die with at least traces of asbestos in their lungs, based on one recent study. Asbestos fibers were discovered in the lungs of 48.5% of those who were part of a one-year, post-mortem analysis done by the Department of Pathology at Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University in Bangkok. The toxic mineral was found during 97 of the 200 autopsies that were performed at the hospital without regard to occupation, age, sex or cause of death. A two-year-old infant, who died of congenital heart disease, was the youngest to have asbestos identified in the lungs. “The prevale...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - July 1, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: Violence Threatens Lifesaving Ebola Operation
[VOA] A senior World Health Organization official warns efforts to contain the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo will remain elusive unless the vicious cycle of violence in the region is broken.   Latest WHO figures put the number of Ebola cases at 2284, including 1540 deaths and 637 survivors. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 1, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

World Health Organization Model List of Essential Medicines: 21st List, 2019
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 7/2019. This 65-page document provides two lists of essential medicines. The core list presents a list of minimum medicine needs for a basic healthcare system, listing the most efficacious, safe, and cost –effective medicines for priority conditions. The complementary list presents essential medicines for priority diseases, for which specialized diagnostic or monitoring facilities, and/or specialist medical care, and/or specialist training are needed. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - July 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

WHO (World Health Organization) MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) Global Summary and Assessment of Risk: July 2019
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 7/2019. This 10-page report details the laboratory-confirmed cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection that were reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) between 2012 and June 30, 2019. It provides a global summary, a list of WHO guidances and activities, a risk assessment, and recommendations. A table depicts the number of cases of MERS-CoV by country since 2012, as of June 30, 2019. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - July 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Technical Series on Adapting to Climate Sensitive Health Impacts: Undernutrition
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 7/2019. This 72-page guide presents a basis for understanding how nutrition, specifically undernutrition, is currently influenced by climate and weather, and may be further exacerbated by climate change. It provides guidance on how to identify populations and regions vulnerable to undernutrition and the reasons for their vulnerability; establish relevant baselines that can be analyzed and monitored; conduct analyses to project how undernutrition may be impacted in the future due to climate change; and identify appropriate responses to mitigate and monitor these risks ove...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - July 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Executive Summary: The Selection and Use of Essential Medicines 2019; Report of the 22nd WHO Expert Committee on the Selection and Use of Essential Medicines
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 7/2019. This 32-page document summarizes the 22nd meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO) Expert Committee on the Selection and Use of Essential Medicines, held on April 1-5, 2019. The committee recommended the addition of 28 new medicines to the List of Essential Medicines (EML), and noted the adoption and utilization of the Access, Watch, and Reserve (AWaRe) classification of antibiotics on the EML by several Member States, including the endorsement of AWaRe by the G20 Health Ministers in Argentina in October 2018. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - July 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Regional Plan of Action 2019 −2023 for Implementation of the Global Vector Control Response 2017−2030
Source: World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean. Published: 7/2019. This 35-page action plan was developed to assist the countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region in strengthening their capacity and capability for effective, locally-adaptive, and sustainable vector control interventions for vector-borne disease control, including response to outbreaks, epidemics, and humanitarian crises, with the aim of reducing the burden and threat of such diseases in the region. The region has witnessed outbreaks of emerging and re-emerging vector-borne diseases such as dengue and chikungunya. (PDF)...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - July 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Guidance on Regulations for the Transport of Infectious Substances 2019 –2020: Applicable from 1 January 2019
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 7/2019. This 56-page document provides guidance on the transport of infectious substances, which for the purpose of transport, are materials or products that contain, or are reasonably expected to contain, biological agents that cause disease in humans or animals (i.e., pathogens). Chapters cover Transport Regulations, Transport Stakeholders, Training, Defining a Material for Transport, Classification of Infectious Substances, Preparing Packaging Requirements, Marking and Labeling, and Document Shipments. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - July 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Influenza Vaccine Response During the Start of a Pandemic: Report of the Third WHO Informal Consultation, Geneva, Switzerland; 7 –9 June 2017
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 7/2019. This 37-page meeting report provides an overview of discussions and outcomes from the third World Health Organization (WHO) informal consultation on influenza vaccine response during the start of a pandemic, held in June 2017. The aim of the meeting was to address challenges and bottlenecks in vaccine response at the start of an influenza pandemic, including issues associated with the decision to start the pandemic vaccine production that might entail the switch from seasonal to pandemic vaccine production. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - July 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management Framework
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 7/2019. The aim of this 48-page document is to provide ministries of health and other stakeholders with a summary of policy considerations to reduce the risks and consequences of emergencies and disasters, and build the resilience of health systems, communities, and countries. It provides a common language and a comprehensive approach that can be adapted and applied by all actors in health and other sectors who are working to reduce health risks and consequences of emergencies and disasters. It emphasizes assessing, communicating, and reducing risks across the continuum ...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - July 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Primary Health Care and Health Emergencies
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 7/2019. The primary health care (PHC) approach provides an essential foundation for health emergency and risk management, and for building community and country resilience. This 58-page report discusses how this is not only important by being reflected locally in preparing, responding to, and recovering from an emergency, as demonstrated in the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa; but also vital to achieve global health security and support resilient health systems as a foundation for universal health coverage. PHC has three interrelated and synergistic pillars: ...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - July 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

In This Issue
One approach to expanding abortion access in low- and middle-income countries that has gained increasing attention in recent years is the provision of mifepristone and misoprostol by pharmacists. While pharmacy provision has been endorsed by the World Health Organization and others, little is known about pharmacists ’ perspectives on this approach. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - June 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Are you burning out?
The World Health Organisation has officially recognised burnout - but how do you know if you're suffering from it? (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

HPV Vaccine Ages For Males Should Be Extended, According To CDC Panel
By Jacqueline Howard, CNN (CNN) — The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, known as ACIP, voted unanimously on Wednesday to recommend HPV vaccines for both boys and girls and men and women through age 26. Previously the CDC recommended that teen girls and young women who had not been adequately vaccinated receive the human papillomavirus vaccine through age 26, but the recommendation for teen boys and young men only went through age 21. The CDC’s recommendation that children start receiving two doses of the HPV vaccine around 11 or 12...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN HPV vaccine Source Type: news

Africa: Uganda Becomes First Country in Africa to Meet WHO Goal of Tackling Hepatitis B
[East African] Uganda is the first and only country in Africa to reach and surpass the World Health Organisation 2020 target of ensuring access, treatment and awareness creation of Hepatitis B, according to a new scorecard launched to track progress against the viral infection on the continent. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 27, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Scabies Means Misery. This Pill Can End It.
Burrowing skin mites drive victims mad with itching, but distribution of a few pills can drive the infestation from entire communities. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald G. McNeil Jr. Tags: Scabies Impetigo Pesticides New England Journal of Medicine World Health Organization Fiji Medicine and Health Source Type: news

Uganda: Who Regional Director Commends Uganda's Ebola Preparedness Response
[WHO] Kampala, 26 June 2019 - After assessing one of the high-risk districts for Ebola virus disease in western Uganda today, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, commended the corps of health workers and Health Ministry officials for their sharpened preparedness to respond to an outbreak. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 27, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

An ‘Unprecedented’ Early Summer Heatwave Grips Europe as Scientists Warn More Are on the Way
Europeans are bracing for an intense early-summer heatwave, with record-breaking temperatures forecast in parts of France and Germany before the weekend — less than a year after the region’s last extreme heatwave. Temperatures are expected to break 104°F in much of western Europe, far outstripping the comfortable weather normally enjoyed in the region at this time of year. The warmest temperatures are expected on Thursday and Friday. But 51 German weather stations have already recorded temperatures never seen before in June, the World Meteorological Organization said Wednesday. French news station LCI say...
Source: TIME: Science - June 26, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Ciara Nugent Tags: Uncategorized climate change onetime weather Source Type: news

Africa: Ebola - Lack of Funding Worrying
[The Herald] The announcement by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that despite the crucial nature of Ebola preparedness in Africa, funding for this key work has slowed down over the last four months should be taken with all seriousness it deserves. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 26, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news