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Promoting health through the life course

China's War on Foreign Garbage

For more than 30 years, imports of recycled goods have fueled China`s manufacturing boom. The government has now announced that it`d had enough. By the end of the year, it told the World Trade Organization, it would stop accepting most recycled plastics, paper, textiles and other products from overseas. The decision is part of a campaign against "foreign garbage" that harms public health and the environment

July 20, 2017

Life expectancy increases in Britain beginning to stall - report

Life expectancy in Britain has all but stopped rising after more than 100 years of advances, a leading professor of public health said. Until 2010, life expectancy at birth was rising by one year every five years for women, and by one year every three and a half years for men. But since 2010, the average rate of increase has halved, and in 2013-15 it was near zero, a report by the Institute of Health Equity found

July 18, 2017

Rubbish piles raise health fears in strike-hit Greece

Sacks of rubbish and rotting vegetables piled high on the pavements of Athens` port of Piraeus on Monday - signs of a mounting labour dispute fast turning into a public health crisis. The strikers fear job losses as Greece wrestles with its seventh year of austerity demanded by international creditors. More specifically, the workers want better terms for short-term staff threatened, they say, by a court order banning extensions to their contracts

June 28, 2017

Women in slums face greater heat risk

A recent study by the Indian Institute of Public Health Gandhinagar on women in various slum clusters in the city revealed their body temperatures rise sharply during peak summers. The rise is by three to four degrees, up to feverish levels. The most vulnerable groups included kite makers, rag pickers and street vendors who saw body temperatures rise by an average of 80%. More startling was women working indoors also had higher body temperatures, by a degree or two, compared to those outdoors. Constant exposure to heat and increases in mean body temperature is hazardous to a woman’s health and can lead to health issues

March 29, 2017
Times of India

Non communicable diseases

Dementia and Alzheimer’s main cause of death for women, says Public Health England

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are the biggest cause of death among women, according to a government report on the state of the nation’s health. Women can expect to live nearly a quarter of their lives in ill-health and men a fifth. The causes of death have shifted since the turn of the century, with the rise in deaths from dementia and Alzheimer’s the most significant features – alongside declines in other diseases

July 13, 2017
The Guardian

Health systems

A decade under siege: Gaza health sector nears collapse

As the two million Palestinian residents of Gaza enter their 11th year under a blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt, the many daily hardships they face are having an increasingly adverse effect on physical and mental health, particularly for the most vulnerable. Given the current local and international political landscape, conditions seem likely to deteriorate further, compounding adverse conditions for health and pushing a basic and fragile health system ever closer to collapse

June 25, 2017

Over 100 Million Nigerians Cannot Afford Treatment In Public Hospitals

Over 67 percent of Nigerians, which amounts to over a hundred million poor families, cannot afford to pay hospital bills for treatment of illnesses such as malaria in public health facilities, Speaker Yakubu Dogara has disclosed. He added that if Nigeria is to achieve its national health objective of providing health for all, a situation where poor and vulnerable families in Nigeria do not have access to basic health services must be addressed by extending the coverage of national health insurance to them

June 24, 2017
Naija News
June 22, 2017
Daily Post, The Cable, Ynaija.com

KMA says Cholera outbreak a sign of broken healthcare system

The Kenya Medical Association (KMA) has said the recent outbreak of cholera where 26 people were infected is a sign of a broken primary health care system in the country. National Chairperson Jacqueline Kitulu stated that primary health care falls squarely under the county governments under the devolved system of government and must be taken seriously

June 24, 2017
Capital News

Central African Republic health plan threatened by violence - WHO

As displaced people return to their homes in the capital of war-torn Central African Republic, they will need medical services but renewed violence threatens an already wounded healthcare system, the World Health Organization`s Africa director said. After more than four years of violence that have caused "extensive degradation" of health services, Central African Republic`s new national plan aims to re-establish public health systems and infrastructure, the WHO said

June 23, 2017

Health ministry takes PHFI off vaccination campaign over foreign funding

In its first action dissociating one of its programmes from the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), the Health Ministry has decided to take away its role in the Mission Indradhanush vaccination campaign. The decision has been taken keeping in mind that till its problems with foreign funding are resolved, the PHFI cannot access money from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) for the programme, and therefore cannot possibly discharge its role. It is the first sign that the PHFI’s troubles with the government may not end any time soon

May 29, 2017
Indian Express

A healthy nation necessary for economic development

K Srinath Reddy, President of the Public Health Foundation of India, said the poor performance of India on many healthcare counts related to the well-being of its people. He said India was second from bottom of the Human Development Index and linked this to health-related indicators, with only 64% immunization of the total population, which is far higher in many Sub-Saharan countries. He also pointed to 30% of children as being underweight, attributing it to poor nourishment and criticized India’s high mother and infant mortality rates 

April 5, 2017
The Hans India

State Counsellor to medical staff: be competent, ethical

Aung San Suu Kyi said that Myanmar was in need of more doctors and medical staff who are not only professionally competent but who are also ethically committed to their work in raising the standard of healthcare in Myanmar so that they can help everyone maximize their opportunities for the benefit of the nation

April 4, 2017
Myanmar Times

‘Fully doctor-dependant model of primary health care must change’

Dr K Srinath Reddy has been appointed to advise the Odisha state government on health . He spoke to The Times of India about his new advisory role, indicating that the ‘fully doctor-dependent model of primary health care must change’ in his opinion 

March 11, 2017
Times of India

Communicable diseases

Home Ministry cancels FCRA licence of NGO linked to Gates Foundation

The Indian government has cancelled the FCRA registration of the NGO Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) barring it from receiving foreign funds. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is one of its biggest donors. The MHA order listed a six point violation of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act accusing the leading NGO of misusing foreign funding by working with the anti-tobacco lobby

April 19, 2017
India Today, Live Mint
April 20, 2017
Indian Express

How the genomics revolution could finally help Africa

Nature magazine explains the down side of precision medicine when it fails to take account of local community gene variants which may alter the impact of a single-targeted drug solution, by highlighting the less than successful WHO recommendation to incorporate the antiretroviral drug efavirenz as a first-line therapy for a programme in Zimbabwe. It goes on to highlight the new approach called ‘Precision Public Health’ a new approach to precision medicine that bases health decisions on populations and communities rather than just on individuals. It takes account of genomic insights into a population to inform general treatment programmes. And gives examples of how some African countries have applied this and are seeing the benefit

April 5, 2017