Reducing the appeal of smoking – first experiences with Australia’s plain tobacco packaging law

Извор: Светска здравствена организација – 20.05.2013

Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

Australia’s pioneering measure on tobacco plain packaging introduced in December 2012 was actively supported by WHO and is being watched closely by other countries.

1 December 2012 will remain a memorable day in the history of the fight against tobacco worldwide. On this day, Australia’s world-first laws on tobacco plain packaging came into full effect. Since then, all tobacco products must be sold in standardized drab, dark brown packaging with large graphic health warnings. There are no tobacco industry logos, brand imagery, colours or promotional text. Brand and product names are printed in the same small font below hard-hitting warnings depicting the health consequences of smoking.

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ФЗОМ воведе е-услуги меѓу кои и можност за промена на матичен лекар преку интернет

Извор: TIME.mk – 24.07.2013

 

Фондот за здравствено осигурување на Македонија стартува нови електронски услуги за физичките и правни лица, фирмите и здравствените установи кои треба да го заменат чекањето на шалтер. Со е-услугите, осигурениците нема да мора да ги подигнуваат сините картони бидејќи ќе имаат пристап до онлајн проверка на статус на осигурување за нив и нивното семејство, и ќе можат да сменат матични лекари, кои пак, ќе можат електронски да ги пријавуваат новите пациенти.

“Оние што немаат електронска картичка, исто така, ќе можат да ја направат промената кај ново-избраниот лекар, со тоа што лекарот ќе ја направи промената со својата електронска картичка, а осигуреникот ќе по­пол­ни ИЛ-образец, кој ќе стои во неговото досие”, вели директорот на Фондот, Јован Грповски.

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Clean water and soap 'boost growth' in young children

Извор: BBC News – 06.08.2013

Poor growth is linked to dirty water

Access to clean water and soap not only improves hygiene but may boost growth in young children, research suggests.

A review of global data found evidence of a small increase in height - about 0.5cm - in under-fives living in households with good sanitation.

The studies took place in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Chile, Guatemala, Pakistan, Nepal, South Africa, Kenya and Cambodia.

Poor growth affects 265m children globally with long-term health impacts.

The evidence from 14 studies involving nearly 10,000 children comes from a review of evidence known as the Cochrane review, led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the international charity WaterAid.

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10 facts on injuries to children

Извор: Светска здравствена организација – 27.08.2013

WHO/C. Khasnabis

Every day, 1000 child deaths could be prevented by proven injury prevention measures. For every child who dies from an injury, many more are left with lifelong disabilities.

The first world report on child injury prevention discusses the five most common unintentional injuries to children and teenagers that cause death, as well as ways to reduce rates of injuries and save lives.

Read the 10 Facts on injuries to children here.

UN agencies meet in Nairobi to enhance cooperation in global fight against malnutrition

Извор: UNICEF – 27.08.2013

The UN System Network for Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) is holding its first meeting in Africa from 26-28 August in Nairobi, Kenya, bringing together experts from various UN agencies working on the continent to drive forward the fight against undernutrition.

Of the 34 countries that account for 90 percent of the global burden of stunting, 22 are in Africa, a study in the leading medical journal, The Lancet, found earlier this year. Eighty percent of the world’s stunted children live in just 14 countries, including Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Tanzania, Nigeria and Democratic Republic of Congo. In sub-Saharan Africa, 40 percent of children under 5 years of age are stunted. 

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Недостаток од тестови за хепатит Ц

Извор: Утрински весник – 27.08.2013

Пациентите заболени од хепатит Ц се жалат дека во државното здравство недостигаат тестови со кои се одредува колку болеста го нападнала нивниот организам. Пациентите велат дека ни на Клиниката за инфективни болести, ниту пак на Институтот за јавно здравје не може да проверат од кој вид на хепатит Ц се болни и во колкава концентрацијата е вирусот на болеста, што е многу важно за одредување на терапијата и колку таа им дејствува. Единствена опција им останува да се тестираат во лабораториите на МАНУ. Но, и таму, велат болните, се чека по најмалку три недели за резултати. Инфектолозите предупредуваат дека колку што се пролонгира времето за лекување, толку повеќе се зголемува ризикот за оштетување на црниот дроб, па и појава на карцином.

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A UN declaration to promote the rights of people working in rural areas

Извор: Канцеларија на Високиот комесар за човекови права при ООН – 29.08.2013

The Human Rights Council, in deciding to establish an inter-governmental working group on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas, was influenced by the rural poor, who were demanding their voices be heard. These individuals are regarded globally as among the most marginalized of groups.

In her opening statement to the inaugural meeting of the working group, the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Flavia Pansieri spoke of the ‘rapidly globalizing world” and the “fundamental challenges” faced by people working in rural areas.

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Keep Women and Girls at the Heart of Development

Извор: UNFPA – 11.10.2013

 

Opinion piece by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin in The Huffington Post

As world leaders reviewed progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the United Nations General Assembly last month, some observers and development experts rightly reminded us that we still have a long way to go. This is particularly true for efforts to save women's and girls' lives and to fulfill their reproductive rights -- the aim of MDG 5 on maternal and reproductive health.

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European Pharmacopoeia

Извор: Совет на Европа – 14.10.2013

Counterfeit medical products: Council of Europe steps up action worldwide with MEDICRIME Convention

Strasbourg, 14 October 2013 – Seventy participants from 32 countries from all continents, member states and observer states of the Council of Europe and observer states of the European Pharmacopoeia Commission will meet on 16 and 17 October in Strasbourg to discuss cooperation in the legal and public health fields so that the MEDICRIME Convention can rapidly be ratified by as many countries as possible worldwide.

In June 2013, about 100 countries participated in a worldwide operation (PANGEA VI) aimed at dismantling criminal networks responsible for the illegal online sales of medicines. This operation led to the arrests of 58 persons all over the world. In addition, 10.1 million potentially dangerous, illegal, counterfeit tablets were seized and more than 13 700 Internet sites were closed.

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Expert advisory group calls for urgent action to close gaps in measles and rubella immunity

Извор: Светска здравствена организација – 23.10.2013

In light of continuing measles and rubella outbreaks in the WHO European Region and inadequate responses to them, the European Technical Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (ETAGE), during its annual meeting on 9–11 October 2013, encouraged Member States to make or revisit action plans for measles and rubella elimination and urgently to address immunity gaps in their populations. Lack of immediate action would threaten the achievement of the Region’s target of eliminating measles and rubella by 2015.

The 8-member ETAGE gives guidance to WHO/Europe and Member States on immunization-related activities and developments in the European Region. At this year’s meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, it received WHO/Europe’s reports on vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization activities in the Region.

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Sixtieth session of the EMRO Regional Committee

Извор: Светска здравствена организација – 27.10.2013

Muscat, Oman - The Sixtieth Session of the Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean will take place from 27 to 30 October 2013 in Muscat, Oman bringing together 22 Member states of the region and the occupied Palestinian territory to discuss and endorse regional policies, activities and financial plans.

During the session, the Regional Committee will be invited to take note of a paper on “Saving the lives of mothers and children” which highlights the importance of making maternal and child health a regional priority. The paper recalls the commitments laid out in the Dubai Declaration “Saving lives, Rising to the Challenge” which were agreed at a high-level meeting in January 2013 on saving the lives of mothers and children in the Eastern Mediterranean Region.

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Во Охрид се разработува Акциски план за превенција од ХИВ и туберкулоза

Извор: Time.mk – 31.10.2013

Во рамки на проектот за Одржување ниска преваленца на ХИВ во Република Македонија, денеска и утре во Охрид се одржува работилница на која се разработува Акциски план за одржливост на програмите за превенција од ХИВ и туберкулоза.

Акцискиот план има за цел изготвување излезна стратегија на Проектот за одржување на ниска преваленца на ХИВ во Република Македонија, одржлив развој и преземање на превентивни активности кои се однесуваат на одржливост на програмите за превенција од ХИВ и туберколоза кои се имплементираат во општина Охрид. Тој ќе  претставува легитимен документ кој преку Советот на општината ќе стане дел од програмата за работа на локалната самоуправа и релевантните институции.

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