7 March 2014 -- The health sector can do much to ensure women have access to all the health services they need, including sexual and reproductive health services. Worldwide, up to 80% of health care is provided in the home, almost always by women. This should inspire our admiration, but should also underscore the need for change.
6 March 2014 – An estimated 222 million girls and women who do not want to get pregnant, or who want to delay their next pregnancy, are not using any contraception. WHO has launched new guidance to help countries ensure human rights are respected in providing more girls, women and couples with the information and services they need to avoid unwanted pregnancy. Access to contraception information and services will allow better planning for families and improved health.
5 March 2014 -- WHO is launching a public consultation on its draft guideline on sugars intake. When finalized, the guideline will provide countries with recommendations on limiting the consumption of sugars to reduce public health problems like obesity and dental caries (commonly referred to as tooth decay). Comments on the draft guideline will be accepted via the WHO web site from 5 to 31 March 2014.
Many countries lack capacity to prevent and treat hearing loss
28 February 2014 -- WHO estimates that over 5% of the world’s population – 360 million people - has disabling hearing loss. The highest prevalence is found in the Asia Pacific, South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. About half of all cases of hearing loss worldwide are easily prevented or treated. However, just 32 of the 76 countries who responded to a WHO survey have developed plans and programmes to prevent and control ear diseases and hearing loss.
In India, Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) form an essential link between the community and the health-care delivery system. They provide information, health education, basic care and refer patients to secondary and tertiary care centres when needed. The work of ASHAs creates positive change in the health of people in rural India, particular among women.
Schools across the Pacific have been helping kids develop healthy habits that can last a lifetime. Health Promoting Schools programmes focus on different healthy behaviours including healthy diet. Schools across Fiji, Solomon Islands, and Tonga have focused on promoting healthy diet and increasing access to healthy foods.
Increased investment in research and development for new vaccines is key to halting the spread of sexually transmitted infections such as genital herpes, gonorrhoea, chlamydia, syphilis, and trichomoniasis, according to a new special issue of the journal “Vaccine”.
International consultation on workers’ health coverage
FAO/WHO Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2)