Stronger focus on nutrition within health services could save 3.7 million lives by 2025

Извор: Светска здравствена организација – 04.09.2019

Health services must integrate a stronger focus on ensuring optimum nutrition at each stage of a person’s life, according to a new report released by the World Health Organization (WHO). It is  estimated that the right investment in nutrition could save 3.7 million lives by 2025[1].

“In order to provide quality health services and achieve Universal Health Coverage, nutrition should be positioned as one of the cornerstones of essential health packages,” said Dr Naoko Yamamoto, Assistant Director-General at WHO. “We also need better food environments which allow all people to consume healthy diets.”


WHO recommends dolutegravir as preferred HIV treatment

Извор: Светска здравствена организација – 22.07.2019

Based on new evidence assessing benefits and risks, WHO recommends the use of the HIV drug dolutegravir (DTG) as the preferred first-line and second-line treatment for all populations, including pregnant women and those of childbearing potential. 

DTG is a drug that is more effective, easier to take and has fewer side effects than alternative drugs that are currently used. DTG also has a high genetic barrier to developing drug resistance.

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1 in 10 children miss out on lifesaving vaccines: new data from WHO and UNICEF

Извор: Светска здравствена организација – 15.07.2019

20 million children worldwide – more than 1 in 10 – missed out on lifesaving vaccines such as measles, diphtheria and tetanus in 2018, according to new data from WHO and UNICEF. Most unvaccinated children live in the poorest countries and are disproportionately in fragile or conflict-affected states.
Since 2010, vaccination coverage with 3 doses of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis and 1 dose of the measles vaccine has stalled at around 86% globally. 95% coverage is needed to protect against outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases.


1,000 life-changing days

Извор: EuroHealthNet – 04.07.2019

This new video from EuroHealthNet explores 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.

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.


Expanding access to health services with self-care interventions

Извор: Светска здравствена организација – 24.06.2019

24 June 2019│ At least 400 million people worldwide lack access to the most essential health services. By 2035, there will be an estimated shortage of nearly 13 million healthcare workers. Around 1 in 5 of the world’s population will be living in settings that are experiencing humanitarian crises. At the same time, new diagnostics, devices, drugs and digital innovations are transforming how people interact with the health sector.


More than 1 million new curable sexually transmitted infections every day

Извор: Светска здравствена организација – 06.06.2019

6 June 2019 - Geneva, Switzerland

Every day, there are more than 1 million new cases of curable sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among people aged 15-49 years, according to data released today by the World Health Organization. This amounts to more than 376 million new cases annually of four infections - chlamydia, gonorrhoea, trichomoniasis, and syphilis.

“We’re seeing a concerning lack of progress in stopping the spread of sexually transmitted infections worldwide,” said Dr Peter Salama, Executive Director for Universal Health Coverage and the Life-Course at WHO. “This is a wake-up call for a concerted effort to ensure everyone, everywhere can access the services they need to prevent and treat these debilitating diseases.”


Too many babies are born too small

Извор: Светска здравствена организација – 16.05.2019

Around one in seven of all babies worldwide are born with a low birthweight

Geneva, 16 May 2019 

More than 20 million babies were born with a low birthweight (less than 2500g; 5.5 pounds) in 2015—around one in seven of all births worldwide according to the first-ever estimates documenting this major health challenge.

These findings and more are documented in a new research paper developed by experts from the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, published in The Lancet Global Health.


Over 100 000 people sick with measles in 14 months: with measles cases at an alarming level in the European Region, WHO scales up response

Извор: Светска здравствена организација - 09.05.2019

Copenhagen, 9 May 2019

WHO is scaling up its response to the ongoing measles outbreaks in the European Region, including by creating an operational platform to accelerate its support to affected countries.

The decision followed an assessment of the measles situation in the Region. It was based on the growing number of children and adults affected by and dying from the disease, and the persistence of pockets of non-immunized or under-immunized individuals in many countries fuelling the continuing spread of measles.


Social Protection for Older Women - Gender Inequalities

Извор: WUNRN – 29.05.2019

By Isabel Ortiz and Florian Juergens – February 20, 2019

"While women's disadvantage in older age is mainly a result of discrimination throughout the life-course, the design of gender-sensitive pension systems is essential."

Gender equality and women's empowerment are increasingly prominent themes on the international policy agenda. The empowerment of women is essential for realising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, agreed by all countries at the United Nations in 2015.


UN Women Launches Global Intergenerational Campaign to Bring Women's Rights & Empowerment to the Forefront

Извор: WUNRN – 06.05.2019

To mark the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking Beijing Platform for Action in 2020, campaign “Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for an equal future” will catalyze global actions on gender equality

 (New York, 6 May 2019)—To mark the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, considered the blueprint on women’s rights and empowerment, UN Women today announced its new multigenerational campaign, “Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for an equal future”.


International Day of the Midwife - Saving Lives of Mothers & Babies

Извор: WUNRN – 05.05.2019

UNICEF/Vishwanathan - An Auxiliary Nurse Midwife performs critical ante-natal services in Shrawasti, India.

5 May 2019 - Why are midwives important? What impact have they had on mothers’ and babies’ health? As the United Nations celebrates midwives across the world on Sunday, here are five things you should know about the critical role they play in communities.

1. Midwives save millions of lives each year

The world has seen a steady decline in maternal and newborn deaths since 1990, in large part because more women are receiving skilled midwifery care: from 67 per cent in 2010 to 79 per cent in 2017. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), quality midwifery reduces maternal and newborn mortality and stillbirth rates by over 80 per cent, and reduces pre-term labour and birth by 24 per cent.


EU - Council of Europe Methodology & Tools Help Countries to Map Support Services for Victims of Violence Against Women

Извор: WUNRN – 05.05.2019


Strasbourg 23/04/2019 - The Council of Europe has developed a methodology and tools to draw inventories and to chart the various support services available for women who are victims of the diverse forms of violence covered by the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, known as the Istanbul Convention.

The methodology and toolsMapping support services for victims of violence against women in line with the Istanbul Convention standards”, developed by Professor Liz Kelly from the London Metropolitan University, take into account in particular the distinction between specialised and general services, the forms of violence and the types of support that should be available.



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