COMPARING NATIONAL HIV-TESTING STRATEGIES

The increasing availability of ART has transformed HIV infection into a manageable chronic condition for millions of people. But UNAIDS estimates that only 54% of the 36.9 million people worldwide living with HIV are aware of their serostatus. Therefore considerable efforts have been made to expand HIV testing services to achieve earlier diagnosis and treatment for the individual and to prevent the spread of the infection. The aim of this study, which we have conducted for the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health, is to provide information about current strategies and guidelines for HIV-testing. Download

HEALTHY AGEING

Population ageing is expected to become the next global public health challenge. Overarching national ageing frameworks, innovative policies and public services across multiple sectors and a broader evidence-base will be required. The overall aim of this study is to present public policies and programmes designed to promote healthy ageing. The study demonstrates the complexity of challenges, the diversity of stakeholders involved, and the variety of measures and initiatives in the area of ageing and health. Download

WHO EUROPEAN HEALTH INFORMATION INITIATIVE

The WHO European Health Information Initiative (EHII) Steering Group held its fourth formal meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 22–23 March 2016. Launched in 2012 EHII is a multimember network committed to improving the health of the people of the WHO European Region by improving the information that underpins policy. This involves fostering international cooperation to exchange expertise, build capacity and harmonize data collection. Through these objectives, EHII contributes to integrating health information activities and developing an integrated, harmonized health information system for the Region. Download

 

WHO WILL BECOME WHO’S NEW DIRECTOR GENERAL?

All in all WHO’s next DG certainly has to be a passionate advocate for the organization and its staff. The last two decades has seen years of internal reforms and ongoing external “WHO-bashing” (often in a copy and paste manner). WHO has lost its leading and coordinating role in the global health governance architecture. Now, it is time to focus on performance, reliability, and building confidence at all levels. Reforms should belong to the past and strategic adaptations should be the way of moving forward in the future. Download

ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE

The escalating problem of Antimicrobial Resistance is a serious threat to global public health. The overall aim of this study has been to identify key success factors in response to the antimicrobial resistance threat. Many differing measures have been implemented or are being planned by governments and their institutions at both national and local levels. The study demonstrates the complexity of challenges, the diversity of stakeholders involved, and the variety of measures and initiatives in the field of antimicrobial resistances. Download

 

BRINGING TOGETHER ALL RELEVANT PLAYERS TO IMPROVE GLOBAL HEALTH

As a first-year medical student I travelled to India to work as a volunteer with the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta. I was extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet Mother Teresa. She told me I should work hard to help the poorest of the poor. Since then her children´s orphanage, Shishu Bhavan, has become something like a safe haven and a source of great inspiration for me. Here I have learnt a lot about health-care and how medicine is practiced in resource-poor settings, and about the various, often preventable, infectious diseases. To me it seemed to be unbelievable that so many children are still suffering and dying from diseases like diarrhoea, pneumonia and polio. Download