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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 is based on national policies
and initiatives of five countries, which have already been very active in this field
(France, Japan, Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland). 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. 
 

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 with start-up funding from the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport of the Netherlands, 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