Global health

Alwaleed Philanthropies Joins the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Partners With New Commitment to Eradicate Polio

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 6:12pm

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) 'Endgame Strategy 2019-2023' aims to tackle the final obstacles to the eradication of polio and sustain a polio-free future.

Key Points: 
  • The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) 'Endgame Strategy 2019-2023' aims to tackle the final obstacles to the eradication of polio and sustain a polio-free future.
  • Bill Gates, representing the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is one of the leading partners of the GPEI, announced and recognised the first funders of the strategy and called for more donors to come forward in a key pledge moment for the organisation.
  • Alwaleed Philanthropies' donation of US $2 million to GPEI will support the creation of action plans to expand access to polio vaccination and help reach children everywhere.
  • Afterwards, HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal met with Bill Gates, with whom he has a long and productive relationship, to discuss the remaining challenges in global infectious disease eradication.

Climate change: Time for health care sector to do its part, says new report by the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 11:31pm

Issue #2:Of the 440,000 Canadians displaced due to wildfires since the 1980s, more than half were in the last decade.

Key Points: 
  • Issue #2:Of the 440,000 Canadians displaced due to wildfires since the 1980s, more than half were in the last decade.
  • Electric and biofuels alternative vehicles are gaining ground too slowly, leaving benefits to Canadians' health, health care expenditures and greenhouse gas reductions largely untapped.
  • Authors call for the human health impacts of climate change to be at forefront of the agenda at the UN Climate Conference (COP25) next month.
  • From wildfires to heat waves to new infectious diseases, we're already treating the health effects of climate change.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - First Aid Global LLC Gives A Reality Check In The World of Pandemics

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 12:00pm

The SNS has been expanded to include natural disasters like wildfires and hurricanes as well as emerging infectious diseases like Ebola or a deadly influenza epidemic.

Key Points: 
  • The SNS has been expanded to include natural disasters like wildfires and hurricanes as well as emerging infectious diseases like Ebola or a deadly influenza epidemic.
  • Supplies will be available for deployment in a bioterrorism or nuclear attack or against an infectious disease outbreak.
  • First Aid Global LLC carries their own comprehensive line of pandemic protection supplies that are available to both medical professionals and average families alike.
  • Having an adequate supply of survival items like food, water, first aid and personal protective equipment stockpiled in your own home is a smart idea."

Global Health Progress Launched to Drive Cross-sectoral Collaborations in Support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Friday, October 25, 2019 - 12:00am

To support the SDGs, with a particular focus on SDG 17: Partnership for The Goals, the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations ( IFPMA ) has launched Global Health Progress.

Key Points: 
  • To support the SDGs, with a particular focus on SDG 17: Partnership for The Goals, the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations ( IFPMA ) has launched Global Health Progress.
  • Countries have made progress towards achieving the goals; however, complex health and wellbeing challenges remain from poverty and inequality to climate change.
  • Global Health Progress highlights over 200 collaborations which use innovative approaches to tackle global health challenges.
  • For more information, visit Global Health Progress at www.globalhealthprogress.org
    IFPMA represents innovative biopharmaceutical companies and associations across the globe.

Introducing the Population Health Center: The Intersection of Academics and Practice

Friday, October 18, 2019 - 3:28pm

Fairfax, VA, Oct. 18, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- To address critical public health needs in Northern Virginia and beyond, the George Mason College of Health and Human Services has launched the Population Health Center, an essential and bold intersection of academics and practice.

Key Points: 
  • Fairfax, VA, Oct. 18, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- To address critical public health needs in Northern Virginia and beyond, the George Mason College of Health and Human Services has launched the Population Health Center, an essential and bold intersection of academics and practice.
  • The Population Health Center, located on Masons Fairfax campus, addresses this transformation in how we access and deliver care, particularly for underrepresented and uninsured populations.
  • The Population Health Center is a place where researchers, faculty,students, care providers and community partnerscome together to develop innovative approaches to research, interprofessional care, and professional development to improve public health.
  • The Population Health Center facilitates partnerships between academia and community and houses state-of-the art facilities for telehealth, research, and clinical care.

As Global Obesity Rates Soar, World Leaders in Lifestyle Medicine Join Hands with the UN, Urge Healthy Diets for All on World Food Day

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 7:00pm

On World Food Day, Lifestyle Medicine Global Alliance (LMGA) is urging global communities to consider food as medicine.

Key Points: 
  • On World Food Day, Lifestyle Medicine Global Alliance (LMGA) is urging global communities to consider food as medicine.
  • "There is growing evidence today that the vast majority of chronic disease is rooted in unhealthy lifestyle choices," said Margarete Ezinwa, Director of Lifestyle Medicine Global Alliance.
  • LMGA is calling for action across sectors to help achieve a world without non-communicable diseases, to make healthy and sustainable diets affordable and accessible to everyone.
  • The science overwhelmingly supports a predominantly whole food, plant-based diet, along with lifestyle changes to tackle NCDs head on," Ezinwa said.

Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, World Economic Forum and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Host Pandemic Exercise and Livestream

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 8:18pm

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, with the World Economic Forum and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will host Event 201 , a multimedia global pandemic exercise on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, in New York City.

Key Points: 
  • The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, with the World Economic Forum and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will host Event 201 , a multimedia global pandemic exercise on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, in New York City.
  • The exercise underscores the need for global public-private cooperation to mitigate economic and societal impacts of severe pandemics.
  • In recent years, the world has seen a growing number of epidemic events, about 200 per year, which strain limited resources.
  • Outbreaks of infectious disease are inevitable, but the economic damage they cause is not, said Ryan Morhard, project lead for Global Health Security at the World Economic Forum .

Lords committee question Chief Medical Officer and academics about healthy life expectancy

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 12:01am

The Committee questions the Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Chris Whitty, and academic experts.

Key Points: 
  • The Committee questions the Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Chris Whitty, and academic experts.
  • In the first session, the Committee explores with the Chief Medical Officer for England the extent to which factors such as location, gender, ethnicity and wealth affect healthy life expectancy, and what the current UK priorities are to improve health span.
  • How effective is public health advice for healthy ageing, and can it be updated based on any recent research?
  • What are the main conditions or diseases, covering physical and mental health, that affect older people in the cohorts?

Lords committee question Chief Medical Officer and academics about healthy life expectancy

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 12:01am

The Committee questions the Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Chris Whitty, and academic experts.

Key Points: 
  • The Committee questions the Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Chris Whitty, and academic experts.
  • In the first session, the Committee explores with the Chief Medical Officer for England the extent to which factors such as location, gender, ethnicity and wealth affect healthy life expectancy, and what the current UK priorities are to improve health span.
  • How effective is public health advice for healthy ageing, and can it be updated based on any recent research?
  • What are the main conditions or diseases, covering physical and mental health, that affect older people in the cohorts?

PepsiCo Kicks Off Month-Long Global Volunteering Event To Distribute More Than 1.1 Million Nutritious Meals For Those In Need & Support Local Communities

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 11:00am

This year, tens of thousands of PepsiCo employees will participate in volunteer events around the world including nutritious meal packing events which will provide more than 1.1 million nutritious meals to communities in need.

Key Points: 
  • This year, tens of thousands of PepsiCo employees will participate in volunteer events around the world including nutritious meal packing events which will provide more than 1.1 million nutritious meals to communities in need.
  • The meals will be distributed with international hunger relief organization Rise Against Hunger to schools, hospitals and local clinics in the Dominican Republic and to communities in need in India and Africa.
  • Employees joined today at the company's headquarters in Purchase and other New York-area locations to start packing meals.
  • Rise Against Hunger has facilitated the packaging of more than 417 million meals distributed to countries around the world.