Tagged: Health For All

NEWS: Philippines: Alcohol Tax Increase Ready for Adoption

Alcohol and tobacco tax increase in the Philippines are ready for adoption and awaiting President Duterte’s signature. Alcohol industry interference has significantly reduced the projected tax receipt from alcohol and tobacco taxation. But the new bicameral-approved final measure would bring in P22.2 billion in revenue…

NEWS: Norway: New Development Strategy Tackles NCDs

Norway has launched a new international development strategy which tackles non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Norway is the first country to launch a strategy aimed at tackling ‘lifestyle’ diseases as part of their international aid work. Over 200 million Norwegian Krone (about £17 million) will be offered as international development assistance to help low and middle income countries tackle NCDs including cancer, obesity and diabetes…

NEWS: WHO Europe: New Status Report on Prison Health

WHO Europe has published a new status report on prison health. The report is entitled “WHO status report on prison health in the WHO European Region.” It presents an analysis of data collected on the health status of people in prison and prison health systems for 39 countries in the Region…

REPORT: Creating Healthy Lives

The report recommends five shifts in the government’s overall approach to achieving ambitious, whole-of-government approach to long-term investment in the nation’s health and outline how investment can be rebalanced towards areas of spending that maintain and improve health, such as early years services, housing and social security. The report explores the role of treatment services for alcohol problems as well as alcohol taxation for health promotion and resource mobilization…

NEWS: UN Adopts Landmark Health Declaration

World leaders have adopted a high-level United Nations Political Declaration on universal health coverage (UHC). This a landmark declaration with the most comprehensive set of health commitments ever adopted at this level. Among these commitments is also alcohol taxation as critical tool to reduce the health burden and help fund health promotion.
“This declaration represents a landmark for global health and development,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General at WHO…

REPORT: Universal Health Coverage and the Forgotten Generation

The editorial focuses on the overlooking of adolescents when it comes to Universal Health Coverage, stating that the political declaration on the UN General Assembly on September 23rd overlooked this generation. The three core indicators of universal health care(coverage, quality, and avoidance of poverty due to expenditure) are rarely achieved in adolescent health…

NEWS: WHO Launches SDG3 Global Action Plan

The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched the Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All to push forward the SDG 3 on achieving good health for all. This action plan brings together 12 multilateral health, development and humanitarian agencies to better support countries to accelerate progress towards the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)…

NEWS: WHO: Progress on Universal Health Coverage Lagging

According to a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) progress on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is still lagging. By 2030, 5 billion people would still be left without full access to healthcare, at the current rate of progress. The report also clearly outlines the role alcohol plays in burdening health systems and fueling health inequities.

NEWS: Dr Tedros: Alcohol Harm a ‘Significant Challenge’

The alcohol burden and the need for prioritizing alcohol policy solutions to tackle pervasive alcohol harm in the European region were one of the key issues addressed, as deliberations commenced at the 69th WHO Europe Regional Committee Meeting.
WHO Director General Dr Tedros spoke in his opening remarks about the need to do more concerning a set of health challenges for the European region. The Director General of the World Health Organization emphasized that alcohol consumption and harm is a “significant challenge” and remains “unfinished business”. 
Even the WHO Europe Regional Director and Health Ministers from member states emphasized the urgency of making alcohol policy the priority it should be…