Category Archives: International health & social care

Quality of care to achieve universal health coverage

A joint report from World Health Organization (WHO), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the World Bank Group on ‘Delivering health services‘ has highlighted that poor quality health services are holding back progress on improving health in countries at all income levels. The report considers that providing access to health services is not sufficient to achieve improvement in healthcare and that improving care quality is also necessary. Alongside recommending improvement in low and middle-income countries, the report highlights that around 15% of hospital expenditure in high-income countries is due to mistakes in care or patients being infected while in hospitals.


WHO report on transport, health and the environment

The World Health Organization (WHO) have published a report entitled ‘Making THE (transport, health and environment) link‘. The report discusses how countries can advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development goals by focussing on achieving healthy, clean, zero-emission mobility and transport for all in Europe, and emphasises the ways that the policy platform can support action and establish collaborative partnerships.

Winter mortality

The King’s Fund have published a blog post looking at whether the problem of excessive winter deaths is unique to the UK. The post highlights the recent European Mortality Monitoring Network (EuroMOMO) figures which identify winter increases in mortality in most European countries, although not in all years. The figures also highlight a slow-down of mortality improvements during the post-2008 ‘austerity years’ and forthcoming research from the King’s Fund and the Health Foundation to examine recent mortality trends in the UK

WHO global plan on physical activity

The World Health Organization (WHO) have published a global action plan on physical activity 2018 – 2030. The plan is intended to help countries scale up policy actions to promote physical activity and sets out four objectives and recommends 20 policy actions to address the cultural, environmental and individual determinants of inactivity.

Cochrane newsletter

The latest Evidently Cochrane update contains two blogs by staff at HSRU to mark International Clinical Trials Day. The first is by Shaun Treweek and highlights the ‘Studies Within a Trial’ funding initiative from NIHR, and the second is from Kate Gillies (and Derek Stewart) and is on trial retention. The newsletter also presents Cochrane evidence on asthma, in recognition of World Asthma Day, and highlights new evidence on HPV vaccines. There is also a blog entry about supporting elderly people to make informed decisions.

WHO childhood obesity report

The Word Health Organisation (WHO) have issued statistics from the WHO Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) indicating that southern European countries have the highest rate of child obesity. In Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, San Marino and Spain, approximately 1 in 5 boys (ranging from 18% to 21%) are obese. Denmark, France, Ireland, Latvia and Norway are among the countries with the lowest rates, ranging from 5% to 9% in either sex. However, some of the countries with the highest rates have also shown a decrease. It is noted that some larger European countries, such as Germany and the United Kingdom, do not submit data to the programme.