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.
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.
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.
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.
The Lancet has published a comment article from authors at the World Health Organization (WHO) calling for the term ‘commercial determinants of health’ to be recognised as a description of the strategies and approaches used by the private sector to promote products and choices that are detrimental to health.
Public Health Panorama, WHO Europe’s public health journal, has dedicated the latest issue to obesity and unhealthy diets. The issue is sub-titled ‘Turning the tide on obesity and unhealthy diets‘ and covers the current challenges governments face in making improvements in public health, the rapid increase in overweight and obesity among young people and the need to transform health services to tackle the problem. The publication also looks at solutions that have been attempted across the region with features on sugary drinks taxation, labelling, marketing restrictions, school food policies and public procurement.
A joint report from the WHO and the World Bank looks at how many people globally lack access to essential services and how many are pushed into poverty or spending too much of their household budgets on health care expenses. The report, entitled ‘Tackling universal health coverage: 2017 global monitoring report’, highlights that more than half the world’s population do not receive all the essential services they need and that about 100 million people are pushed into extreme poverty due to their health expenditures.