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.
A World Health Organization (WHO) Good Practice Brief has been published outlining the future demand for health and care workers in England to deal with the growing numbers of people living with long-term conditions. The horizon scanning exercise identified a rising demand for caring skills that typically dont require high levels of registration or training, such as those offered by health-care assistants, junior nurses, nursing associates, support workers and housekeepers. The publication is from work done by the Centre for Workforce Intelligence, part of the Department of Health.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) have produced a report investigating the use of sugar in foods. The publication ‘Incentives and disincentives for reducing sugar in manufactured foods: an exploratory supply chain analysis’ concludes that a comprehensive approach encompassing the entire food system is necessary in order to reduce sugar intake.
The World Health Organization (WHO) have published a report on transforming public spaces to promote physical activity. The report looks at how urban planning can contribute to encouraging physically active lifestyles.
Tobacco-free refers to a smoking prevalence of 5% or less. This report from the World Health Organization (WHO) focusses on protecting children from smoking and identifies tools and novel approaches that can help achieve tobacco-free status. It includes short case studies on addressing tobacco-related health inequalities in Scotland and on a Scottish project to reduce families exposure to second-hand smoke.
World Health Organization (2017) Tobacco-free generations: protecting children from tobacco in the WHO European Region, Copenhagen, Denmark: WHO.