Tag Archives: WHO

Future health and care workforce needs

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.


WHO report on sugar in foods

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.

WHO report on achieving tobacco-free status

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.

Economic costs of diet and low physical activity

The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies have produced a report on assessing the economic costs of unhealthy diets and low physical activity. The study examines the evidence on the economic burden of these lifestyle characteristics and explores definitions of the terms and the complexity of estimating the economic burden. The review finds that existing studies underestimate the true economic burden by not including indirect costs. The study also tests the feasibility of using a disease-based approach to estimate the costs of unhealthy diets and low physical activity.

Candari, C.J., Cylus, J. and Nolte, E. (2017) ‘Assessing the economic costs of unhealthy diets and low physical activity: an evidence review and proposed framework’, WHO Health Policy Series No.47, Copenhagen, Denmark: European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.