For the Public’s Health: Investing in a Healthier Future

For the Public’s Health: Investing in a Healthier Future IOM report http://bit.ly/HBUUzL

(English) Diagnosis-Related Groups in Europe

Diagnosis-Related Group (DRG) systems were introduced in Europe to increase the transparency of services provided by hospitals and to incentivize greater efficiency in the use of resources invested in acute hospitals. In many countries,these systems were also designed to contribute to improving – or at least protecting – the quality of care.

(English) Research and Development to Meet Health Needs in Developing Countries:

WHO

WHO – Report of the Consultative Expert Working Group –EWG – on:
Research and Development: Financing and Coordination

Available online PDF file [226p.] at: http://bit.ly/HiWC7y

5 April 2012 | Geneva – “…..New sources of funding are needed to stimulate health research specifically for diseases that affect people in developing countries, according to a report published today by an international expert group convened by WHO.

Seminar: Green Economy/Green Jobs – health risks and benefits

Rio+20 SDE Seminar Series towards Rio+20
Sustainable Development and Environmental Health – SDE – PAHO/WHO

Green Economy/Green Jobs – health risks and benefits

Tenth Seminar:
11 April 2012 – PAHO/WHO Rio+20 – (in English with simultaneous translation to Spanish)

Website PAHO/WHO Rio+20 at: http://bit.ly/oxoRdS
Green Economy/ Green Jobs are viewed as a new activity whose scope in terms of health risks and benefits continue to be an emerging challenge.
However, it seems it can generate very significant co-benefits for preventing infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases and occupational diseases, and even benefit workers’ health promotion.
This seminar intends to show some evidence in different economic sectors, as well as to share successful experiences in the construction sector.


Agenda
12:00 p.m. Welcome and introduction: Dr. Julietta Rodriguez-Guzman, Regional Advisor on Workers’ Health, PAHO/WHO

12:05 p.m. Workers’ Health in the Green Economy and Sustainable Development:

Dr. Ivan Ivanov Dimov, MD, PhD, Team Leader, Occupational Health, WHO

12:20 p.m. Green economy in the construction sector: NIOSH experiences:

Dr. Christine M. Branche, PhD, FACE Associate Principal Director and Director Office of Health and Safety in Construction, NIOSH

12:35 p.m. Commentaries and perspectives from ILO
Dr. Valentina Forastieri, Coordinator of the Health Promotion and Training Unit, International Labor Organization (ILO)

12:45 p.m. Questions and Answers

01:00 p.m. Wrap-up

How to participate:

In person:
PAHO/WHO
525 23rd ST NW
Washington DC, 20037 Room 812 – 12h to 13h Eastern Time (WDC)

Online: via Elluminate link:

- Spanish room: www.paho.org/virtual/SeminariosSDE
- English room www.paho.org/virtual/SDESeminars

Publication from the UN Population Division: World Fertility Report


Since the 1970s the world has experienced profound changes in fertility, union formation and contraceptive demand. Fertility has declined throughout the world, early childbearing and marriage are less common and the percentage of women and men using contraception, especially modern methods, has risen. Nevertheless, the level and pace of change in fertility and the proximate determinants of marriage and contraceptive use have varied markedly among countries such that major differences in fertility levels persist across countries and regions of the world.

A set of country profiles with data on 21 indicators of fertility, nuptiality, contraceptive use and population policies regarding childbearing for three time periods is included as well as online data and metadata.

The report is available online: http://www.unpopulation.org

Equity Framework for Health Technology Assessments

Equity Framework for Health Technology Assessments. http://t.co/txPABdYj

Launch of the European Portal for Action on Health Inequalities


Launch of the European Portal for Action on Health Inequalities

EuroHealth Net, 2011

Good Practice Database available online http://bit.ly/u19qI2

The new website is an exhaustive source of information on health inequalities at EU, national and regional level, on social determinants of health and on Health in All Policies.

It aims to provide visitors with practical and useful information and to give them opportunities to promote their own work.

It provides visitors over 300 examples of policies and good practices implemented at EU, national and regional level. Additionally it gives access to a wide range of useful health inequality tools and resources.

Public health in Austria – An analysis of the status of public health

Edited by

Joy Ladurner, Marlene Gerger, Walter W. Holland, Elias Mossialos, Sherry Merkur, Susie Stewart, Rachel Irwin and Jürgen Soffried

World Health Organization 2011 – European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Available online PDF [370p.] at: http://bit.ly/w1tdvv

English/Spanish Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health


The Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health was adopted during the World Conference on Social Determinants of Health on 21 October 2011

The declaration expresses global political commitment for the implementation of the social determinants of health approach to reduce health inequities and to achieve other global priorities. It will help to build momentum within countries for the development of dedicated national action plans and strategies.

The declaration is currently available in English and Spanish only but it is being translated to all official UN languages.
Translating the text into other languages is welcome and needs WHO approval.

English version http://bit.ly/uflK9J

Spanish version http://bit.ly/tpwET7

Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health


The Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health expresses global political commitment for the implementation of a social determinants of health approach to reduce health inequities and to achieve other global priorities.
It will help to build momentum within WHO Member States for the development of dedicated national action plans and strategies

October 21, 2011 URL: http://bit.ly/uflK9J