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Tobacco use declining but major intensification needed in reduction and control efforts

WHO News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 15:45
New data show a declining rate of tobacco use and an increase in numbers of non-smokers. But governments must intensify action to combat the tobacco industry and dramatically reduce consumption of tobacco products to, in turn, protect public health, according to WHO.

Non-smoking is becoming the new norm worldwide, according to a new online WHO Global Report on Trends in Tobacco Smoking, launched today during the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) which opened yesterday in Abu Dhabi and ends on 21 March. The conference is focussing on tobacco control and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), namely lung and heart diseases, cancers and diabetes.

WHO press releases on Ebola

WHO News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 23:53


WHO statements on Ebola

WHO News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 23:53


Typhoid fever – Uganda

WHO Disease Outbreak News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 17:01
On 24 February 2015, the Ministry of Health of Uganda notified WHO of a typhoid fever outbreak.

The outbreak started in Kampala City at the beginning of 2015. As of 5 March 2015, a total of 1940 suspected cases have been reported. From the first epicentre in downtown Kampala, the outbreak has now spread to all divisions in the capital city and to neighbouring districts. The most affected groups are young males aged between 20 and 39 years. The majority of cases work in the business sector or as casual labourers. Food and juice vendors and cooks are also affected, hence the potential for wide spread of the disease. At the beginning of the outbreak Salmonella Typhi was laboratory-confirmed in 4 of 16 tested specimens. Further specimens have been tested during the outbreak identifying 5 isolates of Salmonella paratyphi group A. Contaminated drinking water and juices have been identified as the main sources of infection. The majority of water sources that have been tested were heavily contaminated with Escherichia coli and fecal matter.

Governments commit to advancements in dementia research and care

WHO News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 16:00
At the WHO-hosted Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland today announced that over US$ 100 million will be invested in a pioneering new global Dementia Discovery Fund. Major pharmaceutical companies have committed in principle to investing in promising research efforts for dementia through the project, along with the nongovernmental organization Alzheimer’s Research UK and the United Kingdom Government. The announcement was welcomed as the type of innovative mechanism that could bring about a breakthrough in treatment.

At this WHO Conference, supported by the Department of Health of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), 80 countries joined experts from the research, clinical and advocacy communities to discuss how, collectively, they could move forward action on dementia at the global level.

Opening remarks at the First WHO Ministerial Conference on Global Action against Dementia

WHO Director-General Speeches - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 15:00
Honourable ministers, ambassadors, distinguished scientists, colleagues in the UN system, representatives of civil society organizations and foundations, ladies and gentlemen,

I thank the government of the United Kingdom, and particularly the Secretary of State, for taking a leadership role on dementia and for supporting us in organizing this first-ever ministerial conference. I thank OECD for their technical support.

Selamat Jalan, Prof. Damar...

B2P2VRP Salatiga - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 16:19

Badan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Kesehatan (Litbangkes) telah kehilangan satu orang Profesor Riset bidang Biologi Lingkungan. Prof. Dr. Damar Tri Boewono, MS, biasa dipanggil pak Damar. Meninggal pada tanggal 15 Maret 2014 di Salatiga. Beliau meninggalkan seorang istri, Endang S. Budiningsih dan dua orang anak, Marcilia Dian Triangga, ST, Pandham Giri Sasangka, ST, serta dua orang cucu.

Prof. Dr. Damar Tri Boewono, M.S., lahir di Boyolali tanggal 27 Agustus 1949, putra Bapak Poedjohadioetojo (alm) dan Ibu Asih Suprapti (almh). Belajar di Fakultas Biologi, UGM (1969-1976) dan waktu kuliah aktif membantu sebagai asisten dosen. Tahun 1978, sebagai calon peneliti, ditugaskan di proyek penelitian Vector Biology and Control Research Unit 2 (VBCRU-2), kerja sa,a penelitian Badan Litbang Kesehatan dengan WHO, bertugas melakukan penelitian bioteknologi vektor malaria dan uji insektisida untuk pengendalian vektor.

People’s health at the centre of new global blueprint to reduce disaster risks

WHO Emergencies and Disasters - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 16:00
Ten years since adopting the Hyogo Framework for Action shortly after the Indian Ocean Tsunami, government representatives have gathered in Sendai to negotiate a new framework for global action to reduce the risks of disasters. For the first time, protecting people's health is at the centre of such a framework.

“In the 10 years since Hyogo, governments have increasingly recognized that healthy people are resilient people, and that resilient people recover much more quickly from emergencies and disasters," says Dr Bruce Aylward, Assistant Director-General for Emergencies at the World Health Organization (WHO). "Recent and ongoing disasters – from Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines to the Ebola crisis in West Africa – highlight the centrality of human health to our collective goals in disaster risk reduction by all sectors."

People’s health at the centre of new global blueprint to reduce disaster risks

WHO News - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 16:00
Ten years since adopting the Hyogo Framework for Action shortly after the Indian Ocean Tsunami, government representatives have gathered in Sendai to negotiate a new framework for global action to reduce the risks of disasters. For the first time, protecting people's health is at the centre of such a framework.

“In the 10 years since Hyogo, governments have increasingly recognized that healthy people are resilient people, and that resilient people recover much more quickly from emergencies and disasters," says Dr Bruce Aylward, Assistant Director-General for Emergencies at the World Health Organization (WHO). "Recent and ongoing disasters – from Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines to the Ebola crisis in West Africa – highlight the centrality of human health to our collective goals in disaster risk reduction by all sectors."

Launching Rikhus Vektora di Rakerkesnas Makasar

B2P2VRP Salatiga - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 15:15

 

Makasar - Menteri Kesehatan Prof.Dr.dr. Nila F. Moeloek, Sp.M (K) mencanangkan secara resmi pelaksanaan kegiatan Riset Khusus Vektora (Rikus Vektora) sekaligus membuka kegiatan Rapat Kerja Kesehatan Nasional (Rakerkesnas) Regional Timur di Makasar (9/3/2014). Pencanangan dilakukan dengan cara pemasangan tanda di seragam petugas pengumpul data (enumerator) Rikus Vektora sebagai identitas saat pengumpulan data dilakukan.

Rikhus Vektora sendiri direncanakan akan dilakukan secara bertahap dalam 3 tahun ke depan. Pelaksanaanya akan dimulai dimulai dari tahun 2015 di 7 propinsi, 14 provinsi di tahun 2016 dan 13 propinsi di tahun 2017. 

 

Meningococcal disease - Nigeria

WHO Disease Outbreak News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 15:05
Between 26 January and 5 March 2015, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) of the Federal Ministry of Health of Nigeria notified WHO of 652 suspected cases of meningococcal disease, including 50 deaths. Cases have been reported in 10 local government areas of 2 states, Kebbi and Sokoto. Laboratory tests have confirmed the predominance of Neisseria meningitidis serogroup C in the affected areas, with no other serogroups being identified.

In Zamfara state, there has been a recent emergence of suspected cases of meningococcal disease; however, an outbreak has not yet been confirmed.

Menkes Buka Rakerkesnas Regional Timur

B2P2VRP Salatiga - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 14:56

 

Makassar (9/3) - Menteri Kesehatan RI Prof. Dr. dr. Nila moeloek, Sp.M (K) secara resmi membuka Pameran Rakerkesnas Regional Timur di Ballroom Hotel Clarion Makasar. Dengan di dampingi Sekretaris Jenderal, dr. Untung Suseno Sutarjo, M.Kes beserta beberapa pejabat struktural di lingkungan Kementerian Kesehatan RI, pembukaan pameran ditandai dengan pemotongan rangkaian bunga di depan pintu masuk area pameran.

Paparan dan point penting yang di ulas dalam paparan dan diskusi di rakernas ini diantaranya adalah dari Manteri Kesehatan Prof.Dr.dr. Nila F. Moeloek, Sp.M (K) bahwa mengungkapkan kartu Indonesia Sehat tidak berbeda dengan kartu-kartu yang telah digunakan didalam jaminan kesehatan nasional seperti kartu JKN, kartu Askes, ataupun kartu Jamkesda. “Agar tidak membingungkan, seluruh kartu yang telah digunakan sebelumnya akan digantikan dengan kartu Indonesia Sehat”, ungkap Menkes. Jamkesda juga diharapkan akan masuk kedalam BPJS.

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