Tagged: Health Inequality

NEWS: UK: Alcohol Tax Cuts Caused Many Deaths

According to a new study cuts in alcohol taxes have led to nearly 2000 more deaths and 100,000 additional crimes in England.
The study, commissioned by the Institute of Alcohol Studies and conducted by University of Sheffield found that since 2012, the taxes on alcohol has been falling. A duty escalator was introduced in 2008 but scrapped in 2013 and the government has been cutting or freezing taxes on alcohol every year since then…

REPORT: Universal Health Coverage and the Forgotten Generation

The editorial focuses on the overlooking of adolescents when it comes to Universal Health Coverage, stating that the political declaration on the UN General Assembly on September 23rd overlooked this generation. The three core indicators of universal health care(coverage, quality, and avoidance of poverty due to expenditure) are rarely achieved in adolescent health…

NEWS: Dr Tedros: Alcohol Harm a ‘Significant Challenge’

The alcohol burden and the need for prioritizing alcohol policy solutions to tackle pervasive alcohol harm in the European region were one of the key issues addressed, as deliberations commenced at the 69th WHO Europe Regional Committee Meeting.
WHO Director General Dr Tedros spoke in his opening remarks about the need to do more concerning a set of health challenges for the European region. The Director General of the World Health Organization emphasized that alcohol consumption and harm is a “significant challenge” and remains “unfinished business”. 
Even the WHO Europe Regional Director and Health Ministers from member states emphasized the urgency of making alcohol policy the priority it should be…

NEWS: WHO Europe: Progress on Health Equity Is Stalling

WHO’s first-ever Health Equity Status Report reveals that health inequities in many of the 53 countries in the WHO European Region remain either the same or have worsened despite governments’ attempts to address them. The Report newly identifies 5 key risk factors that are holding many children, young people, women and men back from achieving good health and leading safe and decent lives. The Report also shows that alcohol use is a key risk factor for health inequity and alcohol harm is in turn a consequence of health inequities…

NEWS: England Failing to Tackle Alcohol Epidemic

New research has found massive cuts to alcohol rehab services have led to major shortcomings in tackling the alcohol epidemic of England. A research conducted by King’s College scientists found more than £100m has been cut since services in England were reorganised in 2012. On average, alcohol and other drugs services in England had lost approximately 30% of their budgets since 2013-14, when they were handed over to local authority control.
This austerity policy is failing the people of England who are struggling under the heavy burden of the alcohol epidemic…

REPORT: Alcohol Complicates Multimorbidity in Older Adults

Authors Duncan Stewart, senior lecturer in addictive behaviours and public health,  and Jim McCambridge, professor of addictive behaviours and public health, write on complications to multimorbidity due to alcohol in the editorial. They state attention to alcohol should be integral to routine care…

NEWS: WHO: 5 Conditions for Health Equity

A new set of strategic policies and practical tools will help European governments accelerate progress towards ensuring that everyone has the ability to lead a healthy life and to prosper within as little as five years. This is the main theme under discussion at the first-ever WHO European High-level Conference on Health Equity, hosted by the Government of Slovenia in Ljubljana…

NEWS: Ghana: Government Plans Alcohol Tax Hike

The Ghanaian government is planning a tax hike for health-harmful consumer products, including alcohol, tobacco and sugary beverages.
Hon. Alexander Kodwo Kom Abban, Deputy Health Minister of Ghana, explained that the planned tax hike is intended to discourage the sale and promotion of products which are causing the increase in non communicable diseases (NCDs), including cancers, strokes and heart diseases – and their risk factors, such as alcohol and tobacco…