Tagged: Health

NEWS: Bhutan: Addiction Epidemic Hinders Development

In Bhutan a growing addiction epidemic is hindering the development of the country.
Bhutan is known globally for placing Gross National Happiness of its citizens above gross domestic product. However, the country is now struggling to maintain the well-being of their population in the face of an increasing substance use burden.
With growing exposure to alcohol and pain medication, addiction is now a major problem for Bhutan. A recent government report found that alcohol causes 50% of the patient deaths in hospitals…

NEWS: UN Adopts Landmark Health Declaration

World leaders have adopted a high-level United Nations Political Declaration on universal health coverage (UHC). This a landmark declaration with the most comprehensive set of health commitments ever adopted at this level. Among these commitments is also alcohol taxation as critical tool to reduce the health burden and help fund health promotion.
“This declaration represents a landmark for global health and development,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General at WHO…

NEWS: WHO Launches SDG3 Global Action Plan

The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched the Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All to push forward the SDG 3 on achieving good health for all. This action plan brings together 12 multilateral health, development and humanitarian agencies to better support countries to accelerate progress towards the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)…

NEWS: WHO: Progress on Universal Health Coverage Lagging

According to a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) progress on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is still lagging. By 2030, 5 billion people would still be left without full access to healthcare, at the current rate of progress. The report also clearly outlines the role alcohol plays in burdening health systems and fueling health inequities.

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…

REPORT: German Family Practitioners and Psychiatrists Level of Training on Alcohol Problems

Harmful drinking [alcohol use] is a serious public health problem, and patients with alcohol dependence represent a large and demanding patient group in primary health care setting. Our study shows that the lack of training is a severe barrier in the work with this patient group in the primary care setting…

NEWS: USA: Sober Curious Movement Growing

The sober curious movement is growing in the US with two thirds of millennials aiming to reduce their alcohol consumption. Nielsen reports, 47% of US consumers over the age of 21 are making a concerted effort to reduce their alcohol intake – a figure that leaps to 66% when looking specifically at millennials, who are driving this change…

NEWS: Philippines: Alcohol Tax to Fund Free Health Care

The House of Representatives of Philippines plans to pass an act on increasing and restructuring the excise tax rates on alcohol as one of its priority legislative measures, along with the proposed national budget, before congress goes on break on October 5th. The legislation is part of plans on financing a free health care programme for all…