Video PlayerClose HELSINKI, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- A report by the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, published in Helsinki on Monday, said that both the experiencing and actually producing of art can strengthen health and wellbeing. Piroska Ostlin, acting WHO Regional Director for Europe, said that art can tackle medical conditions such as diabetes, obesity or mental problems. "Art offers solutions that common medical practice has not been able to address effectively," she said. Ostlin hoped that the report will shift the discussion now into policies, such as strengthening of referral mechanisms of patients from health and social facilities to arts programs. Almost a third of the visits to a doctor in Britain reportedly stems from non-medical reasons, such a loneliness. In Britain, doctors have been able to suggest culture. The system has later been introduced also in Sweden and Denmark. The researchers noted that art can have group impacts as well -- Drama … [Read more...] about WHO report says art can cure at times, and save health care costs
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While releasing India’s progress report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on July 7, Niti Aayog member Bibek Debroy remarked that the country had lagged behind on health goals like maternal and infant mortality as well as basic sanitation, despite having achieved substantial success in poverty reduction. India’s economic progress has clearly not been matched by improvements in health. Tellingly, India lags behind Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal in indicators like infant mortality rate, child immunisation rate and even total life expectancy. Even as private urban tertiary care centres vie for global medical tourism, the stark failure of basic public health services profiles the paradox of India’s health system. While India has become the global pharmacy for inexpensive generic drugs, the draft National Health Policy put out in January tells us that over 63 million Indians face the threat of poverty each year due to unaffordable health care expenditure. Huge … [Read more...] about Meet public health goals with more investment and innovation
After National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) meant to strengthen healthcare delivery systems in rural and urban areas, the Union health ministry is set to launch the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM), aimed at making better use of technology in healthcare delivery across the country.The NDHM is a part of the larger structure called the National Digital Health Blueprint that among other things proposes a unique health id on the lines of Aadhaar that will make health history of a person available at the click of a mouse.The final draft is up for public comments for 30 days after which it will be notified.“The National Health Policy (NHP) 2017 lays significant emphasis on leveraging digital technologies for enhancing the efficiency effectiveness of all healthcare delivery services, and the digital blueprint is a step toward making it happen. The modifications have been made over the previous draft based on … [Read more...] about Leveraging technology, health ministry set to launch National Digital Health Mission
Email Updated November 16, 2018 14:14:00 Photo: Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says that Prime Minister Scott Morrison cut $1.2 billion in funding from aged care in his first budget as treasurer. (ABC News) Map: Australia The claimAustralia's aged care sector has come under close scrutiny in recent weeks following concerns that some providers have placed profit before the welfare of the elderly.In September, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a Royal Commission to examine, among other things, the "quality of care provided to older Australians, and the extent of substandard care". Sorry, this video has expired Video: Watch Bill Shorten make the claim during Question Time (ABC News) Labor immediately accused the Government of hypocrisy, claiming Mr Morrison had, as treasurer, slashed funding to the sector.In a question to Mr Morrison in Parliament, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten asked:"Yesterday, the Prime Minister stated: 'We are committed to providing older … [Read more...] about Fact check: Did the government cut $1.2 billion from aged care funding?
Video PlayerClose NAIROBI, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- The International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD 25) which opens in Nairobi on Tuesday will raise the bar in maternal health through access to contraceptives, officials said on Monday. Macharia Kamau, principal secretary in Kenya's ministry of foreign affairs said the three-day global population summit, will renew commitment to reduce maternal deaths, eliminate gender-based violence and other harmful practices like girl child marriages and female genital mutilation. Kenya will be hosting the three-day global population summit that will review the progress of implementation of a sweeping plan of action that was adopted in Cairo in 1994 to advance reproductive health rights of women and girls. Macharia said that world leaders, policymakers, lawmakers and representatives of multilateral lenders are expected to announce new financial commitment to promote universal access to contraceptives among women of child-bearing age. … [Read more...] about Kenya says population summit to revitalize maternal health agenda