A child dies every five seconds, and most are preventable deaths, states UN report

For children everywhere, the most precarious time is the first month of life. In 2017, 2.5 million newborns died in their first month, and a baby born in sub-Saharan Africa or in Southern Asia was nine times more likely to die in the first month than one born in a high-income country

A child dies every five seconds, and most are preventable deaths, states UN reportAn estimated 6.3 million children died before their 15th birthdays in 2017, or one every five seconds, mostly due to a lack of water, sanitation, nutrition and basic healthcare, according to report by United Nations agencies on Tuesday. The vast majority of these deaths – 5.4 million – occur in the first five years of […]

WHO is developing benchmark documents for practice in traditional medicine

WHO Working Group Meetings with AYUSH Ministry inaugurated at Jaipur. World Health Organization is developing Benchmark Documents for practice in Ayurveda, Panckarma and Unani system as part of its global strategy to provide safe, effective and accessible Traditional Medicine to global community

WHO is developing benchmark documents for practice in traditional medicineDevelopment of these benchmarks documents is included in the Project Collaboration Agreement (PCA) between WHO and Ministry of AYUSH. WHO Working Group Meetings for three WHO benchmark documents scheduled September 17 to September 19, 2018, was inaugurated today at Jaipur. The three days programme containing four sessions on each day has been organised by Ministry […]

Alcohol abuse in young adults and its impact on heart

Dr Hasmukh Rawat, a Senior Interventional Cardiologist and HOD - Cardiology, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, shares how alcohol consumption can affect the health of the heart, and what problems it can cause

Alcohol abuse in young adults and its impact on heartWe all are aware of the fact that too much of anything can turn out to be bad for you. Today, young adults do not understand the importance of preventive health care and turn a deaf ear to the most advice given in this regard. For a majority of this group, socially recognised lifestyle habit […]

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay: Simple tips to prevent suicide

On World Suicide Prevention Day, Dr Bhooshan Shukla, a child and adolescent psychiatrist from Pune shares simple yet effective tips which can help save a life. The most import thing is to sit and listen to what the suicidal person has to say without passing judgement. Show emotional support and ask questions. Reach out to them and assure them that you are here for them

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay: Simple tips to prevent suicideAn estimated 800,000 people commit suicide, and even more attempt suicide every year according to the World Health Organization. Suicide has become a global problem, accounting for almost 1.4 percent of all deaths worldwide. Most of these suicides occur in low or middle income countries with little to no national strategy for suicide prevention. I […]

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay: Recognising signs of suicidal behaviour can save a loved one

Different reports suggests rise in the incidence of suicide deaths in India. Experts say that stigma attached to it restricts people from being vocal about it. But only when we can identify the signs of suicidal behaviour of our  family members and love ones, only then suicides can be prevented

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay: Recognising signs of suicidal behaviour can save a loved oneWorld Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) observed every year on 10th September is organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO).The aim of this day is to create awareness among people about the fact that suicide can be prevented. According to WHO, worldwide about 800,000 people die […]

Dengue: A continuing global threat

Dr Mohammed Sakeel, HOD of Emergency and Trauma, Fortis Hospital, Kalyan, shares how to recognise Dengue symptoms, and how to stop the breeding of the mosquitoes in the vicinity

Dengue: A continuing global threatDengue fever is a painful, debilitating mosquito-borne disease caused by dengue viruses. Each year, worldwide, an estimated 400 million people are infected with dengue virus; about 100 million get progressively sick, and 2.5% of those patients die. It is the fastest growing mosquito-borne infection in the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 40% […]

Maha: Women who donate breast milk to get Rs 500 financial assistance? 

The Maharashtra government is considering the possibility to provide financial aid to the mothers who donates their breast milk voluntarily to human milk banks across the state

Maha: Women who donate breast milk to get Rs 500 financial assistance? Soon, women who donate breast milk in the ‘Human Milk Bank’ are likely to get Rs 500 as financial assistance. The Women and Child Rights Committee of the Maharashtra government has given this suggestion to the state. The Women and Child Rights Committee will be giving their recommendation to the Maharashtra Assembly. As per World […]

Cancer risk factors that you need to be aware about

According to World Health Organisation (WHO) report, around one third of deaths from cancer are due to the 5 leading behavioural and dietary risks: high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, and alcohol use

Cancer risk factors that you need to be aware aboutCancer is the second leading cause of death globally, and was responsible for 8.8 million deaths in 2015. Globally, nearly 1 in 6 deaths is due to cancer. Risk factors for cancers Tobacco use, alcohol use, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity are major cancer risk factors worldwide and are also the 4 shared risk factors […]

Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh re-nominated for second term as WHO Regional Director

Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh is the first woman to have been elected to the position of Regional Director for WHO South-East Asia Region after an illustrious career in the Indian civil service, World Bank and WHO

Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh re-nominated for second term as WHO Regional DirectorIndia today retained the top WHO position in South-East Asia Region with Dr PoonamKhetrapal Singh unanimously re-elected as Regional Director for another five-year term beginning February 2019.The elections were held at the on-going Regional Committee meeting of WHO South-East Asia Thanking all Member states for supporting India’s candidate, J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health […]

1.4 billion people at risk of diseases due to lack of exercise, says WHO

Around the globe, about one in three women and nearly one in four men does not exercise enough to avoid common diseases, a new report shows

1.4 billion people at risk of diseases due to lack of exercise, says WHOWHO report estimates that more than a quarter of people worldwide – 1.4 billion – are not doing enough physical exercise, a figure that has barely improved since 2001. Inactivity raises the risk of a raft of health problems, such as heart disease, type-2 diabetes and some cancers. High-income countries were among the least active. […]