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Accelerating an Integrated Approach to NCD Prevention and Control Globally

Dr. Samira Asma, Chief, Global NCD Program, CDC Over the past 18 years, I’ve worked with Ministries of Health and other partners in 180 countries to advance CDC’s overarching global health goals and accelerate strategies for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries. NCDs and injuries are responsible for millions of premature deaths, especially in low- and middle-income counties (LMICs). As public health practitioners, we have an important opportunity to work collaboratively to accelerate and scale up implementation of proven prevention and treatment strategies and measure their impact.

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Tackling Mental Health Issues from the Ground Up

This is a post by So Yoon Sim, 2014-2015 Research and Policy Fellow at Grameen PrimaCare in New York City. According to National Institute of Mental Health, one in four adults in the United States—approximately 61.5 million Americans—experience mental illness, and one in 17—about 13.6 million—live with a serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder. However, approximately 60 percent of adults, and almost one-half of youth ages 8 to 15 with a mental illness received no mental health services in the previous year. As a Research and Policy Fellow, I had the chance to participate in a Mental Health Workgroup, launched by the Maternal Infant Community Health Collaborative (COMADRES) in January, representing my placement organization Grameen PrimaCare. Different health care providers that serve immigrant populations in Queens, New York City, joined this workgroup to identify gaps and barriers and develop innovative strategies to tackle mental health issues in the community.

MDG : Mental health in Liberia : Dakemue Kollie, mental health coordinator in Bong County

Meeting Africa’s mental health needs

With few psychiatrists on the continent, could non-specialists fill the gap? Theresa Taylor investigates.

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Accelerating an Integrated Approach to NCD Prevention and Control Globally

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Dr. Samira Asma, Chief, Global NCD Program, CDC Over the past 18 years, I’ve worked with Ministries of Health and other partners in 180 countries to advance CDC’s overarching global health goals and accelerate strategies for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries. NCDs and injuries are responsible for millions of premature deaths, especially in low- and middle-income counties (LMICs). As public health practitioners, we have an important opportunity to work collaboratively to accelerate and scale up implementation of proven prevention and treatment strategies and measure their impact.


Tackling Mental Health Issues from the Ground Up

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This is a post by So Yoon Sim, 2014-2015 Research and Policy Fellow at Grameen PrimaCare in New York City. According to National Institute of Mental Health, one in four adults in the United States—approximately 61.5 million Americans—experience mental illness, and one in 17—about 13.6 million—live with a serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder. However, approximately 60 percent of adults, and almost one-half of youth ages 8 to 15 with a mental illness received no mental health services in the previous year. As a Research and Policy Fellow, I had the chance to participate in a Mental Health Workgroup, launched by the Maternal Infant Community Health Collaborative (COMADRES) in January, representing my placement organization Grameen PrimaCare. Different health care providers that serve immigrant populations in Queens, New York City, joined this workgroup to identify gaps and barriers and develop innovative strategies to tackle mental health issues in the community.


Large Disparity Between Wealthy, Poor Nations’ Access To Mental Health Care, WHO Report Shows

The Guardian: Mental health care 50 times more accessible in wealthy countries “Nearly one in every 10 people has a mental health disorder, but just one percent of the global health workforce are working as psychiatrists, occupational therapists, or social workers, the World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed in a report that highlights deepening inequality…More


More Investment Needed In Global Mental Health Services As ‘Huge Inequalities’ Exist, WHO…

Reuters: Countries must invest more in mental health in hard times: WHO “Rich and poor countries alike must invest more in mental health care, especially during economic crises when rates of depression and suicide tend to rise, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday…” (Nebehay, 7/14). U.N. News Centre: New U.N. report finds ‘huge…More


WHO’s ‘Mental Health Atlas 2014′ Shows Inequalities In Financing For, Access To Mental…

WHO: Global health workforce, finances remain low for mental health In this media note, the WHO discusses its recently released “Mental Health Atlas 2014.” The agency writes, “…Huge inequalities in access to mental health services exist depending on where people live. … The report states global spending on mental health is still very low. Low…More


Factors influencing the career choice and retention of community mental health workers in Ghana

Background: Whilst there have been several studies exploring retention in health workers, little is known about health workers engaged in the provision of mental health services and the factors that affect their recruitment and retention.AimsThe objective of this research was to examine the views of stakeholders about the factors which influence career choices and retention of community mental health workers (CMHWs) in Ghana.


Higher Tobacco Taxes Should Be More Widely Implemented

Project Syndicate: Taxing Tobacco Oleg Chestnov, assistant director general of the WHO noncommunicable diseases and mental health program, and Tim Evans, senior director of health, nutrition, and population global practice at the World Bank Group “…According to the latest WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, levying taxes on tobacco is one of the cheapest…More


Mental Health Needs Stronger Inclusion In SDGs, Advocates Say

SciDev.Net: View on Disability: SDGs lack mental health ambition “Depression is the second largest contributor to disability worldwide, reveals an analysis for a major health study. … Critics from the FundaMentalSDG initiative, which aims to strengthen mental health inclusion in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), argue that this evidence raises questions about why mental health…More


View on Disability: SDGs lack mental health ambition

Millions suffer mental health problems, but you wouldn’t know it from the draft goals, says Jagannath Lamichhane.


Should I stay or should I go? Exploring the job preferences of allied health professionals…

IntroductionThe uneven distribution of allied health professionals (AHPs) in rural and remote Australia and other countries is well documented.


Healthcare In Danger: what happens when it all goes wrong?

This week on PLOS Translational Global Health, emergency physician and humanitarian & global health doctor, Jenny Jamieson, writes about some of the tacit dangers of delivering healthcare in low-resource settings. As healthcare workers, some of us travel to resource-limited settings to deliver care where needs are the greatest. Due to various factors, which range from economic inequality among citizens, political instability, natural disasters, conflict or warfare, many of these places are also some of the most dangerous. As a result, healthcare workers can find themselves working side-by-side to crime; and even becoming the target of directed threats or violence. Those who are willing to put themselves on the front line in order to help others, can themselves end up being actively targeted


Collaboratively reframing mental health for integration of HIV care in Ethiopia

Background Integrating mental health with general medical care can increase access to mental health services, but requires helping generalists acquire a range of unfamiliar knowledge and master potentially complex diagnostic and treatment processes.


WHO, UNHCR Issue Guide To Help Humanitarian Emergency Responders Address Mental Health Issues

U.N. News Centre: New U.N. guide aims to address mental health needs in humanitarian emergencies “Two United Nations agencies [on Tuesday] issued a new guide to address the growing needs of millions of adults and children suffering from mental health problems in humanitarian emergencies around the world arising from natural disasters, disease outbreaks, and armed…More


Hacking human health and behaviour #wiredhealth

This week, we hand over to regular blogger Alex Abel who recently returned from London’s WIRED Health. The stage is set at the RCGP for 22 Main Stage talks, hosted by Editor David Rowan Following last year’s successful inaugural event, WIRED Health returned to the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) in Euston Square, London, on the 24th of April, for a programme of exciting innovations in medicine. From augmenting our bodies to decoding the brain, the desire to have greater control over human health and behaviour seemed to be the overarching theme at WIRED Health 2015. Changing the body One of the most dramatic and noticeable changes to the human body is amputation. The loss of a limb can have a profound effect on individuals, both physically and psychologically, but more than 20 million amputees around the world currently have no access to any sort of prosthetics.


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