Monthly Archives: January 2017

The health and social workforce: An irresistible investment opportunity in the SDG era

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The last month of the year typically signals a draw down in activity. Not so in the global health workforce agenda. December 2016 was the culmination of an action-packed year with the establishment of the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth and the World Health Assembly adoption of the Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030.


What’s worse for health? Consistently high sitting time or increased sitting time over 11 years?


Little is known about how changes in sitting levels over time affect health risks and outcomes later in life. In a recent study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, researchers from Australia and Norway set out to examine whether patterns of sitting measured over 11 years are associated with premature death from cardio-metabolic diseases or from all causes.


An interview with Patrick Hoffmann of the Health Directorate Luxembourg on the European Joint Action’s impact on harm reduction in prisons


Here’s my interview with Patrick Hoffmann, health inspector, Health Directorate in Luxembourg and partner in the HA-REACT Joint Action. What influenced your decision to become involved with the newly formed Joint Action on HIV and Co-Infection Prevention and Harm Reduction (HA-REACT)? The Joint Action is quite an interesting challenge as it engages in European-wide collaborative… Read more »


Environmental surveillance of schistosomiasis in ‘end game’ interventions


Published today in the journal Infectious Diseases of Poverty, a new article looks at the key aspects of environmental transmission of schistosomiasis, a waterborne disease spread through aquatic snails. In this blog, author Russell Stothard discusses aims to control neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) like schistosomiasis and man made environments and conditions that can help NTDs to flourish.