Good Health And Well-Being: “Focus Polio” 17 Facts About the Disease That We’re This Close to Eradicating #SDGs #GlobalGoals #2030Now #Agenda2030

In 1988, polio affected 350,000 children every single year — including in Europe and the US. It’s a horrific disease that can cause irreversible paralysis and even death. 

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Now, polio has been eradicated from all but three countries around the world: Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria. That means it is 99.9% eradicated, with just 22 cases recorded worldwide in 2017. We’re so nearly there, and that makes our fight to end the disease all the more pressing.

Here are some facts you might not know about the virulent disease.

1. The first clinical description of polio was provided by Michael Underwood, a British physician, in 1789.

2. The first outbreaks appeared in Europe in the early 1800s.

3. The first known outbreak in Canada was in 1910

4. Polio is an infectious disease caused by poliovirus. There are three strains of poliovirus. Type 2 was officially declared eradicated in September 2015 and type 3 has not been detected since November 2012. It is assumed that type 1 is the only type that remains and the cause for the few cases of polio that occur each year.

5. In 1916, New York experienced the first large epidemic in the United States, with more than 9,000 cases and 2,343 deaths. Nationwide there were 27,000 cases and 6,000 deaths.

6. Polio mainly affects children under the age of 5.

7. Polio is highly contagious: An infected person can spread the virus to other people immediately before symptoms show up.

8. According to Rotary, 90% of people who get infected with poliovirus will not show any visible symptoms.

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9. People who don’t show any symptoms can still infect others with the virus.

10. For those who do show symptoms, they are normally flu-like ones such as: sore throat, fever, tiredness, nausea, headache, and stomach pain

11. Some people infected with poliovirus will experience more severe symptoms that affect the brain and spinal cord, including paralysis and paresthesia.

12. Paralysis from poliovirus can lead to death because the virus affects the muscles that help us breathe.

13. In 1929, Philip Drinker and Louis Shaw created the iron lung, a respirator that provided breathing support for people with paralysis of the respiratory muscles.

14. In 1953, the disease reached its peak in Canada. There were almost 9,000 cases and 500 deaths. This was the worst national epidemic since the 1918 influenza pandemic.

15. There is no cure for polio, but it is preventable with a vaccine. There are two types of vaccine. IPV, which is an injected shot, was developed by Jonas Salk and declared safe in 1955. The other vaccine, OPV, is given orally in drop form and was developed by Albert Sabin and introduced in 1961

16. In 1988, the World Health Assembly established the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. The goal was to eradicate the disease by the year 2000.

17. People who seem to make a full recovery can still develop post-polio syndrome that can cause new pain, weakness or paralysis, even 15 to 40 years later.

Good Health & well-Being: Brazil Is Giving Away Free Preventative #HIV Pills to 50,000 People in the Next 5 Years

The pills retail for over $1,600 in the United States.

Sometimes the world’s biggest problems are solved through the world’s tiniest tools.

In this case, a small blue pill that can be held between your index finger and your thumb could reduce the number of people who fall victim to one of the world’s most prevalent communicable diseases: HIV/AIDS.

And in Brazil, the government is embarking on an ambitious campaign to bring this pill, called Truvada, to more than 50,000 people over the next five years at no cost, according to a press release from the World Health Organization (WHO).

On Dec. 1, in coordination with World AIDS Day, Brazil’s Ministry of Health announced its plan to bring an HIV prevention program called pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to 9,000 people at 35 clinics in 22 cities in the next year. This preventive program includes a daily dose of Truvada, and will eventually scale up to 54,000 people in the first five years.

The treatment program will focus on men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender people, and sex workers, according to the WHO.

“PrEP will help to keep Brazil and our region in line with the world’s most advanced global responses to HIV – and we feel confident that it will have a positive impact on reducing new infections,” Dr Adele Benzaken, Director of the Department of STI, HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis within Brazil’s Ministry of Health, said in a statement.

The New York Times reports that Brazil is “among the first in the developing world” to take part in this program. It comes at an important time for the rapidly-developing country, which has seen a large increase in the prevalence of the disease. 

The WHO estimates that the total number of Brazilians of all ages living with HIV/AIDS is around 830,000. But according to UN AIDS, the number of Brazilians who suffer from the disease tripled between 2006 and 2015, and more than 14,000 people died from the disease in 2016.

As a preventative treatment measure, PrEP has been shown to be 92% to 99% effective at preventing AIDS acquisition among men who have sex with men.

Rolling out the program will cost the country an estimated $2.7 million in the first year for 3.6 million pills, but is expected to save $20 million per year in HIV treatment costs.

Brazil’s Health Ministry is working with an American pharmaceutical company called Gilead Sciences to obtain the pills for 75 cents a dose, according to the New York Times. Within the United States the average monthly cost of treatment runs at $1,605.96.

Worldwide, the large majority of 36.7 million people who suffer from the disease are in Sub-Saharan Africa. But Brazil’s initiative could set a precedent for preventing future transmission of HIV/AIDS around the world.

“This is a large-scale operation, and Brazil could become an example to all of Latin America that we need to see an integrated approach,” Georgiana Braga-Orillard, the director of U.N.AIDS Brazil, told The Times

Good Health & Well-Being: #Tuberculosis Will Cost the World $1 Trillion by 2030 — Unless Countries “TAKE ACTION”

Tuberculosis, a preventable disease, killed more than 30 million people between 2000 and 2015.

Global health experts have warned that the highly contagious respiratory disease tuberculosis will kill millions — and cost the global economy $1 trillion — by 2030 if countries don’t act to eradicate it.

The Price of a Pandemic report, compiled by the 130-state Global Tuberculosis Caucus, coincides with a landmark gathering of global public health experts, world leaders and funders this week for the first World Health Organization (WHO) Global Ministerial Conference on tuberculosis in Moscow, Russia.

Tuberculosis, commonly referred to as TB, is an airborne illness that typically affects the respiratory system and kills 5,000 people every day, according to WHO. It causes a prolonged, at times bloody, cough in addition to chest pain and weakness.

“There are a lot of intractable problems in the world but TB should not be one of them — we can treat and cure it,” Global Tuberculosis Caucus co-chair Nick Herbert said in a statement. “Governments around the world want to boost economic growth, and investments in TB care and prevention will not only dramatically improve the health of their populations, but also yield a major economic dividend.”

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In 2016, TB killed more than 1.7 million people In 2014, more than a quarter of those individuals who died from TB also had HIV/AIDS, which compromises people’s immune systems and makes them more susceptible to TB and other infectious diseases.

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According to the report, more than 171 million people contracted TB and 33 million people died from the illness between 2000 and 2015. Over half of these deaths occurred in G20 countries, including nearly 10 million in India, more than 1.5 million in South Africa and more than 1.1 million in China

TB exacts a devastating human toll and poses a significant burden to the global economy.

The total cost to G20 countries will reach $675 billion, but less developed nations, especially in sub-Saharan Africa like Lesotho and Mozambique will lose roughly 1% of their GDP to TB.

The report urges countries to increase funding for TB treatment and prevention, part of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

“It is primarily a matter of political will, because the overall sum of money that has to be found between the world’s nations is perfectly within reach if we all act together,” Herbert said.

 

Clean Water & Sanitation: Years Later, Flint’s Water Crisis May Be Causing Miscarriages

Fertility rates are down and miscarriages have increased since the crisis began.

Years after a contaminated water source corroded pipes and leached toxic lead into the drinking water of Flint, Michigan, scientists have revealed that the crisis may be causing miscarriages and affecting infant health.

A recent study found that fertility rates decreased by 12% and foetal death rates increased by 58% in Flint in comparison with other Michigan cities since the start of the water crisis in April 2014.

The link between lead exposure and miscarriages has not been established, the report acknowledged, but researchers have encouraged Flint women who miscarried, had a stillbirth, or have a baby with health problems to enlist in a federally funded registry for those exposed to the toxic water.

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Though the report is new, several women have come forward to share stories about their miscarriages since the lead levels were revealed.

“I’m only 30, I’ve had normal healthy pregnancies, and four beautiful, healthy children,” Flint resident Rachel Lauren, told Rewire. “Now, all of a sudden, I can’t carry a baby?”

Flint women and other local activists say they want to shine a spotlight on a continuing crisis that has faded from public view over the past few years.

“There is not enough being said about it,” Latiya Wakes, a Flint resident who has experienced two miscarriages since the water crisis began, told Rewire. “I’m worried whether my 18-year-old daughter will be able to have children.”

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), lead threatens various internal organs, including the brain, liver, and kidneys and is especially dangerous to children because it impedes brain development and nervous system functioning. There is no safe level of lead exposure, WHO advises.

The Flint crisis began soon after the state of Michigan took control of Flint’s finances and switched water sources as a cost-cutting measure. The state did not treat the new water supply with chemicals to prevent the corrosion of Flint’s infrastructure, which allowed lead from aging pipes to leach into the drinking water.

In 2015, various researchers, activists, and paediatricians alerted the state to the elevated lead levels. One research team found that the lead level in children had nearly doubled since the state changed Flint’s water source.

Two years ago, a federal judge ordered the city and state to ensure the delivery of nearly 100 half-liter bottles of water each week to Flint residents until the city resolved its water crisis. As the water system has improved, the city has begun closing its bottled water distribution facilities — but residents remain wary of any promises related to their tap water.

Climate Change/Action: The Health Damaging Impact of Climate Change. “The Million Many”

Climate change is already damaging the health of hundreds of millions of people around the world, according to a major new report.

The “Lancet Countdown” study, released by leading medical journal The Lancet, revealed four key ways that climate change is having a serious affect on human health, including heatwaves, the spread of deadly diseases, air pollution, and extreme weather conditions leading to malnutrition.

“The human symptoms of climate change are unequivocal and potentially irreversible — affecting the health of populations around the world today,” according to the report, which is based on 40 indicators of climate and health.

“Climate change is happening and it’s a health issue for millions worldwide,” said Professor Anthony Costello, of the WHO and co-chair of the group behind the report, in a statement.

The research is the result of a collaboration between 24 institutions around the world, including the World Health Organisation (WHO), the World Bank, and the UN’s World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), as well as many universities.

The first of the factors that the report highlights is heatwaves, which are particularly dangerous for the world’s more vulnerable people. One worrying statistic cited in the report revealed that the number of people over 65 who have been exposed to extreme heat rose by 125 million between 2000 and 2016.

“There is no crystal ball gazing here, these are the actual observations,” Professor Peter Cox, at the University of Exeter, told the Guardian . He said the 70,000 deaths that resulted from Europe’s 2003 heatwave looked small compared to what could happen in the long-term.

Meanwhile, the scientists reported that global warming also appears to be accelerating the spread of deadly diseases, such as dengue fever, the world’s most rapidly spreading disease. Infections have doubled in each decade since 1990, and now reach up to 100 million infections a year, according to the Guardian .

Air pollution is another concerning factor, causing millions of early deaths each year. The report particularly highlights the 800,000 annual deaths related solely to coal burning.

Globally, people living in 71% of the 2,971 cities in the WHO’s air pollution database are being exposed to air that is too dangerous to breathe, according to the WHO’s air quality test.

The test concerns fine, sooty particles — known as PM2.5s — which are found in the air, and have been linked to heart disease and early death.

Around the world, exposure to these particles has already increased by 11.2% since 1990. In the UK alone, 44 of the 51 towns and cities in the database failed the air quality test — leading to the deaths of about 40,000 Britons every year, according to Dr Toby Hillman, at the Royal College of Physicians

But perhaps one of the most immediately felt results of climate change is extreme weather, which is damaging crops and leading to the threat of hunger for millions of children. The frequency of weather-related disasters around the world has increased by 46% since 2000.

“Undernutrition is identified as the largest health impact of climate change in the 21st century,” reads the report, stating that the number of undernourished people in 30 countries across Africa and Asia rose to 422 million in 2016 — up from 398 million in 1990.

And Professor Hugh Montgomery, of University College London (UCL), warned that “we are going to see millions more undernourished children” as a result of the loss of crops.

As well as warning about specific factors, the report criticises the slow response by governments around the world, despite previous warnings.
“The delayed response to climate change over the past 25 years has jeopardised human life and livelihoods,” it says, pointing to health crises of recent years as examples of the disastrous effect outbreaks can have on vulnerable populations.
“If governments and the global health community do not learn from the past experiences of HIV/AIDS and the recent outbreaks of Ebola and Zika viruses, another slow response will result in an irreversible and unacceptable cost to human health.”

Since the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) began global efforts to tackle climate change in 1992, most of the indicators tracked by the “Lancet Countdown” have “either shown limited progress…or moved in the wrong direction.”

“Most fundamentally,” the report says, “carbon emissions and global temperatures have continued to increase.” 

But climate change is not only have a detrimental effect on human health, the report continues.

The total value of economic losses resulting from climate-related events has been increasing since 1990 — totalling $129 billion in 2016, and 99% of these economic losses in low-income countries were uninsured.
This economic loss is partly due to a fall in productivity, caused by adverse weather conditions. Labour productivity among farm workers, for example, fell by 5.3% since between 2000 and 2016, mainly due to hot conditions in nations from India to Brazil.

While the “Lancet Countdown” study didn’t estimate the total number of deaths relating to climate change, the WHO has previously said there could be 250,000 extra deaths a year between 2030 and 2050 because of climate change.

But Costello, one of the authors of the report, said there were “significant glimmers of hope” in the situation, according to a report by Reuters .

“The outlook is challenging, but we still have an opportunity to turn a looming medical emergency into the most significant advance for public health in this century,” he said.

“While progress has been historically slow,” he continued, “there is evidence of a recent turning point, with transitions in sectors that are crucial to public health reorienting towards a low-carbon world”.

He added: “These efforts must be greatly accelerated and sustained in the coming decades to meet the commitments, but recent policy changes and the indicators presented here suggest that the direction of travel is set.”

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Maternal & Neonatal Health: 80% of Baby Formula Contains ARSENIC! & Other Toxins, Recent Study Finds.

Arsenic, lead, and cadmium are chemicals you’d expect to find in rat poison and batteries — not baby formula.

But on Wednesday, the Clean Label Project, an initiative that tests products for industrial and environmental contaminants and rates them, said it found arsenic in 80% of infant formulas, according to USA Today. In fact, the study — which has not been published in a peer-reviewed journal — found that certified some organic baby food products had more than twice the amount of arsenic found in the conventional baby foods it tested.

The group looked at 86 different types of baby formulas and checked for more than 130 different toxins ranging from heavy metals to cancer-linked chemicals, the Clean Label Project’s website says.

“It is important for consumers to understand that some contaminants, such as heavy metals like lead or arsenic, are in the environment and cannot simply be removed from food,” an FDA spokesperson, told USA Today.

Though arsenic was the most common harmful chemical found in baby formulas, cadmium — which is used in batteries and as a plastic stabilizer — was also detected with alarming frequency. The study found that soy-based infant formulas had about seven times more cadmium, used in batteries, than other types of baby formula.

Both arsenic and cadmium are carcinogens that may cause cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.

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Last year, the US Food and Drug Administration proposed a regulation which would limit the amount of arsenic allowed in infant rice cereal, but the limit is not yet being enforced.

The Clean Label Project also found lead in 36% of 500 baby food products it tested — a finding that backs up the Environmental Defense Fund’s research which detected lead in about 20% of baby food samples.

The World Health Organization urges women to breastfeed infants if possible, noting that breastmilk has antibodies that are not found in formula, and is an affordable, nutritious food source that can foster healthy development. The WHO also warns that in communities that lack access to safe water, formula that has to be mixed with water can pose an additional risk.

The majority of baby food products and baby formula is sold in North America and Europe — 87% and 66%, respectively, according to Nielsen’s Global Baby Care Report — but formula is becoming more popular in developing countries.

The WHO and UNICEF recommend that mothers try breastfeeding within an hour of their baby’s  birth, and continue to breastfeed if it is an option until the infant is 6 months old. At that point, both organizations recommend introducing “nutritionally-adequate and safe complementary (solid) foods.”

But the WHO says “few children receive nutritionally adequate and safe complementary foods.” And according to UNICEF, “poor nutrition in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life can also lead to stunted growth, which is irreversible and associated with impaired cognitive ability and reduced school and work performance.”

Malnutrition and undernutrition are major issues in many developing countries, like Chad and India. Around the world, nearly 155 million children under the age of 5 are stunted, and 52 million children are malnourished, UNICEF reported.

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Good Health & Wellbeing: why Zimbabwe’s President Was Relieved of His WHO Appointment in less than 1 Week.

Last week, former Ethiopian minister of health and current World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom appointed longtime president of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe to a goodwill ambassador position at WHO.

Less than seven days later, Adhanom rescinded this appointment after critics in the international community voiced opposition to Mugabe’s poor record of respecting human rights in the country he has presided over since 1980.

Mugabe was chosen by Adhanom to focus on preventing non-communicable diseases. His role would have largely consisted of raising awareness in partnership with WHO, in a post lasting two years.

But, immediately after the initial announcement of Mugabe’s appointment, outcry from human rights activists and even governments swiftly followed. Those opposed to Adhanom’s decision pointed to a long list of human rights abuses by Mugabe, as well as disastrous health policies carried out by the Zimbabwean president.

Though human rights violations seem egregious enough to warrant the raising of eyebrows, Mugabe’s appointment seemed even more puzzling in light of the widely reported collapse of the Zimbabwean health care system that occurred during his time as president.

The Guardian reported in 2016 that a series of strikes, import bans, and economic crises wracked the health system so badly that only 30% of Zimbabwean hospitals were running at full capacity, and nearly two-thirds of residents did not seek treatment for ailments on account of exorbitant costs.

Considering that noncommunicable diseases are the leading cause of death around the globe, the controversy around Mugabe’s appointment seemed to detract from the important advocacy his role would have entailed.

“The government of Robert Mugabe has brutalised human rights activists, crushed democracy dissidents, and turned the breadbasket of Africa€” and its health system€” into a basket-case,” said Hillel Neuer, the director of the watchdog organization UN Watch. “The notion that the UN should now spin this country as a great supporter of health is, frankly, sickening.”

Since 2003, both the US and EU have enforced sanctions against Zimbabwe in response to the president’s “undermining of democratic institutions” and “serious violations of human rights.”

Human Rights Watch (HRW) reports that Zimbabwe has engaged in large scale, violent repressions of peaceful protests in response to declining economic conditions across the country. Impunity for police, and the undermining of judicial independence have allowed Mugabe to silence dissent by government opponents, HRW claims.

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Part 1 Violence Against Wo(men): OCTOBER IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (DV) AWARENESS MONTH/WEEK 2017. #DomesticViolence #Dvaw

Domestic violence (also named domestic abuse, battering, or family violence) is a pattern of behavior which involves violence or other abuse by one person against another in a domestic setting, such as in marriage or cohabitation.

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It may be termed intimate partner violence when committed by a spouse or partner in an intimate relationship against the other spouse or partner, and can take place in heterosexual or same-sex relationships, or between former spouses or partners. Domestic violence may also involve violence against children or the elderly. It takes a number of forms, including physical, verbal, emotional, economic, religious, reproductive, and sexual abuse, which can range from subtle, coercive forms to marital rape and to violent physical abuse such as choking, beating, female genital mutilation and acid throwing that results in disfigurement or death. Domestic murders include stoning, bride burning, honor killings, and dowry deaths.

Globally, the victims of domestic violence are overwhelmingly women, and women tend to experience more severe forms of violence. In some countries, domestic violence is often seen as justified, particularly in cases of actual or suspected infidelity on the part of the woman, and is legally permitted. Research has established that there exists a direct and significant correlation between a country’s level of gender equality and rates of domestic violence. Domestic violence is among the most underreported crimes worldwide for both men and women. Due to social stigmas regarding male victimization, men face an increased likelihood of being overlooked by healthcare providers.

Domestic violence occurs when the abuser believes that abuse is acceptable, justified, or unlikely to be reported. It may produce intergenerational cycles of abuse in children and other family members, who may feel that such violence is acceptable or condoned. Very few people recognize themselves as abusers or victims because they may consider their experiences as family disputes that just got out of control. Awareness, perception, definition and documentation of domestic violence differs widely from country to country. Domestic violence often happens in the context of forced or child marriage.

In abusive relationships, there may be a cycle of abuse during which tensions rise and an act of violence is committed, followed by a period of reconciliation and calm. Victims of domestic violence may be trapped in domestic violent situations through isolation, power and control, cultural acceptance, lack of financial resources, fear, shame, or to protect children. As a result of abuse, victims may experience physical disabilities, chronic health problems, mental illness, limited finances, and poor ability to create healthy relationships. Victims may experience psychological problems, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. Children who live in a household with violence often show psychological problems from an early age, such as dysregulated aggression which may later contribute to continuing the legacy of abuse when they reach adulthood.

In 1993, The United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women defined domestic violence as:

Physical, sexual and psychological violence occurring in the family, including battering, sexual abuse of female children in the household, dowry-related violence, marital rape, female genital mutilation and other traditional practices harmful to women, non-spousal violence and violence related to exploitation

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The term intimate partner violence is often used synonymously with domestic abuse or domestic violence, but it specifically refers to violence occurring within a couple relationship (i.e., marriage, cohabitation, or non-cohabitating intimate partners). To these, the World Health Organization (WHO) adds controlling behaviors as a form of abuse. Intimate partner violence has been observed in opposite and same-sex relationships, and in the former instance by both men against women and women against men. Family violence is a broader term, often used to include child abuse, elder abuse, and other violent acts between family members.

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Domestic violence can take many forms, including physical aggression or assault (hitting, kicking, biting, shoving, restraining, slapping, throwing objects, battery), or threats thereof; sexual abuse; controlling or domineering; intimidation; stalking; passive/covert abuse (e.g., neglect); and economic deprivation. It can also mean endangerment, criminal coercion, kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, trespassing, and harassment

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Food & Hunger: Is Nutrition a Feminist Issue? Here’s Melinda Gates Perspective. #FoodThatMadeMe

“Basically everything gets better when women are running the show.”

 

Feminism takes many forms.

And, according to Melinda Gates, one such form is apparent in the kitchen, the heart of many homes, where nourishment is given from parent to child.
Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Sam Kass, a former senior policy advisor for nutrition to President Barack Obama, spoke to Global Citizen for World Food Day about that connection.
Gates got right to the point, explaining why food and hunger is also a feminist issue.
“Worldwide, women usually are the person at the centre of making decisions about what the family eats: what gets cooked, what gets served,” Gates said. “So her being empowered in that role to both know what nutrients are in food and what is available and what she might add to her or her family’s diet is incredibly important.”
“When you empower a woman and she has the ability to grow something different on her farm, it can make an enormous difference to her children’s health and her health, particularly as a pregnant woman, and have a generational effect on the kids.”
“Basically, everything gets better when women are running the show,” joked Kass.
“Pretty much!” Gates replied.

At first the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation didn’t think nutrition would be a priority for them, Gates said. But as they began work delving into the issues with global health, they quickly understood that everything was connected. In particular, Gates points to pneumonia and malaria as specific examples of diseases where positive nutrition can often be the best form of protection.
“If you have a healthy immune system, which starts with having good nutrition, you’re less likely to get those diseases,” Gates said. “That underpinning of good nutrition actually accounts for about half of global health.”
Nutrition is the vital first step to achieving the majority of the Global Goals. Gates has committed her whole life to this mission, and feels intimately connected to it from her own personal experience. Case in point: creating an environment where every woman can have a healthy pregnancy.
“Pregnant women having access to the right nutrients is just vital,” Gates said. “I will tell you: I was hungry all the time when I was pregnant. I was just constantly eating and trying to put the right things in my body. But also if you’re well fed it does help with the fatigue issues. I cannot imagine being iron deficient and pregnant…. You feel like you just can’t go on.”
Unfortunately this exhaustion is a reality for a millions of women all over the world. But positive nutrition can change the game: it can offer the option of exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months of infancy, which in turn can drive down infant mortality rates.

The Italian government is leading a nutrition summit in Milan on November 4, where political commitments are set to be announced that will accelerate progress towards completing the second Global Goal. Gates told Kass that every issue will be on the table — and will be an opportunity to bring men into the conversation too.
Gates closed by asking Kass what inspired his work.
“Originally, when I was a young chef, I just wanted to see the world,” said Kass. “I loved food — it’s a language that’s universal. But when I started to dig into it, most of the big challenges that we’re facing comes back to what we’re eating and how we’re producing it.”

It’s in that universal language that we must speak now — to everybody, everywhere. Nutrition is far too important to fluff our lines.

GOOD HEALTH & WELL-BEING: October 15 is Global Hand washing Day 2017 “Our Hands, Our Future!”

About Global Handwashing Day

 

Global Hand washing Day is an annual global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of hand washing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.

Celebrated annually on October 15, Global Handwashing Day was founded by the Global Handwashing Partnership, and is an opportunity to design, test, and replicate creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands with soap at critical times.

Global Handwashing Day is designed to:

  • Foster and support a global and local culture of handwashing with soap
  • Shine a spotlight on the state of handwashing around the world
  • Raise awareness about the benefits of handwashing with soap

HISTORY

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The first Global Handwashing Day was held in 2008, when over 120 million children around the world washed their hands with soap in more than 70 countries. Since 2008, community and national leaders have used Global Handwashing Day to spread the word about handwashing, build sinks and tippy taps, and demonstrate the simplicity and value of clean hands.  Each year, over 200 million people are involved in celebrations in over 100 countries around the world. Global Handwashing Day is endorsed by a wide array of governments, international institutions, civil society organizations, NGOs, private companies, and individuals.

The 2017 Global Handwashing Day theme is “Our hands, our future!” This theme reminds us that handwashing protects our own health, but also allows us to build our own futures, as well as those of our communities, and the world. Because handwashing is an affordable, effective way to achieve these goals, by having the power to improve access to education for children, protect the health of patients and communities, and reduce inequities. Promoting the benefits and practice of handwashing with soap, as well as fostering access to and improving hygiene facilities, will help us work towards a future where that potential is realized.

No matter what your role, you can celebrate Global Handwashing Day. This website is the central repository for all the tools necessary to make your event a success!

Handwashing with soap is an easy, effective, and affordable do-it-yourself protection that prevents infections and saves lives.

About Handwashing

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Handwashing with Soap is Easy

Everyone can protect themselves, their families, and their communities through handwashing with soap. It requires few resources—just soap and a small amount of water—yet the benefits are huge.

Handwashing with Soap is Effective

When handwashing with soap is practiced regularly at key times, such as after using the toilet or before contact with food, it can dramatically reduce the risk of diarrhea and pneumonia, which can cause serious illness and death. Handwashing with soap also helps prevent the spread of other infections such as influenza and Ebola.

Handwashing with Soap is Affordable

Cost is not the principal barrier to handwashing with soap. Almost everyone in the world can afford multipurpose bar soap, or detergent to make soapy water, though recent surveys have found a soap access equity gap, meaning the world’s poorest households are less likely to have access to soap. Furthermore households which do have access to soap commonly use it for laundry, dishwashing or bathing, rather than for handwashing. Investments in handwashing promotion are very cost effective, and can also maximize the health benefits of other interventions from access to clean water and sanitation infrastructure to nutrition promotion.