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e-bulletin 36 – 7.4 Pakistan Lady Health Worker programme for responsive care-giving

Pakistan is among the 10 countries with the highest burden of children not meeting their cognitive potential by 5 years of age. Pakistan has poor primary school enrolment (6.5 million children are out of primary school), poor primary school completion and poor quality of learning (Pakistan ranks 113/120 countries for low literacy). Gender equality issues is a big problem in this country. Even having a girl child may be a reason for maternal depression and developmental difficulties. The National Programme for Family Planning and Primary Healthcare (often referred to as the Lady Health Worker [LHW] programme) provides an opportunity to...

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e-bulletin 36 – 7.3 The right to health of the Child

Large numbers of children all over the world face significant health risks, such as infectious and chronic diseases, malnutrition, injuries and the consequences of natural disasters, protracted armed conflicts and poverty. Every year, 4 million babies die within the first month of their life and almost 8 million children under the age of five die from preventable diseases such as malaria, pneumonia, measles and diarrhoea. These general statistics do not reveal the underlying inequalities in health between and within countries. One of the causes of the inequalities is that, in many countries, vulnerable groups of children have no or only...

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e-bulletin 36 – 7.2 Task Force HPH-CA Standards for Health Promotion for Children and Adolescents.

The Task Force HPH-CA (Health Promotion for and with Children of the International Health Promoting Hospitals Network) worked on the finalization of Standards and indicators on health promotion for children and adolescents in Hospitals and Health care services. The Standards and Indicators took inspiration from the concepts, guidelines and outcomes of the WHO Standards for Health Promotion in Hospital (2004) and from the Child Rights-based Approach developed by the UN Agencies (WHO, Unicef, Unesco). The goal of the TF work is to facilitate the measurement of the level of Children’s Health promotion in Hospitals and Healthcare services and...

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e-bulletin 36 – 7.1 Are cars the new tobacco?

Journal of Public Health 2011, 33, 160-169 Douglas MJ, Watkins SJ, Gorman DR, Higgins M. https://academic.oup.com/jpubhealth/article/33/2/160/1591440 Though this publication is seven years old, it has been receiving much publicity recently owing to the strong words used recently by Dr Tedros, Director General of WHO https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/27/air-pollution-is-the-new-tobacco-warns-who-head who stated that The simple act of breathing is killing 7 million people a year and harming billions more, but ‘a smog of complacency pervades the planet’, says Dr Tedros Adhanom   Rita Nathawad reviews the paper here. Are cars the...

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e-bulletin 36 – 6. ISSOP Trainee Group Report

Here are some highlights of what our trainees have been up to over the past few months: In order to better understand the professional background of those interested in social paediatrics, and what it means to them; we created an online survey. We are asking all ISSOP members to complete the survey at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BSBC6JJ   Logistics of the mentorship program are being worked out, with the goal to link mentors and mentees in early 2019!   Trainee, Dr. Guddi Singh has been involved in excellent community engagement work in a show that uses state-of-the-art technology to help us see what shapes babies’...

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