Paper of the month: Anaemia policies in sub-Saharan Africa
Submitted by NS Publications Team on Tue, 14/01/2014 - 10:43
Almost 50 % of children and adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa are anaemic, which has profound effects on their intellectual and physical development and their chance of survival. Evidence-based policies are essential in order to reduce anaemia, but as it results from interdependent factors there are difficulties in the development of cohesive policies for diagnosis, prevention and treatment.
The agri-food industry is the second largest economic sector in the EU, worth around €750bn a year and employing over 48m people. The recent horse-meat scandal has exposed weaknesses in the agri-food chain and has damaged both consumer and trader trust and confidence.
In response, the European Union has adopted a package of measures designed to strengthen the enforcement of health and safety standards for the whole agri-food chain, through a modernised, simplified and more risk-based approach.
Envisaging a public health system fit for the 21st Century, the Government has undertaken wide-ranging reforms through the Health and Social Care Act (March 2012). Local leadership will be at the heart of the new public health system, with local authorities taking on significant new public health functions for health improvement and health protection, backed by a ring-fenced budget.
With local authorities assuming responsibility for public health budgets from 1 April 2013, this symposium offers a timely opportunity to:
At Diabetes: A Call for Action, the key concerns surrounding diabetes will be addressed and discussed. The audience will hear from a line-up of expert speakers and have the opportunity to debate as to which policies and strategies should be recommended to government and how to apply in healthcare and beyond. Delegates will learn of examples of best practice and stories of success which can benefit their own organisations and most importantly their patients.
Tuesday, 23 April, 2013 - 08:00 to 16:30
Harrogate International Centre, North Yorkshire, UK
Diabetes is one of the biggest challenges facing the NHS. There is estimated to be 3.1 million people diagnosed with diabetes in England and this figure is expected to rise to 4.6 million by 2030. Along with the rapidly growing scale of the condition, the associated care and treatment costs are also alarming. In order to deliver high quality, cost-effective and efficient diabetes care, diabetes must become a commissioning priority.
Health inequalities 2012: priorities for commissioning and integration
This seminar will bring together policymakers and stakeholders to discuss the priorities for tackling health inequalities in the new policy landscape.
It follows recently released data from the UCL Institute of Health Equity two years on from the Marmot Review, which shows 41% of children are not reaching a good level of development at age 5, and that while life expectancy has increased in most areas, nationally, life expectancy has become increasingly unequal.
Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum and Westminster Health Forum seminars present an opportunity to engage with key policymakers and other interested parties. This seminar will be a timely opportunity to assess the next steps for improving dignity and nutrition in care for elderly patients in the reformed NHS and social care system, including discussions on patient experience and engagement, and the development of NICE quality standards in social care.