The aim of this article is to show how a life-course approach can be extended to all health topics, age groups and countries by building on a synthesis of existing scientific evidence, experience in different countries and advances in health strategies and programmes. Aligned with the Sustainable Developmental Goals and Universal Health Coverage, a life-course approach can facilitate the integration of individual, social, economic and environmental considerations. Read More
Reproduced from: http://www.who.int/healthpromotion/conferences/9gchp/resources/en/ World Health Organization Published on Nov 21, 2016 The 9th Global conference on health promotion opened on 21 November 2016, placing particular focus on the role of advancing health as part of the United Nations Development Agenda 2030. The Conference’s three main themes werer good governance, healthy cities and health literacy for health… Read More
EAT Published on Jun 11, 2018 Amid increasing willingness to transform the global food system and the capacity to feed a growing world population edging towards 10 billion people, Johan Rocsktröm and Sania Nishtar warn of troubling trends. Johan Rockström’s struggle with a hoarse and much reduced voice became a fitting reflection of the state… Read More
Over the past two decades of my study of and my practice in medicine, I have always been perplexed by the disconnect between the principle and the application of the proverb, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Given the meteoric rise of non-communicable physical, mental and social diseases and the cost of their treatment and their burden to society, I would have guessed that policy makers would have made health promotion and disease prevention a top priority, and resources locally, regionally and internationally would have been invested in elucidating the determinants of health promotion and disease prevention and implementing the wisdom of that enlightenment.
Truth be told, much has been discovered over the past decade on adverse childhood experiences and the long-lasting effects on physical, mental and social diseases. Also Sir Michael Marmot and his collaborators have investigated the social determinants of health and have shown unequivocally that social gradients of inequality in terms of access to the basic means of life growth and development does in fact affect life expectancies and disability-adjusted-life-years. Given this trove of empirical data to guide our policy and decision makers, one would have thought that major steps would have been taken at the local, regional and international levels to remedy the social deficiencies in our homes, our schools and workplace environments. This would then serve to minimize adverse childhood experiences, (in addition to the adverse experiences of the adolescents, adults and the elderly) and would also serve to optimize the social, economic and political environments to produce enabling policies that would inform and encourage healthier lifestyles and behaviours. Read More