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The documents below relate to key issues, progress and events of relevance to OxHA.
Health and climate change
19 Sep 2009 | Article published in the Lancet (19 Sept 2009) by M. Jay and M.G. Marmot: 'It will require a new mindset: that the measures needed to mitigate the risks of climate change and adapt to its already inevitable effects provide an opportunity to achieve goals that are desirable in their own right—the achievement of the MDGs in poor countries and a healthier, more equal society in the rich world and globally. Failure to agree radical reductions in emissions spells a global health catastrophe, which is why health professionals must put their case forcefully now and after Copenhagen.'
Global Alliance press release | 73.5 kB
14 Jun 2009 | Six of the world’s foremost health agencies have announced the formation of a landmark alliance to collaborate in the critical battle against chronic, non-communicable diseases. The Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (Alliance) is being created to support clear priorities for a coordinated research effort that will address this growing health crisis, now reaching world epidemic proportions. Work of the Alliance will focus in particular on the needs of low- and middle- income countries, and on those of low income populations of more developed countries.
Combating chronic disease
11 Jun 2009 | In an article published online in The Lancet on 11 June, Dr Betsy Nabel (Director of the NHLBI), Dr Simon Stevens (President of Global Health at UnitedHealth) and Dr Richard Smith (the initiative’s director) explain the development of, and need for, the NHLBI/UnitedHealth Chronic Disease Initiative, which creates a network of centres of excellence in low- and middle-income countries. There are currently 11 sites: Argentina, Bangladesh, China, Guatemala, two sites in India, Kenya, Peru, South Africa and Tanzania, Tunisia, and along the US/Mexico border. The article references the 3FOUR50 website.
From science to art | 31.5 kB
28 Apr 2009 | Presentation by Professor John Catford, 'From science to art: how are policy decisions made?', given at a seminar held by the OxHA Asia-Pacific Centre in partnership with the Menzies Centre for Health Policy on 28 April 2009, entitled 'Our [Australia’s] journey to being the "healthiest country by 2020"'.
Richard Smith summit 09 | 223.1 kB
16 Apr 2009 | Presentation on the UnitedHealth Chronic Disease Initiative, given by Richard Smith at the OxHA summit '09.
Mike Pratt OxHA summit 09 | 2.5 MB
16 Apr 2009 | Presentation by Mike Pratt on 'Physical activity', given in the session on 'The three risk factors' at the OxHA summit 09.
Rachel Nugent summit 09 | 884.5 kB
16 Apr 2009 | Presentation by Rachel Nugent on 'Donor response to chronic diseases in developing countries: analysis of trends and needs', given at the OxHA summit 09.
Jonathan Horrell summit 09 | 76.0 kB
16 Apr 2009 | Presentation by Jonathan Horrell, Kraft Foods, on the Business4Life initiative, given in a session on 'The role of industry' at the OxHA summit 09.
Ounces of prevention
08 Apr 2009 | Subtitled 'The public policy case for taxes on sugared beverages', this article by Kelly Brownell and Thomas Frieden in the New England Journal of Medicine 2009:1, concludes that 'A penny-per-ounce excise tax could reduce consumption of sugared beverages by more than 10%.'
Hungry for change? | 2.8 MB
20 Mar 2009 | This is the Which? 'healthier choices progress report 2009', reporting on a campaign that has been running since 2004 to facilitate healthier food choices.
Incentives for prevention
19 Mar 2009 | This paper, by Health England (the 'national reference group for health and wellbeing' in the UK) reviews some 'economic incentive schemes' that 'bring some of the costs from unhealthy activities (or the benefits from healthy ones) back from the future, or that reduce some of the benefits from unhealthy activities (or reduce the costs of healthy ones) in the present.' The review applies 'five criteria to help identify the relative strengths and weaknesses of different schemes: their effectiveness, their cost relative to effectiveness, their impact on equity, their feasibility and their impact on individual and local autonomy.'
mHealth for development
28 Feb 2009 | 'mHealth for Development: The Opportunity of Mobile Technology for Healthcare in the Developing World' examines issues at the heart of the rapidly evolving intersection of mobile phones and healthcare. The report, commissioned by the Vodafone Foundation and UN Foundation Partnership, was launched to coincide with the formation of a new alliance, the Mobile Health (mHealth) Alliance.
Policy and action for cancer prevention
26 Feb 2009 | 'Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention', published by World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) / American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), is a policy report that sets out changes that can be made at all levels of society to reduce the number of cancer cases. It contains recommendations for different groups, from governments to the people who do the food shopping for their families.
Deadly in pink
18 Feb 2009 | This report, 'Deadly in Pink: Big Tobacco Steps Up Its Targeting of Women and Girls', was issued by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. It warns that aggressive marketing campaigns aimed at women and girls in are putting health at risk, and urges the US Congress to regulate tobacco marketing by passing legislation granting the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority over tobacco products. The website includes the report, images of the tobacco marketing campaigns and video.
The prevention of CVD
15 Feb 2009 | This UK report was written by David Furness for the Social Market Foundation, a think-tank that argues that the NHS should take a more sophisticated approach to risk in trying to prevent cardiovascular disease. It presents a series of recommendations all aimed at improving the way the health services deliver preventative services.
Be active, be healthy
11 Feb 2009 | 'Be active, be healthy: a plan for getting the nation moving' is a publication of the UK's Department of Health. It 'establishes a new framework for the delivery of physical activity alongside sport for the period leading up to the London 2012 Olympic Games, Paralympic Games and beyond'. It 'sets out new ideas for Local Authorities and Primary Care Trusts to help determine and respond to the needs of their local populations, providing and encouraging more physical activity, which will benefit individuals and communities, as well as delivering overall cost savings'. According to the document, 'the NHS costs of physical inactivity for every PCT [Primary Care Trust] in England averag[es] £5 million per PCT every year'.
Promoting PA among children
29 Jan 2009 | This guidance from the UK's NICE, ‘Promoting physical activity, active play and sport for pre-school and school-age children and young people in family, pre-school, school and community settings’, is aimed at everyone who has a direct or indirect responsibility for promoting physical activity for children and young people. The recommendations relate to all children and young people up to the age of 18, including those with a medical condition or disability. There is a specific focus on children aged 11 and under and girls aged 11 to 18.
NICE: Physical activity for children
28 Jan 2009 | This guidance, 'Promoting physical activity for children and young people', is for all those who have a direct or indirect role in - and responsibility for - promoting physical activity for children and young people. This includes those working in the NHS, education, local authorities and the wider public, private, voluntary and community sectors. It will also be of interest to parents, grandparents and other carers (including professional carers), children and young people and other members of the public. It includes recommendations for schools, but does not make recommendations for the national curriculum.
Managing chronic conditions
12 Dec 2008 | Subtitled 'Experience in eight countries', this book edited by Ellen Nolte, Cécile Knai and Martin McKee 'examines the health system response to the rising burden of chronic disease in eight countries (Denmark, England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Australia and Canada). It provides a detailed assessment of the current situation, a description of the policy framework and future scenarios, as well as evaluation and lessons learned.'
Kicking bad habits: final report
08 Dec 2008 | This link is to the final report of the Kings Fund (UK) 'Kicking bad habits' project, entitled 'Commissioning and behaviour change' (written by Tammy Boyce, Ruth Robertson and Anna Dixon). Drawing on a series of working papers and seminars held in the first half of 2008, it assesses existing and innovative methods the health service can use to persuade people to live more healthy lifestyles, including providing information and personal support and offering financial incentives.