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Discover the key findings of the 2023 edition of OECD Health at a Glance, highlighting the financial pressures on health systems, the impact of COVID-19, and the potential of digital health.
Persons with disability represent 16% of the world's population, with 80% residing in the Global South. They are disproportionately affected by natural disasters, climate-induced crises, and global health emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a concerning revelation, a recent study shows that girls, in particular, faced heightened risks, with the odds of self-harm presentations by female children and adolescents doubling in the post-pandemic period compared to the pre-pandemic era. The study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) by Elsevier has shed light on the significant surge in pediatric emergency department visits linked to self-harm and other psychiatric issues during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Eris variant, also known as EG.5.1, has emerged as a major concern in the United Kingdom as it now constitutes one in seven new COVID-19 cases, making up 14.6% of the total infections in the country. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) recently reported that the variant is the second most prevalent in the UK, having gained momentum within a short period.
In a bid to protect people everywhere from infection disease threats, through the power of pathogen genomics, the World Health Organisation (WHO) launched a new global network named International Pathogen Surveillance Network (IPSN).
The World Health organisation in its latest World Health Statistics reported over 759 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and nearly 6.9 million reported COVID-19 deaths globally up to March 11, 2023. However, the true toll of the COVID-19 pandemic is significantly higher as it has indirectly affected mortality through mechanisms such as disruptions to health-care services and changes in care-seeking behaviours,
Studies from the first two and a half years of the COVID-19 pandemic indicate that the influence of meteorology and air quality on disease transmission have been secondary compared to the influence of non-pharmaceutical interventions, vaccination campaigns, changing immunity profiles, introduction of variants, and behavioural dynamics. This comes up in World Meteorological Organization’s COVID-19 final report.
Children, whose lives went upside down during the time of Covid 19, should get greater priority now with the World Health Organisation...
Three years into COVID-19, health systems in most countries have started showing the first major signs of recovery, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).