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Posted on 21/05/2013 by
In their case report from Kolkata, India, Drs Annamma, Raju and Sundar Rao, conclude: “We are unlikely to succeed in overcoming stigma using the same tools, such as awareness programmes and Information Education Communication. The case described demonstrates that effective models and new tools are urgently needed to address these issues otherwise our best efforts of combating leprosy will only achieve slow progress.. Urgent concerted and focused research is needed to address this issue comprehensively if the problem of leprosy is to be solved.”
Posted on 21/05/2013 by
In her address on the opening day of the 66th World Health Assembly, 20th May 2013, Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, covered a wide range of health issues that have to be tackled if universal health coverage for all is to be advanced. Referring to current troubled times of political, job and financial insecurity and climate change Dr Chan stressed: “Health contributes to and benefits from sustainable development and is a measurable indicator of the success of all other development policies. Investing in health of people is a smart strategy for poverty alleviation.”
Posted on 09/05/2013 by
The Report of the Secretary-General on Mainstreaming Disability in the Development Agenda: Towards 2015 and Beyond is now available on the website of the United Nation’s Economic and Social Council. “It presents selected examples of advances made at the international, regional and national levels in mainstreaming disability in evolving policy frameworks for inclusive development. The report concludes that, in order to advance such policy frameworks further, follow-up strategies must be introduced at all levels and suggests elements for inclusion in such strategies. The report provides specific recommendations on action at the national, regional and global level to promote the effective implementation of the outcome of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on Disability and Development, specifying actions for Member States, the UN system and all other stakeholders.”
Posted on 26/04/2013 by
In a week garnering attention and action for the severe shortage of teachers in the world, which is hampering efforts to achieve Education for All, a goal reaffirmed in the Millennium Development Goal to achieve universal primary education for all boys and girls, ILEP emphasises that persons affected by disabilities and persons with leprosy and other Neglected Tropical Diseases are among the 61 million children currently not in primary school – and not only because of a lack of teachers.
Posted on 11/04/2013 by
WHO is calling for innovative health technologies with a specific focus on assistive technologies that allow those with loss of function to enhance their abilities, live independently and participate more fully in their societies.