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Q&A on Measles, the Most Infectious Disease Known

Measles has become relatively rare in the United States, thanks to very effective vaccine. A recent outbreak tied to Disneyland has shown that even among some doctors, knowledge of the once-common illness is spotty.

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Q&A on Measles, the Most Infectious Disease Known

International consultation on workers’ health coverage

Place: Semnan, Islamic Republic of Iran
Date: 28-30 April 2014

This three-day meeting will focus on interventions, indicators and service delivery coinciding with the International Day for Health and Safety at Work and will identify policy options, strategies, and mechanisms to scale up coverage of workers. The objective is to develop criteria and indicators for measuring the access of workers to interventions for prevention and control of occupational and work-related diseases and injuries. The meeting is also expected to draw an international road map and voluntary targets for scaling up coverage of workers with preventive health services.

Should it be a crime to harm an unborn child?

Many children in Australia suffer from severe disabilities caused by things done before they were born, but most are not entitled to compensation for the harm they suffered and there’s no law to prevent prenatal injuries.

Two current legislative initiatives (in New South Wales and the Northern Territory) are trying to address this issue – from two distinct perspectives. In both cases, lawmakers are considering giving legal status to the fetus.

These approaches risk calling into question decades of hard-won victories for abortion rights. A better way to enshrine children’s freedom from future disability is to protect them from actions that will cause harm.

“Sleep Texting” May Be The Newest Sleep Disorder

In today’s high-tech world, sleepwalking is old hat. Sleep texting is the new problem to emerge among a small set of snoozers.

Sleep texting occurs when someone sends a text message on their phone while asleep or half-asleep. It usually happens within the first two hours of slumber – often when someone conks-out in the middle of a text conversation.

“You’ll be texting one second and the next second you’re asleep,” explains sleep disorder specialist, Dr. Michael Gelb, in a recent report in The Atlantic. “But then you get a ping and the ping awakens you. It’s becoming more of a trend because the line is really being blurred between being awake and being asleep.”

ASHAS: Improving rural women’s health

In India, Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) form an essential link between the community and the health care delivery system. The ASHA is usually a woman with basic school level certification from the village, chosen by the community. They provide information, health education, basic care and escalate patients to secondary and tertiary care centres when needed. Each ASHA is responsible for around 1000 people and her capacities to deliver first-contact healthcare are kept up to date through regular and systematic training programmes. The ASHAs receive performance-based incentives for promoting universal immunization, personal support for reproductive and child health programmes, and sanitation initiatives, amongst others.

Suman Lata, 29 years old, is an ASHA in Nahri village, part of the Sonepat district, India. She has lived in the village for 13 years, and has been working as an ASHA for almost 6 of these. Sangita Rani, 31 years old, is from Khizribad village and has been living in the village for 11 years and working as an ASHA for almost 7. Suman studied education at university and Sangita completed secondary school.

Sangita’s prioritises visits to low-literate families in Kharwan to ensure early registration of pregnant women confirming, for example, that they receive and take folic acid tablets regularly. Sangita explains that she visits eligible couples and women who…

Promoting healthy habits among Pacific kids

Schools across the Pacific have been helping kids develop healthy habits that can last a lifetime. Health Promoting Schools (HPS) programmes focus on different healthy behaviours including healthy diet. Schools across Fiji, Solomon Islands, and Tonga have focused on promoting healthy diet and increasing access to healthy foods.

Health Promoting Schools in the Pacific

Health Promoting Schools (HPS) aim to improve the health and wellbeing of students through a “whole-of-school” approach. Improving health and well-being is expected to contribute towards improved student educational outcomes.

People can develop life-long habits during their formative years. Children spend as much as half their day in school, and some eat the majority of their meals on school campus during the week. As such, schools across the Pacific have been successful entry points for promoting healthy habits, healthy decision making, and protecting student health through HPS Programmes. Each HPS programme is uniquely tailored to the needs and capacities of each island and each school.

Promoting healthy diets for a healthy future

Patient-Friendly Version of the PG: Injecting Drug Users

HUMAN RIGHTS IN PATIENT CARE:A User-Friendly Guide for Drug Users.

The brochure is developed for people who use drugs and aims to improve their level of awareness on their rights while receiving medical care.

We believe that having enough knowledge on their own rights would be the first step to defend against ignorance or violations of those rights.

The brochure also brings important quotations of relevant legal acts and other documents.

You can download it following this link 97ceddd54b036b56180afef7b168c89f.doc

New York: Pass Condom Law to Protect Public Health

June 20, 2013 - The New York State Assembly should enact a bill that would prohibit the use of condoms as evidence of prostitution-related offenses.

Samvel Zakaryan: Growth of prices in medicine has seasonal nature

13.06.2013 - “In reality there are no such big increase in price. There have been increases with 3-4%. Some groups of medicines have been increased in price, but not all of them,”

Africa: Better Health, Better Human Rights

June 12, 2013 - New research shows that a highly effective way to control and defeat infectious diseases like AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria is by focusing on the most vulnerable populations. That has big implications for human rights.

Reproductive Health Restrictions Hurt Asian-American Women

01.06.2013 - The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Arizona filed a lawsuit today on behalf of the NAACP of Maricopa County and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) challenging a state law that relies on harmful racial stereotypes to shame and discriminate against Black women and Asian and Pacific Islander (API) women who decide to end their pregnancies. A version of the following piece by Zeenat N. Hasan, co-founder of the Arizona chapter of NAPAWF originally ran in Arizona Central on April 3, 2013.

Senate Panel Considers End-of-Life Bills

March 19, 2013 - A panel of state senators on Tuesday considered two bills that would take drastically different approaches to modifying laws regarding end-of-life care in Texas.

AIDS foundation accuses adult filmmaker of violating condom law

March 19, 2013 - AIDS Healthcare Foundation files a complaint to test whether L.A. County will enforce a porn condom law recently passed by voters.

A bogus ‘balance’ of health rights

01.03.2013 - The recent discussion of the Department of Health and Human Services’ contraceptive rules has left me worrying that even fairly well educated people are no longer up to the job of carrying on a reasoned debate.


14.01.13 - Both Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 and the Preamble to the World Health Organisation state categorically that health is a basic human right.This means all states and other authorities must do their best to secure the health of thier people.

Teens Need Contraception Prescriptions in Hand, U.S. Doctors Say

Nov. 26 (Bloomberg)—All U.S. teenagers should be given prescriptions for emergency contraception to keep on hand in case they ever need it, the American Academy of Pediatrics said.

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Laws and Health

Adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by General Assembly resolution 44/25 of 20 November 1989, entry into force 2 September 1990, in accordance with article 49


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