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  • 05/26/2015 - The World Health Assembly closed today (26/05/2015), with Director-General Dr Margaret Chan noting that it had passed several “landmark resolutions and decisions”. Three new resolutions were passed today: one on air pollution, one on epilepsy and one laying out the next steps in finalizing a framework of engagement with non-State actors. Delegates at the World Health Assembly adopted a resolution to address the health impacts of air pollution – the world’s largest single environmental health risk. Every year 4.3 million deaths occur from exposure to indoor air pollution and 3.7 million deaths are attributable to outdoor air pollution. This was the first time the Health Assembly had debated the topic.
  • 05/21/2015 - “The goal today is to strengthen the Structural Networks and thus the health systems of partner countries to reinforce the role of workers in the construction of universal systems geared for primary care. We also seek to bring some of the experience of the Brazilian government and this institution in education and management in health.” Those were the words of Joaquim Venâncio Health Polytechnic School (EPSJV/Fiocruz) Director Paulo César de Castro Ribeiro during the opening of the 1st Virtual Seminar of the RETS on the “Intercultural perspective in the Education of Health Technicians”, held on May 20 at the EPSJV, current Executive Secretariat of the Network. The Debate Forum of this Seminar is now open.
  • 05/19/2015 - On May 20, at 9:30 am (Eastern Time), The International Network of Health Technicians Education (RETS) is holding the 1st Network’s Webinar on “The intercultural perspective in Health Technical Training”. The event presented by teacher-researcher Ana Lucia Pontes* will take place in the Auditorium Joaquim Alberto Cardoso de Melo, the Joaquim Venâncio Health Polytechnic School (EPSJV/Fiocruz), and will be broadcasted online in Spanish and Portuguese. The targeted audience encompasses researchers, students and professionals in the field of health sciences.
  • 05/18/2015 - Since the Alma-Ata International Conference*, there have been discussions about the conception and implementation of Primary Health Care (PHC) systems in South America. The various models of comprehensive health care that have been adopted over the years in the continent are the highlight of the book Primary Health Care in South America, released by ISAGS/UNASUR last Sunday (17) during the meeting of the South American Health Council in preparation for the World Health Assembly (WHA), in Geneva. The publication is part of ISAGS’s Annual Operating Plan (AOP) and it resulted from an extensive work of mapping, articulation and consolidation of PHC experiences in the region. The study comprises technical aspects - such as management and health care methodology, workforce and financing -, as well as intercultural and intersectoral questions existing in the countries.
  • 05/15/2015 - 2015 is the final year for the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – goals set by governments in 2000 to guide global efforts to end poverty. This year’s "World Health Statistics" – published today by WHO – assesses progress towards the health-related goals in each of the 194 countries for which data are available. The results are mixed. By the end of this year if current trends continue, the world will have met global targets for turning around the epidemics of HIV, malaria and tuberculosis and increasing access to safe drinking water. It will also have made substantial progress in reducing child undernutrition, maternal and child deaths, and increasing access to basic sanitation.
  • 04/28/2015 - Current Executive Secretariat of the RETS, the Joaquim Venâncio Health Polytechnic School (EPSJV/Fiocruz) announces the onset of works to carry out an international multicenter study to identify and analyze the quantitative and qualitative supply of health technical workers training in different countries. Invitations are being sent to the Network’s institutions, but other educational and research institutions may also be eligible to join, provided they meet the established requirements and submit, no later to than May 15, 2015, the “Interest in participating in the Multicenter Study form” duly completed. 
  • 04/17/2015 - The World Immunization Week, which will be held from 24-30 April 2015, will signal a renewed global, regional, and national effort to accelerate action to increase awareness and demand for immunization by communities, and improve vaccination delivery services. This year’s campaign focuses on closing the immunization gap and reaching equity in immunization levels as outlined in the Global Vaccine Action Plan, which is a framework to prevent millions of deaths by 2020 through universal access to vaccines for people in all communities.
  • 04/16/2015 - From April 8 to 10, Panama hosted the 7th edition of the Summit of the Americas, whose central issue was: Prosperity with Equity: The Challenge of Cooperation in the Americas”. The event promotes the meeting of Heads of State and Government of the Americas to debate shared policy issues, affirm common values and outline strategies for national and regional actions in order to address present and future common challenges among countries in the region. 
  • 04/10/2015 - WHO’s new registration system will enable it to build a global roster of foreign medical response teams ready to deploy for emergencies. The Global Foreign Medical Teams Registry sets minimum standards for international health workers and allows teams to clearly outline their services and skills. This facilitates a more effective response and better coordination between aid providers and recipients.
  • 04/07/2015 - Unsafe food is linked to the deaths of an estimated 2 million people annually – including many children. Food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances is responsible for more than 200 diseases, ranging from diarrhoea to cancers.New threats to food safety are constantly emerging. Changes in food production, distribution and consumption; changes to the environment; new and emerging pathogens; antimicrobial resistance - all pose challenges to national food safety systems. Increases in travel and trade enhance the likelihood that contamination can spread internationally. As our food supply becomes increasingly globalized, the need to strengthen food safety systems in and between all countries is becoming more and more evident. That is why the WHO is promoting efforts to improve food safety, from farm to plate (and everywhere in between) on World Health Day, 7 April 2015.