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Wednesday, 2 September 2015

UN health agency unveils sanitation and hygiene plan towards eradicating tropical diseases by 2020

27 August 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO) today announced that it is strengthening water, sanitation and hygiene services to accelerate progress in eliminating and eradicating neglected tropical diseases by 2020 that affect more than 1 billion of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations.
“Millions suffer from devastating WASH [water, sanitation and hygiene] – related tropical diseases – such as soil-transmitted helminthiasis, guinea-worm disease, trachoma and schistosomiasis – all of which affect mainly children” said Dr. Maria Neira, WHO Director for Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health.
“Solutions exist, such as access to safe water, managing human excreta, improving hygiene, and enhancing targeted environmental management. Such improvements not only lead to improved health, but also reduce poverty,” Dr. Neira said in the WHO announcement.
WHO outlined a global plan to better integrate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services with four other public health interventions to accelerate progress in eliminating and eradicating neglected tropical diseases by 2020.
“Targeted water and sanitation interventions are expected to bolster ongoing efforts in tackling 16 out of the 17 neglected tropical diseases, which affect more than 1 billion of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations,” according to WHO.
WHO also said that in 2015 more than 660 million people did not have access to improved water sources, almost 2.5 billion people lacked access to improved sanitation and more than 500,000 million lives are lost each year as a result of neglected tropical diseases.
Besides advocating for basic water, sanitation and hygiene, WHO uses four other key interventions in overcoming the global burden of the neglected tropical diseases. The four strategies are: preventive chemotherapy, innovative and intensified disease management, vector control and veterinary public health services.
The five-year agenda is in line with a World Health Assembly resolution, which calls for the formulation of a new, integrated WHO strategy including a specific focus on promotion of sanitation and hygiene behaviour.

Breastfeeding ,Call for stronger workplace policies for nursing mothers

Breastfeeding ,Call for stronger workplace policies for nursing mothers



In Maderia, Ethiopia, health extension worker Elsebeth Aklilu takes a break from counselling women and their children on best nutrition practices, to breastfeed her own 10-month-old son. Photo: UNICEF/Christine Nesbitt
3 August 2015 – United Nations officials are marking the annual World Breastfeeding Weekby highlighting the vital importance of a practice that gives children the healthiest start in life and the need to strengthen policies to promote nursing with stronger workplace policies.
The theme for this year’s observance, held from 1 to 7 August, is “Women and work – Let’s make it work,” which emphasizes the need for better support systems and policies to enable working mothers to breastfeed.
“We know that breastfeeding helps children to survive and thrive – enabling infants to withstand infections, providing critical nutrients for the early development of their brains and bodies, and strengthening the bond between mothers and their babies. And the benefits of breastfeeding last a lifetime,” said the heads of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Anthony Lake, and the World Health Organization (WHO), Margaret Chan, in a joint statement.
The statement points out that a recent Lancet study found that infants who were breastfed for at least one year went on to stay in school longer, score higher on intelligence tests and earn more as adults than those who were breastfed for only a month. Despite this growing evidence, only 38 per cent of infants around the world today are breastfed exclusively for even the recommended first six months of life.
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While breastfeeding rates have increased in all regions of the world, global progress has stalled. The World Health Assembly has set a global target of increasing exclusive breastfeeding rates for children less than six months of age to at least 50 per cent by 2025.
“To achieve this ambitious and very important goal, we need to tackle all the barriers to breastfeeding,” said Mr. Lake and Dr. Chan. “Governments should lead the charge by making breastfeeding a policy priority in national development plans, increasing resources for programming that supports breastfeeding, and working with communities and families to promote the full benefits of breastfeeding.”
Also, more must be done to overcome an obstacle that prevents potentially millions of women from breastfeeding: Workplace policies that do not support the right of working mothers to breastfeed their babies on the job.
Today, of the approximately 830 million women workers in the world, the majority do not benefit from workplace policies that support nursing mothers, and this figure does not include women working in informal, seasonal or part-time employment – often the poorest women in poorer countries – who may face even greater barriers to continued breastfeeding. This is not only a loss to working mothers and their babies. It is also a loss to employers.
Working mothers with adequate maternity benefits, including a breastfeeding-supportive workplace, report increased job satisfaction and greater loyalty to their employers. Breastfed children fall sick less often, so their mothers are also less frequently absent from work. These effects in turn contribute to higher productivity – ultimately benefiting businesses and the larger economies to which they contribute.
Recognizing these connections, the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) has adopted three Conventions to establish protective measures for pregnant women and new mothers – including the right to continue breastfeeding – and to promote feasible options for women who are outside formal work settings. Globally, 67 countries have ratified at least one of the three maternity protection conventions.
The UN officials stressed that more governments should join the growing movement and take action to implement these important protections.
“We know that breastfeeding improves the lives of millions of children and ultimately benefits families, communities, and societies. Our challenge now is to make breastfeeding work in the workplace, too. Together, we can help working women to breastfeed and reap the benefits for themselves, for their children, and for the health and well-being of future generations.”
WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding to begin within one hour after birth until six months of age. Nutritious complementary foods should then be added while continuing to breastfeed for up to two years or beyond.

Monday, 31 August 2015

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Thursday, 27 August 2015

No! Malaria ,If You Know! Malaria

Malaria

Cause

Malaria is caused by the protozoan parasite Plasmodium. Human malaria is caused by four different species of Plasmodium: P. falciparum, P. malariae, P. ovale and P. vivax.
Humans occasionally become infected with Plasmodium species that normally infect animals, such as P. knowlesi. As yet, there are no reports of human-mosquitohuman transmission of such “zoonotic” forms of malaria.


Nature of the disease

Malaria is an acute febrile illness with an incubation period of 7 days or longer. Thus, a febrile illness developing less than 1 week after the first possible exposure is not malaria.
The most severe form is caused by P. falciparum; variable clinical features include fever, chills, headache, muscular aching and weakness, vomiting, cough, diarrhoea and abdominal pain. Other symptoms related to organ failure may supervene, such as acute renal failure, pulmonary oedema, generalized convulsions, circulatory collapse, followed by coma and death.The initial symptoms, which may be mild, may not be easy to recognize as being due to malaria.
It is important that the possibility of falciparum malaria is considered in all cases of unexplained fever starting at any time between 7 days after the first possible exposure to malaria and 3 months (or, rarely, later) after the last possible exposure. Any individual who experiences a fever in this interval should immediately seek diagnosis and effective treatment, and inform medical personnel of the possible exposure to malaria infection. Falciparum malaria may be fatal if treatment is delayed beyond 24 h after the onset of clinical symptoms.
Young children, pregnant women, people who are immunosuppressed and elderly travellers are particularly at risk of severe disease. Malaria, particularly P. falciparum, in non-immune pregnant travellers increases the risk of maternal death, miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death.
The forms of human malaria caused by other Plasmodium species cause significant morbidity but are rarely life-threatening. Cases of severe P. vivax malaria have recently been reported among populations living in (sub)tropical countries or areas at risk. P. vivax and P. ovale can remain dormant in the liver. Relapses caused by these persistent liver forms (“hypnozoites”) may appear months, and rarely several years, after exposure. Relapses are not prevented by current chemoprophylactic regimens, with the exception of primaquine. Latent blood infection with P. malariae may be present for many years, but it is very rarely life-threatening.
In recent years, sporadic cases of travellers’ malaria due to P. knowlesi have been reported. Humans can be infected with this “monkey malaria” parasite while staying in rainforests and/or their fringe areas in south-east Asia, within the range of the natural monkey hosts and mosquito vector of this infection. These areas include parts of Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. The parasite has a life-cycle of 24 h and can give rise to daily fever spikes occurring 9–12 days after infection. Symptoms may be atypical. Severe P. knowlesi malaria with organ failure may occur, and sporadic fatal outcomes have been described. P. knowlesi has no persistent liver forms and relapses do not occur. Travellers to forested areas of south-east Asia where human P. knowlesi infections have been reported should protect themselves against mosquito bites between dusk and dawn to prevent infection and take the usual chemoprophylaxis where indicated (see Country list).

Geographical distribution

The current distribution of malaria in the world is shown on the map in this chapter; affected countries and territories are listed both at the end of this chapter and in the Country list. The risk for travellers of contracting malaria is highly variable from country to country and even between areas in a country, and this must be considered in any discussion of appropriate preventive measures.
In many countries or area at risk, the main urban areas – but not necessarily the outskirts of towns – are free of malaria transmission. However, malaria can occur in the main urban areas of Africa and, to a lesser extent, India. There is usually less risk at altitudes above 1500 m, although in favourable climatic conditions the disease can occur at altitudes up to almost 3000 m. The risk of infection may also vary according to the season, being highest at the end of the rainy season or soon after.
There is no risk of malaria in many tourist destinations in south-east Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America.

Risk for travellers

During the transmission season in countries or areas at risk, all non-immune travellers exposed to mosquito bites, especially between dusk and dawn, are at risk of malaria. This includes previously semi-immune travellers who have lost or partially lost their immunity during stays of 6 months or more in countries or areas of no risk. Children who have migrated to countries and areas of no risk are particularly at risk when they travel to malarious areas to visit friends and relatives.
Most cases of falciparum malaria in travellers occur because of poor adherence to, or complete failure to use medicines, or use of inappropriate prophylactic malaria drug regimens, combined with failure to take adequate precautions against mosquito bites. Studies on travellers’ behaviour have shown that adherence to treatment can be improved if travellers are informed of the risk of infection and believe in the benefit of prevention strategies. Late-onset vivax and ovale malaria may occur despite effective prophylaxis, as they cannot be prevented with currently recommended prophylactic regimens which act only against blood-stage parasites.
Malaria risk is not evenly distributed where the disease is prevalent. Travellers to countries where the degree of malaria transmission varies in different areas should seek advice on the risk in the particular zones that they will be visiting. If specific information is not available before travelling, it is recommended that precautions appropriate for the highest reported risk for the area or country should be taken; these precautions can be adjusted when more information becomes available on arrival. This applies particularly to individuals backpacking to remote places and visiting areas where diagnostic facilities and medical care are not readily available. Travellers staying overnight in rural areas may be at highest risk.





Transmission

The malaria parasite is transmitted by female Anopheles mosquitoes, which bite mainly between dusk and dawn.
Malaria is transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes by plasmodium parasite which is spread by Anopheles mosquitoes. They most commonly bite between dusk and dawn. Malaria can also be transmitted from mother to child during pregnancy.
Symptoms usually appear about 12 to 14 days after infection. People with malaria have the following symptoms:




  • Abdominal pain    



           
                  Chills and sweats      




·        Diarrhoea, nausea, and vomiting (these symptoms only appear sometimes)



·         Headache


·         High fever
                                           



·         low blood pressure causing dizziness if moving from a lying or sitting position to a standing position (also called orthostatic hypotension)
·         muscle aches
·         poor appetite

It can keep on continuing to
§  Deep breathing and respiratory distress
§  Abnormal bleeding, such as anemia
§  Clinical jaundice and organ dysfunction.

Treatment usually lasts for 3 to 7 days, depending on the medication type. To get rid of the parasite, it's important to take the medication for the full length of time prescribed by doctor.







Transmission depends on climatic conditions like


-   Rainfall – water logging give a push to mosquito breeding as mosquito eggs must be laid in water and mosquito larva mature in water. 




              


   





Humidity - increases the lifespan of mosquitoes, giving them more opportunities to carry malaria          infections from one person to another.

                                                                                      




Temperature that may affect the number and survival of mosquitoes. It has been seen that places at high altitudes or cooler regions, mosquitoes are less and hence, malaria cases are rare.



Deforestation can favour mosquito breeding combined with poor access to effective health care.   

       




Precautions Is Better Than Cure! 

Travellers and their advisers should note the four principles – the ABCD – of malaria protection:
  • Be Aware of the risk, the incubation period, the possibility of delayed onset, and the main symptoms.
  • Avoid being Bitten by mosquitoes, especially between dusk and dawn.
  • Take antimalarial drugs (Chemoprophylaxis) when appropriate, to prevent infection from developing into clinical disease.
  • Immediately seek Diagnosis and treatment if a fever develops 1 week or more after entering an area where there is a malaria risk and up to 3 months (or, rarely, later) after departure from a risk area.


Although malaria is preventable and curable; in the beginning, symptoms may be mild and difficult to recognize as malaria. If not treated within 24 hours, malaria can progress to severe illness often leading to death.
Although there are no vaccines at the moment for Malaria but we can prevent it by using




- Mosquito repellents creams to be applied on exposed part of the skin


            

 - Try to wear long sleeved clothes and light-colored clothing


                                                   
                                      
- Mosquito nets so as to prevent ourselves from the mosquito bites.




















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Friday, 31 July 2015

(WASH In School )Sanitation Kit & Soap Distribution In 7 Schools

(WASH In School )Sanitation Kit & Soap Bars Distribution In 7 Schools ,Soap bars is supported by Soapbox.
Awareness regarding water sanitation hygiene and menstrual hygiene workshop for girls were organized in 7 schools in Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh . We distributed sanitation kit and soap bars to students . Total 4000 Soap bars were given to students of 7 schools . Soap bars were supported by SoapBox

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Saturday, 4 July 2015

Jharkhand girl kills self over lack of toilet at home

DUMKA: A 17-year-old girl killed herself after failing to persuade her parents to build a toilet in their house. Khushboo Kumari, a first year BA student in A N College, Dumka, hanged herself at her Gaushala Road home Friday, embarrassed to have to go out to the fields for daily ablutions.
"Khushboo would insist we build a toilet inside the house. We built a boundary wall instead," said the teen's mother Sanjhu Devi, adding, "She'd often go to her grandfather's home nearby to relieve herself." The family owns a pucca four-room house with a courtyard but a toilet was never a priority.
Sripati Yadav, Khushboo's father said he planned to save money for her marriage rather than build a toilet.



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