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To grow up healthy, children need to sit less and play more

New WHO guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for children under 5 years of age

Children under five must spend less time sitting watching screens, or restrained in prams and seats, get better quality sleep and have more time for active play if they are to grow up healthy, according to new guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO).

“Achieving health for all means doing what is best for health right from the beginning of people’s lives,” says WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “Early childhood is a period of rapid development and a time when family lifestyle patterns can be adapted to boost health gains.”

The new guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for children under 5 years of age were developed by a WHO panel of experts. They assessed the effects on young children of inadequate sleep, and time spent sitting watching screens or restrained in chairs and prams. They also reviewed evidence around the benefits of increased activity levels.

“Improving physical activity, reducing sedentary time and ensuring quality sleep in young children will improve their physical, mental health and wellbeing, and help prevent childhood obesity and associated diseases later in life,” says Dr Fiona Bull, programme manager for surveillance and population-based prevention of noncommunicable diseases, at WHO.

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Update: Factsheet on childhood, health inequalities, and vaccine preventable diseases

EuroHealthNet has updated and relaunched its factsheet on childhood, health inequalities, and vaccine preventable diseases, first published in April 2018. It covers the current state of vaccination and inequality, what action is being taken at international and national levels, and what else can be done.

Not all people in Europe benefit equally from the many advantages of vaccinations. Social and financial inequalities in society are reflected in immunisation uptake. Whether or not a child is vaccinated is influenced by wealth, parental education level, place of residence, and gender.

EuroHealthNet Factsheet on Vaccination - updated April 2019

Source: Euro Health Net – 19.04.2019

 

New measles surveillance data for 2019

New measles surveillance data is now available on the WHO website. This preliminary data is based on country reports submitted to WHO at the end of every month. Please note these are not official numbers as countries are still reporting cases to WHO. Through WHO and UNICEF’s joint reporting channels, official numbers are made available annually for the previous year in July. Current estimates for total cases and deaths are released in November.

Data from this summary should therefore be reported as provisional and clearly dated (i.e. “provisional data based on monthly data reported to WHO (Geneva) as of April 2019”).

15 APRIL 2019, GENEVA - Measles cases have continued to climb into 2019. Preliminary global data shows that reported cases rose by 300 percent in the first three months of 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This follows consecutive increases over the past two years.

While this data is provisional and not yet complete, it indicates a clear trend. Many countries are in the midst of sizeable measles outbreaks, with all regions of the world experiencing sustained rises in cases. Current outbreaks include the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Myanmar, Philippines, Sudan, Thailand and Ukraine, causing many deaths – mostly among young children.

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Women's Major Group Position on the 2019 Political Forum: Empowering People & Ensuring Inclusiveness & Equality

The Women’s Major Group (WMG) was created at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where governments recognized Women as one of the nine important groups in society for achieving sustainable development. The WMG is an official participant in the United Nations processes on Sustainable Development. Other processes use the major group or similar systems, with the WMG active in the processes of the United Nations Environment Program since 1996.The Women’s Major Group has the responsibility to facilitate women’s civil society active participation, information sharing and input into the policy space provided by the United Nations (e.g., participation, speaking, submission of proposals, access to documents, development of sessions).The WMG is self-organised and open to all interested organisations working to promote human rights-based sustainable development with a focus on women’s human rights, the empowerment of women and gender equality.

Direct Link to Full 85-Page 2019 Document:

http://www.womenmajorgroup.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/WMG-2019-Position-Paper-FINAL2.pdf?fbclid=IwAR17REqTMOzKoaJWsFoP29u0t6qbEyH8mP0oX3Xxm7GiFefdimrSt5eEgYQ&blm_aid=53141

http://www.womenmajorgroup.org/about-us-3/

Source: WUNRN – 18.04.2019

 

Gender Equality, Nationality Laws and Statelessness 2019

Direct Link to Full 11-PAGE UN Refugee Agency 2019 Document:

https://www.refworld.org/pdfid/5c8120847.pdf

Publication gives an Overview of Nationality Laws in the Middle East & North Africa, Asia, Africa, & The Americas.

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