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Anti-smoking legislation reduces serious respiratory tract infections in children

Anti-smoking legislation has led to a demonstrable reduction in the number of children being admitted to hospital with respiratory tract infections. This was shown in a study conducted by Jasper Been, paediatrician at Maastricht UMC+. The researcher, who also works at Edinburgh University and Erasmus MC, examined how anti-smoking legislation has affected child health in […]

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Stock market losses negatively affect consumer behaviour of individual investors

After losing money with the shares of a particular company, individual investors are unlikely to buy that particular product or service again. Although investment results appear to have little to do with how satisfied a customer is with a company’s product, stock market losses do tend to diminish customer satisfaction and customer loyalty in the […]

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Germany launches its global health strategy

On July 10th, 2013 the German government launched its global health strategy entitled “Globale Gesundheitspolitik gestalten – Gemeinsam handeln – Verantwortung wahrnehmen” (Global Health Policy – Acting Together – recognizing responsibility). The goal of this concept is to make an active and consolidated contribution to solving the global health challenges of our time. As such […]

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Article review: Understanding how and why health is integrated into foreign policy – a case study of the UK Government Global Health Strategy 2008–2013

Michelle Gagnon and Ronald Labonté recently published an interesting article on how and why health is integrated into foreign policy. They did so by appraising the UK Global Health Strategy 2008-2013 through in-depth document analysis and 20 interviews with key stake holders. Their findings provide great insight into the reasons for why the British governments […]

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The 66th Session of the World Health Assembly

WHO’s Health Assembly, the world’s largest health policy-making body opened its 66th Session in Geneva with around 3000 participants from around the world. Major health issues to be discussed include: preventing and controlling noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancers and chronic lung disease; monitoring of progress countries are making towards the Millennium Development […]

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Globalisation, EU policies and the impact on the Dutch Health System

The following text is an excerpt from a background note entitled: Globalisation, EU policies and the impact on the Dutch Health System, written by Remco van de Pas, global health advocate from Stichting Wemos, The Netherlands. The background document was used to inform a debate on 09 April on globalisation and the Dutch health system, […]

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Apply now: Executive Course on Global Health Diplomacy

The Global Health Programme at the Graduate Institute in Geneva is offering an intensive five-day course on Global Health Diplomacy. The course is offered in response to an increasing demand for new skills, as health moves beyond its purely technical realm to become an ever more critical element in foreign policy, security policy and trade […]

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Congress summary: Global Health Governance at the European Health Forum Gastein

Global Health Governance was one of the key topics during last year’s European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG). The EHFG is the leading health policy event in the EU and it provides a major platform for decision-makers from public health & health care. The official congress summary has now been published and is available online. During […]

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What the Millennium Development Goals have accomplished

The following text is an excerpt of a well-informed article on the future of the Millennium Development Goals process, published by the Brookings Institution. The [Millenium Development] goals will expire on December 31, 2015, and the debate over what should come next is now in full swing. This year, a high-level UN panel, co-chaired by […]

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Global Health Diplomacy: Concept, Issues, Actors, Instruments, Fora and Cases

A new book on Global Health Diplomacy, edited by Ilona Kickbusch, Graham Lister, Michaela Told and Nick Drager, has recently been published. The book sets out defining principles for global health diplomacy and examines the current agenda of the field as well as relationships between the different diplomatic areas. Featured topics include: The legal basis […]