Suggested reading:

"#VaccinesWork... don’t they?"

Article published by: The Lancet Global Health

Despite the colossal accomplishments achieved in the past 100 years in vaccination coverage, a lot of work still needs to be done. Precariousness of health access in conflict areas and for refugees such as Rohingyas or Syrians and lack of funding in countries devastated by economical crises as Venezuela are surely priorities, but serious concerns arise also from the “vaccination skepticism” in well developed countries as Italy and France

To read the article

Suggested reading:

"Anthropology in public health emergencies: what is anthropology good for?"

Article written by: Darryl Stellmach, Isabel Beshar, Juliet Bedford, Philipp du Cros, Beverley Stringer

Published by: MBJ Global Health March 2018

Paul Farmer, one of the fathers of medical anthropology, was maybe the first to address the leading role of anthropology for a comprehensive approach of public health issues.

In order to better understand and take action on the determinants of health it is essential to consider social factors as well as human behaviours  and an anthropologist analysis on those elements might be crucial.

Nowadays is becoming clear that it needs to be extended also to the management of public health emergencies.

To read the article

Suggested reading:

Double-duty actions for ending malnutrition within a decade
The Lancet Global Health- May 2017

Article written by: Corinna Hawkes, Alessandro R Demaio, Francesco Branca

The purpose of ending malnutrition has become a real challenge for an increasing number of countries, since nowadays malnutrition itself often includes both undernutrition and obesity. A so called “double-duty” action might be a resolutive way of addressing this problem, facing the excess and the lack of an adequate nutrition at the same time and making sure that an intervention on one form of malnutrition does not accidentally increase another.

To read the article

pexels-photo-398532-2This brief note presents a few examples of successful health collaboration to improve healthcare in Arab countries. Considerable growth has been noticed in the past years in the health sector of the Middle East and North Africa region countries due to the need to address health service capacity gaps and improve the quality of health infrastructure. The rising population coupled with the aging demographic is expected to drive healthcare demand in the Arab region, augmenting its demand. In order to meet this demand, a lot of progress within the public sector has been made and several initiatives have taken place to create awareness of the most common diseases affecting the region. Among the steps undertaken in order to face the shortage of experience of medical personnel and the rising cost of the delivery of health services, the most noticeable ones relate to major investments within the realm of healthcare provision. However, country-specific drivers of disease burden should inform financial and research investments, prevention efforts, health policies, and health system improvement initiatives for all countries along the development continuum. Moreover, health gains will need to be sustained by supporting interventions on income, education, and fertility as drivers of health improvement. To read more

Suggested reading:

Research capacity building—obligations for global health partners
The Lancet Global Health- June 2017

Article written by: David Beran, Peter Byass, Aiah Gbakima, Kathleen Kahn, Osman Sankoh, Stephen Tollman, Miles Witham, Justine Davies

Investing in building a strong research capacity is the key to ensure a long-term impact in interventions in LMICs.
Creating a solid ground for research , by the improvement of local knowledge and training, guarantees that local solutions will be no longer decided from outside ( HICs ) but will be implemented from local providers and policymakers, with hope to reduce also the consequences of a “neo-colonialist ” model of acting.
It needs to be the future of global health interventions .

To read the article

Cooperating to improve healthcare in Arab countries

Article written by Davide Maged, Rita Maria Ferrelli, Alessandra Zorayan, Maria Luisa Di Pietro, Antonio Giulio De Belvis, Walter Ricciardi, Stefania Boccia, Adele Anna Teleman and Maurizio Sanguinetti

pexels-photo-398532-2This brief note presents a few examples of successful health collaboration to improve healthcare in Arab countries. Considerable growth has been noticed in the past years in the health sector of the Middle East and North Africa region countries due to the need to address health service capacity gaps and improve the quality of health infrastructure. The rising population coupled with the aging demographic is expected to drive healthcare demand in the Arab region, augmenting its demand. In order to meet this demand, a lot of progress within the public sector has been made and several initiatives have taken place to create awareness of the most common diseases affecting the region. Among the steps undertaken in order to face the shortage of experience of medical personnel and the rising cost of the delivery of health services, the most noticeable ones relate to major investments within the realm of healthcare provision. However, country-specific drivers of disease burden should inform financial and research investments, prevention efforts, health policies, and health system improvement initiatives for all countries along the development continuum. Moreover, health gains will need to be sustained by supporting interventions on income, education, and fertility as drivers of health improvement. To read more

Presentato presso l’Istituto Superiore di Sanità, il Master di II Livello in Global and Urban Health:” ecosostenibilità dei processi di aggregazione e determinanti di salute.”

a

Nella cornice istituzionale dell’Istituto Superiore di Sanità, e con la collaborazione e il patrocinio di numerosi enti e organizzazioni di settore, lo scorso 7 giugno, ha avuto luogo un interessante workshop su temi di grande attualità quali la salute globale e urbana, l’impatto dell’urbanizzazione sulla salute degli individui, la salute veterinaria e le sue ricadute sulla salute umana e, in particolare, una sezione riguardante la salute marittima. Numerosi i professionisti dei diversi settori disciplinari che hanno partecipato all’evento: un vero e proprio tavolo di lavoro che ha visto in apertura una Lectio Magistralis del Prof. Walter Ricciardi, attuale Presidente dell’Istituto Superiore di Sanità e a seguire un interessante intervento della Prof.ssa Maria Luisa Di Pietro, Direttore del Centro di Salute Globale dell’Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.

Il nodo centrale di tutti i contributi presentati riguardava la consapevolezza ormai sempre più evidente per tutti che non è più possibile ragionare circa la salute in termini esclusivamente regionali o locali. È assolutamente prioritaria una riflessione di più ampio respiro che sappia intravedere e proporre un approccio multidisciplinare in un contesto globale e che allo stesso tempo riconosca e agisca in direzione di un approccio olistico della salute umana.

Gran parte degli interventi hanno spinto su queste tematiche senza tralasciarne altre, quali la diffusa e massiccia urbanizzazione che, se da un lato, ha smosso flussi migratori verso i centri urbani attirando famiglie e persone grazie ad un maggior accumulo di benessere e accesso ai servizi con la promessa di un netto miglioramento della qualità di vita, dall’altro non può non interrogarci sulle enormi disuguaglianze di distribuzione di beni e servizi anche sanitari, con notevole impatto sulla diseguale distribuzione di salute e malattia nelle diverse fasce di popolazione.

Nel contesto di questa proficua mattinata, è stata anche colta l’occasione per presentare ufficialmente il Master di II livello in Global and Urban Health: ecosostenibilità dei processi di aggregazione e determinanti di salute, organizzato dal Center for Global Health and Research Studies, dell’Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.

Per l’importanza dei temi trattati, il nostro Centro di Salute Globale vuole offrire a tutti, i contributi proposti dai diversi docenti e professionisti intervenuti, e un video che il Prof. Hadji Christodoulou, dell’Università della Tessalia, pur non essendo presente a Roma, ha voluto comunque offrire come contributo e che proponiamo qui di seguito.

Master in Global and Urban Health: Eco-sustainability of aggregation processes and Health determinans

Locandina Master

The First Edition of the 2nd Level Master in “Global and Urban Health: Eco-sustainability of Aggregating Processes and Health determinants”.

In response to the increasingly widespread need expressed by organizations and exponents of trade associations (public and private), to develop innovative career paths to form highly qualified figures in the governance of organizational and strategic processes in the Public Health sector, Starting next December, the first edition of the II-level Master’s degree in Global and Urban Health will start: eco sustainability of aggregation processes and determinants of Health. The Global Health Center of the Department of Hygiene and Public Health of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart (Rome), led by Professor Marisa Di Pietro, has developed this new master that aims to provide the skills necessary to cover roles of responsibility Within the Department of Prevention, Epidemiological and / or Health Observatories, Public and Private Entities, Research Centers and Governments, with an extension covering the field of environmental and veterinary prevention and protection, and to integrate, With specific and up-to-date knowledge, the professionalism of those who have already gained experience in the field. The Learning Program, which uses the close collaboration between the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart and the applied experience of the University Hospital “Agostino Gemelli” in Rome, lasts two years and allows the acquisition Of 60 University Credits (CFU) of 1500 hours of training including frontal teaching activity, guided and autonomous study.

This year the Master will be offered only in Italian. However, based on demand it might be offered also in English starting from December 2018.

To read more

MEDU e CUAMM

by Alice Corsaro

volunteer-1326758__340“Medici per i Diritti Umani” – MEDU (Doctors for Human Rights – Italy) is a no profit organization founded by a group of doctors, mid-wives and others volunteers with the purpose of supporting most vulnerable populations with a health care support action.

Doctors with Africa CUAMM was the first non-governmental organization focused on healthcare to be recognized by the Italian government. It is now the country’s leading organization working to protect and improve the wellbeing and health of vulnerable communities in Sub-Saharan Africa. To read more

Obesity time

by Drieda Zace

IMG_20161118_143238Overweight and especially obesity are a growing public health concern worldwide. The prevalence of overweight and obesity in 2013 has been reported to be approximately 23% among children and adolescents in developed countries and 13% among children and adolescents from developing countries. Collectively, this represents an approximate 47% increase in the worldwide prevalence of overweight and obesity among children and adolescents between 1980 and 2013 To read more

Integration Service for Students with Disabilities and Specific Learning Disorders at U.C.S.C

by Roberto Bucci

library-922998__340In recent years the number of persons with disabilities and specific learning disorders (SLD) who choose to enroll at UCSC university is growing and it is expected that this growth trend will remain high in future years. Some students with disabilities require no special treatment, but many have special needs and because of their deficit and their personal problems, they need a valid teaching and administrative support. The world of people with special needs requires special expertise. Meeting a student marked by deep wounds in body or soul requires a valuable response that goes beyond everyone’s right to education..To read more

Contribution Of The Global Fund To Global Health Within The Framework Of The Agenda 2030

by Franziska Lohmeyer

2016-06-27 09.57.12

This event, organized and hosted by the Italian Istituto Superiore di Sanità, started with a great announcement during the opening session in presence of Beatrice Lorenzin, Minister of Health of Italy, Giampaolo Cantini, Director General, DGCS – Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy, Benedetto Della Vedova, Under Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Walter Ricciardi, of the National Institute of Health.
In order to accelerate the fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the Italian government increases its contribution to the Global Fund for 2017-2019 by 30%…To read more

Ricciardi 2

In 2014, the World Health Organization stated that Antibiotic resistance has become a major threat to public health. In fact, the WHO stated that “this serious threat is no longer a prediction for the future, it is happening right now in every region of the world and has the potential to affect anyone, of any age, in any country.”

For the first time, in 2015, the WHO decided to dedicate a week in the month of November to World Antibiotic Awareness.

Prof. Walter Ricciardi is a physician, accademic, actor, and Italian politician and is currently the President of the Italian “Istituto Superiore di Sanità”, Italy’s most important research centre in the field of public health. Prof. Ricciardi kindly shared his time to answer some questions regarding one of the most alarming issues within the scenario of global health: antibiotic resistance.

To read more

Di Pietro 2

Youth suicide is without doubt a very important and growing problem. In fact, youth suicide rates have nearly tripled between the 1960s and 1980s. Just to give an idea, in Australia suicide is the second cause of death among the youth, second only to motor vehicle accidents, while in the United States, it is the third leading cause of death among teens. However, youth suicide is an important problem also in devloping countries. For example, in India, one out of three suicides is committed by a young person.

Maria Luisa di Pietro, Professor of Bioethics at the Pontificio Istituto Giovanni Paolo II per Studi su Matrimonio e Famiglia and Associate Professor of Forensic Medicine at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Rome, took her time to share with us some of her thoughts on this difficult topic.

To read more 

A new Global Call to Action aims to engage and mobilize communities, organizations, governments, and individuals worldwide in promoting and securing Indigenous Peoples and local communities’ land rights.

“The goal is to secure Indigenous and community land rights everywhere.. Securing these rights is at the heart of building a just and equitable world. From health to education, participation to peace, growth to cultural diversity, Indigenous Peoples and local communities’ land rights are fundamental to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals to which our nations’ leaders have committed.

Life on Earth as we know it depends on the recognition of Indigenous Peoples and local communities as custodians of our planet.”

To read more