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Bringing healthcare to hard-hit areas in Bangladesh




New funding appeal for unabating pandemic

New funding is urgently needed for testing, treatments, and healthcare workers protection in lower income countries

Climate change and its impact on lung health: a focus on Europe

Climate change is a health issue with particular effects on respiratory health. This research summarises the direct and indirect evidence that links climate change to lung health and maps out policy priorities to prevent and curb the effects of climate change on lung health.

Tackling adolescent obesity in Latin America: The cost of inaction in Brazil, Chile and Colombia

There are few global health concerns more pressing than obesity. Because of the associated comorbidities and broad economic impact of an obese population, this issue demands our immediate attention. The covid-19 pandemic has further highlighted this issue: Obesity was identified as a risk factor for infection, and in some places has been considered a pre-existing condition when determining vaccine access. Exacerbating the crisis is the alarming rise in obesity among children and adolescents.

World Lung Cancer Day

World Lung Cancer Day reminds us that lung cancer must be at the top of Europe's agenda every day.

Two-track pandemic

The end of the pandemic is a matter of choice

Enabling telemedicine for people living with diabetes: Focus on South Africa

The burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes has been growing in South Africa since the 1990s. Twenty years ago that rise was obscured by burgeoning morbidity and mortality from HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB), but these are now falling due to the health system’s focus on tackling them and the roll-out of antiretroviral therapy. There now needs to be a similar focus from government and the health system on NCDs, with a shift within the country from an acute care model to a chronic care model that is better suited to managing their growing burden.

Which covid-19 digital health workarounds should translate into permanent service provision?

Covid-19 has accelerated the implementation of digital technologies across healthcare systems. Here we look at a few recently completed EIU projects that focus on how digital technologies have been used to mitigate the challenges created by the pandemic but also have great potential to address current and future healthcare challenges.

Health literacy around the world: policy approaches to wellbeing through knowledge and empowerment

Health literacy improves lives and reduces health inequities. Building up people’s competencies and knowledge regarding health can empower them and boost their resilience, helping them in managing their health and wellbeing in complex healthcare systems. Promoting health literacy can boost the health of future generations and allow healthcare professionals and their organisations to better engage with people in a patient-centric way.

Telemedicine and diabetes care in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates

Executive summary

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are two Gulf nations witnessing an explosive growth in the prevalence and incidence of diabetes, having some of the highest rates in the world. According to 2019 reports, prevalence is as high as nearly one in five adults (18.3%) in Saudi Arabia and about one in six adults (15.4%) in the UAE. Telemedicine has been an important part of care in these countries’ evolving healthcare services to keep affected patients healthy and costs down. 

Covid-19 and diabetes: when two major health challenges collide

Find out more about broad digital readiness and digital diabetes tool use in Europe by checking out our Digital Diabetes Index.

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