Tobacco: A threat to development

No smoking

This week the World Health Organisation celebrated World No Tobacco Day. Each year the non-profit tackles this extremely real and truly global addiction.

2017’s theme is “Tobacco – a threat to development” and all efforts have revolved around measuring and inciting government measures as well as the general public to join forces and promote health and development of a smoke-free society. WHO explains that the campaign “will demonstrate the threats that the tobacco industry poses to the sustainable development of all countries, including the health and economic well-being of their citizens.” The objective of the day is to propose new measures the communities can make to actively contribute to confronting the global tobacco crisis. Tobacco is a threat that doesn’t discriminate against race, age, gender Read more

World Health Day 2017: Depression, Let’s Talk

The dark cloud of depression

On the 7th of April of every year the World Health Organisation (WHO) sponsors and promotes global awareness of a specific health issue and has been successfully doing so for the past 67 years. This special day also serves to commemorate the day this incredibly influential organisation was founded and to celebrate the success of their efforts since they began promoting well-being, preventative care and health in 1950.

The theme surrounding this day varies every year, from diabetes (2016), to food safety (2015) to healthy ageing (2012)[1]. This year, the organisation has chosen to shine light on one of the more taboo areas of health care – depression. WHO characterises depression as “a persistent loss of interest in activities that one normally enjoys, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities, for at least two weeks.” In addition, common symptoms also include: a loss of energy, a change in appetite, sleeping more or less, anxiety, reduced concentration, indecisiveness, restlessness, feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or hopelessness and thoughts of Read more