Sufficient health personnel – Think with us about solutions!

Recently, Finland decided to be less dependent on health workers from abroad. A choice other countries, including the Netherlands, could follow. Europe will likely face a shortage of one to two million health workers in a few years. Such a crisis will have major implications for the availability of health professionals worldwide. This is stated in the report ‘Health workforce shortages and international mobility in the EU’, written by Wemos and her partners in the European project ‘Health workers for all and all for health workers’ (HW4All).
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A global perspective on healthcare is necessary and possible!

In the Netherlands, thousands of health professionals will soon lose their jobs. This is an alarming development. The Dutch population, including our health workers, are ageing. And the number of people living with chronic diseases continue to increase. It is very likely that, over time, a serious health personnel shortage will occur. Unfortunately, our current policy does not reflect adequate anticipation on these trends.
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Sugar: less is better

The World Health Organization WHO has drafted a new guideline to reduce public health problems associated with the consumption of sugar. The new draft guideline updates the current guideline, dating from 2002. WHO organized a public consultation in March 2014, inviting stakeholders to comment on the draft guideline.
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Health Workforce shortages and international mobility in the EU

Amsterdam/Basel, 10 March 2014: A report launched today by The European civil society project «Health workers for all and all for health workers» (HW4All) warns of an impending crisis in Europe which will have a global impact.
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Healthy Foods, Healthy Trade!

Wageningen, 21st and 22nd of February 2014. Two days, 800 people. 800 people who agree that there is something wrong in our food supply. People who are worried that unhealthy food with lots of salt and sugar is cheaper and more accessible than a crop of lettuce without pesticide residues. A contributing factor in this is trade, important for our economy and our income. But imagine if governments are not able to protect the public health interests due to growing commercial interests?
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Clinical trials industry Kenya: Realities, Risks and Challenges

As Kenya becomes an increasingly popular destination for internationally-sponsored clinical trials, Kenyan clinical trial participants could be at risk of ethical violations due to weak monitoring systems and a lack of scrutiny on the part of the local media and human rights and healthcare activists.
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Introducing our new colleague: Ella Weggen

Since February, Wemos has a new colleague. Ella joined Wemos directly from Brussels were she worked at the European Parliament. With great enthusiasm she shares her experiences about her new job and her passion for public health.
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Who’s afraid of NCDs?

At last week's Executive Board (EB) meeting of the WHO, the agenda items on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) passed at amazing speed. Possibly, WHO member states are saving their substantive inputs for an upcoming formal member state meeting in April. At a closed meeting last November, member states discussed the draft terms of references for a Global Coordinating Mechanism, an Inter Agency Taskforce and a set of indicators on the prevention and control of NCDs. Rumour has it that these meetings are closed to non-state actors to avoid industry lobbying.
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