News: December 2004 Archives

UN warns of crucial days ahead

Thursday December 30, 2004

As aid agencies struggled to cope with the scale of the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster, the UN today warned that the next few days would be critical in the fight to control potential outbreaks of disease.

The incidence of diarrhoea is increasing, but is no greater than would be expected at this stage of a natural disaster, David Nabarro, the head of crisis operations for the World Health Organisation, said.

"We remain really concerned about the situation," he said, adding that it was becoming clearer whether or not medical supplies were matching the needs of the areas affected by the disaster. "It's a normal anxiety that we have at this time, that we've got a clearer understanding of the needs but we've also got a clearer concern about the supplies," Mr Nabarro said.

Read more...Guardian Unlimited

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WHO assesses public health risks affecting millions in Southeast Asia

28 December 2004 -- The World Health Organization, together with national governments, is currently conducting extensive assessments of the situation in devastated parts of Southeast Asia. The health needs of the populations affected are immediate and substantial. Priorities will be to implement measures to prevent disease outbreaks, particularly water-borne diseases.

WHO: Latest Information

What WHO is doing

Exact count may never be known

By Scott Allen, Globe Staff | December 29, 2004

Counting the dead from this week's tsunamis in South Asia is a logistical nightmare, as relief officials contend with casualties spread across 11 countries, including many remote islands and villages whose exact populations were never officially tallied. Thousands of bodies are probably lost at sea, making them impossible to count, and relief groups say the government of at least one country, Burma, is not being candid about the extent of the disaster there.

The estimated toll from Sunday's enormous waves has climbed from 11,000 in the immediate aftermath to more than 52,000 yesterday, as government officials reached isolated places such as India's Chowra Island -- where two-thirds of the inhabitants are believed to have died.

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Disease outbreaks likely within days, U.N. official says

The Associated Press
Updated: 12:54 p.m. ET Dec. 29, 2004

GENEVA - The United Nations warned Wednesday that respiratory and waterborne diseases could break out in areas affected by southern Asia’s tsunami disaster “in the next few days.”

Although relief organizations are distributing medical supplies to prevent the outbreak of disease, the main focus is still on dealing with the wounded, said Jamie McGoldrick, an emergency relief coordinator of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva.

“Diseases will start to come through in the next few days,” McGoldrick told the Associated Press. “No doubt people will be affected, kids are drinking stagnant water.”

Read More...MSNBC News

American Public Health Association Adopts 20 New Policies

12/20/2004 1:35:00 PM

To: National Desk

Contact: Sabrina Jones of the American Public Health Association, 202-777-2509 or sabrina.jones@apha.org

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The American Public Health Association recently adopted 20 policies addressing a broad range of issues in public health from underage alcohol consumption and nutrition labeling in restaurants to the supply of flu vaccinations and threats to immigrants' health care. The Association also approved an operational measure in support of smoke-free cities.

The following are brief descriptions of the measures approved by the Association's Governing Council during its 132nd Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Nov. 6-10, 2004. The descriptions are brief summaries; full language of the 2004 policies is available at http://www.apha.org/legislative/policy/policysearch/.

Read more...U.S. Newswire

American Public Health Association Adopts 20 New Policies

12/20/2004 1:35:00 PM

To: National Desk

Contact: Sabrina Jones of the American Public Health Association, 202-777-2509 or sabrina.jones@apha.org

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The American Public Health Association recently adopted 20 policies addressing a broad range of issues in public health from underage alcohol consumption and nutrition labeling in restaurants to the supply of flu vaccinations and threats to immigrants' health care. The Association also approved an operational measure in support of smoke-free cities.

The following are brief descriptions of the measures approved by the Association's Governing Council during its 132nd Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Nov. 6-10, 2004. The descriptions are brief summaries; full language of the 2004 policies is available at http://www.apha.org/legislative/policy/policysearch/.

Read more...U.S. Newswire

WHO launches joint public health journal

Wed., December 15, 2004 Tevet 3, 5765

By Shlomo Shamir

NEW YORK - The World Health Organization is launching an Israeli-Palestinian journal devoted to public health issues, a WHO communique from Geneva announced yesterday.

Its purpose is to promote projects for improving public health in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, the announcement emphasized.

The periodical, entitled "Bridges," will appear every two months and include articles on public health matters by Israeli and Palestinian experts.

Editing and production will also be handled jointly by Israelis and Palestinians.

The first issue was published yesterday on the WHO Internet site.

Articles will deal with health issues of interest to both sides, and special principles have been established to ensure topics are presented in a balanced manner, the announcement said.

In keeping with these principles, the journal will depict the conflict's negative effects on both sides, priority will be given to highlighting positive cooperation and emphasis will be placed on human interest stories.

Article from: HAARETZ.com

Press Release: WHO Media Centre

Bridges

Monograph Reccomendations

Hello U of M Public Health Faculty,

Cindy Gruwell here, the Public Health liaison. I would like to ask for your assistance....

I am in the process of purchasing public health monographs for the library's collection. Although I have a number of items under consideration, I would appreciate your sharing items that you feel would make nice additions to our collection.

Of course I don't have an endless budget, but I do feel I could accomodate most reccomendations.

I am also taking reccomendations for the Public Health Blog. Please feel free to share your comments.

Please contact me at either gruwell@umn.edu or by phone at:626-3995.

Thank you,

Cindy

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Health, United States, 2004

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