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  • 01/31/2019 - 05:00

    Did you know about 1 out of 100 babies are born with a congenital heart defect and about one in four deaths in the United States is caused by heart disease? 

    February is Heart Health Month, and you can make a difference in your community by spreading the word about strategies for preventing heart disease. 

    These strategies include:

    • Making heart-healthy choices
    • Knowing your family health history and the risk factors for heart disease
    • Having regular check-ups and working with your physician to manage your health

    Learn more about heart disease and the ways you can get involved in this campaign at https://theheartfoundation.org

  • 12/01/2018 - 05:00

    36.7 million people globally are living with HIV or AIDS. Despite being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died from HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history. The theme of this year's World AIDS Day campaign is Rock the Ribbon. Rocking a red ribbon not only completes any outfit; it shows everyone – especially people living with HIV and their families – your support. There is no cure, and people still face ignorance and discrimination that can limit their opportunities, preventing them from living full and happy lives. HIV means you are more likely to live in poverty, and more likely to have poor mental health. World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and government that HIV has not gone away - there is still a need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education. 

  • 10/12/2018 - 19:05

    International Infection Prevention Week will be October 14th-20th and raises awareness of the role infection prevention plays to improve patient safety. Each of us—patients, families, and healthcare personnel—has an important role to play in keeping patients safe from infection. Do your part—and hand hygiene is key! 

    The 2018 theme for International Infection Prevention Week is Protecting Patients Everywhere. Learn more at the Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology (APIC) website. IIPW is one week of recognition, but infection preventionists are committed 365 days a year.

    October 15th is also Global Handwashing Day - a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.

  • 09/10/2018 - 18:56

    Did you know that in the developing world sepsis accounts for 60-80% of lives lost per year? Even though sepsis is the #1 preventable cause of death, it is largely unknown to the public and is poorly understood by healthcare workers in developing areas. In advance of World Sepsis Day, September 13, we are featuring some of the sepsis resources we have available, such as this month's Physician World Shared Practice Forum Improving Outcomes in Pediatrics: Lessons Learned from Pediatric Sepsis with Dr. Thomas Shanley

  • 05/01/2018 - 17:36

    National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale's birthday. Florence Nightingale was a trailblazing figure in nursing who greatly affected 19th and 20th-century policies around proper care. She was known for her night rounds to aid the wounded, establishing her image as the 'Lady with the Lamp.'

  • 04/27/2018 - 16:35

    Healthcare-associated infections (infections acquired during health care delivery) are common and are risk factors for developing sepsis, but they are also very preventable. Effective hand hygiene plays a key role. May 5 is World Hand Hygiene Day, and the focus is on prevention of sepsis in healthcare. 

    Sepsis is a life-threatening organ dysfunction caused by a dysregulated host response to infection. If not recognized early and managed promptly, it can lead to septic shock, multiple organ failure, and even death. It is a serious complication of infection, particularly in low and middle-income countries where it represents a major cause of maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. 

  • 04/24/2018 - 15:00

    There is no cure for asthma and allergies, but many deaths are preventable with proper treatment and care. Ten people die from asthma each day. Asthma affects more than 24.5 million Americans. More than 6 million children under the age of 18 have asthma. More than 50 million Americans have all types of allergies – pollen, skin, latex and more. The rate of allergies is climbing. 

  • 04/18/2018 - 14:42

    In 2016, there were an estimated 216 million cases of malaria in 91 countries (an increase of 5 million cases over 2015). Malaria is caused by Plasmodium parasites. The parasites are spread to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes, called "malaria vectors." 

    April 25th is World Malaria Day. The WHO joins partner organizations in promoting this year’s World Malaria Day theme, Ready to Beat Malaria. This theme underscores the collective energy and commitment of the global malaria community in uniting around the common goal of a world free of malaria. It highlights the remarkable progress achieved in tackling one of humanity’s oldest diseases, while also calling out worrying trends as captured in the 2017 World malaria report:

  • 04/18/2018 - 14:06

    Immunization saves millions of lives and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Yet, there are more than 19 million unvaccinated or under-vaccinated children in the world, putting them at serious risk of these potentially fatal diseases. Of these children, 1 in 10 never receive any vaccinations, and most likely have never been seen by the health system.

    April 24-30 is World Immunization Week. The campaign aims to highlight the collective action needed to ensure that every person is protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. This year’s theme: “Protected Together, #VaccinesWork,” encourages people at every level – from donors to the general public – to go further in their efforts to increase immunization coverage for the greater good.

    As part of the 2018 campaign, WHO and partners aim to:

  • 03/28/2018 - 13:03

    World Health Day is celebrated on April 7th each year. The World Health Organization founded the campaign on the principle that all people should be able to realize their right to the highest possible level of health.

    This year's theme is 'Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere.' At least half of the world’s population still do not have full coverage of essential health services and over 800 million people (almost 12 percent of the world’s population) spent at least 10 percent of their household budgets to pay for health care.