Duncan Selbie’s Friday message – 5 October 2018
I’m penning this week from Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, the place I’ve been attending an occasion that marks a brand new Worldwide Well being Rules (IHR) Strengthening Venture which shall be a partnership between our two international locations. The IHR characterize an settlement between 196 international locations to work collectively to strengthen international well being safety funded by the Division of Well being and Social Care UK Support funds. By way of this PHE shall be working with the Governments of Nigeria, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Sierra Leone and Myanmar to strengthen their IHR compliance. Nigeria is the seventh most populous nation on the earth with an anticipated doubling of its inhabitants to round 400 million individuals over the subsequent 30 years. It has lately overtaken India to have the world’s biggest proportion of people who find themselves very poor and so they have a excessive burden of infectious ailments the place enhanced public well being interventions may make an actual distinction. Central to future success would be the lately shaped Nigeria Centre for Illness Management, led by the good Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, who’s championing the rigour and professionalism that can drive ahead public well being requirements. Dr Ihekweazu is an exemplar chief who evokes all these round him. He acquired his public well being coaching in England and it is going to be our nice pleasure to proceed our work with him. By way of the IHR programme led by our Dr Ebere Okereke and coordinated in nation by Dr Olusola Aruna, we are going to work with NCDC on quite a lot of areas together with illness surveillance, emergency preparedness and response, public well being laboratory providers and high quality assurance, and workforce growth. I additionally had the chance to spend time with our groups from each the Nationwide An infection Service and Emergency Response Division who’re supporting laboratory strengthening and emergency planning. There’s already important mutual studying. You may learn extra concerning the international well being work PHE does in our introductory blog.
On Monday our annual flu marketing campaign begins with a selected deal with pregnant ladies, dad and mom of youngsters aged 2-Three and adults with underlying well being situations. The marketing campaign shall be one of many first to roll out beneath the brand new ‘Assist Us Assist You’ model. This brings collectively messaging on flu, staying properly in winter, NHS 111, pharmacy and prolonged GP hours and can encourage individuals to take care of themselves and to take advantage of acceptable use of the NHS. An enormous variety of companions shall be supporting this, together with, pharmacies libraries, prisons, nurseries, and plenty of extra so please do check out the assets obtainable on our Campaign Resource Centre. You may study extra concerning the new flu season in our Q&A style blog.
Being related to individuals within the lives they lead, the locations they reside and when on-line, and understanding how this influences the alternatives they make and the way this impacts their well being is the rationale why behavioural science issues a lot. Utilizing this experience might help design and consider insurance policies, providers (together with digital), and communications which might be centred across the people who use them. Whether or not it’s encouraging people who smoke to give up, making more healthy meals decisions simpler or decreasing the variety of antibiotic prescriptions, these sciences have a significant contribution to make. PHE, working with many companions, has led the event of a strategy to assist coverage makers and practitioners apply behavioural sciences to their work.
And at last, this week the Prime Minister introduced the lifting of the cap on native authorities having the ability to borrow cash to construct extra social housing. In her speech the PM famous that the housing disaster is the most important home coverage problem of our time. The Authorities’s response to calls from native authorities to carry the cap may be very welcome information and can allow native authorities to considerably enhance top quality housing for native individuals.