HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Every birth and death must be counted

One of the most fundamental human rights is that everyone be treated with dignity and that each person matters--it is the tenet from which all other human rights flow. Another is that those who are most vulnerable deserve special protection. However, in many developing countries, vast numbers of children are born but never counted, and their health and welfare throughout their lives remains unknown.

In this month's PLoS Medicine, Lexi Bambas, former coordinator of the Global Equity Gauge Alliance (www.gega.org.za), an organisation that works to monitor to health inequalities and to promote equity within and between societies, argues that universal birth registration is a crucial step in reducing health inequities. Unicef has estimated that a third of babies born each year are not registered--many of these unregistered children have no legal right to health care, education, or the state's protection.

Bambas discusses the work of the new Health Metrics Network (http://www.who.int/healthmetrics/en/), a global collaboration focused on strengthening national health information systems, so that countries have better data for making decisions about health.

In addition to the tenet that each person matters--and so births and deaths must be counted--Bambas argues that there are three other key human rights principles that can guide efforts to reduce health inequities:

  • Everyone should have opportunities for health and the means to improve health, and vulnerable populations deserve special attention--this means that countries should collect and analyze information on inequalities in health status and the determinants of health among better-off and worse-off groups in society

  • Governments are accountable to the public, communities have a right to the information they need to make healthy decisions, and individual autonomy should be su
    '"/>


Contact: Paul Ocampo
pocampo@plos.org
415-624-1224
Public Library of Science
25-Apr-2005


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Every second counts for shaken babies
2. Everyone is entitled to a good doctor, says former GMC president
3. Maternal obesity prior to pregnancy associated with birth defects
4. Studies show antidepressants not linked to birth defects
5. Born to lose: How birth weight affects adult health and success
6. Exposure to mercury preservatives before birth is no higher in children with autism
7. Full-term, low-birth-weight babies at significantly greater risk for early respiratory symptoms
8. Drug therapy can reduce preterm births and decrease lifetime medical costs
9. Breastfeeding reduces risk of breast cancer for women who delay childbirth
10. Study links breast cancer risk to epigenetic changes related to race, smoking and birth size
11. Emergency Medicaid for immigrants goes to childbirth

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/19/2017)... ... 19, 2017 , ... "At your fingertips" electronic access to ... the Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN) have partnered to improve connectivity of this ... information exchange, DHIN stores and shares real-time health data for more than 2 ...
(Date:2/18/2017)... ... February 17, 2017 , ... CONTACT:, Glenn Vallecillos, MD, ... plastic surgeon Dr. Glenn Vallecillos experiments SculpSure, the hot, new, aesthetic, ... surgery has been centered around that idea that to achieve ones desired results ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... ... February 17, 2017 , ... While EHR data has ... introduced an innovative workstation designed to reduce nursing fatigue while enhancing productivity. Based ... Workstation offers a lightweight, highly mobile, multi-functional alternative to the limitations of handheld ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... ... February 17, 2017 , ... Empowering each person's mental functions, ... each and every seminar, session and class she offers. At the International ... which help energize creativity, focus mental functions, enhance athletic focus and skill sets, ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... ... February 17, 2017 , ... MAP Revenue Cycle Solutions ... Pilley has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer. , The need for ... a shift that demands the transition from pay-for-service to pay-for-performance models. By delivering ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/17/2017)... Conn. , Feb. 17, 2017 Arvinas ... of drugs based on protein degradation, today announced the ... receptor (AR) PROTAC during a poster session at the ... (ASCO GU) in Orlando, FL. ... to validate our platform and the potential of PROTACs ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... YORK , Feb. 17, 2017   Risperdal ... side effects allegedly associated with use of the atypical ... Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, where ... mass tort program. According to a notice posted on ... to convene a meeting on March 9, 2017 at ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... 17, 2017 On Thursday, February ... edged lower at the closing bell, while the Dow ... 20,000 benchmark. Moreover, five out of nine sectors ended ... yesterday,s market sentiment, Stock-Callers.com assessed the following Medical Appliances ... (NYSE: SNN ), ABIOMED Inc. (NASDAQ: ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: