Health Current Affairs - 2019
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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) which publishes the Human Development Report (HDR), will release the HDR 2019 with its focus on inequality. The report would be released around the last quarter of the year.
HDR 2019 and Inequality
- HDR 2019 will provide a comprehensive picture of the many forms of inequality that are shaping the 21st century.
- The report will use a framework that looks beyond income and considers inequalities in health, education, tech and exposure to economic and climate-related shock and will look beyond averages to paint a more accurate and timely picture of the state of inequality.
- HDR 2019 will also seek to look beyond today by taking a long-term view of inequality and by identifying trends and making projections.
UNDP has acknowledged that today’s world remains deeply unfair. The life and prospects faced by a newborn in a poor country or in a poor household are radically different from those of wealthier children. In all societies, long-standing forms of inequality persist while gaps are opening in new aspects of life.
The world is witnessing both convergence and divergence in human development. For example, in many countries gaps have closed for example in access to primary education. But differences between children in poor and wealthy households are widening in both early childhood and quality of education. These inequalities will have lifetime consequences, especially due to the rapid technological changes which are likely to impact labour markets. This is just one example of why UNDP’s analysis of inequality will go beyond income, beyond averages and beyond today in HDR 2019.
Fourth edition of Partners’ Forum will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 12th December in New Delhi. The two day international conference will be hosted by government of India in association with Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and child Health (PMNCH). Total 1500 participants from across 8 countries will participate to talk about the improvement in the health and well being of women, children and adolescents.
The programme will be framed on the objective of Survive – Thrive – Transform. The forum is aimed to explore the findings of 12 success factors case studies which shows how the countries are working towards the improvement of women’s and children health. The forum will showcase learnings from six regions on six thematic areas:
- Early childhood Development – Germany and Chile
- Adolescent Health and Wellbeing – USA and Indonesia
- Quality, Equity and Dignity in services – India and Cambodia
- Sexual and Reproductive Health – Malawi and Malaysia
- Empowerment of women, Girls and communities – South Africa and Guatemala
- Humanitarian and fragile settings – Sierra Leone and Afghanistan
The global health partnership, Partners’ Forum was launched in September 2005 to reduce the child and maternal mortality, and improve adolescent, child, newborn and maternal health. Many countries around the globe joined forum to achieve the objective. Earlier editions of forum were held in – Tanzania (2007), India (2010), South Africa (2014).
The mission supports the global health community to work towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Goal 3 of SDG is to achieve good health and well-being for people.