Obese children to outnumber severely underweight by 2022 – WHO

admin   •   October 11, 2017   •   4107

One in five children is now obese or overweight.

Thin or weak children have long been the enduring image associated with poor nutrition in developing countries, while obesity is considered the curse of rich nations. However, a recent report from the World Health Organization (WHO)showed an obvious shift in this trend.

WHO released a report published in the lancet which shows that obesity rates among five to 19-year-olds Rose Tenfold in the past four decades, from 11 million in 1975 to 124 million in 2016.

In line with the observance of World Obesity Day today, the world agency offers recommendations of policy actions for countries to tackle obesity and overweight in young children.

“These actions are all feasible for all countries to tackle ending obesity and overweight in children. Countries will start at different places, perhaps in the schools, perhaps in the physical activity, perhaps in the public education and awareness and the regulatory and marketing, but all countries can tackle obesity through these six recommendations,” said WHO Program Manager Fiona bull.

The report said that 0.7 percent of children were obese in 1975, compared to 5.6 percent of girls and 7.8 percent of boys in 2016.

If the trend continues, more children and adolescents will be obese than moderately to severely underweight by 2022, according to the analysis of the weight and height measurements of nearly 130 million people – the largest ever epidemiological study, according to WHO.

“Being an overweight child or adolescent means you are more likely to be an overweight adult and it is also more likely to lead to early onset of conditions like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Overweight in childhood and adolescence also causes social psychological problems for the children themselves, more stigmatism, more bullying, less optimal school performance,” said WHO team leader Leanne Riley.

The study showed that there are now 124 million children and adolescents in the world who are obese and an additional 214 million overweight children and adolescent.  — United Nations Multimedia


Solidarity trial for potential COVID-19 vaccines to last 18 months

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 17, 2020

The solidarity trial for potential vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will begin in October and will last for 18 months, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

“The expected start, though we say that this is tentative because things might change, would be the 3rd week of October. The duration of this solidarity trial for vaccines would be 18 months,” according to DOH Spokesperson Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire.

The Health official also reported that the total approved budget is P89.1 million and will be funded by the Department of Science and Technology.

She also clarified that the budget is only allotted for the operational expenses as the vaccine manufacturer will be the one to supply the vaccines to be used in the clinical trial.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is currently looking into 34 potential vaccines: nine are under Phase III, while the remaining are under clinical trial Phase II.

The Health Department reported that 12 out of the 34 manufacturers are under negotiations with the Philippines through bilateral agreements.

“By doing this, we also increase our chances of having this allocation coming from these manufacturers because we have agreed to have the Phase III Clinical Trial here,” Vergeire said.

Vergeire also said the DOH is awaiting the response of the manufacturers to sign the Confidential Disclosure Agreement to begin trials in the country.

“All efforts are being strengthened. We can also access vaccines in spite of the different provisions of our law,” she said. -AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

WHO Solidarity trial para sa potensiyal na bakuna vs COVID-19, posibleng simulan sa Oktubre – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   September 11, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Inilatag na ng Department of Health (DOH) ang timeline sa isasagawang solidarity trial ng World Health Organization (WHO) sa bansa para sa potensiyal na bakuna laban sa novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Ayon kay DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, bago matapos ang buwan ng Setyembre ay tutukuyin na ang COVID-19 vaccine candidates na isasama sa trial at kung saan ito isasagawa. Nasa 34 vaccine candidates ang pinagpipilian para sa nasabing pagsusuri.

Sa Oktubre naman target simulan ang solidarity trial ngunit paglilinaw ni Vergeire, maaari pang magbago ang schedule depende sa magiging pasya ng WHO.

“Nagkaroon na ng meeting with the subtechnical working group for vaccine development kung saan, nagbigay naman ng mga updates ang WHO regarding this kasama ng team natin. Mag-uumpisa kasi una sa isang pilot site tapos, all the sites that were identified already, isasama na,” ayon sa opisyal ng DOH.

Maliban sa WHO, patuloy rin aniya ang negosasyon ng pamahalaan sa iba’t ibang kumpanyang developer at nagsasagawa ng pag-aaral para sa potensiyal na COVID-19 vaccine.

“Iyong Sinovac, yung Sinopharm, iyong kanilang confidentiality disclosure agreement we have already transmitted it to them, so while we have not received their response yet, we cannot say anything about the negotiations first because of the CDA,” ani Vergeire.

“So, hintayin natin bumalik sa atin yun with their comments and then we can finalize it and then we can give information to the public,” dagdag pa niya.

Una nang sinabi ng Department of Science and Technology na sa walong zone mula sa Metro Manila, Cebu at Calabarzon na may matataas na kaso ng COVID-19 isasagawa ang solidarity trials. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

WHO urges countries not to rely on vaccine; better COVID-19 response needed

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 20, 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) has encouraged countries not to just wait for a vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), but instead improve on the response in fighting the virus.

WHO Western Pacific Region Director Dr. Takeshi Kasai said he is optimistic about the development of COVID-19 vaccines; however, he still remains cautious. He then encourages the government of every country to further improve their contact tracing and testing when it comes to fighting the virus.

“Even if it can be managed and then develop safe and effective vaccines, production capacity will not really meet the demands coming from the entire world. I think what is important is we continue to improve our response and not just hope for the vaccine,” he said.

Kasai, meanwhile, assures countries in the Western Pacific Region, which includes the Philippines, will have fair access to COVID-19 vaccines.

The WHO’s COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) facility aims to monitor all vaccine-related developments.

“This is the initiative to expedite the development so that people can have a volume, that people can access the safe and effective vaccine. But not only that. This is the initiative to try to find a way to distribute the vaccine in (a) safe and fair manner around the world,” he said.

Over 150 countries are included in the said global facility which aims to distribute 2 billion doses of safe and effective vaccines across the globe. -AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)


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