Whether measured against international or domestic standards, the U.S. health care system could perform much better than it does. Findings of a new study have found that malignant brain tumors are the number one cause of deaths related to cancer in American adolescents and young adults between 15 and 39 years old, as well as the top cancer that occurs among those in the 15 to 19 years old group.
All of this reflects an awareness that what happens internationally and globally affects health security in the UK. It’s also apparent that the expertise based in the UK has much to offer the rest of the world, as illustrated by PHE’s successful efforts to give public health and science a bigger role within the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk reduction (2015-2030).
Reforming payment to reflect—and reward—the quality of care delivered will require simplified measurement systems, data collection that can deliver feedback in close to real time, and the ability for medical information to follow patients through the health care system.
If we are to rise to the challenge of reducing the prevalence of mental health problems, we need to be stepping in at these pressure points, taking preventative measures that can support people through times of difficulty and stop mental health problems from developing in the first place.
Although I fully acknowledge the challenges in the EMRO region, I would like to call upon clinicians and public health professionals in the UK to raise awareness, encourage testing for BBV and promote contact tracing and Hepatitis B vaccination as interim measures to reduce the risks associated with this ceremony.