April 7th is World Health Day

April 7th is World Health Day. The day, which is celebrated under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO), is an annual event to draw attention to particular priorities in global health. This year’s topic highlights the serious and increasing threat of vector-borne diseases with the theme ‘Small Bite: Big Threat”. Vector-borne diseases are illnesses caused by pathogens and parasites in human populations, the most commonly known vectors being mosquitoes, sandflies and other bugs. The most deadly vector-borne disease is malaria, while the world’s fastest growing vector-borne disease is dengue. This year’s campaign seeks to raise awareness about vector-borne diseases and to encourage communities to take action to inform and protect themselves.

Read more:  World Health Day – Small Bite: Big Threat

The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) has announced a new initiative called ‘Partnering with Patients and Families for Quality Improvement’. CFHI will provide funding and support to Canadian healthcare organizations which are committed to engaging patients and families to improve patient care. Through this valued feedback, the organizations can then make improvements in patient-provider communications and ultimately, improvements in patient experience. This collaboration is one example of the importance of involving patients in their own care.

About the collaborative: Partnering with Patients and Families for Quality Improvement

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A new campaign aimed at developing a healthy dialogue between doctors and patients was also launched this week. The Choosing Wisely Canada campaign seeks to help encourage conversations about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures to help patients and physicians make smart care choices together. The first phase of the campaign released lists of 40 tests, treatments and procedures that patients do not need in all circumstances. The campaign is supported by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) as well as other national speciality societies representing physicians, patients and accrediting bodies.

To read more: www.choosingwiselycanada.org