Western Health is the auspice organisation for Better Health Plan for the West. The Chair of the BHPW Steering Group is Western Health’s Dr Arlene Wake, Executive Director Community Integration, Allied Health and Service Planning.
Tomorrow (eleven October) marks a day of mourning and sadness to many Muslims across the world. It is Ashoura – a day which not only has sad connotations for many Muslims but also sees rising numbers of people making potentially harmful cuts to their body. The ‘capacity constructing’ side is harder to see at the central stage than in a well being facility, where the standard ‘teaching and mentoring’ approach is more acceptable. Better Labs for Better Health was launched in 2012 in partnership with the WHO Collaborating Centre for Laboratory Strengthening at the Royal Tropical Institute, the Netherlands.
To raise the profile of vitamin D deficiency, common issues must be addressed and universal solutions provided. While bettering entry to vitamin D supplements must be part of this strategy, there are worrying widespread pitfalls associated with an exclusively medical method. Although I fully acknowledge the challenges within the EMRO region, I want to call upon clinicians and public well being professionals in the UK to lift consciousness, encourage testing for BBV and promote contact tracing and Hepatitis B vaccination as interim measures to reduce the dangers associated with this ceremony.