Despite being vulnerable to many external threats, from financial to environmental, small countries have inherent capabilities to respond, bounce back and even thrive with innovative solutions.
The Malta Statement was a key outcome of the 4th High-level Meeting of Small Countries, held in St Julian’s, Malta, on 26–27 June 2017.
About the WHO Small Countries InitiativeIn 2013, the WHO Regional Office for Europe launched the Small Countries Initiative as a platform for countries in the Region with a population of less than 1 million to share their knowledge on implementing Health 2020 and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Its Vulnerability Index, developed for small states, is acknowledged as a seminal work in the field.
In order to decisively tackle and jointly address the commonalities of the problem, ministers of health from the 8 small states of the Region today signed the Malta Statement on Ending infancy fatness.
Comprehensive program improves measures of infancy fatness at society health center
BOSTON – A comprehensive program to reduce or prevent infancy fatness in low-income communities led to significant improvements in fatness-related measures among children cared for at a Massachusetts community health center.
infancy fatness Research Demonstration (MA-CORD) )at community health centers, in public schools and in WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children Program) offices in two Massachusetts cities.
Health centers already work to tackle the social factors that can interfere with families’ making behavior changes, and they have community health workers who can help link families to both clinical and community services.”
A professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, on July 1 Taveras will become executive director of the Kraft Center for Community Health at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Taveras says, “The MA-CORD intervention is continuing at New Bedford, and we’re hoping to spread it to other health centers along with local and national partners.
researches display strength of multi-level approaches to protect infancy fatness in low-revenue societies
Overall, the conclusion from these 3 studies collectively demonstrates the potential power of multi-sector, multi-level approaches to infancy fatness prevention in low-income communities.
In this issue of fatness, three papers present outcomes from the Massachusetts infancy fatness Research Demonstration Project (MA-CORD), a comprehensive, systematic intervention to prevent and reduce infancy fatness among low-income children ages 2–12 years old in two selected cities in Massachusetts.
infancy fatness rates are at historically high levels especially among racial/ethnic minorities and low-income families.
infancy fatness Prevention in the Women, Infants, and Children Program: Outcomes of the MA-CORD Study lead author Jennifer Woo Baidal, MD, MPH, et al.
The second MA-CORD study was conducted by Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH, et al.
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