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International Health News Update – August

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See below the latest International Horizon Scanning Report (link below) focusing on The cost of living crisis  (available in English and Welsh)

You can also find all reports published on the WHO CC repository and Public Health Wales publications page

Latest international resources are listed below:

Public Health Wales WHO CC

Public Health Wales WHO CC are delighted to share the launch of the decomposition analysis discussion paper titled Influencing the Health Gap in Wales: Decomposition Analysis Discussion Paper’ as part of the Welsh Health Equity Status Report initiative (WHESRi). The paper provides a snapshot of health inequalities in the years leading up to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, applying an innovative methodology, a ‘decomposition analysis’. It attempts to quantify the health gap in Wales, and to provide a better understanding of its main drivers across the five essential conditions (wider determinants) for healthy prosperous lives for all, using a novel WHO framework.

The decomposition analysis has generated insight into the drivers of health inequities, identifying those which contribute the most, namely ‘Social and Human Capital’ and ‘Income Security and Social Protection’; while ‘Health Services’ has accounted for the least. However, systematic differences are able to explain less than half (<50%) of the health gaps for the majority of the health outcomes, based on this statistical model. The paper, accompanied by an interactive dashboard, highlights the need for a basket of policy and investment decisions, prioritising the key drivers of health inequity, in consensus across sectors. Further exploration and engagement with experts, stakeholders, relevant groups and communities is essential to improve understanding of the health equity gap and its drivers.


The 2022 IANPHI Annual Meeting will be held on November 30-December 2, 2022 in Stockholm, Sweden, hosted by the Public Health Agency of Sweden. This year’s theme will be Pandemics, Conflicts, Climate Change: New Roles and Challenges for National Public Health Institutes.

In recent years, the world has faced crises affecting public health – directly or indirectly. The COVID-19 pandemic, conflicts, and climate crisis have had multiple consequences, including on national and global economies and on food security, with an effect on populations’ health and well-being, often exacerbating health inequalities.

IANPHI and its members have reviewed the impact of those crises and examined them through different lenses with initiatives such as the COVID-19 lessons learned exercise and report and the IANPHI Roadmap for Action on Health and Climate Change.

To address populations’ new health needs and support decision-making to protect and improve the health of the populations in the context of these crises, NPHIs have to go through a transformation.

For more details on registration, please click here

European observatory on health systems and policies

The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies published a special issue which compiles lessons learned from the COVID-19 response. An international group of experts and institutions compared the performance of 50 countries, mainly in the WHO European Region, and considered why some have managed the pandemic more successfully than others. The Special Issue stems from the work of the COVID-19 Health System Response Monitor (HSRM), a collaboration set up in March 2020 between the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, WHO/Europe and the European Commission. The special issue can be found here.

Find some suggested summer readings on health systems and policies here

A webinar on “Policies to overcome backlogs” will be held on 8 September 2022; more details and registration can be found here

A webinar on “Measuring waiting times and backlogs” will be held on 15 September 2022, more details and registration can be found here

For latest news and updates, please click here

WHO Europe

Health ministers and high-level delegates of the 53 Member States of the WHO European Region, as well as representatives of partner organizations and civil society, will gather in Tel Aviv, Israel, or connect virtually for the 72nd session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe (RC72), to be held on 12–14 September 2022. For more information on registration, please click here

For latest news highlights, please click here.

Regions for Health Network (RHN):

Please find attached the latest Healthy Settings Quarterly newsletter spanning July – September 2022.


For a heat wave probability map for European countries, please click here

WHO International

For latest news highlights, please click here

NHS Confederation:

To access and register for their upcoming webinars, click here.

Oxford journals:

A collection of reports and articles addressing ‘Health Equity: Social Determinants of Health’ can be found here

British Medical Journal:

Please visit their COVID Hub for updated guidance, research, and insights from around the world.

The Lancet:

Please see their latest journal here.

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