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  • Reply to: One Health Approach is Critical to De-risk Human, Animal and Environmental Health   1 week 3 days ago

    Thank you Juergen and colleagues for this blog. The One Health approach is an extraordinary opportunity for the World Bank Group lead in the fight against pandemic diseases.

    The nature of threat posed requires the kind of collaboration that the WBG does best -- analytical and evidence-driven, multidimensional, public-private, veterinary health and public health. The WBG is not always the technical authority but has more than sufficient technical skills to draw on to provide the connective tissue between global and local expertise and help structure a global response.

    Disaster preparation is always a challenge -- never knowing precisely when investments made now will be called upon. But teams within the World Bank Group have the expertise, the experience and increasingly the tools to do this job. I hope that One Health Framework sees the WBG start to play its important role in preparing for and responding to pandemic disease.

  • Reply to: Preventable traffic injuries and deaths hold back the development of countries   1 month 2 weeks ago

    Dear Patricio,

    Excellent post and interesting report on a worrying problem.
    There are many factors involved in traffic injuries, and the problem is complex but can (and should) be addressed. However, I would like to take advantage of the occasion to point on one of the involved factors: prescription medicines.

    Alcohol and illegal drugs are well known causes of traffic accidents. But some prescription medicines are commonly used by drivers without taking into account the potential interference on driving. Besides opiates, psychotropic medicines (such as sleep pills, benzodiazepines, etc), some antihistaminic ingredients taken for allergies... TO my opinion, studies to quantify the risks, and awareness campaigns on this fact are also important.

    Congratulations!

  • Reply to: How blockchain technology delivers vaccines, saves lives   2 months 2 weeks ago

    Thank you for sharing this perspective on blockchain technology and its potential to improve pharmaceuticals and supply chain management in developing country settings. Supply chain management is indeed one of the most complex of the building blocks of any health system. Stock-outs due to poor quantification, procurement, storage, and distribution (particularly last-mile) are rampant in developing country settings. Blockchain technology is indeed a game changer in addressing these very chronic issues in supply chain management. I hope that the Bank can help to bring the benefits of this new technology to scale in developing country settings.

  • Reply to: The case for physical and mental wellness programs in the workplace   4 months 2 weeks ago

    Thank you, Patricio, for sharing this information and for the World Bank’s commitment to wellness in the workplace. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim’s recent comments about the importance of “investing in people,” including their health and education, is a call to action on behalf of the world’s future economic growth.
    Workplace mental health is absolutely a shared value proposition, with unmet needs felt not only at the national level in terms of lost competitiveness, productivity and wellbeing, but also at the corporate level in businesses of any size in terms of direct and indirect costs to employers. To help quantify this impact, One Mind Initiative at Work has developed a calculator that costs out the ramifications of depression to demonstrate to employers the business case for mental health promotion activities. Our research indicates for every dollar invested in workplace mental health, the return is three to five dollars!
    Oftentimes corporate leadership, while convinced of the evidence to act, remains at a loss for how to invest in mental health and have a meaningful impact. To guide them, we have developed a series of pillars for success. Among our best practices, employers should start with expanding access to mental health services through existing channels such as telemedicine and a collaborative care model. Employers should also call for value-based payment in mental health that incorporates outcome measures that speak to effectiveness of treatments rather than the cost of their use. Finally, employers must embrace the potential of digital tools and interventions to accelerate connecting the workforce to available services. One Mind Initiative at work has developed a charter for employers with a series of key commitments aimed at evaluating and implementing mental health initiatives. Please visit www.onemindintiative.org for more information and to use the cost calculator.
    Eliminating the stigma of mental health conditions, maximizing access to available services, and truly engaging managers as peer support specialists must be prioritized to fully address the negative impacts of mental health conditions on employers and put people in the workforce first. We believe each incremental step forward, and each demonstration of leadership that we make toward improving workplace mental health makes a difference – to the bottom line, to the corporate culture, and most importantly, to the employee who is now able to receive the support that he or she needs.

  • Reply to: Tobacco Tax Reform: At the Crossroads of Health and Development   4 months 2 weeks ago

    Great 'how to' article. The different interventions create multiple levels of inter-connectedness that help create the momentum to move forward. The section on building broad alliances resonates as a critical factor that is often not implemented with the same rigor as other interventions.