In a recent online article from the BBC back and neck pain are recognised as a leading cause of work days lost in the UK workforce. Almost 31 million days of work were lost last year due to back, neck and muscle problems, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Both the Work Foundation (www.theworkfoundation.com) and the Chair of the Bone and Joint Decade, Prof Anthony Woolf contributed to the article. “I describe suffering from musculoskeletal disorders as being like a Ferrari without wheels,” says Prof Woolf ”If you don’t have mobility and dexterity, it doesn’t matter how healthy the rest of your body is.”
To read the full article please click on the following link… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-26338889
The Bone and Joint Decade welcomes the launch of a new WHO tool to support the development of strong mass media campaigns for road safety.
The “Online library of road safety mass media campaigns” is a new resource for governments and civil society organizations.The library is intended as inspiration for those planning to produce their own campaigns by offering a range of creative ideas and concepts.
To read about the tool in more detail please click here
The BJD supports the draft WHO gloval disability action plan 2014-2021.
The draft action plan has the following three objectives:
- to remove barriers and improve access to health services and programmes;
- to strengthen and extend rehabilitation, habilitation, assistive technology, assistance and support services, and community-based rehabilitation;
- to enhance collection of relevant and internationally comparable data on disability and support research on disability and related services.
Across the world, more often than their non-disabled peers, people with disabilities do not receive the health care they need and have poorer health. People with disabilities are more than twice as likely to find healthcare providers’ skills and facilities inadequate; nearly three times more likely to be denied health care; and four times more likely to be treated badly. The WHO global disability action plan 2014-2021 seeks to address these disparities.
The plan will be discussed at the 67th World Health Assembly in May 2014.