To mark World Obesity Day on 11th October, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a press release stating that the number of obese children and adolescents (aged five to 19 years) worldwide has risen tenfold in the past four decades. If current trends continue, more children and adolescents will be obese than moderately or severely underweight by 2022, according to a new study led by Imperial College London and WHO.
The study was published in The Lancet - it analysed weight and height measurements from nearly 130 million people aged over five years (31.5 million people aged five to 19, and 97.4 million aged 20 and older), making it the largest ever number of participants involved in an epidemiological study. More than 1000 contributors participated in the study, which looked at body mass index (BMI) and how obesity has changed worldwide from 1975 to 2016.
The website for the WCPT Congress 2019 will be launched shortly with the announcement of the members of the Congress Planning Committee, who will shape the scientific programme. In the meantime, save the date for this international event that brings together the global profession: 10 - 13 May, Geneva.
To view the proceedings from the WCPT Congress which took place earlier this year in Cape Town go to: www.wcpt.org/wcpt2017/proceedings. From here you can also access recordings of many of the focused symposia.
WCPT Governance Review
Earlier this year the Executive Board agreed to establish a project to review the governance of WCPT. It is anticipated that this will lead to the drafting of contemporary Articles of Association, which will be submitted to the WCPT General Meeting for approval in May 2019. To support and guide this work a Governance Review Expert Working Group (GR-EWG) will be formed. An open call to all member organisations was sent out in September seeking nominations and the successful candidates will be announced next month.
The second issue of the Cochrane Rehabilitation Newsletter was recently published: bit.ly/2iyhtm7.
Linda Woodhouse (former President of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association) is the WCPT representative and physical therapist Tracey Howe, Director of the Cochrane Global Ageing Field and Member of the Cochrane Rehabilitation Executive Committee, has been elected as internal member in the Cochrane Governing Board for a term of three years
The Cochrane Rehabilitation Field can serve as a bridge between all the stakeholders in rehabilitation and Cochrane. Cochrane Rehabilitation on one side drives evidence and methods developed by Cochrane to the world of rehabilitation and on the other conveys priorities, needs and specificities of rehabilitation to Cochrane.
WCPT awards programme
Next month WCPT will be issuing a call to all member organisations with a request for nominations for the awards committee. The call for award nominations will subsequently be launched next year.
The WCPT awards programme recognises outstanding contributions by physical therapists to the profession and/or global health at an international level. There are several categories of award, all presented every four years at the time of the WCPT General Meeting. To see the 2015 WCPT award recipients go to: www.wcpt.org/awards2015.
Progress report on prevention and control of NCDs
The WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of NCDs (GCM/NCD) Progress Report for 2014-2016 has been released: bit.ly/2h9PEx8.
The report highlights the achievements of the GCM/NCD in helping countries to achieve the nine voluntary targets of the Global Monitoring Framework and reduce the burden of NCDs and their shared risk factors, including unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity, tobacco use and harmful use of alcohol.
International conference on health professional regulation
The fifth World Health Professions Regulation Conference is scheduled to take place immediately before the World Health Organization’s World Health Assembly in Geneva on 19-20 May 2018. It will provide participants with insights, perspectives and discussion on current challenges in health professional regulation.
Key speakers will explore the lessons learned from competence-based approaches to regulation, compare regulatory models and examine ways of promoting best practice in regulatory governance and performance.