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PHE – Duncan Selbie’s Friday Message 29 September 2017

29th September 2017

Short weekly update from the CEO of Public Health England (PHE), including:

  • The Global Burden of Disease study (GBD) describes mortality and morbidity from major diseases, injuries and risk factors to health and crucially can be used to compare health at global, national and regional levels – this has underpinned the publication this year of the first Health Profile for England. The profile lays out that in England, some people enjoy the best health in the world in certain geographies, yet in others people die before their time and spend more years in ill health. The data in the GBD study and that in the health profile allows PHE to focus energies on the right priorities, including cardiovascular disease, air quality, mental health and health and work.
  • The World Health Organisation said that the elimination of measles has been achieved for the first time in the UK, just a week after it was announced that England had achieved the target of 95% of children getting their mumps, measles and rubella vaccine by their fifth birthday.
  • PHE has published its marketing Strategy for the next three years, setting out priorities and how new technologies are helping to reach people in increasingly meaningful and relevant ways.
  • PHE attendance at the New Scientist Live festival of science in London.
  • With NHS England, PHE is focusing on preventing cardiovascular disease, and has published their Cardiovascular Disease Action Plan.