Anaphylaxis charity offers guidance for families and young people living with allergies

Since the Anaphylaxis Campaign was founded 25 years ago hospital admissions for children and young people has increased sharply with latest figures from NHS Digital showing a 70% rise in children under 18 in the last five years.

Although there is no single cause for the rising prevalence of allergy and numerous possible reasons are still under debate, it’s important that the right support and information is available to those affected.

Living with the risk of anaphylaxis can be stressful for both parent and child and we receive a high number of calls to our National Helpline concerning children and young people, including questions on bullying and the psychological impact of having an allergy. We’ve created educational and supportive initiatives to make sure young people are not only safe but also feel supported throughout their development.

In schools, we believe staff should be regularly trained on how to deal with allergies and anaphylaxis. Medications such as auto adrenaline injectors (AAIs) should always be available and pupils should not be excluded from activities because of their allergies.

We offer free primary and secondary resources as part of our Making Schools Safer Project which include lesson plans and assembly presentations, and this year the number of downloads of these resources has increased by over half (52%) showing a growing interest in allergy awareness.

Parents and carers of young children, as well as school staff, can also take our free 45-minute online AllergyWise courses to gain a greater understanding of what anaphylaxis is and how to respond in an emergency situation.

16 to 25 year olds are a high risk group, disproportionately more prone to die from an allergic reaction than other age groups.  As they reach adulthood, they may engage in more risk taking behaviour including experimenting with new foods, travelling alone or with friends, reluctance to share information and resistance to carrying AAIs on them at all times.

Some young people can often feel embarrassed when speaking about their allergy, and working with the Food Standards Agency and Allergy UK, the #EasytoASK campaign aims to empower young people, make them aware of their right to safe food, and raise awareness amongst peers and food businesses.

University will often be the first-time they have to manage their allergies on their own and many face challenges living in shared accommodation and going on nights out. We provide more information on these subjects on our website.

In 2020, we’re planning to host our first Teen Away Days aimed at 11 to 17-year olds who have severe allergies. These events are designed to encourage individuals to share their experiences in a supportive environment and build confidence within their peer group.

Our Chief Executive Lynne Regent said:

“As young people are more at risk it’s very important that those who work closely or spend time with children and young people are knowledgeable on what to do in the event of a severe allergic reaction.

“It’s also not just about creating a safer environment, but ensuring young people aren’t excluded and that they feel supported and confident to discuss their allergies.”

The Anaphylaxis Campaign is the only UK charity operating solely for the people at risk from severe allergic reactions www.anaphylaxis.org.uk. If you have an allergy or care for someone who does or if you work in education, healthcare or the food industry and need information or support on allergies, you contact our helpline team by calling 01252 542029 or email info@anaphylaxis.org.uk.

Technology social enterprise Appt Health wins Innovate UK funding to improve population health

The UK government’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, has awarded a promising technology start-up funding to ensure that people can enjoy at least 5 extra healthy, independent years of life by 2035, while reducing health inequalities.

Appt Health plans to take on this Grand Challenge mission by working with care providers to increase the uptake of screening programmes in the UK, while ensuring their methods are accessible to all.

Currently, England has 11 screening programmes delivered by primary care providers. These range from bowel and cervical cancer screening to heart health risk factor identification programmes.

As it stands, screening rates are well below the national targets that were set out for them. For example, the NHS Health Check, which is designed to spot the early signs of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and type 2 diabetes, has seen just 35% of those eligible attending an appointment.

Research suggests that inaccessible appointments, lack of understanding of their purpose, and difficulty for GP practice staff to efficiently invite patients is part of the underlying problem resulting in low uptake rates.

Working closely with healthcare commissioners and front-line care providers, Appt Health is in the process of building a software solution to the problem. They will create a platform that integrates into GP practice administration systems, automatically messaging eligible patients with a series of invitations designed to engage the public in their healthcare journey.

The social enterprise is currently utilising the Innovate UK funding to conduct an at-scale randomised control trial in 18 GP practices in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, one of the UKs most deprived regions.

The trial will provide evidence that Appt can deliver on their goal of consistently achieving 65% uptake of the NHS Health Check, with significantly less effort from GP practice staff.

The Appt Health team has provided us with an exclusive update on the first round of invitations sent to patients, which was an optimised SMS message that allowed patients to choose and book a suitable time for themselves by simply responding to the SMS.

The first SMS invitation achieved a 45% booking rate, meaning more than 600 people in Barking & Dagenham who received one of Appt’s special text messages booked themselves into an NHS Health Check appointment.

The full trial will be completed by April 2020, with a full report due to be released by the social enterprise and Barking and Dagenham local authority soon afterwards.

A source of inspiration for amputees!

Here’s a blog post by Lasse with the purpose of giving a source of inspiration that can be shared amongst open-minded people that might need a push in the right direction and a tiny bit of motivation.

I started this since I got contacted by people in different life situations with the question, “how do you do it (sports, yoga, running, etc.) in your situation?”. This made me write a book, “Landing on my feet,” focusing primarily on new amputees, which then lead me to start the Instagram with the same name full of videos, pictures, and how-to’s, which you can see here. I have received overwhelmingly positive feedback on the things I share, and it’s almost turning into a small community of both extreme sports amputees, normal amputees, normal people, and athletes as well.

Today Lasse is in a position where he can continually push boundaries and mindset to live with fewer and fewer limitations. As an example, he practices yoga, running, power tumbling/gymnastics, CrossFit, biking, and rowing every week, which he shares on his Instagram to inspire others.

If you have any feedback or ideas for collaboration, he would love to hear back from you! So feel free to check out both the Instagram and the book, and share it if you find it relevant 🙂

Lasse
@landingonmyfeet 

Lack of funding leads to people with Severe Mental illness struggling to access Support

It has been estimated that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem every year with the British Medical association describing mental illness as “the single largest burden of disease in the UK.” Despite government pledges to put mental health on equal footing with physical health it has been shown that mental health services are understaffed and underfunded. As a result, it has been shown that people with Severe Mental Illnesses are struggling to access treatment for their conditions.

Parity of Esteem

The Health and Social care act of 2012 created a legal responsibility for there to be a ‘parity of esteem’ between mental and physical conditions. This means that mental health would be valued as much as physical health. However, despite mental health problems accounting for 23% of the burden of disease in the UK it was found by the mental health dashboard that CCGs only spent 13% of funding on mental health services.

Reducing the Stigma surrounding Mental Health

In recent years there has been a reduction of the stigma surrounding mental health among the general public moreover not only are people more accepting of someone with a mental health condition, a survey into British social attitudes towards mental health found that people spend longer thinking about their own mental health and are more willing to seek help for problems they experience with their mental health. The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) state

As we raise awareness, more people rightly ask for professional support’.

However, as mental health becomes increasingly destigmatised it is becoming clearer that there is a lack of resources for the amount and complexity of conditions people seeking support from mental health services require. One of the key reasons for this is that the NHS is significantly underfunded. Although the mental health services are currently receiving unprecedented funding and support from the government It has been found that if the NHS increased the proportion of people with mental health conditions it treats to 70% by 2033 then spending would have to increase by £27 billion.

Short Staffed

Many mental health roles are being left unfulfilled with it being found that 1 in 10 consultant psychiatrists roles are vacant and although there has been an increase in the number of people being able to access talk therapies such as CBT there are not enough people in specialist positions that can provide support for people with more severe mental health illnesses. As these people have more complex mental health needs they often have to wait the longest to receive help.

Waiting Times

It has been shown that in recent years increased funding has allowed 89% of people with mild to moderate depression and anxiety to access psychological therapy within six weeks of referral. However, the British Medical Association has found that people with more severe mental health illnesses had to wait longer with some people having to wait up to two years for treatment. The British medical society says

Without the right therapy, some patients deteriorate and become more vulnerable, being passed from GP surgeries to emergency departments unable to find the most appropriate treatment for their illness.”

Unfortunately, it is often the case that the health of people with a mental health condition deteriorates before they are able to receive help. The charity young minds recently found that three quarters of young people’s health deteriorated while waiting for treatment. Indeed, in a survey of mental health surveys users by the royal college of psychiatrists and the mental health charity rethink found that one user was told that they would have to wait six months before to access child and adolescence mental health services unless they went to A & E the user commented:

you shouldn’t be told [that]. Why should I have to reach that point?”

Preventing the worsening of mental health conditions is particularly important in light of evidence that suggests early intervention is the best way of reducing the severity of the condition for example with schizophrenia it has been suggested that an effective way of preventing someone with schizophrenia having later psychotic episodes is to prevent the first psychotic episode from occurring. However less than 0.1% of total annual NHS budget is spent on prevention and it has been found that when people with severe mental health illnesses first went to their GPs they were unable to access treatment because although they were showing some symptoms of a condition they did not yet meet the criteria for a mental health condition.

There is also the problem of people having to travel far from their home to receive treatment with it being found that at end of June 2018, there were 645 inappropriate out-of-area bed placements. this can delay recovery and make it more difficult for families, carers and friends to visit. Yet again the people most affected by this are those with more severe mental health illnesses. All this evidence shows that although there has been significant attention and funding directed towards mental health more needs to be done so that people with severe mental illnesses can access support.

Article by University of Birmingham intern Natasha Osborn Patel twitter.com/patelosborn

First evidence-based online service launches to empower cancer patients to help themselves after diagnosis

Cancer patients now have access to evidence-based information about how their lifestyle and other choices can affect both the quality of life and outcomes after diagnosis, thanks to a new online service developed in the UK.

The service, developed by Curve.life (http://curve.life/video_series/cancer-self-help/), is the end result of a major collaboration between leading oncologists, exercise and wellbeing experts, nutritionists and patients. Content on the site includes the latest scientific evidence, put in easy to understand terms, about how patients can empower themselves after diagnosis. There is particular emphasis on how exercise, diet and mental health can improve the quality of life, reduce the risk of recurrence or, in some cases, extend life expectancy.

The website features a course of specially commissioned animated videos outlining measures cancer patients can take to help try to improve their position alongside conventional treatment – advice usually not given by specialists.

Following diagnosis, many patients and their families turn to ‘Dr Google’ in an attempt to seek further information on what more can be done to improve their position. Resorting to the internet can be overwhelming, negative and, in some cases, result in worse outcomes if conventional treatment is shunned in favour of alternatives, or if patients try experimental therapies that are dangerous.

Curve seeks to address this knowledge gap and encourages patients to take an active role in their treatment whilst working collaboratively with doctors during their treatment.

Placing physical exercise and diet as potential major influencers on outcomes for cancer patients, the service is the first of its kind to provide an online destination for patients to help them not only feel better but also live longer, whatever the prognosis.

For example, exercise has repeatedly been shown in observational studies to reduce rates of recurrence, improve wellbeing and significantly reduce treatment side effects, yet it is not recommended as a matter of course in cancer treatments or as part of the accepted NHS ‘pathway.’

The online videos, designed to help and empower cancer patients, are hosted and voiced by the Scottish born comic and former host of ‘The Late, Late Show’, Craig Ferguson* who donated his involvement fee to fund further Curve.life research.

The service is the brainchild of entrepreneur, Jed Coleman. Jed Coleman founded Curve.life after trying to help his father deal with metastatic cancer and quickly realising that there were many things his father could do alongside his medical team to help himself.

Jed Coleman commented: “There is substantial evidence in favour of exercise and improved outcomes in treating chronic illnesses and cancers. Yet frustratingly, it’s still not standard practice to recommend exercise for cancer patients, let alone help them actually exercise or even make it part of the standard of care. It’s often dismissed and not even touched upon as a legitimate form of treatment that can begin on diagnosis. The reason for the reluctance to push exercise among many health professionals is that they say more evidence is needed which we believe perfectly highlights the point that patients need to think for themselves.

“Any rational cancer patient reviewing the current evidence on exercise would conclude that they ought to be exercising because it will not only make them feel better but will probably also make them live longer too. This can make all the difference to patients with cancer who are being told that more evidence is needed before it can be said with certainty that exercise will definitely help. Patients, who don’t have the luxury of time, don’t require certainty – they require reasonable evidence that exercise can help and the evidence supports this conclusion.”

Dr. Jonathan Krell, an expert advisor to Curve, notes a good support network is key when dealing with cancer: “Evidence shows that those with poor social ties fare much worse overall, and this is related not just to cancer but all chronic diseases. This is what we are trying to achieve with Curve, encouraging self-help, personal research and insight and the sharing of information that might be helpful to people on their own cancer journeys.”

Jed Coleman added: “Curve’s sole aim is to help cancer patients do better whatever their prognosis. Doing better means beating the average outcome by a long way. We want to encourage patients to take an active role in their treatment and work collaboratively with their doctors as complementing treatment programmes with lifestyle and other interventions can help improve the quality of life and outcomes. This is, in our view, the best way that patients can maximise their chances of beating average cancer survival rates by a long way.

“The bedrock of cancer self-help is diet, exercise and stress management, which evidence shows all have a significant role to play and can help. They are also all factors within easy reach of all patients. Curve helps fulfil a key aim of the NHS which is to activate patients to help themselves and better manage chronic conditions such as cancer. It’s not just in prevention that patients have a key role to play – after diagnosis it’s just as important.”

Visit http://curve.life/video_series/cancer-self-help/ for more information.

Two Cannabis-based Medicines Approved but Other Sufferers Left in Limbo

Two cannabis-based medicines used to treat epilepsy and multiple sclerosis has been approved for use by NHS England. The move is a welcome step forward following repeated campaigns by the families of two children, Billy Caldwell and Alfie Dingley. The guidelines approved by NICE will help MS and epilepsy sufferers but any cannabis medicine that contains active THC as a painkiller – remains banned. Many charities say thousands of people have been left in limbo, Need2Know Books explains why.

Change in the law in 2018 made it legal for doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis however many GPs have still been reluctant to do so, citing a lack of clear guidance. NICE, the drugs advisory body, has stated, “People with chronic pain should not be prescribed drugs containing THC, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.” These restrictions leave thousands of people with a range of conditions in limbo.

The Essential Guide to Cannabis by Need2Know Books helps to demystify the stigmas that surround cannabis. It includes chapters covering risks and addiction; the legal status of cannabis and a comprehensive guide for parents. Whether the reader is a ‘user’, ‘concerned parent’, ‘teacher’ or just an ‘interested party’ the book covers all aspects of cannabis use in easy to understand language.

Cannabis is widely available in the UK. It can be bought on almost every street corner albeit, illegally. The 2018 change in law recognised, after much campaigning, that there is conclusive evidence of medicinal benefit for patients who use cannabis-based medicines containing both THC and cannabidiol (CBD).

Clinical trials for Children with epilepsy have shown the oral solution, which contains cannabidiol (CBD), could reduce the number of seizures by up to 40%. Unfortunately this evidence has been ignored and those who suffer with pain, MS, epilepsy and a range of conditions are forced to buy from abroad which is expensive and risks a criminal record.

Missie Hinton, from the campaign End Our Pain, said, “This restrictive guidance is condemning many patients to having to pay for life-transforming medicine privately, to go without or to consider accessing illegal and unregulated sources.”

“It is particularly devastating that there is no positive recommendation that the NHS should allow prescribing of whole-plant medical cannabis containing both CBD (cannabidiol) and THC in appropriate cases of intractable childhood epilepsy,” she said.

For further information and to receive a press copy of The Essential Guide to Cannabis please email: shelleyn2k@gmail.com

Evolving medical monitors for earlier recognition of critical illness

A new startup business that could fundamentally change the way critical illness is identified and responded to in remote communities to improve survival rates is looking for cofounders to help evolve the future of patient monitoring technology.

Specialist training to read the raw data of patient monitoring displays is often not available in remote and small communities, especially where rarer languages are involved. This leads to the colonisation of healthcare and reduces opportunities for early recognition of critical illness, which greatly increases mortality rates.

Evolved Monitors is a new start-up that seeks to change this by using clinical algorithms built into their remote-patient monitoring system to analyse the raw data – such as blood pressure, pulse rate and oxygenation levels – and allow minimally trained users to identify critical illness through its user interface. Armed with this knowledge, people can then direct remote medics to where the resource is needed most.

Nicholas Dillon, an Associate Lecturer at Robert Gordon University (RGU) and an experienced remote medic, is the Founder of Evolved Monitors. He said: “We’ve continuously gone down a road where we keep adding raw data to the screens of medical monitors like the electrocardiogram, and it’s quite a high skillset to analyse them. These machines are locked away in a critical care ward where we have the smartest doctors and nurses already. We want to move that knowledge far, far forward into the hands of everyday users so that we can start picking up on these illnesses at home and in remote areas because we realise that early recognition of critical illness is the key to survival.

“I teach remote healthcare internationally, often through language barriers, and have taught via translators and even mime. It really makes you get down to the basics of what people need to know and get rid of anything overly complicated. Using this concept, we’re taking what was a really high-end clinical skill and, through the combination of technology and user design, made it so that anyone can see a problem hours before you’d normally pick it up. This is what we are doing in hospitals and it’s what paramedics are doing. Imagine having a device like that in a small village where it takes five days to walk to a hospital.”

Early detection of critical illness within the home allows healthcare providers to be more effective and efficient when working in remote areas by giving first responders the right information to make the call on where to send resources. The mass availability of remote monitoring can also enable early detection of illnesses affecting large populations.

“Years ago, Google used search data for cold and flu recipes to predict flu epidemics and the rise of illnesses,” said Nicholas. “If you have enough of these devices out there, we can do the same thing. You’d have a really good, live understanding of population health and you can use that information to start predicting epidemics before they happen. This helps you to intervene before the problem gets much larger.”

Evolved Monitors is one of 25 businesses to first successfully complete RGU’s Startup Accelerator programme, part of a suite of initiatives launched by RGU designed to promote entrepreneurship and strengthen the economy through the diversification of services and products.

RGU’s Startup Accelerator is the only funded programme of its kind in the north-east of Scotland that delivers mentor-led development as well as seed funding and incubation space to turn creative ideas into viable, high-growth businesses. Now with an understanding of the business behind his vision, Nicholas is looking for additional cofounders to take the next steps with him.

Nicholas said: “Anybody with a passion for helping people and making a difference – you could be an accountant, a tech person or medical person – get in contact with me. It’s an opportunity to get involved at a grassroots level with something that could be big.”

Evolving medical monitors for earlier recognition of critical illness

A new startup business that could fundamentally change the way critical illness is identified and responded to in remote communities to improve survival rates is looking for cofounders to help evolve the future of patient monitoring technology.

Specialist training to read the raw data of patient monitoring displays is often not available in remote and small communities, especially where rarer languages are involved. This leads to the colonisation of healthcare and reduces opportunities for early recognition of critical illness, which greatly increases mortality rates.

Evolved Monitors is a new start-up that seeks to change this by using clinical algorithms built into their remote-patient monitoring system to analyse the raw data – such as blood pressure, pulse rate and oxygenation levels – and allow minimally trained users to identify critical illness through its user interface. Armed with this knowledge, people can then direct remote medics to where the resource is needed most.

Nicholas Dillon, an Associate Lecturer at Robert Gordon University (RGU) and an experienced remote medic, is the Founder of Evolved Monitors. He said: “We’ve continuously gone down a road where we keep adding raw data to the screens of medical monitors like the electrocardiogram, and it’s quite a high skillset to analyse them. These machines are locked away in a critical care ward where we have the smartest doctors and nurses already. We want to move that knowledge far, far forward into the hands of everyday users so that we can start picking up on these illnesses at home and in remote areas because we realise that early recognition of critical illness is the key to survival.

“I teach remote healthcare internationally, often through language barriers, and have taught via translators and even mime. It really makes you get down to the basics of what people need to know and get rid of anything overly complicated. Using this concept, we’re taking what was a really high-end clinical skill and, through the combination of technology and user design, made it so that anyone can see a problem hours before you’d normally pick it up. This is what we are doing in hospitals and it’s what paramedics are doing. Imagine having a device like that in a small village where it takes five days to walk to a hospital.”

Early detection of critical illness within the home allows healthcare providers to be more effective and efficient when working in remote areas by giving first responders the right information to make the call on where to send resources. The mass availability of remote monitoring can also enable early detection of illnesses affecting large populations.

“Years ago, Google used search data for cold and flu recipes to predict flu epidemics and the rise of illnesses,” said Nicholas. “If you have enough of these devices out there, we can do the same thing. You’d have a really good, live understanding of population health and you can use that information to start predicting epidemics before they happen. This helps you to intervene before the problem gets much larger.”

Evolved Monitors is one of 25 businesses to first successfully complete RGU’s Startup Accelerator programme, part of a suite of initiatives launched by RGU designed to promote entrepreneurship and strengthen the economy through the diversification of services and products.

RGU’s Startup Accelerator is the only funded programme of its kind in the north-east of Scotland that delivers mentor-led development as well as seed funding and incubation space to turn creative ideas into viable, high-growth businesses. Now with an understanding of the business behind his vision, Nicholas is looking for additional cofounders to take the next steps with him.

Nicholas said: “Anybody with a passion for helping people and making a difference – you could be an accountant, a tech person or medical person – get in contact with me. It’s an opportunity to get involved at a grassroots level with something that could be big.”

BRITISH ENGINEERS INSPIRE NEW GENERATION BY FOCUSING ON NATION’S HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Engineers are key to helping the nation keep healthy and well from helping find cures for cancer and keeping people safe at sea to helping dementia patients.

Today marks the beginning of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week – this year it shines the light on engineers that make the world a better place.

Five engineers from across the UK were handpicked to front #EngineerOnAMission for Tomorrow’s Engineers Week 2019 to inspire a new generation into the profession.

Each Engineer on a Mission is the star of a film that highlights the impact engineers have on people’s lives, which will be shown to around 50,000 students at the Tomorrow’s Engineers Week Big Assembly on Wednesday 6 November.

Engineers featured during Tomorrow’s Engineers Week include:

Ellen Harper, 22, a masters student at University of Strathclyde who helps those with restricted mobility to swim. Ellen designs and manufactures Poolpods, which provide dignified, independent access to swimming pools and were used during the Paralympic Games in London, 2012.

Hiba Khan, 29, a civil engineer keeping people’s homes safe. Hiba works on international flood defences and her biggest project is in Bangladesh, where rivers up to 8km wide can erode hundreds of metres of bank per year.

Rhodri Lewis, 39, a lifeboat systems engineer at RNLI. Rhodri builds, develops and maintains the rescue equipment to ensure they are in good working order when the volunteers go to sea, often in dangerous situations.

Rebecca Shipley, 36, a healthcare engineer helping to beat cancer for University College London, develops tools to visualise the structure of cancerous tissues in the body and better predict where drugs will be delivered to within the tumours.

Severin Skillman, 26, is a software engineer with the UK Dementia Research Institute.  He develops software that helps people affected by dementia to live in their own homes by monitoring their health and behaviour.

Dr Hilary Leevers, CEO at EngineeringUK, the organisers of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, commented:

“We want every young person to see that engineering offers a varied, stimulating and rewarding career.

“The UK needs tens of thousands more engineers and Tomorrow’s Engineers Week provides an opportunity for the engineering community to work together to inspire the next generation of engineers to meet this demand.”

Now in its seventh year, Tomorrow’s Engineers Week takes place from 4-8 November and provides a unique opportunity for universities, schools, employers, professional institutions and engineers to drive interest in engineering careers, showing young people the ways in which engineers are on a mission to make the world a better place, find innovative solutions and shape the way we live.

Employers, professional bodies, universities, schools and individual engineers are invited to get involved to help inspire the next generation of engineers by downloading toolkits of ideas at www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk/teweek.

Further highlights of the Week include the first This is Engineering Day on Wednesday 6 November, challenging the public stereotype of the engineer and the second Tomorrow’s Engineers Week Big Assembly, which will see over 50,000 pupils taking part in the same assembly, at the same time.

One born every minute? 4 born every second!

  • New interactive counter designed by Stem Cell Storage Company Smart Cells reveals how many babies are born on each continent, every second, minute and hour that passes.

  • They also revealed the percentage of children under 5 who have the blood disease anaemia, had access to prenatal healthcare and had a healthcare professional attend the birth.

  • On average in Europe and Central Asia, 21 babies are born every minute.

  • In Sub-Saharan Africa 60% of children have anaemia

  • Only 86% of women in the Middle East & North Africa receive prenatal care compared to 100% of women in North America.

  • And just 58% of births in Sub-Saharan Africa are attended by skilled health staff compared to 99% in Europe and Central Asia.

An estimated 130 million* babies are born globally each year. The current estimated global population stands at over 7.7 billion** and is expected to keep rising.

But how do birth rates compare continent by continent, and what is the level of healthcare for pregnant women like globally?

Stem Cell Storage Company Smart Cells have created an interactive counter which shows how many babies are born every second, minute and hour by continent. As well as highlighting how many children under the age of 5 have anaemia.

The counter

When you open the page, the counter starts charting birth rates by continent, continuing until you close the webpage.

Sub-Saharan Africa sees the most babies born globally, there is one child born less than every second, 72 born a minute and 4,344 every hour.

The below table shows the population for each continent, CBR, and then from that the total births in that period.

 

East Asia & Pacific

Europe & Central Asia

Latin America & Caribbean

Middle East & North Africa

North America

South Asia

Sub-Saharan Africa

Population

2,314,000,000

915,483,880

644,124,651

444,326,024

361,920,645

1,788,388,850

1,061,107,720

CBR

13.65

12.01

16.56

22.22

11.64

19.98

35.86

Total Births

31,593,042

11,000,454

10,666,704

9,872,924

4,212,76

35,732,009

38,051,323

 

The Crude Birth Rate (CBR, number of live births per 1,000 in a population in a set period) compared to population shows whilst East Asian & the Pacific has the highest population its CBR is lower than both the Middle East &North African and Sub-Saharan Africa.

The below table shows births per second, minute and hour for each continent.

 

Births

East Asia & Pacific

Europe & Central Asia

Latin America & Caribbean

Middle East & North Africa

North America

South Asia

Sub-Saharan Africa

Second

1

0.35

0.34

0.31

0.13

1.13

1.21

Minute

60

21

20

19

8

68

72

Hour

3607

1256

1218

1127

481

4079

4344

 

Only East Asia & Pacific, South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa have a birth every second, North America has the lowest number of births as well as the lowest population of the continents. Every hour over 4,000 babies are born in South Asia and over 4,300 in Subsaharan Africa.

The below table shows the percentage of children under the age of 5 have anaemia, the percentage of pregnant women receiving prenatal care and the percentage of women whose births are attended by skilled health staff.

 

East Asia & Pacific

Europe & Central Asia

Latin America & Caribbean

Middle East & North Africa

North America

South Asia

Sub-Saharan Africa

Children with Anemia

25%

22%

28%

35%

9%

55%

60%

Prenatal care

95%

93%

97%

86%

100%

79%

82%

Birth attended by skilled staff

95%

99%

95%

86%

99%

76%

58%

 

Anaemia is the most common of all blood disorders, and it affects almost one-third of the world’s population, most commonly found in children under the age of five.

Millions of pregnant women globally don’t have access to suitable prenatal care. Only 50%*** of women globally receive the recommended amount of care during pregnancy. Additionally, not every birth is attended by skilled health staff. An estimated 303,000 mothers and 2.5 million newborns in the first month of life in 2017 died, partly due to inadequate care during delivery.****

Shamshad Ahmed, CEO at Smart Cells, commented:

“Our research has shown that there are huge variations in the number of births globally, some countries seeing significantly less than others and the disparities in healthcare for pregnant women from those in the developed world to those from less developed nations. We show that Anaemia, which is the most common of all blood disorders and affects almost one-third of the world’s population is significantly more prevalent in certain continents compared to others, with children in the poorer regions across Asia and Africa most affected. Stem cell therapy, however, can help alleviate the symptoms of anaemia, by boosting the production of healthy red blood cells. Additionally, our research highlighted, there are still women who do not have access to or only limited access to prenatal health care, whilst even more, do not have a skilled member of health staff in attendance for the birth. Maternal healthcare is still inadequate in many nations.

Advances in medicine, sanitation, and food production, has helped population numbers increase faster from the 1900s onwards. However, experts do believe population growth will peak in the next 100 years. Recently the negative effect that higher population has on our planet has been highlighted, by campaigners, celebrities and the Royal Family. Experts believe limiting your family to only one or two children can help stabilise population growth to a level that won’t put as much strain on our planets natural resources.***** It’s hard to imagine the global population and births until you see it in numbers.”

You can find the Global Birth Rate counter here: https://www.smartcells.com/birth-rate-counter/

Videos via YouTube: https://youtu.be/9_gj8htM7Z8 and https://youtu.be/n9W2gxOYk-s