13 December 2016 – To better understand the state of the health information system in Jordan, WHO, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and international consultants, conducted a review of the national health information system aimed at increasing coordination and cooperation among partners, strengthening transfer and sharing of knowledge and encouraging the use of evidence and information in policy-making.
The review further reinforced strategies aimed at improving the health information system, including civil registration and vital statistical systems. The review focused on describing the health information system, including overall health information system structure within the Ministry of Health, Civil Registration Authority/Ministry of Interior and outside; information flow, governance and quality assurance; infrastructure; data management and standards; dissemination and use of data for policy and planning; analysis of its strengths and weaknesses; and recommendations on how to further develop the system to respond to emerging needs, such as responding to the refugee population challenges. The results of the review will help the Ministry of Health develop a prioritized roadmap for health information system integration.
The review team was led by Dr Arash Rashidian, Director, Information, Evidence and Research, with support from the WHO Representative for Jordan Dr Cristina Profili, and also included WHO technical staff from the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean.
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Amman, 23 October 2016 – In the efforts to promote the early detection of breast cancer WHO staff in Jordan gathered to show their support to the globally celebrated world initiative “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”.
This event was part of the national annual awareness campaign, which is organized by the Jordan Breast Cancer Programme and King Hussein Cancer Foundation.
The event aimed at increasing awareness among WHO staff in Jordan about the benefit of early detection of breast cancer, which increases survival rates by up to more than 90%. This event kicked off with a seminar given by Dr Yassar Qutaiba from King Hussein Cancer Center who talked about the symptoms, risk factors, and the screening tests women should perform for breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month, marked in countries across the world every October, helps to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment as well as palliative care of this disease. There are about 1.38 million new cases and 458 000 deaths from breast cancer each year (IARC Globocan, 2008). Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in women worldwide, both in the developed and developing countries. In low- and middle-income countries the incidence has been rising up steadily in the last years due to increase in life expectancy, increase urbanization and adoption of western lifestyles.
WHO promotes comprehensive breast cancer control programmes as part of national cancer control plans. The recommended early detection strategies for low- and middle-income countries are awareness of early signs and symptoms and screening by clinical breast examination in demonstration areas. Mammography screening is very costly and is feasible only in countries with good health infrastructure that can afford a long-term programme.
The event concluded with fun activities conducted to test the knowledge of the staff about breast cancer and early detection.
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