This week from 5th- 7th July 2023, the Government of Zambia’s Ministry of Health, in partnership with the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Commonwealth Centre for Digital Health (CWCDH), and the World Health Organization (WHO), is hosting a 3-day workshop under the Commonwealth Technical Country Support Programme on Enhancing Digital Health Maturity.Read news - Transforming Healthcare through Innovation: 3-Day Workshop on Advancing Digital Health Maturity in Zambia
Speaking at an event in Trinidad and Tobago aimed at tackling male violence, especially young men, The Commonwealth Secretary-General, the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland, KC, has called for societies to “act together” to reverse the tide of violence amongst men.Read news - The Commonwealth Secretary-General urges early and targeted action to reduce crime
Youth leaders from across the Commonwealth have addressed Health Ministers at an intergenerational dialogue on youth mental health held in the margins of the 76th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.Read news - Commonwealth Youth leaders address Ministers on growing mental health burden
Commonwealth Health Ministers and Heads of Delegation have reaffirmed their commitment to achieving universal health coverage (UHC) and ensuring the most vulnerable and marginalised have equal access to health services across the 56 member countries by 2030.Read news - Health Ministers pledge to work together to transform care systems and ensure equal access to quality care across the Commonwealth
The Commonwealth Secretary-General, the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland KC, and Health Ministers from across the Commonwealth are set to meet in Geneva on Saturday, 20 May 2023, to forge a path forward on accelerating efforts to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC), during the 35th Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting (CHMM).Read news - Taking action on inequities in health to be explored at upcoming Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting
Spouses and partners of Commonwealth Heads of Government have pledged to champion advocacy and action on eliminating cervical cancer in their countries.Read news - Spouses and partners of Commonwealth Heads of Government unite for cervical cancer elimination
20 May 2023 to 20 May 2023
Health Ministers from across the Commonwealth and Commonwealth Secretary-General, The Rt. Hon Patricia Scotland KC, will visit Geneva, Switzerland in May for the 35th Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting (CHMM).
After several years of online meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, last week, members of the Commonwealth Advisory Committee on Health (CACH) met in person for the first time since 2019 to discuss and advance key areas of health priorities ahead of the 35th Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting (CHMM) next month.Read news - Commonwealth Advisory Committee convenes its first in-person meeting since 2019 ahead of Health Ministers Meeting
Baroness Scotland calls for innovative finance mechanisms to close fiscal space on health in national economies.Read news - Commonwealth health gains ‘at risk’ due to global financing gap, says Secretary-General
A spirited debate, delivered by passionate sports and health experts, inspired powerful conversations among the audience gathered at Marlborough House, the headquarters of the Commonwealth Secretariat, and those gathered online.Read news - Teams debate the power of sport at the Commonwealth Secretariat
Health Ministers from across the Commonwealth and Commonwealth Secretary-General, The Rt. Hon Patricia Scotland KC, will visit Geneva, Switzerland in May for the 35th Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting (CHMM).Read news - Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting 2023
23 May 2023 to 23 May 2023
‘No Health Without Mental Health’ Intergenerational Dialogue
Cervical cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women across the Commonwealth. Having been recognized as a major health concern by the World Health Organization, it is now more important than ever that everyone - regardless of gender - contributes to the attainment of the ambitious 90-70-90 target to ensure that we are on track to eliminating cervical cancer.Read news - Blog: Amplifying Pan-Commonwealth youth voices on the linkages between HPV infection and cervical cancer
The Commonwealth Secretariat is partnering with The Lancet Oncology to launch a new Commission tasked with investigating cancer care in the Commonwealth.Read news - Commonwealth Secretariat partners with Lancet Oncology on Commonwealth-wide Cancer Commission
The theme for World Cancer Day this year is “Closing the Care Gap”. It is the same theme as last year, and indeed will be the same theme in 2024, in recognition of the deep-rooted inequities that populations face in receiving cancer care within countries, and between countries.Read news - Commonwealth countries work to move the dial forward on cervical cancer
Whilst we still have a long way to go, progress has been made on cervical cancer in the Commonwealth.Read news - Blog: Cervical Cancer Awareness Month 2023 – The road to Commonwealth-wide elimination and HPV vaccine equity
The Commonwealth Secretariat, PATH and the Reaching the Last Mile initiative have begun the drumbeat towards this year’s global climate summit COP28, calling for action to address the harmful impacts of climate change on health.Read news - Action urged on climate threat to health ahead of COP28
26 January 2023 to 26 January 2023
The Commonwealth Youth Health Network (CYHN) is hosting a webinar on Twitter Spaces on Thursday 26th January 2023 to examine the role young people can play in the fight to eliminate cervical cancer across the Commonwealth.
The Commonwealth Secretary-General has called for accelerated action in addressing stark inequities in access to quality cervical cancer screening and treatment tools, which, she says, could eliminate the disease and relegate it to history.Read news - Commonwealth Secretary-General: ‘Equitable access to life-saving tools can make cervical cancer history’
29 November 2022 to 29 November 2022
Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women. It is also one of the most preventable and treatable forms of cancer, if detected early and managed effectively.
The Commonwealth Secretariat marked London Global Cancer Week by hosting a high-level event to reflect on the Commonwealth’s commitment to eliminating cervical cancer as a public health problem.Read news - Towards a cervical cancer-free Commonwealth – multistakeholder collaboration is key
17 November 2022 to 17 November 2022
The Commonwealth carries a significant cervical cancer burden, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Whilst the Commonwealth represents 30 per cent of the world’s population, it carries a 40 per cent share of the global cancer incidence burden, and 43 per cent of the global mortality burden.
Consumption of trans fat is closely linked to the increase in cardiovascular diseases and death. It is estimated to cause more than half a million deaths, globally, every year.Read news - Countdown to 2023: The road to trans fat elimination in the Commonwealth
Young people are invited to take part in a consultation looking at noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in the under-30 demographic across the Commonwealth.Read news - Under-30s asked to submit views to Commonwealth-wide NCD strategy to tackle rise in premature deaths
27 October 2022 to 27 October 2022
Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), are the leading cause of death globally, with more than 36 million deaths annually, primarily from cardiovascular diseases (CVD), diabetes, cancers, and chronic respiratory diseases. Commonwealth countries share a significant burden of NCDs, with nearly 400 million individuals currently diagnosed with at least one NCD.