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Wave your Flag: Healthcare Initiatives You Can be a Part of in the Year Ahead

September 2014 marks the third global World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge the stigma of dementia that currently affects 35.6 million people.

September 2014 marks the third global World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge the stigma of dementia that currently affects 35.6 million people.

With the New Year well and truly underway GE Healthcare highlights a number of important days in the year ahead to make a note of.

Under the tagline “Debunk the myths,” World Cancer Day, which for 2014 was on 4 February, focused on Target 5 of the World Cancer Declaration: Reduce stigma and dispel myths about cancer.

GE Healthcare, once again showed their support to those whose lives are affected by cancer helping to spread the word on the importance of early diagnosis. Find out more information about GE Healthcare’s initiatives to tackle cancer on www.getacklingcancer.com

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) will mark Brain Injury Awareness Month this March. A brain injury can happen anytime, anywhere, to anyone – a brain injury does not discriminate. In fact, 1.7 million Americans sustain a brain injury each year.

Last year, GE announced a $60 million research and innovation partnership with the U.S National Football League (NFL) in an effort to develop and improve concussion-detecting imaging technology for the benefit of athletes, members of the military, and society overall.

Jeff Immelt, GE Chairman and CEO, at the research and innovation partnership with the U.S National Football League (NFL)

Jeff Immelt, GE Chairman and CEO, at the research and innovation partnership event with the U.S National Football League (NFL)

World Health Day—7 April—is an opportunity for the WHO to highlight a priority area of public health concern. For 2014 the focus is on vectors – small organisms such as mosquitoes, bugs, ticks and freshwater snails that can carry disease from person to person and place to place. The campaign focuses on these vectors, the diseases they cause, and what individuals can do to protect themselves.

Parkinson’s Disease is the focus for 11 April. This day is dedicated to advocating for people with Parkinson’s disease, increasing awareness of the debilitating neurodegenerative disease, and driving new research and treatment initiatives.

GE Healthcare is encouraging those who want to learn more about the differences in diagnosis between Parkinsonian syndromes and essential tremor movement disorders, as well as the benefits of movement and resources to support caregivers and patients to visit its website.

The World Health Organization (WHO) launched No Tobacco Day on 31 May. This annual event highlights the dangers of using tobacco, and what people globally can do to claim their right to health and healthy living and to protect future generations.

June, 1st will mark International Cancer Survivor’s Day.

September is World Alzheimer’s month in which Alzheimer’s organizations around the world concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and neurological disorders.  Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurological disorder in a group of conditions that include Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury and essential tremor. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurological disorder worldwide, accounting for 50-60% of cases.*

World Stroke Day is observed on 29 October, which raises people’s awareness on stroke and what can be done to combat it.

These days called out to raise awareness of neurological disorders hold great significance for GE Healthcare. Its global campaign ‘MIND’ (Making An Impact on Neurological Disorders) seeks to identify gaps in current frameworks for the detection, diagnosis, and care of neurological disorders, and to propose viable solutions. Its online resource: ‘www.mindonlinecampaign.com,’ offers support, education, and advice to those who are afflicted with neurological disorders.

October also marks Breast Cancer Awareness month. During this period GE Healthcare devotes resources and research into detecting, managing, and treating a disease that blights the lives of sufferers and their families.

As well as the BCM Talks session, there is the Breast Cancer Mosaic website, where people can talk about their experience to increase awareness around breast cancer and inspire those who are going through a difficult time. GE employees showed their support by creating human pink ribbons, to further raise awareness of breast cancer.

 The Pink Ribbons Campaign travelled around the world. Download Pictures

The GE Healthcare Pink Ribbons Campaign travelled around the world during Breast Cancer Awareness Month last year. Download Pictures

Global Handwashing Day (15 October) was originally created for children and schools, but can be celebrated by anyone promoting handwashing. The campaign falls in with GE Healthcare’s drive to pair data driven hardware and software to make a difference in hospital operations and patient care.

Through its AgileTrac technology and the accumulation and analysis of data, GE Healthcare are exploring the potential of the Industrial Internet—an open global network that connects machines, people and data to remove $150B in waste from major industries like Healthcare.

As November approaches, the month is renamed Movember. Here millions of moustaches around the world are grown as men raise vital funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and mental health. Movember’s vision is a global one and has already had a lasting impact on the face of men’s health and well-being.

References

* – Ferri CP, Prince M, Brayne C, Brodaty H, Fratiglioni L, Ganguli M, Hall K, Hasegawa K, Hendrie H, Huang Y, Jorm A, Mathers C, Menezes PR, Rimmer E, Scazufca M; Alzheimer’s Disease International. Global prevalence of dementia: a Delphi consensus study. Lancet. 2005;366(9503):2112-7.

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