Article of the Universal Declaration of Human
Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.” So then, when a child dies of pneumonia because eight in ten caregivers in developing nations are unaware of the key symptoms, are we guaranteeing any “standard of living adequate for health?” When four in ten general practitioners in Pakistan prescribe sedatives as first line drugs for treatment of hypertension because they do not have adequate information about medicines, what standard of medical care are we guaranteeing? Mismanagement of malaria, the third stage of labour, and sick children (at district hospitals) have all contributed to an unacceptably large burden of avoidable morbidity and mortality because proper health information was not available or implemented. The National Family Health Survey in India reported that even after decades of access to oral rehydration therapy, only 8% of children in India received increased fluids and continued feeding during diarrhoea, whereas about 40% actually received decreased fluids. Evidently, it is not an exaggeration to state that people are dying for lack of healthcare information—a social injustice that the global health angiopoietin cannot afford to ignore.
The worn out shoes of a 6-year-old girl in a Tanzanian orphanage. Counterfeit drugs in a back street of Lahore. Prostheses made from recycled material used by landmine victims in Cambodia. Children collecting water from a pump in Haiti. The hands of an elderly woman with severe rheumatoid arthritis in a remote African village. A window in a medical school hostel in Kathmandu, Nepal, repaired with old radiographs and CT scans. These are just some of the images that have featured in \'s annual Highlights photography competition since 2009. The fleeting moment captured in a photograph can be a powerful way to highlight health stories from around the world—from global health to clinical medicine, from the individual person to populations. We invite readers to to Highlights 2013 that capture any health issue in a compelling way. This year and will run the competition together. Winning photographs will be published in \'s final issue of 2013 and might also be selected for the front cover of . Each entry should be submitted with 300 accompanying words that put the image in context. Submissions should not have been previously published in print or online. If a person or patient is featured then you must obtain and keep from the individual or, where this is not an option, their next of kin. Please complete the patient consent section of the Author statements form while retaining copies of the signed forms. We also encourage you to submit any additional media to support your submission online, such as video or audio features. All photographs—colour or black and white—should be submitted through our online editorial submission system, along with the required text and any supporting material for online publication. Please select Photograph as the article type. If a digital camera is used please set it to the highest possible quality setting and submit images as JPEG files. If you are using a film camera please submit an 8×11 inch glossy print to in the post. The entries will be judged by editors and there will be a £300 prize for winning entries. The deadline for entries is Nov 12, 2013. So share your photos with and : we look forward to seeing them.
The poorest third of the world\'s population is estimated to receive only 3·5% of the 234 million surgical procedures undertaken annually. Despite being a small proportion of global surgical output, such procedures represent a substantial challenge for health-care providers in low-resource settings. This challenge is compounded by the burden of managing postoperative complications (particularly delayed complications), which patients might not present with, as evidenced by the low rates of follow-up in many low-income and middle-income countries.