World Health Day 2021
7th April 2021
Building a fairer, healthier world
World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on 7th April, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organisation (WHO) who sees it as an opportunity to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health. Each year is related to a particular theme and this year’s focus is “building a fairer, healthier world”.
In view of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic where restrictions remain in place across most parts of the world, this time has highlighted that some people are able to live healthier lives and have better access to health services than others. COVID-19 has hit all countries hard, but its impact has been harshest on those communities which were already vulnerable, who are more exposed to the disease, less likely to have access to quality health care services and more likely to experience adverse consequences as a result of measures implemented to contain the pandemic, placing additional stress on healthcare systems across the world.
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted and even halted particular health services with most countries (90%) reporting that many routine and elective services have been suspended, while critical care – such as cancer screening and treatment and HIV therapy has seen high-risk interruptions (WHO, 2020).
“the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition.” (WHO, 2021).
Randox has adapted to the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic by developing pioneering tests to diagnose COVID-19, offering a range of COVID-19 testing solutions using Randox’s patented Biochip Technology capable of conducting multiple tests simultaneously on a range of molecular testing platforms, with results available from the Vivalytic, Evidence Investigator and Randox Discovery.
With a game-changing global partnership formed between Randox Laboratories and Bosch Healthcare Solutions combining science and technology, successfully launching the Vivalytic – the all in one solution for molecular diagnostics, the Vivalytic has been designed against the challenges posed by climate change and to contribute towards sustainability. The Vivalytic cartridges are CO2 neutral – this means that emissions that are in our direct sphere of influence are neutralised – making a further contribution to climate protection.
Furthermore, Randox’s vision is to improve healthcare worldwide and to ensure physicians and the public have access to the latest advancements in clinical diagnostics to aid diagnosis, treatment, and management of patients. Randox offer a comprehensive biochip test menu to support and combat challenges facing global health on an everyday basis from testing for Chronic Lung Disease (CLD) to predicting Alzheimers Disease. View Randox’s full Biochip Technology Immunoassay test menu here.
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Randox Reagents are supporting World Health Day on April 7th 2016 this year!
The focus of this year’s World Health Day is on the fight against diabetes. It is essential to increase the awareness of this as a growing epidemic, let people know that diabetes is preventable and to help manage the effects of the illness in those already living with it.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease that occurs whenever the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin to properly regulate blood sugar levels. There are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2 and gestational.
Type 1 – People with this form of diabetes are unable to produce their own insulin and therefore must inject themselves with insulin.
Type 2 – This is the most common form of diabetes which occurs whenever a person can produce their own insulin but must put measures in place to control it. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90% of diabetes cases worldwide.
Gestational – This form of diabetes affects women during pregnancy, when they develop high levels of glucose which insulin cannot bring under control.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) stated that in 2008, 347 million people had diabetes worldwide and in 2012, diabetes was the direct cause 1.5 million deaths.
Randox offer a range of high quality diabetes related diagnostic tests
It is crucial to raise awareness of diabetes to encourage people to get tested early, enabling them to put measures in place to avoid developing the illness, as well as ensuring complications do not occur. Randox are continuously developing the best quality diabetes-related diagnostic tests.
For diagnosis and monitoring
We offer tests for the diagnosis and monitoring of diabetes. These are Glucose, HbA1c and Fructosamine.
Diabetes can cause a number of complications such as chronic kidney disease, cardiovascular disease and even blindness. We offer a number of high quality tests which aid in monitoring these complications such as Albumin, Beta-2 Microglobulin, Cystatin C, D-3-Hydroxybutyrate, Microalbumin and Non-Esterified Fatty Acids (NEFA).
A related biomarker is Adiponectin, which can measure a patient’s visceral fat levels, the fat around the waist surrounding the internal organs. This can indicate heart disease risk, as well as insulin resistance.
With this broad diabetes testing panel, we will continue to support the aim to beat diabetes with World Health Day.
For more information on our diabetes tests view our diabetes page.
A shocking 7 million people worldwide are diagnosed with diabetes each year! As such, it is one of the biggest challenges to healthcare today. Help raise awareness of diabetes by sharing our infographic: