Depression Awareness Week

Motion S4M-09624: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 04/04/2014
Depression Awareness Week

That the Parliament welcomes Depression Awareness Week, which will run from 26 April to 3 May 2014; understands that two people die from suicide every day in Scotland; further understands that Action on Depression is the only national Scottish organisation working with and for people affected by depression and that it runs an email and phone information service, self-help support groups and  a monthly web chat; believes that self-management, coproduction and the development of social capital assets of the type being promoted by the Depression Alliance are all of increasing importance in supporting people living with depression; notes that many people who have severe and enduring illness, of which depression can be one form, have poorer physical health, which requires active support; considers with regret that the administration of welfare reforms does not adequately allow for the intermittent nature of the effects of long-term depressive or bipolar illness; recognises what it considers the significant benefits of the SeeMe Scottish anti-stigma programme, and welcomes its continuation.

World Malaria Day

Motion S4M-09623: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 04/04/2014

World Malaria Day

That the Parliament welcomes the progress in controlling malaria that will be celebrated on World Malaria Day, 25 April 2014, which will have the theme, Invest in the future. Defeat malaria; notes that the World Health Organization estimates that, since 2000, 3.3 million lives have been saved and that malaria mortality rates have reduced by 42% globally and 49% in Africa; believes that increased political commitment and expanded funding have helped to reduce the incidence by 25% globally and 31% in Africa; welcomes what it sees as the scaling up of malaria prevention and control measures, such as artemisinin-based combination therapies and the massive distribution programme of long-lasting insecticidal nets, which, it considers, have been key to successes in reducing mortality; expresses support for the UK-backed Beyond Garki Project, which is led by Malaria Consortium and aims to monitor how malaria epidemiology evolves over time and recommends the optimum use of currently available control strategies based on the consortium’s observations; understands however that, every year, more than 200 million cases of malaria occur and that most of these will be never tested or registered; believes that malaria still kills an estimated 627,000 people annually, mainly under-fives; understands that, in Malawi, there are around six million suspected cases treated annually, with the condition being responsible for about 40% of hospitalisations of under five-year-olds and 34% of outpatient visits across all ages; believes that emerging drug and insecticide resistance threatens to reverse recent gains; welcomes the NGO programmes to provide protection against the mosquitoes that carry the malaria virus and the efforts of pharmaceutical companies to develop a vaccine, but recognises that, if the world is to maintain and accelerate progress against the disease in line with Millennium Development Goals, further investment is required.