News in numbers: February 2020

07 February 2020

A breakdown of community health news this month, in numbers. Download the PDF, here

314,000 potential years of life were lost due to alcohol-related conditions in England in 2018. The rate of years of life lost increased from 623 per 100,000 in 2017 to 637 per 100,000 – the highest since 2011

1 in 4 children and young people are ‘addicted’ to their smartphones, found King's College London. This problematic usage is linked to poor mental health

81% of teenage students worldwide are not getting enough exercise, found the WHO. In 142 out of 146 countries studied between 2001 and 2016, girls were less active than boys

Only 41% of new blood donors in England last year were men. The number of men giving blood has dropped by 24.8% over the past 5 years in England, while the number of women giving blood has fallen by 6%. Male blood is sought after because it is used in specialist transfusions, such as those to newborn babies

Children aged 12 to 19 in Northern Ireland were invited by the Public Health Agency to give feedback on the provision of relationships and sexuality education programmes in the community

£225,000 The amount allocated between 11 organisations in Scotland as part of a £1m investment in perinatal mental health services for mothers and families. Charity Aberlour received £41,346 and Inspiring Scotland £34,000

22% to 5% The fall in attrition rates on nursing programmes at Anglia Ruskin University since the roll-out of the award-winning Myprogress app, which monitors the progress of student nurses on clinical placements

£421m The rise in spending in this year’s Welsh health and social services draft budget, taking health and social services spending to more than £8bn a year


BBC News. (2020) ‘My ability to see depends on men giving blood.’ See: (accessed 14 January 2020).

Guthold R, Stevens GA, Riley LM, Bull FC. (2019) Global trends in insufficient physical activity among adolescents: a pooled analysis of 298 population-based surveys with 1.6 million participants. The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health 4(1): 23-35.

Haigh J. (2020) NHS campaign for male blood sparks controversy. See: (accessed 14 January 2020).

Launder M. (2019) Student nurse dropout rates reduced with award-winning app. Nursing in Practice. See: (accessed 8 January 2020).

Public Health Agency. (2019) Relationships and sexuality education in the community: what do we need to do next? See: (accessed 8 January 2020).

Scottish Government. (2019) Improving perinatal mental health. See: (accessed 8 January 2020).

Sohn S, Rees P, Wildridge B, Kalk NJ, Carter B. (2019) Prevalence of problematic smartphone usage and associated mental health outcomes amongst children and young people: a systematic review, meta-analysis and GRADE of the evidence. BMC Psychiatry 19: 356.

Welsh Government. (2019) Health and social services spending to increase by £421m in Wales. See: (accessed 8 January 2020).