Noncommunicable Disease



The Lancet Commission on #GlobalSurgery Report

Global Surgery 2030: evidence and solutions for achieving health, welfare, and economic development Watch Live The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery Report.

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The increasing burden and complexity of multimorbidity

Background: Multimorbidity, the co-occurrence of two or more chronic conditions, is common among older adults and is known to be associated with high costs and gaps in quality of care.

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C-section trends in 21 countries: a secondary analysis of two WHO multicountry surveys

Use of the Robson classification to assess caesarean section trends in 21 countries: a secondary analysis of two WHO multicountry surveys – The Lancet Global Read More


About 20% Of South Sudanese Refugee Children Malnourished, Relief Workers Say

VOA News: Malnutrition Remains Serious Problem for South Sudanese Refugees “…For many … children at the Rhino Refugee Settlement in Uganda’s Arua district, malnourishment remains a serious problem. The camp holds about 90,000 refugees. Relief workers like Joseph Mbabazi, say about 20 percent of the children are malnourished…” (Roosblad, 5/20).

Three important things you didn’t know about diabetes

This week, lead blogger Dr Alessandro Demaio of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative returns to lay things straight on a leading cause of global deaths. When we think of diabetes, we tend to think of rich people with poor lifestyles. A chronic disease linked with obesity, heart disease and worse outcomes for some infectious diseases, diabetes tends to be associated in our minds with wealth, excess and over-consumption. But it’s not. Diabetes is a disease that results in higher-than-healthy sugar levels in the blood and can lead to some disastrous outcomes – including blindness, kidney disease and heart disease.

Relief Agencies Use Data From Mobile Technology To Inform Food Aid Decisions

Financial Times: Technology helps feed a hungry world “…Where people are facing hunger and malnutrition, a basic form of technology — the mobile phone — can be used to generate data that helps relief agencies make better decisions on where to distribute food aid…” (Murray, 5/20).

World HTN Day— High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, has become a global crisis

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In the United States, about 70 million or 1 in 3 adults have high blood pressure (>140/90 mmHg) , and only about half of these adults have their condition under control. Worldwide, high blood pressure is estimated to cause 9 million preventable deaths, and is expected to increase. Commonly referred to as the “silent killer” because it often has no warning signs or symptoms, hypertension is a leading risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack and stroke. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created the Million Hearts® initiative to address this challenge within the United States.  Launched in 2011, it set an ambitious goal to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.

China Faces Food, Nutrition Security Pressures Warranting Government Action, Report Says

Xinhua News: China’s food, nutrition security faces challenges: report “The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) said in a report Wednesday that China’s food security faces pressure that warrants government action. … China increasingly suffers from a ‘triple burden of malnutrition’ (undernourishment, micronutrient deficiencies, and obesity), according to the Washington-based institute…” (5/13).

Child Malnutrition Strains Malawi’s Development Efforts, Study Says

News outlets report on a study commissioned by the African Union and supported by the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa and the World Food Programme describing the effects of malnutrition on Malawi’s development. Agence France-Presse: Malawi pays high price for child hunger “Child malnutrition costs Malawi about $600 million a year, with more than half…More

Groups Continue To Warn TPP Could Harm Access To Medicines As U.S. Senate Votes To Deny Debate…

GlobalPost: This U.S.-backed Pacific trade deal could stop the poor from getting life-saving meds “…[H]undreds of millions of patients around the Pacific rim face losing the chance to use new, cheap generic drugs to treat a host of conditions, including cancer, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, and rheumatoid arthritis. That’s thanks to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP,…More

Emerging doctors call for action on global epidemic: non-communicable disease

This week, special guest-bloggers and Australian doctors-in-training, Rebecca Kelly and Tim Martin of the Australian Medical Students’ Association, call for greater focus, discussion and action on the world’s leading causes of death. In March this year, the Australian government released the 2015 Intergenerational report revealing a prediction of the economic and social trends over the next 40 years. There’s some fantastic news; children born in the middle of this century are projected to live greater than 95 years. Importantly, this increase in life expectancy will involve an improved quality of life and Australians will be more prosperous in real terms. However, the report comes with a warning.

WHO Adds New Hepatitis C, Cancer, TB Drugs To Essential Medicines List, Encourages More…

Reuters: WHO adds hepatitis C drugs to essential list, urges lower prices “The World Health Organization has added new curative treatments for hepatitis C to its essential medicines list, but the U.N. agency said prices needed to fall to make them accessible to patients in poorer countries…” (Hirschler, 5/8). WHO: WHO moves to improve access…More

Global Health Policies, Resources Should Better Account For Disease Burden, Not Only Focus On…

Health Affairs Blog: Silent Killers Amidst The Fast And The Furious Karen R. Siegel of the CDC and colleagues write about differences in the international response and media attention to disease outbreaks compared with more chronic and widespread diseases, such as diabetes. “…The global policy lens remains biased towards short-term, dramatic priorities. However, there is…More

Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit Weekly Media Report – May 4-May8, 2015

  Friday Stronger traffic law enforcement needed Jamaica Observer (Jamaica) May 8, 2015 What would it take to halve the number of road deaths Read More

Cervical Cancer Detection in Zimbabwe: A Scalable Solution

It always inspires us to talk with people like Dr. Lowell Schnipper, an oncologist who is running a cervical cancer detection initiative out of St. Albert’s Mission Hospital in Zimbabwe. The work of this team emphasizes prevention, ultra low-cost methods and an emphasis on building local capacity. Cervical cancer hits women of childbearing age and puts families at risk of losing their mothers.

WHO, UNHCR Issue Guide To Help Humanitarian Emergency Responders Address Mental Health Issues

U.N. News Centre: New U.N. guide aims to address mental health needs in humanitarian emergencies “Two United Nations agencies [on Tuesday] issued a new guide to address the growing needs of millions of adults and children suffering from mental health problems in humanitarian emergencies around the world arising from natural disasters, disease outbreaks, and armed…More

Address Food Security, Nutrition Through ‘Public And Coordinated Action’ To Extend Life,…

Inter Press Service: Opinion: Healthy Diets for Healthy Lives José Graziano da Silva, director general of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) “…[A]dhering to a healthy diet helps you to not only to live longer, but also to have a better quality of life. Conversely, a bad diet causes malnutrition and can expose you to…More

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