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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.
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
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).
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.
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).
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).
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
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
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
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
Friday Stronger traffic law enforcement needed Jamaica Observer (Jamaica) May 8, 2015 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Stronger-traffic-law-enforcement-needed-_18898107 What would it take to halve the number of road deaths Read More
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.
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
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