Noncommunicable Disease


Undocumented immigrants lining up for a health care at a volunteer mobile free clinic on a farm in south Georgia, 2015.

A Medical Provider’s Perspective on Treating Undocumented U.S. Immigrants

As I was writing this article I received a message from a medical friend in the Midwest regarding one of her patients: “Liz, I need Read More


Controversy over transparency: why non-profits need to disclose their “real” overhead ratio

“The fact is an average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in our humanitarian services and programs.”[1] This is Read More


The State and global health delivery

It was a rainy afternoon. I arrived at the district social affairs office for their monthly evaluation meeting just in time for Baried, the state Read More


On U.N. Day, SG Ban Says SDGs, Paris Agreement, Dedication Of U.N. Staff Propelling World…

U.N. News Centre: Global Goals can ‘propel us towards a better future for all on a healthy planet,’ Ban says on U.N. Day “In his last United Nations Day message as secretary general, Ban Ki-moon recognized the efforts of courageous U.N. staff members who are on the frontlines of disaster and violence and continue to…More

Investing in Human Resources via Education Is Essential to Improving Access to Surgical and Anesthetic Care Across the Globe


The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery published a report on the state of global surgery in April 2015 reporting the staggering statistic that “5 billion Read More

Food at the heart of healthy and sustainable cities

Urbanisation is occurring at a dramatic pace worldwide. As the Habitat III Conference draws to a close this week in Quito, Ecuador, Natalie Molino and Sudhvir Singh explore how the New Urban Agenda can be an opportunity to re-imagine a model of sustainable urban development that nourishes people and the planet.   Health and the New Urban Agenda This week, the topic of cities will be in the global spotlight at the Habitat III conference, in Quito, Ecuador. This event will result in the finalisation of the New Urban Agenda – a policy document that will guide urban development across the globe for the next two decades.

A Medical Provider’s Perspective on Treating Undocumented U.S. Immigrants

Undocumented immigrants lining up for a health care at a volunteer mobile free clinic on a farm in south Georgia, 2015.

As I was writing this article I received a message from a medical friend in the Midwest regarding one of her patients: “Liz, I need Read More

Can we eat our way to a healthier future?

The United Nations General Assembly has declared the start of the Decade of Action on Nutrition. Jamie Oliver calls it a Food Revolution. The EAT Initiative are challenging us to do it sustainably, even in some of the world’s largest cities — but to NCDFREE, it’s all going to start with a Feast Of Ideas. As part of our October series, Juliette Wittich NCDFREE’s Global Coordinator for Australasia explains how NCDFREE are taking things back to basics and starting with the 7.4 billion plates of food in front of us everyday to solve one of the biggest health challenges we are facing today. 

Gavi, Girl Effect Launch Partnership To Increase HPV Vaccine Demand In 3 African Nations

The Guardian: $10m campaign targets cervical cancer among girls in sub-Saharan Africa “A partnership worth $10m (£8.1m) to increase the uptake and awareness of a vaccine to protect girls from cervical cancer, which has higher death rates in sub-Saharan Africa than any other cancer, was launched on Tuesday. Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, announced it is…More

At Least 20% Tax Increase On Sugary Drinks Would Reduce Consumption, Help Prevent NCDs, WHO…

Christian Science Monitor: WHO seeks 20 percent tax hike on sugary drinks: Will countries listen? “…In a report published Tuesday titled ‘Fiscal Policies for Diet and Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases,’ WHO calls for countries to increase the retail prices of sugary drinks by 20 percent through taxation, saying that a proportional drop in consumption would…More

Changing Social Norms Around Girls’ Health Critical To Uptake Of HPV Vaccine, Preventing…

Huffington Post: Beating Cervical Cancer In The Developing World — A Game-Changing Partnership To Create A ‘New Normal’ For Girls Farah Ramzan Golant, CEO of Girl Effect “…Too often, negative social norms about what girls should and shouldn’t do, as well as myths and misconceptions, act as barriers preventing adolescent girls from accessing health services…More

Powerful panel weighs progress on financial inclusion

Event Replay Government leaders and advocates came together during the Annual Meetings to discuss a major development goal – ensuring everyone has access to affordable financial services such as a bank or mobile money account. While a lot of progress has been made on “financial inclusion,” new rules affecting the flow of funds threatens to slow or even reverse some gains.Financial Inclusion not Exclusion: Managing De-Risking brought together Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, Zhou Xiaochuan, Governor of the People’s Bank of China, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Indonesia’s Minister of Finance. Arun Jaitley, India’s Minister of Finance, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, and Juan Manuel Vega-Serrano, the president of the Financial Action Tax Force (FATF), which sets international standards for  combating money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats. Some 700 million people were brought into the formal financial system between 2011 and 2014 – a major success – but 2 billion people remain cut off, said Queen Máxima, who is the United Nations Secretary-General’s special advocate for inclusive finance for development.

WHO Recommends Nations Use Tax Policy To Increase Prices Of Sugary Drinks To Improve Diet,…

Associated Press: WHO urges countries to raise taxes on sugary drinks “The U.N. health agency on Tuesday recommended that countries use tax policy to increase the price of sugary drinks like sodas, sport drinks, and even 100-percent fruit juices as a way to fight obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay…” (10/11). Reuters: Tax sugary drinks to…More

Marking World Mental Health Day, U.N. Secretary General, WHO Call For Improved Psychological…

U.N. News Centre: On World Mental Health Day, Ban cites need of immediate support for post-crisis psychological distress “Marking World Mental Health Day 2016, the United Nations has highlighted the importance of making mental health care available to everyone who needs it — with a focus this year on providing immediate support to those in…More

Development Community Must Fully Engage Private Sector To Achieve SDG 3

Devex: Fully engaging the private sector in health systems development Ron Ashkin, team leader on the Private Sector Innovation Programme for Health “…How … do we get the commercial sector to embrace a pro-poor agenda? … The answer to sustainability is not in throwing more money into health care markets, directly intervening to create impact,…More

Child dehydration test outperforms WHO standard

The ‘DHAKA score’ assesses dehydration in diarrhoea-affected children best, says new study.

‘Sold’: the movie that’s launching a global fight against child sex trafficking

Move over documentaries – Sold is making a strong case for feature films as tools for advocacy. Based on a novel by Patricia McCormick, Sold is a heartbreaking film about a 12-year-old Nepali girl who finds herself trapped in the horrors of child sex trafficking. Since its initial theatrical release in April, Sold has evolved into a global campaign with partners that include Save the

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