Noncommunicable Disease



The decline in mortality due to acute complications of diabetes mellitus in Brazil…

Background: Mortality from acute complications of diabetes, a predominantly preventable condition, although controlled in high income countries, remains a major challenge for low/middle income countries.

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The Rise of Violence Against Women up the Global Health Agenda

In recent years violence against women (VAW) has won itself a steady position on the global health policy agenda. Historically, women have faced power inequalities Read More


Accelerating an Integrated Approach to NCD Prevention and Control Globally

Dr. Samira Asma, Chief, Global NCD Program, CDC Over the past 18 years, I’ve worked with Ministries of Health and other partners in 180 countries to advance CDC’s overarching global health goals and accelerate strategies for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries. NCDs and injuries are responsible for millions of premature deaths, especially in low- and middle-income counties (LMICs). As public health practitioners, we have an important opportunity to work collaboratively to accelerate and scale up implementation of proven prevention and treatment strategies and measure their impact.


Group Of Therapists Looks To Change Mental Health Treatment In Afghanistan

The Guardian: Afghanistan tackles hidden mental health epidemic “…Fourteen years of violence have created a hidden epidemic in Afghanistan of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other war-induced illnesses. It is one of the most enduring damages wrought by the war — one few people understand, and fewer can treat. But a small army of therapists…More

10 Years in Rwanda: Leaders Reflect

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Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB), PIH’s sister organization in Rwanda, has made tremendous progress over the years. On the occasion of IMB’s 10th anniversary, we asked five leaders to reflect on the changes. Their memories and insights are below. Anatole Manzi Director of Mentorship, Enhanced Supervision for Health Care and Quality Improvement It was May 2005 when I heard about Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB). I was finishing my bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology, but I already had an advanced diploma in general nursing

Being Black as a Global Health Hazard

In the US American media, relatively little attention has been devoted to a recent emergency in the Dominican Republic. Thanks to controversial legislation passed there Read More

IRIN Examines Public Opinion, Aid Impact Of Technical Term ‘Famine’

IRIN: Do we still care about the F word? “…Technically, famine has a clear definition, occurring only when certain measures are met. They are: at least 20 percent of households in an area face extreme food shortages with a limited ability to cope; acute malnutrition rates exceed 30 percent; and the death rate exceeds two…More

Former President Carter Receives Cancer Diagnosis, Plans To Continue Work To Eradicate Guinea…

NPR: What Jimmy Carter Did After His ‘Involuntary Retirement’ “…[Former President Jimmy Carter] has witnessed firsthand the need to fight Guinea worm, river blindness, and elephantiasis. … Now Carter is himself facing a disease — cancer. … Cancer is one disease that we are still far away from eliminating. But back in January, Carter was…More

More Than 3M Malians Food Insecure, Hungry As Conflict Persists, U.N., Country Officials Say

Associated Press: U.N.: Over 3 million people suffer from hunger in Mali “More than three million people are suffering from hunger as insecurity persists in Mali’s north, Mali officials and the United Nations said Wednesday. Food insecurity also means more than 715,000 children are at risk of acute malnutrition, said U.N. humanitarian coordinator Mbaranga Gasarabwe…”…More

U.S. Falling Behind African Nations In HPV Vaccine Coverage, Must Ensure Immunizations To…

Forbes: Low Hanging Fruit: Cervical Cancer And How The U.S. Is Falling Behind Bill Frist, former U.S. senator from Tennessee and chair of Hope Through Healing Hands, and Saketh Guntupalli, assistant professor of gynecologic oncology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine “…[O]ne area where we lag behind even some African nations is in…More

Global Health Community Should Implement Better Screening To Curb Diabetes-TB Comorbidity

Health Affairs Blog: Heading Off The Looming Diabetes-Tuberculosis Epidemic Anthony Harries, senior adviser and director of the Department of Research at the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, discusses the relationship between TB and diabetes as comorbidities and urges the global health community to implement bidirectional screening, which “requires that any patient that tests…More

U.N. Should Prioritize Mental Health Efforts In SDGs

The Hill: Want a safer, more prosperous world? Invest in mental health Kathleen M. Pike, executive director and scientific co-director of the Global Mental Health Program at Columbia University “…[T]he U.N. needs to recognize that untreated mental health problems increase risk for other illnesses and even decrease life expectancy. If the U.N

A public health e-learning master’s programme with a focus on health workforce…

Background: Shortage of a competent public health workforce is as a worldwide problem.

A projected loss of $47 trillion from NCDs

Globally, noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) including heart disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung disease, account for six times as many deaths as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. Over the next 15 years, the World Economic Forum projects an economic loss of $47 trillion from NCDs. Despite this burden, only 3% of development assistance for health is targeted toward NCDs. To address this gap, the American Heart Association, the LIVESTRONG Foundation and the NCD Roundtable published the brief, “Prevention & Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDS)” to provide findings and recommendations for how the US Government can better address the growing threat of NCDs. Recommendations include harmonizing NCD definitions through an inter-agency process, leveraging the expertise of diverse agencies alongside private investments, and continual funding of multilateral institutions that combat NCDs

The decline in mortality due to acute complications of diabetes mellitus in Brazil…


Background: Mortality from acute complications of diabetes, a predominantly preventable condition, although controlled in high income countries, remains a major challenge for low/middle income countries.

My journey from civil war to global health

Dr Jibril Handuleh (centre) is physician, researcher and lecturer with dual nationality in Somalia and Djibouti. After training as a general practitioner in his homeland, he overcame multiple challenges to publish 15 papers over the course of two years, in some of the world’s most widely-read medical journals. This is his story. Somalia’s wars, droughts and famines are well known, but less attention is paid to how these problems undermine the nation’s mental health.

Economic cost of primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases in Tanzania

Tanzania is facing a double burden of disease, with non-communicable diseases being an increasingly important contributor.

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