Noncommunicable Disease



Black lives matter: thoughts from the delivery ward in St. Louis

  I live in St. Louis, Missouri, which since 2014 has most notably been in the news for the tragic shooting of Michael Brown in Read More


Luck and Public Health Programming in Guatemala

  Since returning to the United States from a three-month stint working in rural Guatemala, I’ve been thinking about how messy and random global health Read More

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Politics and Universal Health Coverage — The Post-2015 Global Health Agenda

Perspective piece from The New England Journal of Medicine Source: Politics and Universal Health Coverage — The Post-2015 Global Health Agenda — NEJM


Arogya World CEO Named Ashoka Fellow

Nalini Saligram, Arogya World’s Founder and CEO, has been named an Ashoka Fellow, joining 3,000 leading social innovators across the world who are dedicated to using new ideas to solve social problems. Nalini Saligram (front right) with participants of Arogya World’s Healthy Schools program After a rigorous search and selection process, Saligram was named to the latest class of “innovators for the public.” This group demonstrates commitment to bold new ideas proving that compassion, creativity, and collaboration are tremendous forces for change. Ashoka Fellows work in over 70 countries around the globe in every area of human need. We are very excited about this honor and look forward to connecting and collaborating with other Fellows to put an end to chronic disease and improve health for women and their families around the world.

New York Times Examines Mental Health Care In West Africa

New York Times: The Chains of Mental Illness in West Africa “…Every society struggles to care for people with mental illness. In parts of West Africa, where psychiatry is virtually unknown, the chain is often a last resort for desperate families who cannot control a loved one in the grip of psychosis. … According to…More

U.N. Secretary General, WHO Call For Protection Of Mentally Ill On World Mental Health Day

U.N. News Centre: Everyone is entitled to a life of dignity, Ban says on World Mental Health Day “Everyone has the right to respect and dignity, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declared in his message on World Mental Health Day, highlighting that people who have mental health and psychosocial disabilities deserve to live with…More

795M People Face Hunger Worldwide; Conflict Major Contributing Factor, Report Says

News outlets highlight findings from the Global Hunger Index 2015. Deutsche Welle: Nearly 800 million people suffering from hunger worldwide: report “A new report on global hunger says that despite advances, some 795 million people are going hungry or suffering from malnutrition. It says more than one in four children is chronically malnourished. The Global Hunger…More

Blog Post Discusses 3 Strategies To Finance, Implement Cost-Effective Mental Health…

Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy Blog”: Three Ways to Make Room for Mental Health Yuna Sakuma, program associate at CGD; Amanda Glassman, vice president for programs, director of Global Health Policy, and senior fellow at CGD; and Victoria de Menil, program manager for Global Mental Health at the Stanley Center and consultant at…More

Syrian Children Need Access To Medical, Mental Health Care, Education, Panel Participants State

Global Health NOW: Syria’s Lost Generation “Syrian children risk becoming a ‘lost generation’ if they don’t receive medical care, psychological support, and education, according to representatives of groups grappling with how to protect children displaced by the Syrian civil war. … Speaking at a panel discussion Monday at Yale University, [Unni Karunakara, former international president…More

The double burden of malnutrition in SE Asia and the Pacific: priorities, policies and politics

The double burden of malnutrition is defined by the co-existence of serious levels of under- and overnutrition.1 Nowhere have overweight rates risen as fast as in the regions of South East Asia and the Pacific.

WHO/UNAIDS launch new standards to improve adolescent care

New Global Standards for quality health-care services for adolescents developed by WHO and UNAIDS aim to help countries improve the quality of adolescent health care. Existing health services often fail the world’s adolescents (10-19-year-olds). Many adolescents who suffer from mental health disorders, substance use, poor nutrition, intentional injuries and chronic illness do not have access to critical prevention and care services. Meanwhile, many behaviours that have a lifelong impact on health begin in adolescence.

Advocates in Uganda launch national manifesto for health

In Uganda, much like in the United States, election fever is on the rise. Our next elections for president and Parliament, which take place every five years, will be held in February 2016. As the national political conversation begins, most Ugandans, like me, have one main concern—health. Health care is a top issue for Ugandans […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesAn implementer’s perspective on family planning as a human rightDiabetes supplies: improving access to essential medicines and technologiesRemembering Alan Magill, a leader and friend in the fight to end malaria ;

Nearly 10M Children In Yemen Need ‘Urgent’ Humanitarian Aid, UNICEF Says

U.N. News Centre: Over 500 children dead, 1.7 million at risk of malnutrition owing to Yemen violence — U.N. “The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today underscored the devastating toll six months of violence has taken on the children of Yemen, where at least 500 have lost their lives and more than 1.7 million are…More

The terribly high rate of U.S. child gun deaths in one gif

It is well documented that firearm fatalities in the U.S. are far higher than other wealthy countries. The rate of 3.55 deaths per 100,000 people in 2013 is more than 6 times greater than our neighbor to the north, Canada (0.49 per 100,000). But it is the fact that the difference extends to children. In the

Managing Pain and Adding Comfort: A Day in Atupere Phiri’s Life

Photographs by Lila Kerr/Partners In HealthAtupere Phiri, lead clinical officer of Partners In Health’s palliative care program in Neno, Malawi, examines patient Emily Muleso’s leg.* To help people suffering from long-term debilitating illnesses, Partners In Health partnered with the Malawian Ministry of Health and the Palliative Care Support Trust, a charity based in Blantyre, to launch a palliative care program in 2012 in Malawi’s remote southern district of Neno. Since its inception, the program has provided clinic- and home-based care to 225 patients living with health conditions such as Kaposi sarcoma, cervical cancer, hypertension and stroke, and liver cirrhosis. Atupere Phiri is the program’s lead clinical officer and a trained health care provider known for his commitment to his patients. Here he describes a day he and his team spent visiting patients, helping them to manage their pain and discomfort. At 9 a.m., as usual, our palliative care team gathered for home visits around Neno.

Summit grows awareness around prevention strategies in India

By Dr Vijay Panickar, Arogya World Dr. Vijay Panickar accepts the award on behalf of Arogya World. In recognition of its path-breaking efforts to advocate the need for wellness in the workplace, Arogya World was recognized as 2015’s “Corporate Wellness Champion” at the India Health & Wellness Summit and Awards 2015 (IHWSA), held in New Delhi last month. Instituted to “applaud the efforts of individuals and organizations working to improve India’s healthcare scenario,” the second iteration the IHWSA continues its mission to drive home the need for accessible and affordable healthcare facilities to the entire spectrum of Indian citizens. The yearly meetings (and their media outputs) provide both a rare platform for discussion between the varied stakeholders of health and, through its media output, a clear channel to inspire and involve the ultimate recipient: the average Indian.

October 2015 Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

WHO: Bulletin of the World Health Organization The October 2015 WHO Bulletin includes news, research, and policy articles on various topics, as well as an editorial on improving mental health in humanitarian emergencies (October 2015).

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