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.


“Ketamine: a growing global health-care need”

  Ketamine is a valued anesthetic tool in all clinical practice settings. In LMICs, however, ketamine is indispensable for addressing the growing burden of surgical Read More

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Tobacco Tax: A Win-win Measure for Public Health

Tobacco kills half of its users. What if I told you that the most effective tool to reduce tobacco use can also generate millions annually Read More


Faster, Better Care for Breast Cancer in Rwanda

(Vedaste Hategekimana / Partners In Health) PIH and Ministry of Health staff train community health workers about breast cancer in Burera District in December. The demands of family and farm leave little time to worry about it. And anyway, it’s probably just from breastfeeding. But after a couple of weeks, when the hard little knot near her armpit hasn’t gone away, the 35-year-old mother walks over to chat with her neighbor, a community health worker.

Coordinated Global Action Needed To Respond To Cancer

The Lancet: Tackling cancer: time for a global response Franco Cavalli, scientific director of the Oncology Institute of Southern Switzerland and chair of the Scientific Committee of the European School of Oncology “…Huge efforts have … been made to encourage action on cancer in the global political agenda. … Despite these steps, there has been…More

Validation of the Breast Cancer Screening Beliefs Questionnaire among African Australian women

The Breast Cancer Screening Beliefs Questionnaire (BCSBQ) has been designed as a culturally appropriate instrument for assessing women’s beliefs, knowledge and attitudes to breast cancer and breast cancer scre…

The Path of a Breast Cancer Patient in Haiti

No one knows exactly how prevalent breast cancer is among women in Haiti, but clinicians who treat the disease see its toll on a daily basis. They say it is aggressive, often strikes young women, and is well-advanced by the time of diagnosis. In 2015 alone, 1,600 biopsies were performed on patients visiting the oncology department at University Hospital in Mirebalais, which Partners In Health (known locally as Zanmi Lasante) opened in 2013. Nearly 40 percent of these biopsies were breast-related.

Cancer Survival Should Not Depend On Place Of Residence, U.N. SG Ban Says, Marking World Cancer…

U.N. News Centre: With focus on cervical cancer, Ban says where people live should not determine chances of survival “Marking World Cancer Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that where a person lives should not determine if they develop a cancer or die from it, as he called to eliminate cervical cancer as a…More

U.S. Cancer ‘Moonshot’ Needs ‘Our Best Science, Imagination, Commitment, Focus’

Forbes: Cancer ‘Moonshot’ For Our Generation Bill Frist, former U.S. senator from Tennessee and chair of Hope Through Healing Hands, and Saketh R. Guntupalli, assistant professor of gynecologic oncology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine “The Obama administration announced on Monday that it hopes to spend a total of a $1 billion to…More

Government of Zambia injects new hope for expanded access to contraception for women

Last week, thousands of experts and advocates gathered at the International Conference on Family Planning in Bali around the theme “Global Commitments, Local Action”—a call to action that was illustrated by the government of Zambia’s recent decision to allow trained community-based health workers to administer injectable contraceptives to women. The government action, highlighted at the […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesA condom for women, a diaphragm, and an all-in-one injectable contraceptive: what do they have in common?Lifesaving cancer care: real tools for women who urgently need them7 photos that show how the CDC makes the world a healthier place ;

The Enduring Need for Cancer Treatment

Danielle Rodin is a Radiation Oncology Resident at the University of Toronto and co-founded the group GlobalRT, which is a group of young professionals dedicated to improving the availability and accessibility of radiation therapy resources for cancer patients in low-resource settings. Daniel Smith is a recent Medical Physics PhD graduate from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and heads the physics section of GlobalRT. They share their thoughts on expanding equitable treatment options globally, in time for World Cancer Day. Global health involves the provision for populations of what has been termed “health security”. When the World Health Organization was formed in 1948, this term referred to acute public health threats, such as those due to epidemics of infectious disease, or to military actions

Accelerating Progress Against Cancer Requires Collaboration, Research

The Hill: Powering our progress against cancer Edward Abrahams, president of the Personalized Medicine Coalition; Margaret Foti, chief executive officer of the American Association for Cancer Research; and Marcia A. Kean, chair of Strategic Initiatives of Feinstein Kean Healthcare; all co-conveners of the Turning the Tide Against Cancer initiative “…As a catalyst for more progress,…More

Obama Administration Plans To Ask For $755M In FY17 Budget For Cancer ‘Moonshot’ Research

CQ News: Obama to Seek $1 Billion for Cancer ‘Moonshot’ in Budget Plan “The White House will ask Congress for $1 billion to carry out Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s ‘moonshot’ cancer initiative when it submits its fiscal 2017 budget request next week, according to senior administration officials…” (Zanona, 2/1). The Hill: Obama seeking…More

IntraHealth International Project Trains HCWs To Screen For Cervical Cancer Among Kenyan Women

IntraHealth International’s “Vitals”: Cervical Cancer Screening Uncovers a Great Need in Kenya Peter Abwao, a communications and knowledge management officer for the FUNZOKenya Project at IntraHealth International in Kenya, discusses the project’s efforts to “train health workers to screen for cervical cancer among women of reproductive age, particularly those who live with HIV” (2/1).

Cervical Cancer Screening Uncovers a Great Need in Kenya

While cancer hasn’t previously been considered a major health problem in most African countries, it has emerged as a leading cause of death, especially among women of reproductive age. In Kenya, it’s the third-highest cause of morbidity, according to the Kenya Network of Cancer Organizations, just after infectious and cardiovascular diseases, respectively.And although the government of Kenya has listed cancer screening as a priority in all public health facilities across the country, a shortage of health workers who have the right skills for cancer screening has slowed this program down.As a woman, the training opened my eyes to the dangers of cervical cancer. That’s why IntraHealth International’s FUNZOKenya Project is helping train health workers to screen for cervical cancer among women of reproductive age, particularly those who live with HIV. (Among Kenyan women, breast and cervical cancers are the most common.)Priscilla Ng’ang’a, 33, is one of those health workers.

Lifesaving cancer care: real tools for women who urgently need them

In Peru’s northern La Libertad Region lies the bustling metropolis of Trujillo, a city known for its moderate climate, pre-Columbian archaeological sites, and lively culture. The surrounding rural areas are also well known for their exports of artichokes, asparagus, sugar cane, and a variety of agricultural products. By many accounts, La Libertad is a diverse […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesFriday Think: can companies make money and do good?7 photos that show how the CDC makes the world a healthier placeA condom for women, a diaphragm, and an all-in-one injectable contraceptive: what do they have in common? ;

Cervical Cancer Program Expands in Haiti

Photo by Rebecca E. Rollins/Partners In HealthOncology nurses Yolande Nazaire (from left) and Vierzela Pierre care for patients undergoing chemotherapy at University Hospital in Mirebalais. Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women in Haiti, and the second leading cause of cancer deaths among the same group, according to the ICO Information Centre on HPV and Cancer, a data clearinghouse. This is true in a day and age when cervical cancer can largely be prevented and treated through timely vaccinations and regular gynecological exams.

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