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Q&A with Rob Tinworth, director of The Life Equation

Q&A with Rob Tinworth, director of The Life Equation The Life Equation is a documentary about a impossible choices. When José meets Crecencia Buch, a Read More

What do we palliate? Caring for the sick and the poor

José1 is a man in his sixties from rural Guatemala with cancer spread to his bones. He describes deep aches of his shoulders and hips, Read More

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Mexican Doctor Studies at PIH University in Rwanda

Photo by / Zacharias Abubeker for UGHEDr. Kurt Figueroa (right) and Nurse Sebishyimbo François (left) see patients for their oncology consultations at Butaro District Hospital in Rwanda. Dr. Kurt Figueroa is a student at the University of Global Health Equity, a Partners In Health institution that launched in 2015 and trains health professionals in Rwanda how to manage the challenges of providing health care in poor places.

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U.N. Agencies, E.U. Highlight Threat Of Antimicrobial Resistance During World Antibiotic…

EURACTIV: Antimicrobial resistance set to become bigger killer than cancer by 2050 “…Ahead of European Antibiotic Awareness Day on 18 November, the E.U. and public health stakeholders are aiming to raise awareness of this issue and make it a policy priority in the member states. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) currently claims 25,000 lives in the E.U.…More


New Delhi, Lahore Experiencing Air Pollution At Least 30 Times Safe Levels

CNN: Breathing in Delhi air equivalent to smoking 44 cigarettes a day “…[As New Delhi] woke up Friday to a fourth straight day of heavy pollution, practical considerations were being overtaken by more serious concerns, with journalists and doctors warning residents of the long-term health implications…” (Wu, 11/10). The Guardian: ‘Half my lung cancer patients…More


Increasing Availability Of Essential Medicines Critical To Global Health Security

Project Syndicate: How to Boost Access to Essential Medicines Justus Haucap, professor of economics at Heinrich-Heine University “…[L]ow- and middle-income countries … need help improving drug delivery and managing chronic diseases such as cancer and diabetes, which impose an immense burden on their economies. … Unfortunately, the WHO’s leadership, like much of the West, ……More


Impact Of NCDs Growing, Response Lagging

Undark: The Growing Urgency of Killer Chronic Diseases “Chronic diseases — a term that primarily refers to cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory disease — are responsible for 88 percent of all U.S. deaths and 70 percent of all deaths worldwide per year, according to the World Health Organization. Yet they receive far less…More


The WHO Global conference on NCDs in Montevideo, Uruguay: Towards an integral response to the…

On behalf of the Latin American Network for Multidisciplinary Research on Chronic Diseases A 46-year-old woman affected by a heart attack in Zimbabwe, a (male) heavy smoker aged 68 and recently diagnosed with lung cancer in Australia, a 52-year-old Indonesian man with neurological stroke sequelae due to long-term undiagnosed hypertension, …  All of them share underlying determinants and face the consequences of a rising global epidemic: non-communicable diseases (NCDs), as they are commonly labelled. These “socially transmitted conditions”—as some (other) people would prefer to call them—are  estimated to account for 63% of global mortality nowadays. It is predicted that they will account for around 70% of global deaths by 2030, if business continues as usual. Even more importantly, NCDs are also significantly related to preventable premature mortality and disability. Each year, 15 million people between the ages of 30 and 69 die from an NCD.


Congressional Committee Requests Testimony From IARC Regarding Agency’s Glyphosate Review

Reuters: Exclusive: Congressional committee questions operation of WHO cancer agency “Two influential U.S. Congressmen have asked the World Health Organization’s cancer agency to get ready to testify about its work assessing if substances cause cancer, citing concerns about its ‘scientific integrity.’ Their letter to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), seen by Reuters…More


Lancet Oncology Report Outlines New Model For Cancer Drug R&D To Meet ‘Cancer Moonshot’…

Reuters: U.S. experts set research agenda to meet ‘Cancer Moonshot’ goals “It will take a major shift in the way cancer research is done in the United States to meet the ambitious goals set out by the U.S. Cancer Moonshot, researchers said on Tuesday. In a report published in Lancet Oncology, cancer researchers outlined a…More


Africa Should Adopt Inclusive Approach To Building Health Infrastructure, Improving Health…

Financial Times: Africa’s health crisis needs a focus on systems, not people Adebayo Alonge, co-founder of RxAll “…Health care systems in Africa have been tailored to fight diseases like malaria and tuberculosis and were not built to handle the rise of non-communicable diseases such as respiratory illnesses and cancer. … [W]hat is needed is a…More


We all have to die of something, so why bother being healthy?

0000-0002-1767-4576It’s 6:45 on a cold and rainy Tuesday morning. The alarm blares. As you begin to wake and wonder how it could possibly be morning already, your good intentions dawn on you. It’s run morning – and it’s the last thing you want to do.


Governments Endorse Plan To Address NCDs As Development Priority At WHO-Backed Conference

U.N. News Centre: Governments endorse U.N.-backed plan to tackle cancer, diabetes, and other deadly diseases “Global leaders have pledged to take bold action to reduce suffering from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), which include the world’s leading killers — heart and lung diseases, cancers, and diabetes — the United Nations health agency has reported. Governments on Wednesday…More


Reuters Review Finds Significant Differences Between Draft, Published Versions Of IARC Report…

Reuters: In glyphosate review, WHO cancer agency edited out “non-carcinogenic” findings “…Documents seen by Reuters show how a draft of a key section of the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) assessment of glyphosate — a report that has prompted international disputes and multi-million-dollar lawsuits — underwent significant changes and deletions before the report…More


Let’s get political…

The ninth edition of the World Health Summit (WHS) was held during October 15th -17th, in a nice former cinema hall in the city of East Berlin, built in the early 1960s and with a rather appropriate name for the occasion, “Kosmos”.  This year, the event was attended by 2,000 participants from 100 countries, all aiming “to improve healthcare all over the world”. Well, at least, that’s the idea. Although I was a bit afraid this would be a “mini Davos-like” event, as described (arguably, by a biased observer)  in past editions, it was surprising and even encouraging to see a good demographic balance, with very young students and professionals, as well as senior high-profile researchers, decision-makers and CEOs from pharmaceutical companies, among other usual suspects. Even a royal member of the Kingdom of Jordan, Princess Dina Mired, actively participated as the President-Elect of the Union for International Cancer Control


Global challenges of health in the workplace

Over 54% of the world’s population live in urban areas, and over the next decade the growth of cities is expected to be greatest in Africa – the part of the world currently the least covered by workplace health. If we get this right, the potential to improve human wellbeing is vast. Evidence of the effectiveness of workplace health (or ‘wellness’) programmes is often unclear, and in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) the evidence is particularly thin. I have recently been investigating workplace health in LMICs* – desk research and a series of key informant interviews (India, China, South Africa, Brazil and Argentina) – and, while many of the challenges are problems for workplaces everywhere, they are often more acute in lower-income countries. A 2016 survey of 430 organisations found that the top three workplace-health issues globally are all related to non-communicable diseases (NCDs): poor nutrition, physical inactivity and stress.


NIH, Pharma Companies Launch 5-Year, $215M Partnership for Accelerating Cancer Therapies

CQ HealthBeat: NIH Launches Cancer Research Partnership with Drug Industry “The Trump administration on Thursday announced a cancer research partnership between the National Institutes of Health and 11 pharmaceutical companies, continuing an Obama-era program known as the ‘cancer moonshot’…” (Siddons, 10/12). The Hill: NIH, drug companies launch Cancer Moonshot partnership “…The National Institutes of Health…More


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