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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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The global war on tobacco is far from over

0000-0002-1767-4576We should be proud of our efforts in Australia, but we can’t become complacent as Big Tobacco continues to sell trillions of cigarettes globally, and other industries adopt their tactics. ONE could easily be mistaken for thinking the war on tobacco is coming to a close. Lighting up a cigarette mid-flight seems absurd to us now, but was common practice just a decade or two ago. We enjoy restaurant meals and afternoon coffees without the stench of toxic smoke and we can share a night out without having to wash our clothes, or endure a husky, sore throat the following morning. Australia now has one of the lowest smoking rates in the world, with 14.7% of adults aged 18 years and over smoking daily, down from 16.1% in 2011-12.


Can health ignite a political revolution?

Late last month, you could not ignore the chants of “Oh Jeremy Corbyn” to the tune of the White Stripes’ ‘Seven Nations Army’ as it echoed around the fields of Glastonbury. Regardless of your political affiliations, having hordes of young, passionate millennials singing the name of a political leader at a music festival is something which few would have predicted earlier that month. Why the change? – Could it be that young people in the UK feel a new sense of hope as they have been given a voice through health? Hope is something which has been on short supply in the UK of late


BIO Ventures For Global Health, Pharma Companies Launch Africa Access Initiative To Improve…

Devex: Q&A: How the African Access Initiative plans to mitigate Africa’s cancer burden “…BIO Ventures for Global Health joined with pharmaceutical companies [last] week to launch the African Access Initiative — a cancer-focused program that brings together oncology companies with African governments and hospitals to enhance health care capacity, foster cancer research, and increase the…More


Reuters Investigation Examines WHO Cancer Agency’s Review Of Glyphosate

Reuters: Cancer agency left in the dark over glyphosate evidence “The World Health Organization’s cancer agency says a common weedkiller is ‘probably carcinogenic.’ The scientist leading that review knew of fresh data showing no cancer link — but he never mentioned it and the agency did not take it into account…” (Kelland, 6/14).


Proposed NIH Budget Cuts Threaten U.S. Medical Innovation, Research

STAT: Cutting the NIH budget is bad for health and business Kenneth C. Anderson, president of the American Society of Hematology and a hematologic oncologist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute “…Basic scientific research conducted at the NIH and through grants awarded to academic institutions creates the basis for the transformative medicines that industry brings to millions…More


Governments Need To Change Mindset About Non-Communicable Diseases, ‘Modest Actions’ Can…

Bloomberg View: Small Steps Can Save Millions of Lives Michael R. Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City and founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News “For the first time in human history, more people around the world are dying from noncommunicable diseases, such as heart disease and cancer,…More


World No Tobacco Day 2017

Dear Tobacco Industry Executives, We share a dream that this World No Tobacco Day will be a day like no other. Usually the focus of World No Tobacco Day is based on the fact that 7 million of your most loyal customers will die this year from tobacco use. There will be calls to raise the price of tobacco as this is the singular most important measure in reducing tobacco consumption. There will be calls to use some of these taxes to support smokers to quit by investing the funds in proven measures such as public education campaigns and quit lines. There will be calls to follow the lead of Australia, France, and the UK in implementing plain packaging to ban advertising of tobacco and to mandate smokefree environments.


“Appendix III” is critical for accelerating progress on NCDs

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) accounted for 70% of global deaths in 2015, with three quarters of these deaths occurring in low and middle income countries (LMICs). NCDs are a silent epidemic of premature and preventable death and disability from diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, chronic lung disease, and mental and neurological disorders. Their main risk factors – unhealthy diets, alcohol and tobacco use, physical inactivity, and environmental determinants such as air pollution, are transmitted via unhealthy environments. They are directly and indirectly caused by commercial determinants, misaligned public policies in agriculture, commerce, education, energy, health, finance, trade, and social security, and are exacerbated by social determinants including poverty and inequity. In 2011, The United Nations General Assembly declared NCDs a global health and development challenge at a UN High-Level Summit.


New WHO policy briefs: common drivers and solutions to undernutrition and obesity

0000-0002-1767-4576This week the World Health Organization in Geneva released two new policy briefs focused on the double burden of malnutrition and double-duty actions for nutrition. The global double burden of malnutrition (WHO, 2017) Defined as the coexistence of undernutrition along with overweight, obesity or diet-related NCDs, within individuals, households and populations, and across the life-course, the double burden of malnutrition now grips many nations worldwide and presents a challenging new nutrition paradigm for policy makers and public health. This first brief outlines the three scales (individual, household and population) and many determinants of the double burden. The purpose of this policy brief is to increase attention to, and action for cost-effective interventions and policies to address the double burden of malnutrition within the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition – and, through this, to contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of ending all forms of malnutrition (SDG2) and ensuring healthy lives and well-being for all at all ages (SDG3). The three scales at which the double burden of malnutrition can manifest (WHO, 2017) The second complementary, standalone brief introduces and explains the concept of double-duty actions


CSIS Podcast Features Interview With Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon CEO Celina Schocken

Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Take as Directed”: Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon and the Fight Against Cervical Cancer Janet Fleischman, senior associate with the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, interviews Celina Schocken, CEO of Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, “an independent affiliate of the George W. Bush Institute that focuses on cervical and breast cancer…More


New Treatment Guidelines, Developments In Technology Can Help Sub-Saharan African Countries…

Scientific American: Helping Cancer’s Forgotten Victims Sally Cowal, senior vice president of global cancer control at the American Cancer Society, and Jennifer Ryan Crozier, IBM’s vice president of corporate citizenship and president of the IBM International Foundation “…[During a meeting that took place in Nairobi last month, for] the first time, cancer treatment guidelines were…More


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


WHO Examining Ways To Reduce Global Drug Prices, Improve Access To Treatments

Intellectual Property Watch: WHO Members Urged To Support Resolution Delinking Cancer Drug Prices From R&D Costs “A group of civil society organizations and health experts have sent a letter to delegates to this month’s annual World Health Assembly urging support for a study on the delinkage of the costs of research and development from the…More


Seven connections we need to make to fix the food system

I spent this past Saturday at the 2017 Oxford Food Forum, a conference organised by Oxford University students. It was laudable to see a dedicated crowd come to spend their Saturday talking about something apparently abstract – building connections in the food system (the conference theme was “Breaking Down the Silos”). But the relatively abstract nature of theme was precisely why I was so keen to go. Because in practice, connections are not abstract at all.


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