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WHO call to scale up action on NCDs

As world leaders gather at the United Nations General Assembly to assess efforts made since 2011 in controlling noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) like heart disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung disease, the new WHO “Noncommunicable diseases country profiles 2014″ show progress has been insufficient and uneven. The report provides an updated overview of the NCD situation including recent trends and government responses in 194 countries. It reveals that:

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Morocco’s Children of the Moon Suffer in the Dark of Poor Health Care – Guest Post by Francine Krieger

MOROCCO – Mounir Yakdone died at 7 years old in pursuit of an education. His parents warned that the walk to school would continue to Read More

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Slipping through the Cracks: Indigenous Languages and Medical Missions in Guatemala

Over the last several years, through work with community-based health programs and research as a medical anthropologist, I have visited dozens of medical and surgical Read More

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Two Bone Marrow Transplant Patients Said To Be Cleared Of HIV

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WHO Warns More Action Needed To Address NCDs, Especially In Poorer Countries

News outlets report on a new WHO report showing a lack of national-level action and commitment to controlling non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Newsweek: Deaths From Cancer and Heart Disease Surge in Developing Countries, But Funding Hasn’t Caught Up “Noncommunicable diseases like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes killed 38 million people last year, most of them in…More


WHO call to scale up action on NCDs

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As world leaders gather at the United Nations General Assembly to assess efforts made since 2011 in controlling noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) like heart disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung disease, the new WHO “Noncommunicable diseases country profiles 2014″ show progress has been insufficient and uneven. The report provides an updated overview of the NCD situation including recent trends and government responses in 194 countries. It reveals that:


A people’s movement against chronic disease

This week, in time for the UN NCD Review meeting in New York City, Dr. Jeremy Schwartz makes the case for a strong civil society movement against global Non-Communicable Diseases.   In some way or another, every one of us has been touched by a chronic disease. Words like hypertension, diabetes, and cancer are part of our everyday vocabulary. But most people I speak with believe that these diseases only affect people in rich countries- that these are not afflictions of the world’s poor.


What’s an NCD?

With the UN NCD Review this week in New York City, we recap on what Non-Communicable Diseases are… And why they matter. This week in New York City, all eyes in the Global Health community will be on the UN NCD Review. As the last three years have flashed by since the 2011 High-Level Meeting, now is the moment to take stock and reflect on the progress – and challenges – of tackling this growing epidemic. General Assembly resolution 66/2 of 19 September 2011, containing the Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases called for the convening of a comprehensive review and assessment in 2014 of the progress achieved in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases. Forgotten what NCDs are


Longer Lives Mean Increase In Diseases Of Age, Including Dementia, Cancer

Financial Times: Longer lives mean more diseases of old age and rising costs “…The good news in health care is that life expectancy around the globe continues to rise — and with it the total population, now in excess of seven billion. … The bad news is the corollary: the global population is living longer…More


Morocco’s Children of the Moon Suffer in the Dark of Poor Health Care – Guest Post by Francine Krieger

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MOROCCO – Mounir Yakdone died at 7 years old in pursuit of an education. His parents warned that the walk to school would continue to Read More


Slipping through the Cracks: Indigenous Languages and Medical Missions in Guatemala

800px-Flickr_-_Official_U.S._Navy_Imagery_-_Sailor_examines_a_child_during_a_Continuing_Promise_2011_event_in_Puerto_San_Jose,_Guatemala

Over the last several years, through work with community-based health programs and research as a medical anthropologist, I have visited dozens of medical and surgical Read More


Community-Based Engagement Critical To NCD Efforts, General Assembly President Says

U.N. News Centre: Community engagement key to tackling non-communicable diseases, says Assembly President “Broader community-based engagement is vital to tackling non-communicable diseases — such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes — which are one of the major challenges for development in the 21st century, the President of the United Nations General Assembly stressed today…” (6/19).


Scientific American, Nature Publish In-Depth Report On Cancer

Scientific American: Cancer: The March on Malignancy “…This [in-depth] Outlook presents an overview of the current battles against cancer. … To deliver this broad view of cancer widely, this Outlook is being published in both Nature and Scientific American — a collaboration that we expect to be the first of many…” (6/17).


Millions Saved 3: (New!) Case Studies in Global Health

This is a joint post with Miriam Temin. Cement is poured, and children in Mexico have less diarrhea. Acetic acid is applied, and cervical cancer claims the lives of fewer women in India


Pediatric oncology nursing care in LMIC

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A recent position statement that appeared in the Lancet Oncology describes that children with cancer in LMIC often have survival rates of less than 20%. Read More


Translating the Untranslatable #imaginemed Part 3

This week on PLOS Translational Global Health, Alexandra Abel brings us the final part in the #imaginemed series. Welcome back to Imagining the Future of Medicine at the Royal Albert Hall. The final session began promptly as an eager audience clambered to re-take their seats. One man even hopped up on stage in an effort to more speedily access the stage-side stalls seating area!


IHP news 274: BRICs and global health

Dear Colleagues,   Last week was ‘World no Tobacco day’ -  you might recall we also paid quite some attention to the theme of the day (with a nicepieceby EV 2014 Swati Srivastava). At first sight, raising taxes on tobacco seems like a no brainer, both for health reasons and to raise money for public health (and even pro-poor) related purposes, including forUHC financing.The trouble is, whenever I read that these taxes are very effective, “especially for the poor” – who indeed change their behavior to a higher extent than less poor people, I wonder where are the effective taxes for the rich? Taxes that actually change théir behavior too, if this behavior is not very healthy (if not for themselves, then perhaps for the planet). Taxes they actually feel, that would have a proportional (i.e.


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