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

Photo by / Zacharias Abubeker for UGHE

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.


Report Examines Roles Of, Competencies For Global Health Diplomats

BMC Globalization and Health: Applied global health diplomacy: profile of health diplomats accredited to the UNITED STATES and foreign governments Matthew D. Brown of the Center for Global Health at the NIH’s National Cancer Institute and colleagues interviewed seven health attachés to explore “four key topics: the role and mission of Health Attachés, skills needed…More

U.S. Congress Must Be Prepared To Cut Funding To WHO’s International Agency For Research On…

The Federalist: It’s High Time To Cut U.S. Funding For This Troubled International Cancer Agency Julie Kelly, food policy writer, and Jeff Stier, senior fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research “Since Donald Trump’s election, international bureaucracies that receive U.S. tax dollars have been on notice that our unchecked government largess to them…More

U.S. House Committee Warns WHO’s IARC Funding Could Be Cut If Transparency Not Improved

Reuters: U.S. House committee ‘may reconsider’ WHO cancer agency funds “U.S. congressional committee members warned on Friday that Washington’s funding of the World Health Organization’s cancer research agency could be halted unless it is more open about its operations. In a letter to the France-based International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) — a semi-autonomous…More

Herbicide Glyphosate Wins 5-Year E.U. Approval Amid Debate Over Cancer-Causing Concerns

New York Times: Glyphosate, Top-Selling Weed Killer, Wins E.U. Approval for 5 Years “The European Union voted on Monday to extend its authorization for the world’s best-selling herbicide for an abbreviated period of five years, with France and Germany splitting over the move. … The vote on Monday capped an unusually lengthy and combative European…More

Policymakers Must Help Nations Provide Access To NCD Care For Newly Arrived Refugees

Foreign Affairs: The Hidden Refugee Health Crisis Jude Alawa, student at Yale University “…[M]illions of refugees [are] suffering from chronic non-communicable diseases — maladies such as diabetes, cancer, and mental illness that cannot pass from person to person but can be devastating if left untreated. As host countries have taken in the world’s displaced, they…More

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.

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