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Technical Working Group To Discuss Sustainable NCD Financing Models

Devex: Finding novel, sustainable ways to finance NCDs “…[A] group of technical experts … for the first time are meeting Feb. 23-24 in Geneva to discuss which of the different financing models that currently exist could fund the prevention, control, and treatment of NCDs — or if a new one…

Cancer Mortality Increasing In Africa, But Donors Continue Focus On Infectious Diseases

EurActiv: Cancer is the poor parent of development aid “The absence of prevention, poor infrastructure, lack of medical staff, and late diagnoses, but also an increase in life expectancy in low-income countries, have made cancer Africa’s new health scourge. … As for developed countries, who are public aid providers to…

Quality Of Dietary Habits Declining Worldwide, Study Shows

News outlets report on a study in The Lancet Global Health and a Lancet series on obesity published last week. New York Times: Food Habits Getting Worse Around the World “People in some poor and middle-income countries have healthier diets than those in rich ones, but major Western snack and…

Progress Against Global Obesity Slow; Health Experts Call For More Policy Measures

Reuters: Global progress against obesity “unacceptably slow” “Global progress toward tackling obesity has been ‘unacceptably slow,’ health experts said on Wednesday, with only one in four countries implementing a policy on healthy eating before 2010. In a series of studies published in The Lancet medical journal, researchers said that in…

WHO Tobacco Control Framework To Celebrate 10-Year Anniversary

Inter Press Service: Should We Celebrate 10 Years of the Global Tobacco Control Treaty? Laurent Huber, director of the Framework Convention Alliance “February 27 will mark the 10th anniversary of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the first global public health treaty. Today the FCTC has…

Additional Mortality Data Would Help Inform Disease Prevention

The Atlantic: Mystery Killers “Considering we live in the age of big data, we know astonishingly little about why people die. Each year, more than 50 million deaths occur around the globe — and for all but a fraction, the actual cause goes unrecorded. That’s a major obstacle to improving…