The first Africa Regional Ministerial Consultation on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) wrapped up in Congo’s capital city Brazzaville on Wednesday with African health ministers adopting a declaration of commitment to tackle NCDs, PANA/Afrique en ligne reports (4/9).
Non Communicable Disease/Chronic Disease
“In the past 30 years, the U.S., the U.K. and many other parts of the industrialised world have experienced a fast-growing epidemic of obesity. The newer economies â€“ from the Gulf states to China â€“ have even more recently and rapidly observed a jump in the numbers of children and adults exceeding a healthy bodyweight. Brazil is no exception,” the Financial Times writes in a piece that examines how a growth in the percentage of the population who are overweight has imposed a greater burden on the country’s national health system and residents who must pay for many of their medications.
The Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) on Monday outlined plans “to invest tens of millions of dollars in heart and lung disease studies in a battle against a global epidemic of chronic disease,” over five years, Reuters reports.
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As many as one billion people could die of smoking-related illnesses this century if efforts to curb the practice are not implemented, a senior U.N. health official warned on Friday, the U.N. News Centre reports.
Approximately half to three quarters of adults ages 18 to 65 experienced headache last year, making headache disorders one of the most prevalent but under-treated health problems in the world, according to a report released Tuesday by the WHO, Xinhua reports (Deng, 5/4).
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Taiwan To Lodge Protest With WHO Over Classification As Chinese Territory Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou on Tuesday “accused China of pressuring the World Health Organization into recognizing Taiwan as a Chinese territory and says Beijing’s move is ‘very negative’ for bilateral ties,” the Associated Press/Washington Post reports. Taiwan gained observer…