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Obesity Poses Global Health Threat

Project Syndicate: The Global Obesity Threat Richard Dobbs, director of the McKinsey Global Institute, and Boyd Swinburn, professor of Population Nutrition and Global Health at the University of Auckland and director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Obesity Prevention at Deakin University in Melbourne “In 2010, humanity passed…

Ending Tobacco Use Presents Global Health Challenge

Inter Press Service: Curbing Tobacco Use – One Step Forward, Two Steps Back “The numbers are in, and there’s not much to celebrate: every year, about six million people die as a result of tobacco use, including 600,000 who succumb to the effects of second-hand smoke. … One of the…

Gold Mining Farmers In Northern Nigeria Choose Lead Poisoning Over Poverty

The Guardian: Nigerian gold mining: farmers choose death by lead poisoning over poverty “… Villagers who make 10 times as much money mining as they do from farming have told [environmental scientist, Simba] Tirima they would rather die of lead poisoning than poverty. ‘They are not going to stop. I…

Vision Impairment In India Is Preventable, But Treatment Not Always Accessible

GlobalPost: A common cause of blindness in India is preventable, but treatment is not always accessible “… 8 million people are blind due to what’s called ‘refractive error,’ when the eye cannot clearly focus images, a condition that usually crops up in childhood. … Uncorrected refractive error is one of…

African Countries Aim To Educate People About Tobacco’s Harmful Effects

Phys.org: Six African Countries Gather to Improve Tobacco Counter Marketing “Health Ministry Representatives from Botswana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa and Uganda [Tuesday] joined a regional workshop to improve warnings on cigarette packs and anti-tobacco public education campaigns. … Every country represented at the workshop is a party to WHO’s…

Australia Asks Opponents To Stop Stalling WTO Tobacco Packaging Case

Reuters: Australia demands opponents stop stalling WTO tobacco case “Australia asked five countries challenging its tobacco policies on Wednesday to stop delaying the progress of their cases at the World Trade Organization and took the unusual step of speeding up one of the complaints against itself. … Australia hopes the…

Opinion Pieces Address Issues Surrounding World Health Day

The following opinion pieces discuss issues surrounding World Health Day, recognized annually on April 7. The Guardian: Improving disease control in emergencies Rich McEachran, a finalist in the Guardian International Development Journalism competition “…There are several areas where aid groups can focus their attention to help stop the spread of…

Investments In Health Workforce Capacity Critical To Tackle NCDs

Huffington Post: Tackling NCDs Effectively Will Require More Health Workers Jeffrey Sturchio and Louis Galambos, co-authors of “Noncommunicable Diseases in the Developing World: Addressing Gaps in Global Policy and Research,” and Tina Flores, director at Rabin Martin “… In recognition of World Health Worker Week, we call on everyone to…