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Lax Gun Laws Contribute To High Homicide Rates In Americas, PAHO Analysis Shows

New York Times: Gun Proliferation Fuels Homicide Rates in the Americas “Poor and middle-income nations of Latin America and the Caribbean are the most homicide-prone countries in the world, according to [a Pan American Health Organization] analysis of a new United Nations report on violence. And because of lax gun laws,…

Global Health Investments Must Address NCDs In LMICs

Project Syndicate: A New Direction for Global Health Thomas Bollyky, senior fellow for global health, economics, and development at the Council on Foreign Relations; and Thomas Donilon and Mitchell Daniels, co-chairs of the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on Noncommunicable Diseases in Low- and Middle-Income Countries “…International investments have not yet…

Elder Abuse ‘Important Public Health Problem,’ WHO Report Says

U.N. News Centre: Tens of millions of elderly are abused each month — U.N. health agency reports “Millions of elderly people report significant abuse each month, ‘an important public health problem’ expected to increase in many countries as the number of people aged 60 and older is forecasted to reach…

South Africa Ranks Among Most Obese Nations, Surveys Show

Reuters: Obesity, South Africa’s emerging health crisis “…Nearly three quarters of South Africans are overweight and the country ranks third in a list of the world’s most obese nations behind the United States and Mexico, according to surveys by GlaxoSmithKline and medical journal The Lancet. Africa has for decades been…

Greater Effort Needed To Prevent Violence, WHO Study Shows

WHO: New study highlights need to scale up violence prevention efforts globally “The ‘Global status report on violence prevention 2014’ reveals that 475,000 people were murdered in 2012, and homicide is the third leading cause of death globally for males aged 15-44 years, highlighting the urgent need for more decisive…

U.S. State Department Releases Report On Progress In Landmine Clearance

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Clear Land Mines Off the Earth U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discusses the release of “To Walk the Earth in Safety Report,” which chronicles U.S. progress and efforts to clear landmines and other unexploded ordnance in more than 60 countries (12/8).

Broaden Focus Of Existing Disease-Specific Programs To Include Efforts To Reduce NCDs

The Lancet: NCDs and an outcome-based approach to global health Thomas Bollyky of the Council on Foreign Relations, and Ezekiel Emanuel, Eric Goosby, David Satcher, Donna Shalala, and Tommy Thompson, all members of the CFR Independent Task Force on Noncommunicable Diseases “…Although the health and economic consequences of NCDs are…

Women, Girls With Disabilities In India Face Institutionalization, Abuse, HRW Report Shows

New York Times: Group Cites Grim State of India’s Mentally Ill “Women and girls with intellectual disabilities or mental illness in India are subject to forced institutionalization in sometimes overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, verbal and physical abuse, and medication without consent, according to a report released by Human Rights Watch…

U.N. Marks International Day Of Persons With Disabilities

U.N. News Centre: On world Day, Ban spotlights how technology can improve life for 1 billion persons with disabilities “More than one billion people — or approximately 15 percent of the world’s population — live with some form of disability and have generally poorer health, lower education achievements, fewer economic…